Research/Areas of Interest:
Mathematical models of material behavior; Nonlinear magneto- and electromechanical interactions; Biomechanics of soft materials; Rubber elasticity and inelasticity
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
M.Sc., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
Laurea, University of Padova, Italy
Dr. Dorfmann's research interests are the nonlinear behavior of materials capable of large deformations, particularly the experimental, analytical, and numerical aspects of the mechanical responses. The research is interconnected and covers the following:
1. The experimental characterization of highly deformable materials as a crucial prerequisite to the formulation of mathematical models capable to describe their mechanical responses. We are interested in a broad range of materials, including elastomers, natural fibers, biological tissues and electro- and magneto-sensitive polymers.
2. The constitutive modeling (mathematical models of material behavior) focuses on the development of nonlinear mathematical models capable to describe the mechanical response of materials subject to finite deformations. Applications of these theories have been extended beyond traditional rubberlike solids and are now used for biological and engineered tissues and functional constructs at the macroscopic level.
3. We investigate fundamental aspects of nonlinear electro-mechanical and magneto-mechanical coupling at the static level and have significantly improved our understanding of the electro-magneto-mechanical interactions. The long-term objective is to understand how electro-magnetic forces interact with highly deformable solids and to explore the use of electro-magnetic fields to control their deformation and motion.