Below is a chronologically ordered list of my publications in refereed journals. For a list of recent highlights see my profile at the Mathematical Institute. For citation statistics try my Google Scholar or Publons profiles.
Refereed Articles
Forthcoming
Droplets on Lubricant Infused Surfaces: The slow dynamics of skirt formation
Z. Dai and D. Vella
[arxiv]
Compression of a pressurized spherical shell by a spherical or flat probe
E. Couturier, D. Vella and A. Boudaoud
[arxiv]
The nascent coffee ring with arbitrary droplet contact set: an asymptotic analysis
M. R. Moore, D. Vella and J. M. Oliver
[arxiv]
Frustrating frustration in snap-induced morphing
M. Liu, L. Domino, I. Dupon de Dinechin, M. Taffetani and D. Vella
[arxiv]
2022
2021
2020
Validity of Winkler's mattress model for thin elastomeric layers: Beyond Poisson's ratio
T. G. J. Chandler and D. Vella
Proc. R. Soc. A 476 , 20200551 (2020).
[ORA
Record] [arxiv] [data]
Detachment in capillary adhesion: The relative roles of tilting and separation
M. D. Butler and D. Vella
IMA J. Appl. Mat. 85 , 673-702 (2020).
[ORA Record]
Indentation of suspended two-dimensional solids: The signatures of geometrical and material nonlinearity
T. G. J. Chandler and D. Vella
J. Mech. Phys. Solids 144, 104109 (2020).
[ORA
Record] [arxiv]
[data]
Tapered elasticae as a route for axisymmetric morphing structures
M. Liu, L. Domino and D. Vella
Soft Matter 16 , 7739-7750 (2020)
[ORA Record]
Cloaking by coating: How effectively does a thin, stiff coating hide a soft substrate?
F. Box, C. Jacquemot, M. Adda-Bedia and D. Vella
Soft Matter 16 , 4574-4583 (2020)
[ORA
Record] [arXiv]
Dynamic buckling of an inextensible elastic ring:
Linear and nonlinear analyses
O. Kodio, A. Goriely and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. E 101 , 053002 (2020)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
[Also highlighted as an editor's suggestion]
Dynamic buckling of elastic rings in a soap film
F. Box, O. Kodio, D. O'Kiely, V. Cantelli, A. Goriely and
D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Lett. 124 , 198003 (2020)
[ORA
Record] [arXiv]
[Also highlighted as an editor's suggestion]
Impact on floating thin elastic sheets: A mathematical model
D. O'Kiely, F. Box, O. Kodio, J. P. Whiteley and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Fluids 5 , 014003 (2020)
[ORA
Record] [arXiv]
2019
Dynamics of droplets on cones: Self-propulsion due to curvature gradients
J. McCarthy, D. Vella and A. A. Castrejón-Pita
Soft Matter 15 , 9997-10004 (2019)
[ORA
Record]
Dynamics of wrinkling in ultrathin elastic sheets
F. Box, D. O'Kiely, O. Kodio, M. Inizan, A. A. Casterjón-Pita and
D. Vella
Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 116 , 20875-20880 (2019)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
Limitations of curvature-induced rigidity: How a
curved strip buckles under gravity
M. Taffetani, F. Box, A. Neveu, and D. Vella
Europhys. Lett. 127 , 14001 (2019)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
Buffering by buckling as a route for elastic deformation
D. Vella
Nat. Rev. Phys. 1 , 425-436 (2019)
Elasto-capillary adhesion: The effect of
deformability on adhesion strength and detachment
M. Butler, F. Box, T. Robert and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Fluids 4 , 033601 (2019).
[ORA Record]
[arXiv]
[data]
Wettability-independent droplet transport by Bendotaxis
A. T. Bradley, F. Box, I. J. Hewitt and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Lett. 122 074503 (2019)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
[Also summarized in Physics , 22^{nd} February 2019.]
