Massimo Mastrangeli


Massimo Mastrangeli is a specialist in microfabrication and fluidic self-assembly for microsystems integration. His research interests focus on self-organization across scales and abstraction levels.

He got his BS and MS degrees (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa (Pisa, IT). He received his PhD degree in Materials Engineering from the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the Catholic University of Leuven (Leuven, BE) in collaboration with IMEC Belgium. During this last appointment, he visited the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA), the Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, NM, USA), and the BEAMS Department of the Free University of Bruxelles (ULB, Bruxelles, BE).

Massimo is also interested in complex systems, music, philosophy and satire.



Wireless soft microscale actuators and robotic devices to study mechanobiology

R. F. Penacho Parreira / M. S. Sakar (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2021. 


Self-assembly of micro/nanosystems across scales and interfaces

M. Mastrangeli 

2017. 19th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (TRANSDUCERS 2017), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, June 18-22, 2017. p. 676-681. DOI : 10.1109/TRANSDUCERS.2017.7994139.

Yield prediction in parallel homogeneous assembly

D. Ipparthi; A. Winslow; M. Sitti; M. Dorigo; M. Mastrangeli 

Soft Matter. 2017. Vol. 13, p. 7595-7608. DOI : 10.1039/C7SM01189J.

Mode Evolution in Strongly Coupled Plasmonic Dolmens Fabricated by Templated Assembly

V. Flauraud; G. D. Bernasconi; J. Butet; M. Mastrangeli; D. T. L. Alexander et al. 

ACS Photonics. 2017. Vol. 4, num. 7, p. 1661-1668. DOI : 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b01026.

Nanoscale topography determines the capillary assembly of nanoparticles

V. Flauraud; M. Mastrangeli; G. D. Bernasconi; J. Butet; D. Alexander et al. 

13th Zsigmondy Colloquium of the German Colloidal Society, Saarbrücken, DE, April 5-7, 2017.

Nanoscale topographical control of capillary assembly of nanoparticles

V. Flauraud; M. Mastrangeli; G. D. Bernasconi; J. Butet; D. T. L. Alexander et al. 

Nature Nanotechnology. 2017. Vol. 12, num. 1, p. 73-80. DOI : 10.1038/nnano.2016.179.

Surface Tension-driven Self-Alignment

M. Mastrangeli; Q. Zhou; V. Sariola; P. Lambert 

Soft Matter. 2017. Vol. 27, num. 13, p. 304-327. DOI : 10.1039/C6SM02078J.


Dipole codes attractively encode glue functions

D. Ipparthi; M. Mastrangeli; A. Winslow 

Theoretical Computer Science. 2016. Vol. 671, p. 19-25. DOI : 10.1016/j.tcs.2016.02.038.

Fluid-Mediated Stochastic Self-Assembly at Centimetric and Sub-Millimetric Scales: Design, Modeling, and Control

B. Haghighat; M. Mastrangeli; G. Mermoud; F. S. Schill; A. Martinoli 

Micromachines. 2016. Vol. 7, num. 8 (Special Issue on “Building by Self-Assembly”), p. 138. DOI : 10.3390/mi7080138.


A Study of Yield Predictions for a Model of Homogeneous Self-Assembling Components

D. Ipparthi; A. Winslow; M. Mastrangeli; M. Dorigo 

2015. 1st Int. Symp. on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics (SWARM 2015), Kyoto, Japan, October 28-30, 2015.

Capillary Gripping and Self-Alignment: A Route Toward Autonomous Heterogeneous Assembly

G. Arutinov; M. Mastrangeli; G. van Heck; P. Lambert; J. M. J. den Toonder et al. 

IEEE Transactions on Robotics. 2015. Vol. 31, num. 4, p. 1033-1043. DOI : 10.1109/TRO.2015.2452775.

The Fluid Joint: The Soft Spot of Micro- and Nanosystems

M. Mastrangeli 

Advanced Materials. 2015. Vol. 27, num. 29, p. 4254-4272. DOI : 10.1002/adma.201501260.

Mesoscopic self-assembly: A shift to complexity

M. Mastrangeli 

Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. 2015. Vol. 1, p. 6. DOI : 10.3389/fmech.2015.00006.

Modeling capillary forces for large displacements

M. Mastrangeli; G. Arutinov; E. C. P. Smits; P. Lambert 

Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. 2015. Vol. 18, num. 4, p. 695-708. DOI : 10.1007/s10404-014-1469-9.

