The Journal of Materials Science publishes reviews, full-length papers, and short Communications recording original research results on, or techniques for studying the relationship between structure, properties, and uses of materials. The subjects are seen from international and interdisciplinary perspectives covering areas including metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, electrical materials, composite materials, fibers, nanostructured materials, nanocomposites, and biological and biomedical materials. The Journal of Materials Science is now firmly established as the leading source of primary communication for scientists investigating the structure and properties of all engineering materials

The Journals reports principally the achievements of materials science and engineering all over the world, putting the stress on the original research papers, review articles invited by editor, letters, research notes with novelty as well as brief of scientific achievement, covering a broad spectrum of materials science and technology, encompassing:

• metallic materials 
• inorganic nonmetallic materials 
• composite materials





Associate Professor

Since 2012, Dr. Dugnani is an invited Foreign Expert and Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) where he lectures and researches on the topics of Fracture Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials.

Recently Prof. Dugnani has been invited as a Visiting Scholar at the Structures and Composites Laboratory (SACL) at Stanford University to conduct research on debonding of lap-joints (2015).Prof. Dugnani was also a Visiting Professor at ÉTSin Montreal, conducting research at the Zednik Lab on the morphological characterization of the fracture surface of brittle ceramics (2017) and glasses(2015).

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Dugnani held a position at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, a leading international scientific and engineering consulting firm.  During his employment with Exponent, Dr. Dugnani specialized in failure analysis, fracture mechanics, material degradation, corrosion, fatigue, life prediction, and design of both medical devices and electronic devices.

Between 2009 and 2012 Dr. Dugnani held an Adjunct Faculty position at Santa Clara University, CA in both Civil and Mechanical Engineering Departments.

In 2003 Dr. Dugnani contributed to the development of the manufacturing process for novel miniaturized piezoelectric sensors at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan. 


Current Research

  • Elastodynamics behavior of single crystals and amorphous materials in complex stress fields.
  • Multi-scale fractographic interpretation of amorphous materials and fine ceramics.
  • Development of novel materials for fog-harvesting.
  • Design of tri-axial sensors for plantar pressure.

Interested topics

  • Fractography of brittle materials
  • Elastodynamics
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Fog-harvesting
  • 2015 1st Place Winner of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Excellent Teacher Award
  • 2014 1st Place Jason Daida Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2013 SJTU International Graduate Project Award
  • Prof. Zednik Ricardo (Zednik Laboratories, École de TechnologieSupérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Canada)
  • Prof. Chang Fu-Kuo (Structures and Composites Lab - SACL, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA)
  • Hödemann Siim (specialist, Laboratory of Laser Spectroscopy, University of Tartu, Estonia)

Conference Organization

  • Scientific coordinator of the “1999 Structural Health Monitoring Workshop”. Contributed to the organization of the International Structural Health Monitoring Workshops at Stanford University.
  • Scientific coordinator of the “2001 Structural Health Monitoring Workshop”. Contributed to the organization of the International Structural Health Monitoring Workshops at Stanford University.