Dr. Rocco Lupoi received a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2004, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Bath (UK) in 2008. Before joining the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin in 2012, he worked as a Research Associate in the Institute for Manufacturing, part of the University of Cambridge (UK), for over 4 years.
Dr. Lupoi’s expertise spans from structural mechanics applied to energy dissipation and the simulation of fluids using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), to the micro/nano characterization and processing of metallic materials in bulk and coating form. He is a highly regarded expert of Cold Spray and similar deposition methods, with high-rank publications, patents and an article in a Nature Publishing Group journal. Dr. Lupoi has obtained funding from the EU (he received a prestigious Marie Curie award), Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council. Recently, he was awarded a major grant from the European Space Agency to explore a new form of Cold Spray that is capable of processing innovative materials (to include diamond based metal matrix composites) and applicable to near-net-shape manufacturing.
Dr. Lupoi’s research in AMBER is in the area of metal Additive Manufacturing, focusing, in collaboration with DePuy Synthes, on the development of Selective Laser Melting for the free-form printing of orthopaedic implants. This work is developing, through the detailed study of laser/matter interactions in the melt pool, new material design routes to optimise the properties and biomedical compatibility of 3D printed parts.