In the last 10 years I have been investigating the behaviour of structural systems subjected to accidental actions, i.e. earthquake and fire. My current research focuses on the behaviour of structures under fire loading. Five main strands of interest encompass my research activity: 

  • Fire behaviour of structures
  • Design steel structures
  • Computational mechanics
  • Resilient communities
  • Earthquake engineering

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

2018 – Present: Research Fund of Coal and Steel “DISSIPABLE - Fully dissipative and easily repairable devices for resilient buildings with composite steel-concrete structures”: 8 partners, total funding 907,405.82€; unit funding 149,214.90€ (P.I.)

2017 – Present: Transnational Access Use within the H2020 SERA Project. Access to the ELSA Laboratory at the Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy) “EQUFIRE - Multi-hazard performance assessment of structural and non-structural components subjected to seismic and fire following earthquake by means of geographically distributed testing” (P.I.)

2017 – Present Research Fund of Coal and Steel “LOCAFIplus Temperature assessment of a vertical steel member subjected to localised fire – Valorisation”: 20 partners, total funding 813,700.65€; unit funding 41,705.80€ (P.I.)

2016 – Present HORIZON2020 ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie “XP-RESILIENCE Extreme loading analysis of petrochemical plants and design of metamaterial-based shields for enhanced resilience”: total funding 3,393,811.98€; unit funding 516,122.64€ (Coordinator Co-P.I.)

2010 – 2013 FP7 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship "FIRAS" PAT Post-doc 2009–Outgoing: funding 180,000€, duration 3 years, research project on the resistance of steel and steel composite structures subjected to fire and seismic loadings.

2009 – 2010 Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Trento, Italy.

2005 – 2008 Doctoral fellowship, Italian Ministry of Education, Italy.