Reproducing the pressure-time signature of membrane filtration: The interplay between fouling, caking, and elasticity
J. G. Herterich, I. M. Griffiths and D. Vella
J. Mem. Sci. 577 , 235-248 (2019)
[ORA
record]
Dynamics of viscoelastic snap-through
M. Gomez, D. E. Moulton, and D. Vella
J. Mech. Phys. Solids 124 , 781-813 (2019)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
2018
2017
Using evaporation to control capillary instabilities in micro-systems
R. Ledesma-Aguilar, G. Laghezza, J. M. Yeomans and D. Vella
Soft Matter 13 , 8947-8956 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
Indentation of a floating elastic sheet: Geometry versus applied tension
F. Box, D. Vella , R. W. Style and J. A. Neufeld
Proc. R. Soc. A 473 , 20170335 (2017)
[ORA
record]
[arXiv]
[data]
Passive control of viscous flow via elastic snap-through
M. Gomez, D. E. Moulton and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 , 144502 (2017)
[ORA
record]
[arXiv]
[data]
Kinetic effects regularize the mass-flux singularity at the contact line of a thin evaporating drop
M. A. Saxton, J. P. Whiteley, D. Vella and J. M. Oliver
J. Eng. Math. 106 , 47-73 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
[SharedIt]
[data]
Axonal buckling following stretch injury
G. Lang, S. Waters, D. Vella and A. Goriely
J. Elasticity 129 , 239-256 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
[SharedIt]
Mathematical modelling of blood-brain barrier failure and oedema
G. E. Lang, D. Vella , S. L. Waters and A. Goriely
Math. Med. Bio. 34 , 391-414 (2017)
[ORA record]
Fluctuation spectra and force generation in non-equilibrium systems
A. A. Lee, D. Vella , and J. S. Wettlaufer
Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 114 , 9255-9260 (2017)
[ORA
record] [arXiv]
Non-wetting drops at liquid interfaces: From liquid marbles to Leidenfrost drops
C. Y. H. Wong, M. Adda-Bedia and D. Vella
Soft Matter 13 , 5250-5260 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
Optimizing the operation of a direct-flow filtration device
J. G. Herterich, Q. Zu, R. W. Field, D. Vella , and I. M. Griffiths
J. Eng. Math. 104 , 195-211 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
Regimes of wrinkling in pressurized elastic shells
M. Taffetani and D. Vella
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. 375 , 20160330 (2017)
[ORA record] [arXiv] [data]
Indentation metrology of clamped, ultra-thin elastic sheets
D. Vella and B. Davidovitch
Soft Matter 13 , 2264-2278 (2017)
[ORA record] [arXiv]
Floating and sinking of a pair of spheres at a liquid-fluid interface
H. Cooray, P. Cicuta and D. Vella
Langmuir 33 , 1427-1436 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
Critical slowing down in purely elastic `snap-through' instabilities
M. Gomez, D. E. Moulton, and D. Vella
Nat. Phys. 13 , 142-145 (2017)
[ORA
Record] [arXiv]
[SharedIt]
[data]
Lubricated wrinkles: imposed constraints affect the dynamics of wrinkle
coarsening
O. Kodio, I. M. Griffiths and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Fluids 2 , 014202 (2017)
[ORA record] [arXiv]
Self-assembly of repulsive interfacial particles via collective sinking
D.-G. Lee, P. Cicuta and D. Vella
Soft Matter 13 , 212-221 (2017)
[ORA record] [arXiv]
2016
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The compression of a heavy floating elastic film
E. Jambon-Puillet, D. Vella and S. Protière
Soft Matter 12 , 9289-9296 (2016)
[ORA
Record]
[arXiv]
Wrinkling, creasing, and folding in fiber-reinforced soft tissues
P. S. Stewart, T. El-Sayed, S. L. Waters, D. Vella and A. Goriely
Extr. Mech. Lett. 8 , 22-29 (2016)
[ORA record]
The surprising dynamics of a chain on a pulley: Lift-off and snapping
P.-T. Brun, B. Audoly, A. Goriely and D. Vella
Proc. R. Soc. A 472 , 20160187 (2016)
[ORA
record] [arXiv]
The capacitance-power-hysteresis trilemma in nanoporous supercapacitors
A. A. Lee, D. Vella , A. Goriely and S. Kondrat
Phys. Rev. X 6 , 021034 (2016)
[ORA
record] [arXiv] [data]
Inverse Leidenfrost effect: Levitating drops on liquid Nitrogen
M. Adda-Bedia, S. Kumar, F. Lechenault, S. Moulinet, M. Schillaci and D. Vella
Langmuir 32 , 4179-4188 (2016)
[ORA
record] [youtube]
The shallow shell approach to Pogorelov's problem and the breakdown of `mirror buckling'
M. Gomez, D. E. Moulton and D. Vella
Proc. R. Soc. A 472 , 20150732 (2016)
[ORA
record] [arXiv]
Quantum capacitance modifies interionic interactions in semiconducting nanopores
A. A. Lee, D. Vella and A. Goriely
EPL 113 , 38005 (2016)
[ORA
record] [arXiv]
Evaporation effects in elastocapillary aggregation
A. Hadjittofis, J. R. Lister, K. Singh and D. Vella
J. Fluid Mech. 792 , 168-185 (2016)
[ORA record] [arXiv]
On thin evaporating drops: when is the d ^{2} -law valid?
