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Dr Nicolo Grilli Postdoctoral Research Associate


Nicolò Grilli DPhil

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Dr Nicolò Grilli completed his MSc in Condensed Matter Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy). He received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) under the supervision of Professor Helena Van Swygenhoven and Dr. Koenraad Janssens, where he worked primarily on crystal plasticity finite element simulations of FCC metals during cyclic fatigue.

He spent two years at Purdue University (Indiana, US) as a postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Professor Marisol Koslowski, where he worked on crystal plasticity simulations of energetic materials during shock.

Nicolò joined the solid mechanics and materials engineering group in Oxford in October 2018 as a postdoctoral research associate. In his current project, he is developing constitutive models for crystal plasticity and fracture in alpha-Uranium. These models will be validated using neutron diffraction experiments and electron microscopy images.

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Research Interests

  • Finite element simulations
  • Crystal plasticity
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Metals
  • Dislocation dynamics
  • Twinning in metals
  • High performance computing


A full list of Nicolò's publications can be found on his Google Scholar profile.