Amir Abdollahi2018-08-01T08:14:04+00:00

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Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Campus Nord, C2-203
Jordi Girona 1-3
Barcelona, 08034
Tel: +34 934016244
Education

• PhD in Civil EngineeringUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (2008 – 2012)

• M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical EngineeringYamaguchi University, Japan (2006 - 2008) 

• B.Sc. Degree in Mechanical EngineeringIsfahan University of Technology, Iran (1999 - 2004)

 

Research interests

• Smart Materials and Structures

• Computational Mechanics

• Micro and Nanotechnology

• Biomaterials

• Fracture Mechanics

• Robotics and Mechatronics

Additional information

Awards & Honors

Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

• Special Doctoral Award for one of the best PhD theses of 2012–2013

• PhD Research Scholarship, 2008–2012

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain

• José Castillejo Mobility Grant, 2018

Spanish Society on Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)

• Finalist of the SEMNI award to the best PhD thesis on Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2012

• Finalist of the Juan Carlos Simó Young Investigator Award, 2018

European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)

• ECCOMAS 2012 Congress Scholarship

Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan

• Japanese Government Research Scholarship (Monbukagakusho), 2005–2007

Robot Soccer World Cup (Robocup)

• Technical Challenge Award in the Middle Size League, Portugal 2004

• 2nd place in the Middle Size League, Germany 2004 (See Videos on Youtube: Video1  2  3)

• 3rd place in the Middle Size League, Italy 2003

• 3rd place in the Small Size League, Germany 2003 (See Videos on Youtube: Video1  3  4  5  6  8)

Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

• Outstanding Student Award, 2003

. ScienceDirect Top25 Hottest Articles (see publication1) (see publication2)

 

Professional Experience 

 Lecturer, Polytechnic University of Catalonia  (present)

• Lecturer of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Computational Mechanics

• Lecturer of the Master’s in Civil Engineering with a specialisation in Computational Engineering.

• Senior researcher on the project: "Enabling flexoelectric engineering through modeling and computation" funded by the European Research Council

 Postdoctoral Researcher, Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology 2015 – 2016

• Application of computational models to explore nanoscale flexoelectricity

 Postdoctoral Researcher, Polytechnic University of Catalonia 2012 – 2014

• Computational evaluation of the flexoelectric effect in dielectric solids

 

Leardership Experiences

Co-founder of Robotics Center, Isfahan University of Technology 2000 – 2005

• Four awards in International Robotics Competition (Robocup)

• Leader of the robotics team, consisting of ten Bachelor’s students in Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering

• Design and development of fully autonomous soccer player robots

Co-founder of ROBOKIT Co., Isfahan 2004 – 2014

• Over 300,000 sales of robot kits

• Design and production of educational robot kits

• Engagement with diverse research groups, student cohort, and industrial sectors

 

Journal Publications 

[1] Abdollahi, A., Domingo, N., Arias, I., Catalan, G. "Converse flexoelectricity yields large piezoresponse force microscopy signals in non-piezoelectric materials". Nature Communications 10, 1266 (2019).

[2]  Abdollahi, A., Vasquez-Sancho, F., Catalan, G. "Piezoelectric mimicry of flexoelectricity". Physical Review Letters 121, 205502 (2018).

[3] Vasquez-Sancho, F., Abdollahi, A., Damjanovic, D., Catalan, G. "Flexoelectricity in bones". Advanced Materials 30, 1705316 (2018). doi:10.1002/adma.201705316 

Video Abstract: https://www.youtube.com/watch, Advanced Science News: http://www.advancedsciencenews.com/bone-repair-breaking-story/

[4] Cordero-Edwards, K., Domingo, N., Abdollahi, A., Sort, J., Catalan, G. "Ferroelectrics as smart mechanical materials". Advanced Materials 29, 1702210 (2017). doi:10.1002/adma.201702210

[5] Bhaskar, U., Banerjee, N., Abdollahi, A., Wang, Z., Schlom, D. G., Rijnders, G., Catalan, G.A. "A flexoelectric microelectromechanical system on silicon". Nature Nanotechnology 11, 263 - 266 (2016). doi:10.1038/nnano.2015.260

[6] Bhaskar, U., Banerjee, N., Abdollahi, A., Solanas, E., Rijnders, G., Catalan, G. "Flexoelectric MEMS: towards an electromechanical strain diode". Nanoscale 8, 1293 - 1298 (2016). doi:10.1039/C5NR06514C

[7] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Constructive and destructive interplay between piezoelectricity and flexoelectricity in flexural sensors and actuators". Journal of Applied Mechanics 82, 121003 (2015). doi:10.1115/1.4031333

[8] Abdollahi, A., Peco, C., Millan, D., Arroyo, M., Arias, I., Catalan, G. "Fracture toughening and toughness asymmetry induced by flexoelectricity". Physical Review B 92, 094101 (2015). doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.094101