M. A. Saxton, J. P Whiteley, D. Vella and J. M. Oliver
J. Fluid Mech. 792 , 134-167 (2016)
[ORA
record]
[data]
Capillary imbibition into converging tubes: Beating Washburn's law and the optimal imbibition of liquids
J.-B. Gorce, I. J. Hewitt and D. Vella
Langmuir 32 , 1560-1567 (2016)
[ORA record]
Also featured on the front cover of Langmuir
Curvature-induced stiffness and the spatial variation of wavelength in wrinkled sheets
J. D. Paulsen, E. Hohlfeld, H. King, J. Huang, Z. Qiu, T. P. Russell, N. Menon, D. Vella and B. Davidovitch
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113 , 1144-1149 (2016)
[ORA record]
On the role of buoyant flexure in glacier calving
T. J. W. Wagner, T. D. James, T. Murray and D. Vella
Geophys. Res. Lett. 43 , 232-240 (2016)
[ORA
record] [youtube]
2015
The role of extensibility in the birth of a ruck in a rug
A. A. Lee, C. Le Gouellec, and D. Vella
Extr. Mech. Lett. 5 , 81-87 (2015)
[ORA
record] [arXiv]
Wrinkling reveals a new isometry of pressurized elastic shells
D. Vella , H. Ebrahimi, A. Vaziri and B. Davidovitch
EPL 112 , 24007 (2015)
[ORA
record] [arXiv]
Exponentially decreasing tooth growth rate in horse teeth: Implications for isotopic analyses
R. Bendrey, D. Vella , A. Zazzo, M. Balasse and S. Lepetz
Archaeometry 57 , 1104-1124 (2015)
Propagation of damage in brain tissue: Coupling the mechanics of Edema and oxygen delivery
G. E. Lang, D. Vella , S. L. Waters and A. Goriely
Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol. 14 , 1197-1216 (2015)
On contact-line dynamics with mass transfer
J. M. Oliver, J. P. Whiteley, M. A. Saxton, D. Vella , V. S. Zubkov and J. R. King
Eur. J. Appl. Math. 26 , 671-719 (2015)
[ORA record]
Dynamics of ion transport in ionic liquids
A. A. Lee, S. Kondrat, D. Vella , and A. Goriely
Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 , 106101 (2015)
[arXiv]
Tailoring wall permeabilities for enhanced filtration
J. G. Herterich, D. Vella , R. W. Field, N. P. Hankins and I. M. Griffiths
Phys. Fluids 27 , 053102 (2015)
Inertial rise of a meniscus on a vertical cylinder
D. O'Kiely, J. P Whiteley, J. M. Oliver and D. Vella
J. Fluid Mech. 768 , R2 (2015)
[ORA record]
Indentation of ultrathin elastic films and the emergence of asymptotic isometry
D. Vella , J. Huang, N. Menon, T. P. Russell and B. Davidovitch
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 , 014301 (2015)
[arXiv]
Floating versus Sinking
D. Vella
Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. 47 , 115-135 (2015)
Are room temperature ionic liquids dilute electrolytes?
A. A. Lee, D. Vella , S. Perkin and A. Goriely
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6 , 159-163 (2015)
[arXiv]
2014
Lattice-Boltzmann
simulations of droplet evaporation
R. Ledesma-Aguilar, D. Vella and J. M. Yeomans
Soft Matter 10 , 8267-8275 (2014)
Unravelling nanoconfined films of ionic liquids
A. A. Lee, D. Vella , S. Perkin and A. Goriely
J. Chem. Phys. 141 , 094904 (2014)
[arXiv]
Optimal fractal-like hierarchical honeycombs
R. Oftadeh, B. Haghpanah, D. Vella , A. Boudaoud and A. Vaziri
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113 , 104301 (2014)
[Also highlighted as editor's suggestion and summarized in Physics , 3^{rd} September 2014.]
