Professor Daniele Dini is Professor in Tribology and Head of the Imperial College Tribology Group. Prior to joining Imperial College in 2006, and after receiving his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari (Italy) in 2000, Professor Dini studied for a D.Phil. in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford (2004). He now leads the advanced modelling research within the Tribology Group and collaborates closely with its experimentalists. His current individual research portfolio supports a large team of researchers focused on studies related to the modelling of tribological systems and materials. Most of these projects are multidisciplinary and range from atomic and molecular simulation of lubricant, additives and surfaces to the modelling of systems, such as machine and biomedical components, and functionalised materials. His group performs fundamental research, while successfully supporting the application of tribology in industry, the strong links with industrial partners have been recently recognised by the Imperial College President’s Medal for Excellence in External Collaboration and Partnerships (2017).
A feature of Prof. Dini’s research is that much of it involves collaboration with other academic groups around the world (Europe, the Americas, China and Japan), and his ability to forge an international community of young researchers. He is a dedicated mentor having nurtured many group members to academic positions (>15) around the globe. In the UK, he is a point of reference for the tribology and engineering modelling community. Additionally, he is known for innovative interdisciplinary work: in particular in translating fundamental knowledge about solid/fluid interactions to new areas: e.g. development of bioinspired solutions for locomotion and medical devices, optimisation of drug delivery in soft tissues, and the development of synthetic materials for tissue mimics.
Professor Dini has also been the recipient many individual and best papers awards, including the Tribology Trust Bronze Medal awarded by the IMechE (2004), the Jacob Wallenberg Foundation Award awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (2007), the Thomas Bernard Hall Prize (IMechE 2008 and 2010), the K.L. Johnson Award 2012 (ASME), the Donald Julius Groen Prize (2019) and the Peter Jost Tribology Award in 2021. He sits on several international committees and editorial boards and is a Fellow of the RAEng, the STLE, the IMechE and the IoP. He has published over 250 journal articles, has presented over 50 invited, keynotes and plenary talks and contributions at conferences and is the recipient of the prestigious EPSRC Established Career Fellowship, awarded in 2016.