Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Tutorial Fellow at Lincoln College
+44 1865 615150
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Surface tension, adhesion and the interaction with elasticity (Elasto-capillarity)
Mechanics of wrinkling (of thin elastic sheets)
C5.2 Elasticity & Plasticity
Prizes, Awards, and Scholarships:
2015 Whitehead Prize (London Mathematical Society)
2014 ERC Starting Grant (04/15 – 03/20)
2012 Leverhulme Research Fellowship (04/13 – 03/15)
Major / Recent Publications:
Otherwise, some recent papers representative of my main research interests are:
A. Hadjittofis, J. R. Lister, K. Singh and D. Vella, Evaporation effects in elastocapillary aggregation, J. Fluid Mech. 792, 168-185 (2016).
J.-B. Gorce, I. J. Hewitt and D. Vella, Capillary imbibition into converging tubes: Beating Washburn's law and the optimal imbibition of liquids, Langmuir 32, 1560-1567 (2016). (Also featured on the front cover of Langmuir)
J. D. Paulsen, E. Hohlfeld, H. King, J. Huang, Z. Qiu, T. P. Russell, N. Menon, D. Vella and B. Davidovitch, Curvature-induced stiffness and the spatial variation of wavelength in wrinkled sheets, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 1144-1149 (2016).
D. Vella, H. Ebrahimi, A. Vaziri and B. Davidovitch, Wrinkling reveals a new isometry of pressurized elastic shells, EPL 112, 24007 (2015).
D. Vella, J. Huang, N. Menon, T. P. Russell and B. Davidovitch, Indentation of ultrathin elastic films and the emergence of asymptotic isometry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 014301 (2015).
D. Vella, Floating versus Sinking, Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. 47, 115-135 (2015).
A. Pandey, D. E. Moulton, D. Vella and D. P. Holmes, Dynamics of snapping beams and jumping poppers, EPL 105, 24001 (2014).
D. Vella, E. du Pontavice, C. L. Hall and A. Goriely, The Magneto-elastica: From self-buckling to self-assembly, Proc. R. Soc. A 470, 20130609 (2014).
D. Vella, A. Ajdari, A. Vaziri and A. Boudaoud, The indentation of pressurized elastic shells: From polymeric capsules to yeast cells, J. R. Soc. Interface 9 448 (2012).
B. Davidovitch, R. D. Schroll, D. Vella, M. Adda-Bedia and E. Cerda, Prototypical model for tensional wrinkling in thin sheets, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 18227 (2011).
D. Vella, M. Adda-Bedia and E. Cerda, Capillary wrinkling of elastic membranes, Soft Matter 6, 5778 (2010).
D. Vella, J. Bico, A. Boudaoud, B. Roman and P. M. Reis, The Macroscopic Delamination of Thin Films from Elastic Substrates, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 10901 (2009).