The 'footloose' mechanism: Iceberg decay from hydrostatic stresses
T. J. W. Wagner, P. Wadhams, R. Bates, P. Elesogui, A. Stern, D. Vella , E. Abrahamsen, A. Crawford and K. Nicholls
Geophys. Res. Lett. 41 5522-5529 (2014)
Particle capture efficiency in a multi-wire model for high gradient magnetic separation
A. Eisenträger, D. Vella and I. M. Griffiths
Appl. Phys. Lett. 105 , 033508 (2014)
[arXiv]
Is the Donnan effect sufficient to explain swelling in brain tissue slices?
G. E. Lang, P. S. Stewart, D. Vella , S. L. Waters and A. Goriely
J. R. Soc. Interface 11 , 20140123 (2014)
The effect of a concentration-dependent viscosity on particle transport in a channel flow with porous walls
J. G. Herterich, I. M. Griffiths, D. Vella and R. W. Field
AIChE J. 60 , 1891-1904 (2014)
A fluid-mechanical model of elastocapillary coalescence
K. Singh, J. R. Lister and D. Vella
J. Fluid Mech. 745 , 621-646 (2014)
[arXiv]
Anisotropic blistering instability of highly ellipsoidal shells
H. Ebrahimi, A. Ajdari, D. Vella , A. Boudaoud and A. Vaziri
Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 , 094302 (2014)
Dynamics of snapping beams and jumping poppers
A. Pandey, D. E. Moulton, D. Vella and D. P. Holmes
EPL 105 , 24001 (2014)
[arXiv]
The Magneto-elastica : From self-buckling to self-assembly
D. Vella , E. du Pontavice, C. L. Hall and A. Goriely
Proc. R. Soc. A 470 , 20130609 (2014)
[arXiv]
2013
The mechanics of a chain or ring of spherical magnets
C. L. Hall, D. Vella and A. Goriely
SIAM J. Appl. Math. 73 , 2029-2054 (2013)
[arXiv]
Elastometry of deflated capsules: Elastic moduli from shape and wrinkle analysis
S. Knoche, D. Vella , E. Aumaitre, P. Degen, H. Rehage, P. Cicuta and J. Kierfeld
Langmuir 29 , 12463-12471 (2013)
[arXiv]
Capillary deformations of bendable films
R. D. Schroll, M. Adda-Bedia, E. Cerda, J. Huang, N. Menon, T. P. Russell, K. B. Toga, D. Vella and B. Davidovitch
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 , 014301 (2013)
Switch on, switch off: Stiction in nanoelectromechanical switches
T. J. W. Wagner and D. Vella
Nanotechnology 24 , 275501 (2013)
Wrinkling in the deflation of elastic bubbles
E. Aumaitre, S. Knoche, P. Cicuta and D. Vella
Eur. Phys. J. E 36 , 22 (2013)
The `Sticky Elastica': Delamination blisters beyond small deformations
T. J. W. Wagner and D. Vella
Soft Matter 9 , 1025 (2013)
2012
Multiple equilibria in a simple elastocapillary system
M. Taroni and D. Vella
J. Fluid Mech. 712 , 273 (2012)
Indentation of ellipsoidal and cylindrical elastic shells
D. Vella , A. Ajdari, A. Vaziri and A. Boudaoud
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 , 144302 (2012)
[Also highlighted as editor's suggestion and featured in Physics , 5^{th} October 2012]
The capillary interaction between two vertical cylinders
H. Cooray, P. Cicuta and D. Vella
J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 24 , 284104 (2012)
The sensitivity of Graphene `Snap-through' to substrate geometry
T. J. W. Wagner and D. Vella
Appl. Phys. Lett. 100 , 233111 (2012)
[arXiv]
A refined sampling strategy for intra-tooth stable isotope analysis of mammalian enamel
A. Zazzo, R. Bendrey, D. Vella , A. P. Moloney, F. J. Monahan and O. Schmidt
Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 84 , 1 (2012)
The indentation of pressurized elastic shells: From polymeric capsules to yeast cells
D. Vella , A. Ajdari, A. Vaziri and A. Boudaoud
J. R. Soc. Interface 9 , 448 (2012)
A viscoelastic regime in dilute hydrophobin monolayers
E. Aumaitre, S. Wongsuwarn, D. Rossetti, N. D. Hedges, A. R. Cox, D. Vella and P. Cicuta
Soft Matter 8 , 1175 (2012)
2011
A prototypical model for tensional wrinkling in thin sheets
B. Davidovitch, R. D. Schroll, D. Vella , M. Adda-Bedia and E. Cerda
Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 108 , 18227 (2011)
