Irene Arias

Associate professor at UPC
Research area: Mathematical Modelling

PhD in Mechanical Engineering obtained at Northwestern University (USA)


After graduating as a Civil Engineer (Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos) from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech, I obtained a BSCH/Fulbright Fellowship for graduate studies in the USA. After a postdoctoral stay in the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), I returned to the School of Civil Engineering at BarcelonaTech, where I joined the LaCàN research group. Soon after, Iobtained a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant. I have been the PI of several projects funded by the Spanish Government. I have recently been awarded a ERC Starting Grant 2015. My research articles are available here and collected in my researcher id.

Research lines

  • Mechanics and physics of electromechanical materials
  • Mathematical modelling and computation
  • Fracture mechanics and failure
  • Nanoscale electromechanical devices
  • Fundamental manifestations of flexoelectricity

Selected publications

  • A. Abdollahi and I. Arias (2015), Constructive and Destructive Interplay between Piezoelectricity and Flexoelectricity in Flexural Sensors and Actuators, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 82(12)121003-121003-4.
  • A. Abdollahi, C. Peco, D. Millán, M. Arroyo, G. Catalan, and I. Arias (2015), Fracture toughening and toughness asymmetry induced by flexoelectricity, Physical Review B, 92, 94101.
  • A. Abdollahi and I. Arias (2012), Phase-field Modeling of Crack Propagation in Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Materials with Different Electromechanical Crack Conditions, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 60, 2100-2126.
  • A. Abdollahi and I. Arias (2011), Phase-field modeling of the coupled microstructure and fracture evolution in ferroelectric single crystals, ActaMaterialia, 59, 4733-4746.
  • I. Arias and M. Arroyo(2008), Size dependent nonlinear elastic scaling of multiwalled carbon nanotubes, Physical Review Letters, 100, 085503.