[9] Abdollahi, A., Millan, D., Peco, C., Arroyo, M., Arias, I. "Revisiting pyramid compression to quantify flexoelectricity: A three-dimensional simulation study". Physical Review B 91, 104103 (2015). doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.104103

[10] Abdollahi, A., Peco, C., Millan, D., Arroyo, M., Arias, I. "Computational evaluation of the flexoelectric effect in dielectric solids". Journal of Applied Physics 116 , 093502 (2014). doi:10.1063/1.4893974

[11] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Three-dimensional simulation of crack propagation in ferroelectric polycrystals: effect of combined toughening mechanisms". Acta Materialia 65, 106 - 117 (2014). doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2013.11.016

[12] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Conducting crack propagation driven by electric fields in ferroelectric ceramics". Acta Materialia 61, 7087 - 7097 (2013). doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2013.07.050

[13] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Phase-field modeling of crack propagation in piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials with different electromechanical crack conditions". Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 60, 2100 - 2126 (2012). doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2012.06.014

[14] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Crack initiation patterns at electrode edges in multilayer ferroelectric actuators". Smart Materials and Structures 21 , 094011 (2012). doi:10.1088/0964-1726/21/9/094011

[15] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Numerical simulation of intergranular and transgranular crack propagation in ferroelectric polycrystals". International Journal of Fracture 174 , 3 - 15 (2012). doi:10.1007/s10704-011-9664-0

[16] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Phase-field simulation of anisotropic crack propagation in ferroelectric single crystals: Effect of microstructure on the fracture process". Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 19 , 1 - 13 (2011). doi:10.1088/0965-0393/19/7/074010

 [17] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Phase-field modeling of the coupled microstructure and fracture evolution in ferroelectric single crystals". Acta Materialia 59 , 4733 - 4746 (2011). doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2011.03.030

 [18] Abdollahi, A., Jiang, Z., Arabshahi, S. "Evaluation on mass sensitivity of SAW sensors for different piezoelectric materials using finite element analysis". IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control 54 , 2446 - 2455 (2007). doi:10.1109/TUFFC.2007.558

[19] Ziai-Rad, S., Janabi-Sharifi, F., Daneshpanah, M., Abdollahi, A., Ostadi, H., Samani, H. "A practical approach to control and self-localization of an omni-directional mobile robot". WSEAS Transactions on Systems and Control 3 , 413 - 424 (2008). www.wseas.us/e-library/27-367

[20] Samani, H., Abdollahi, A., Ostadi, H., Ziai-Rad, S. "Design and development of a comprehensive omni directional soccer player robot". International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems 1 , 191 - 200 (2004). doi:10.5772/5635

 

Invited Review Articles

 [21] Abdollahi, A., Arias, I. "Phase-field modeling of fracture in ferroelectric materials". Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering 22 , 153 - 181 (2014). doi:10.1007/s11831-014-9118-8

 

Patent

•  Zhongwei Jiang, Amir Abdollahi, “MICRO-PIEZOELECTRIC SENSOR PROVIDED BY ADDING THICKNESS MODE OSCILLATION TO SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE SENSOR (表面弾性波センサに厚みモード振動を付加したマイクロ圧電センサ)”, JAPAN, Yamaguchi University, Patent Number: 2008-105462, Sort: FUJ-H19060, 15 April 2008 [link]

 

Book Chapters 

•  A. Abdollahi and H. A. Samani, "An Efficacious Method to Assemble a Modern Multi-Modal Robotic Team: Dilemmas, Challenges, Possibilities and Solutions",  in the book titled Introduction to Modern Robotics, Edited by D. Chugo and S. Yokota, January 2012, ISBN: 978-14610986-9-0 [link]  

•  M. DaneshPanah, A. Abdollahi, H.Ostadi, H. Samani, "Comprehensive Omni-Directional Soccer Player Robots", in the book titled Robotic Soccer, Chapter 18, Edited by: Pedro Lima, Publisher: I-Tech Education and Publishing, Vienna, Austria, December 2007, ISBN:978-3-902613-21-9. [link]

•  A. Abdollahi, Autodesk Inventor 3D Modeling Software for Mechanical Engineers: in the book titled A Key to some of theSoftware Packages for Analytical Mechanics, Edited by Prof. Forouzan”, Chapter 9, pp.203-224, Tose-amoozesh press, Iran, 2005, ISBN: 964-8617-45-7.

 

Invited Talks

•  Abdollahi, A. Enriched continuum models with moving discontinuities in electromechanical materials. The University of Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2018.

•  Abdollahi, A. Phase-field modeling of fracture in ferroelectric materials. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Special Materials Seminar, Cambridge, United States of America, November 2, 2012.