Wrinkling of pressurized elastic shells
D. Vella , A. Ajdari, A. Vaziri and A. Boudaoud
Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 , 174301 (2011)
Floating carpets and the delamination of elastic sheets
T. J. W. Wagner and D. Vella
Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 , 044301 (2011)
Leakage from inclined porous reservoirs
P. J. Zimoch, J. A. Neufeld and D. Vella
J. Fluid Mech. 673 , 395 (2011)
On the measurement of the surface pressure in Langmuir films with finite shear elasticity
E. Aumaitre, D. Vella and P. Cicuta
Soft Matter 7 , 2530 (2011)
The collective motion of nematodes in a thin liquid layer
S. Gart, D. Vella and S. Jung
Soft Matter 7 , 2444 (2011)
[arXiv]
Leakage from gravity currents in a porous medium. Part 2. A line sink
D. Vella , J. A. Neufeld, H. E. Huppert and J. R. Lister
J. Fluid Mech. 666 , 414 (2011)
Leakage from gravity currents in a porous medium. Part 1. A localized sink
J. A. Neufeld, D. Vella , H. E. Huppert and J. R. Lister
J. Fluid Mech. 666 , 391 (2011)
2010
2009
2008
2007
2004-2006
The load supported by small floating objects
D. Vella , D.-G. Lee and H.-Y. Kim
Langmuir 22 , 5979 (2006)
Dynamics of surfactant-driven fracture of particle rafts
D. Vella H.-Y. Kim, P. Aussillous and L. Mahadevan
Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 , 178301 (2006)
[arXiv]
Gravity currents in a porous medium at an inclined plane
D. Vella and H. E. Huppert
J. Fluid Mech. 555 , 353 (2006)
[arXiv]
Sinking of a horizontal cylinder
D. Vella , D.-G. Lee and H.-Y. Kim
Langmuir 22 , 2972 (2006)
Equilibrium
conditions for the floating of multiple interfacial objects
D. Vella , P. D. Metcalfe and R. J. Whittaker
J. Fluid Mech. 549 , 215 (2006)
[arXiv]
A simple microscopic model for the dynamics of adhesive failure
D. Vella and L. Mahadevan
Langmuir 22 , 163 (2006)
[arXiv]
The 'Cheerios effect'
D. Vella and L. Mahadevan
Am. J. Phys. 73 , 817 (2005)
[arXiv]
Elasticity of an interfacial particle raft
D. Vella , P. Aussillous and L. Mahadevan
Europhys. Lett. 68 , 212 (2004)
[arXiv]
The wall-induced motion of a floating flexible train
D. Vella , H.-Y. Kim and L. Mahadevan
J. Fluid Mech. 502 , 89 (2004)
Other Writings and Reports
The fast and
the flexible: dynamic buckling of slender structures induced by the
bursting of a soap film
F. Box, D. O'Kiely, O. Kodio, A. Goriely and D. Vella
Entry to the 2019 Gallery of Fluid Motion
[youtube]
VIDEO
Patterning through
instabilities in complex media: theory and applications
P. Ciarletta and D. Vella
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 375 , 20160442 (2017)
[ORA
Record]
New
wrinkles on impact
M. Inizan, A. Castrejon-Pita and D. Vella
Entry to the 2016 Gallery of Fluid Motion
[youtube]
Two leaps forward
for robot locomotion
D. Vella
Science 349 , 472-473 (2015)
[official PDF reprint]
Finger Rafting
D. Vella and J. S. Wettlaufer
Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers
Edited by U.K. Haritashya, V. Singh, and P. Singh
Springer Press (2011)
The fluid mechanics of floating and sinking
D. Vella
PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge (2007)
VIDEO
The pull-off test for viscoelastic soft solids
S. Chiu-Webster, R. Dyson, D. Parker, D. Vella , R. Whittaker and D. Allwright
In Report of the 59th European Study Group with Industry (2007)
On thin ice: the mechanics of failure in sea ice
D. Vella
Proceedings of the WHOI Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program , 249 (2006)
Wax deposition in oil pipelines
C. Bailey et al.
In Report of the 56th European Study Group with Industry (2006)
Shimmy in aircraft landing gear
M. Aguareles et al.
In Report of the 56th European Study Group with Industry (2006)
The physics of floating
D. Vella
Eureka 57 , 26 (2006)