Professor of Applied Mathematics
Tutorial Fellow at Lincoln College
+44 1865 615150
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Elastic instabilities (particularly wrinkling and snap-through of thin elastic sheets)
Surface tension, adhesion and the interaction with elasticity (Elasto-capillarity)
C5.2 Elasticity & Plasticity
Prizes, awards, and scholarships:
2017 Philip Leverhulme Prize
2016 Recognition of Distinction (University of Oxford)
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:
M. Gomez, D. E. Moulton, and D. Vella, Critical slowing down in purely elastic `snap-through' instabilities, Nat. Phys. 13, 142-145 (2017).
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).
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, 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).