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Research interests

Dr Pinto’s main area of research is focused on the development of intelligent materials and structures via the introduction of new functionalities, enhancing mechanical and thermo-electrical properties for applications in the fields of Aerospace, Automotive, Energy and Sport industries.

Current research interests include:

  • Multiscale smart composites
  • Polymeric materials and nanocomposites for structural and non-structural applications
  • Bio-inspired composites for improved impact resistance in automotive and aerospace applications
  • Hybrid materials with NDE/SHM features
  • Active Polymers for shape morphing and adaptive structures in aerospace and industrial applications (morphing structures, soft actuators and sensors)
  • Graphene, Carbon-Nanotubes and Non-Newtonian fluids reinforced composite materials (hardness and damping)

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • multiscale composites
  • smart materials and structures
  • hybrid laminates

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Research Output

Carbon/hemp bio-hybrid composites: Effects of the stacking sequence on flexural, damping and impact properties

Pinto, F., Boccarusso, L., De Fazio, D., Cuomo, S., Durante, M. & Meo, M., 15 Jun 2020, In : Composite Structures. 242, 112148.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3D bio-inspired hierarchical discontinuous CFRP with enhanced ductility

Rizzo, F., Pinto, F. & Meo, M., 15 Oct 2019, In : Composite Structures. 226, 111202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Development of multifunctional hybrid metal/carbon composite structures

Rizzo, F., Pinto, F. & Meo, M., 15 Aug 2019, In : Composite Structures. 222, 110907.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)


Development of Impact Localisation and Force Reconstruction Structural Health Monitoring techniques for Aerospace components

Author: De Simone, M. E., 20 Nov 2019

Supervisor: Meo, M. (Supervisor), Pinto, F. (Supervisor) & Ciampa, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Smart Multifunctional Composite Materials for Improvement of Structural and Non-Structural Properties

Author: Pinto, F., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Meo, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Structural Health Monitoring and Power Harvesting Systems for Aerospace Applications

Author: Boccardi, S., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Meo, M. (Supervisor) & Pinto, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD