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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, balancing high performance, low weight and sustainability for applications in the fields of Aerospace, Automotive, Energy and Sport industries. 

Current research interests include:

  • Bio-inspired composites for improved impact resistance 
  • Hybrid materials with NDE/SHM features
  • Natural Fibres and Natural Fibres Composites for green structural applications
  • 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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

Keywords

  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • multiscale composites
  • smart materials and structures
  • hybrid laminates
  • natural fibres
  • green composites
  • Sustainable materials

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