LaCàN, UPC-BarcelonaTech

Associated researcher at IBEC

Tel: (+34) 934011805


Marino Arroyo

I lead the group on Mechanics of soft and living interfaces belonging to the Research program on Cell and tissue mechanobiology @ LaCàN.

We combine mathematical modeling, mechanics and computations to understand the small-scale mechanics of materials and biological systems. Below is a selection of recent papers. Common themes are the nonlinear mechanics of two-dimensional materials and structures (shells, graphene, biomembranes, epithelia), geometry, continuum  and computational mechanics, or the connection between molecular and continuum models. Our current focus is on cell and tissue mechanobiology.


Selected and recent publications (see here for full list with pdfs)

Examining the Mechanical Equilibrium of Microscopic Stresses in Molecular Simulations

  1. A.Torres-Sánchez, J.M. Vanegas, M. Arroyo

Physical Review Letters, 2015

                                                                                    see code here

Hydraulic fracture during epithelial stretching

L. Casares, R. Vincent, D. Zalvidea, N. Campillo, D. Navajas, M. Arroyo*, X. Trepat*

Nature Materials, 2015

                                             See commentaries here and here

Physical principles of membrane remodelling during cell mechanoadaptation

A.J. Kosmalska, L. Casares, A. Elosegui-Artola, J.J. Thottacherry, R. Moreno-Vicente, M.A. del Pozo, S. Mayor, M. Arroyo,

D. Navajas, X. Trepat, N.C. Gauthier, P. Roca-Cusachs

Nature Communications, 2015

Finding in cells the same responses as in synthetic membranes.

Phase-field modeling and simulation of fracture in brittle materials with strongly anisotropic surface energy

B. Li, C. Peco, D. Millán, I. Arias, M. Arroyo

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2015

Cell-based maximum entropy approximants

D. Millán, N. Sukumar, M. Arroyo

Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2015

Topological obstructions in the way of data-driven collective variables

B. Hashemian, M. Arroyo

Journal of Chemical Physics, 2015

Phase-field modeling of fracture in linear thin shells

F. Amiri, D. Millán, Y. Shen, T. Rabczuk, M. Arroyo

Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, 2014

Understanding and strain-engineering wrinkle networks in supported graphene through simulations

K. Zhang, M. Arroyo

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2014

Shape control of active surfaces inspired by the movement of euglenids

M. Arroyo, A. DeSimone

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2014

Interplay of packing and flip-flop in local bilayer deformation. How phosphatidylglycerol could rescue mitochondrial function in a cardiolipin- deficient yeast mutant

N Khalifat, M. Rahimi, A.F. Bitbol, M. Seigneuret, J.B. Fournier, N. Puff, M. Arroyo, M. Angelova

Biophysical Journal, 2014

Importance of force decomposition for local stress calculations in biomembrane molecular simulations

J.M. Vanegas, A. Torres-Sánchez, M. Arroyo

Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2014

                                                                                    see code here

Blending isogeometric analysis and local maximum entropy meshfree approximants

A. Rosolen, M. Arroyo

Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2013

Confined Bilayers Passively Regulate Shape and Stress

M. Staykova*, M. Arroyo*, M. Rahimi, H.A. Stone

Physical Review Letters, 2013

Adhesion and friction control localized folding in supported graphene

K. Zhang, M. Arroyo

Journal of Applied Physics, 2013

An atomistic-based foliation model for multilayer graphene materials and nanotubes