 

Conference Proceedings

• A. Abdollahi, I. Arias "Manifestations of flexoelectricity in the fracture mechanics of dielectrics and ferroelectrics". In: 10th European Solid Mechanics Conference , Bologna, Italy, July 2 - 6, 2018.

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias, "Modeling and simulation of conducting crack propagation in ferroelectric single crystals under purely electrical loading", XII International Conference on Computational Plasticity (COMPLAS XII), Barcelona, September 2013

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias, "Numerical Simulation of Electrical Fracture in Ferroelectric Materials", Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering (CMNE2013), Bilbao, June 2013

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias, "A Computational Study of Fracture in Multilayer Ferroelectric Actuators", Third International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (CFRAC2013), Prague, June 2013

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "Phase-field Modeling of Fracture in Ferroelectric Materials", Advances in Computational Mechanics (ACM 2013) — A Conference Celebrating the 70th Birthday of Thomas J.R. Hughes, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2013.   

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "Numerical Simulation of 3-D Crack Propagation in Ferroelectric Polycrystals: Effect of Combined Toughening Mechanisms", 6th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS2012) , Viena, Austria, Sept. 2012.   

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "Phase-field Modeling of Fracture in Electromechanical Materials: From Theory to Application", 10th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM2012) , Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2012.   

• I. Arias and A. Abdollahi; "Coupled Phase-field Modeling of Fracture and Microstructure Evolution in Ferroelectric Materials (invited)", 48th Annual Technical Conference of Society of Engineering Science, Evanston, Illinois, USA, Oct. 2011.    

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "A Phase-field Fracture Model Of Ferroelectric Materials Under Electro-mechanical Loading ", ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS2011), Arizona, USA, Sept. 2011.   

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "Numerical Simulations of Vickers Indentation Crack Growth in Ferroelectric Single Crystals: Effect of Microstructure on the Fracture Process", XI International Conference on Computational Plasticity (COMPLAS XI), Barcelona, Sept. 2011.    

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "On the Effect of Crack Face Boundary Conditions on the Fracture Mechanics of Ferroelectric Materials", 5th International Symposium on Defect and Material Mechanics (ISDMM2011), Seville, Spain, June 2011.   

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "Numerical Simulation of Intergranular and Transgranular Crack Propagation in Ferroelectric Polycrystals", Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering (CMNE2011), Coimbra, Portugal, June 2011.  

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; "Coupled Phase-field Modeling of Fracture and Microstructure Evolution in Ferroelectric Materials", International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (CFRAC2011), Barcelona, Spain, June 2011.   

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; “Twin toughening in ferroelectric materials: Effect of microstructure on fracture process", Fifth International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling (MMM2010), Freiburg, Germany, Oct 2010.  

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; “Modeling and simulation of coupled microstructure and fracture evolution in ferroelectric materials", 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, June 2010. 

• A. Abdollahi and I. Arias; “A computational study of fracture in ferroelectric single crystals", X International Conference on Computational Plasticity (COMPLAS X), Barcelona, Sept. 2009.

• Z. W. Jiang, A. Abdollahi; “Innovative simulation procedure to investigate surface acoustic wave sensors”, 4th International Conference on Innovation and Management, Vol I and II, Page 129-133, Ube, Japan, 2007.

• A. Abdollahi, Z. W. Jiang, S. A. Arabshahi ; “Evaluation on Mass sensitivity of SAW Sensors for Different Piezoelectric Materials Using Finite Element Analysis”, IEEE International Conference on Application of Ferroelectrics, Nara, Japan, 2007.

• M. Ajoodanian, A. Abdollahi, Hossein Ostadi, M. Keshmiri, “Singularity Analysis of a 3 DOF 4-Legged Parallel Manipulator with a Non-Slippery Passive Constraining Leg”,International Conference on Optimization of Robots and Manipulators(OPTIROB), Bucharest, Romania,2006.

• Saeed Ziaie Rad, F-Sharifi, M.Danesh Panah, A.Abdollahi, Hossein Ostadi, H.Samani ; “A Practical Approach to Control and Self-Localization of Persia Omni-Directional Mobile Robot”, IROS/IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robotic Systems, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2005.

• M. Ajoodanian, A. Abdollahi, Hossein Ostadi, M. Keshmiri, “Wave Simulator: Design and Fabrication of a 3 DOF 4-Legged Parallel Manipulator with a Non-Slippery Passive Constraining Leg”, Isfahan, ISME International Conference, May 2005.

 

 Membership

• European Mechanics Society

• Spanish Society on Numerical Methods in Engineering

• European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences

• The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

 

 Languages

• Persian: Native language

• English: Advanced (IELTS Overall Band: 7.5)

• Spanish: Intermediate

• Japanese: Basic