Mattia Bacca

Mattia Bacca

Assistant Professor

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Trento, Italy), Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of California, Santa Barbara).

phone:  (604) 827-5076
email: mbacca@mech.ubc.ca
website:  micronano.mech.ubc.ca
office:  ICICS 165

Research Interests

  • Micromechanics of Soft Solid Matter

Current Research Work

Mechanics of:

  • Biomembranes and Enveloped Viruses
  • Cells (Mechanobiology) and Soft Materials
  • Puncture, Cutting, Fracture
  • Adhesion

Selected Publications

  • Hamed Helisaz, Eric Belanger, Peter Black, Mattia Bacca, Mu Chiao. (2024) Quantifying the Impact of Cancer on the Viscoelastic Properties of the Prostate Gland using a Quasi-Linear Viscoelastic Model. Acta Biomaterialia, 173, 184-198.
  • Goda, B. A., Labonte, D., & Bacca, M. (2023). Making the cut: end effects and the benefits of slicing. arXiv preprint arXiv:2310.18595.
  • Ferraresso, M., Shojaeifard, M., Kong, A., & Bacca, M. (2023). A model for the contraction kinetics of cytoskeletal gel slabs. Journal of Applied Physics, 134 (24)
  • Fregonese, S., Tong, Z., Wang, S., & Bacca, M. (2023). Theoretical Puncture Mechanics of Soft Compressible Solids. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 90(11), 111003.
  • Ferraresso, M., Kong, A., Hasan, M., Agostinelli, D., Elfring, G. J., & Bacca, M. (2023). Energetics of cytoskeletal gel contraction. Soft Matter, 19(29), 5430-5442.
  • Tong, Z., Benvidi, F. H., & Bacca, M. (2023). Multimaterial Topology Optimization of Adhesive Backing Layers via J-Integral and Strain Energy Minimizations. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 90(11), 111002.
  • Helisaz, H., Bacca, M., & Chiao, M. (2022). A new characterization procedure for quasi-linear viscoelastic materials using indentation test: validation with finite element and experimental results. Experimental Mechanics, 62(6), 893-908.
  • Baldelli, A., Boraey, M. A., Oguzlu, H., Cidem, A., Rodriguez, A. P., Ong, H. X., … & Pratap-Singh, A. (2022). Engineered nasal dry powder for the encapsulation of bioactive compounds. Drug Discovery Today, 27(8), 2300-2308.
  • Kong, A., Bacca, M. (2022). A self-adhesion criterion for slanted micropillars. Extreme Mechanics Letters, 52, 101663.
  • Bacca, M. (2022). Mechanics of diffusion-mediated budding and implications for virus replication and infection. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 19, 20220525
  • Fregonese, S., Bacca, M. (2022). How friction and adhesion affect the mechanics of deep penetration in soft solids. Soft Matter, 18 (36), 6882-6887
  • Agostinelli, D., Elfring, GJ., Bacca, M. (2022). The morphological role of ligand inhibitors in blocking receptor-and clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Soft Matter, 18 (18), 3531-3545.
  • Sameoto, D., Khungura, H., Benvidi, FH, Asad, A., Liang, T., Bacca, M. (2022). Space applications for gecko-inspired adhesives. Biomimicry for Aerospace, 423-458.
  • Khungura, H., & Bacca, M. (2021). The role of interfacial curvature in controlling the detachment strength of bioinspired fibrillar adhesives. Mechanics of Materials, 160, 103914.
  • Fregonese, S., & Bacca, M. (2021). Piercing soft solids: A mechanical theory for needle insertion. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 154, 104497.

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