S. Ghosh, M. Arroyo

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2013

Curved fluid membranes behave laterally as an effective viscoelastic medium

M. Rahimi, A. DeSimone, M. Arroyo

Soft Matter, 2013

Nonlinear manifold learning for meshfree finite deformation thin shell analysis

D. Millán, A. Rosolen, M. Arroyo

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2013

Nonlinear manifold learning for model reduction in finite elastodynamics

D. Millán, M. Arroyo

Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2013

Reverse engineering the euglenoid movement

M. Arroyo, L. Heltai, D. Millán, A. DeSimone

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 2012

Hydraulic fracture and toughening of a brittle layer bonded to a hydrogel

  1. A.Lucantonio, G. Noselli, X. Trepat, A. DeSimone, M. Arroyo

Physical Review Letters, 2015

                                               See commentary in Physics here

Funding sources

through Consolidator Grant

through Icrea Academia award

Coexistence of wrinkles and blisters in supported graphene

K. Zhang, M. Arroyo

Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2016

Geometric derivation of the microscopic stress: A covariant central force decomposition

A. Sanchez-Torres, J.M. Vanegas, M. Arroyo

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2016

Sticking and sliding of lipid bilayers on deformable substrates

L. Stubbington, M. Arroyo, M. Staykova

Soft Matter, 2016

Shape transformations of lipid bilayers following rapid cholesterol uptake

M. Rahimi, D. Regan, M. Arroyo, A.B. Subramaniam, H.A. Stone, M. Staykova

Biophysical Journal, 2016

Charting molecular free-energy landscapes with an atlas of collective variables

B. Hashemian, D. Millán, M. Arroyo

Journal of Chemical Physics, 2016

Hydraulic fracturing in cells and tissues: fracking meets cell biology

M. Arroyo, X. Trepat

Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 2017

Onsager’s Variational Principle in Soft Matter: Introduction and Application to the Dynamics of Adsorption of Proteins onto Fluid Membranes

M. Arroyo, N. Walani, A. Torres-Sánchez and D. Kaurin

Chapter in the book “The role of mechanics in the study of lipid bilayers”, Edited by D. Steigmann and published by CISM, 2017

Maximum-entropy meshfree coordinates in computational mechanics

M. Arroyo

Chapter in the book “Generalized Barycentric Coordinates in Computer Graphics and Computational Mechanics”, Edited by K. Hormann and N. Sukumar and published by CRC Press, 2017

A variational model of fracture for tearing brittle thin sheets

B. Li, D. Millán, A. Sanchez-Torres, B. Roman, M. Arroyo

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2018

Active superelasticity in three-dimensional epithelia of controlled shape

E. Latorre, S. Kale, L. Casares, M. Gómez-González, M. Uroz, L. Valon, R.V. Nair, E. Garreta, N. Montserrat, A. del Campo, B. Ladoux, M. Arroyo*, X. Trepat*

Nature, 2018

see commentary here.

Smart helical structures inspired by the pellicle of euglenids

G. Noselli, M. Arroyo, A. DeSimone

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2019

Swimming Euglena respond to confinement with a behavioural change enabling effective crawling

G. Noselli, A. Beran, M. Arroyo*, A. DeSimone*

Nature Physics, 2019                    Link to paper.

Commentary here or here.

Modelling fluid deformable surfaces with an emphasis on biological interfaces

A. Torres-Sánchez, D. Millán, M. Arroyo*

Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2019

Combined molecular/continuum modeling reveals the role of friction during fast unfolding of coiled-coil proteins

A. Torres-Sánchez, J.M. Vanegas, P.K. Purohit, M. Arroyo*

Soft Matter, 2019

Postdoctoral position available (click here for information)

The plasma membrane as a mechanochemical transducer

A.-L. Le Roux, X. Quiroga, N. Walani, M. Arroyo, P. Roca-Cusachs

Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 2019

Perspective: Embryonic self-fracking

  1. M.Arroyo, X. Trepat, Science, 2019

about the paper by Dumortier et al, Science 365, 464 (2019)

Morphable structures from unicellular organisms with active, shape-shifting envelopes: Variations on a theme by Gauss

G. Cicconofri, M. Arroyo, G. Noselli, A. DeSimone, Int J Non-Linear Mechanics, 2019

Approximation of tensor fields on surfaces of arbitrary topology based on local Monge parametrizations

A. Torres-Sánchez, D. Santos-Oliván, M. Arroyo, J Computational Physics, 2019.