Foil-to-Foil System Integration Through Capillary Self-Alignment Directed by Laser Patterning

G. Arutinov; M. Mastrangeli; E. C. P. Smits; G. van Heck; J. M. J. den Toonder et al. 

Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2015. Vol. 24, num. 1, p. 126-133. DOI : 10.1109/JMEMS.2014.2321013.


Liquid-Filled Sealed Mems Capsules Fabricated By Fluidic Self-Assembly

M. Mastrangeli; L. Jacot-Descombes; M. R. Gullo; J. Brugger 

2014. IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2014), San Francisco (USA), January 26-30, 2014. p. 56-59. DOI : 10.1109/MEMSYS.2014.6765572.

In-Plane Mode Dynamics of Capillary Self-Alignment

G. Arutinov; E. C. P. Smits; P. Albert; P. Lambert; M. Mastrangeli 

Langmuir. 2014. Vol. 30, num. 43, p. 13092-13102. DOI : 10.1021/la502831r.

Experimental Characterization of Drobot: Towards Closed-Loop Control

N. Majcherczyk; K. Rabenorosoa; C. Clévy; R. Mincheva; J-M. Raquez et al. 

2014. 2014 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Besançon, FR, July 8-11, 2014. p. 961-966. DOI : 10.1109/AIM.2014.6878204.

Shift Dynamics of Capillary Self-Alignment

G. Arutinov; M. Mastrangeli; E. C. P. Smits; G. van Heck; H. F. M. Schoo et al. 

2014. International Precision Assembly Seminar (IPAS 2014), Chamonix, FR, February 16-18, 2014. p. 61-68. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-662-45586-9_9.

High-yield and high-precision nanoparticle assembly: towards complex plasmonic antennas

V. Flauraud; M. Mastrangeli; E. Shahrabi; J. Brugger 

40th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE 2014), Lausanne, CH, September 22-26, 2014.

Inkjet printed superparamagnetic polymer composite hemispheres with programmed magnetic anisotropy

O. Ergeneman; C. Peters; M. R. Gullo; L. Jacot-Descombes; S. Gervasoni et al. 

Nanoscale. 2014. Vol. 6, p. 10495-10499. DOI : 10.1039/C3NR06442E.

Inkjet Printing of High Aspect Ratio Superparamagnetic SU-8 Microstructures with Preferential Magnetic Directions

L. Jacot-Descombes; M. R. Gullo; V. J. Cadarso; M. Mastrangeli; O. Ergeneman et al. 

Micromachines. 2014. Vol. 5, p. 583-593. DOI : 10.3390/mi5030583.

Three-dimensional polymeric microtiles for optically-tracked fluidic self-assembly

M. Mastrangeli; A. Martinoli; J. Brugger 

Microelectronic Engineering. 2014. Vol. 124, p. 1-7. DOI : 10.1016/j.mee.2014.04.017.

Automated Real-Time Control of Fluidic Self-Assembly of Microparticles

M. Mastrangeli; F. S. Schill; J. Goldowsky; H. Knapp; J. Brugger et al. 

2014. 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), Hong Kong (China), May 31 – June 7, 2014. p. 5860-5865. DOI : 10.1109/ICRA.2014.6907721.


Design iterations on Lego R – like MEMS bricks

T. Cieslewski 


Reconfigurable MEMS modules for 2D (self-)assembly

C. Gabry 


Acousto-fluidic system assisting in-liquid self-assembly of microcomponents

J. Goldowsky; M. Mastrangeli; L. Jacot-Descombes; R. M. Gullo; G. Mermoud et al. 

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 2013. Vol. 23, num. 12, p. 125026. DOI : 10.1088/0960-1317/23/12/125026.

Fluid-mediated parallel self-assembly of polymeric micro-capsules for liquid encapsulation and release

L. Jacot-Descombes; C. Martin-Olmos; M. R. Gullo; V. J. Cadarso; G. Mermoud et al. 

Soft Matter. 2013. Vol. 9, p. 9931-9938. DOI : 10.1039/c3sm51923f.

Inkjet-printed SU-8 Hemispherical Microcapsules and Silicon chip Embedding

L. Jacot-Descombes; R. M. Gullo; M. Mastrangeli; V. J. Cadarso; J. Brugger 

IET Micro & Nano Letters. 2013. Vol. 8, num. 10, p. 633-636. DOI : 10.1049/mnl.2013.0241.

Three-dimensional SU-8 microtiles for fluidic self-assembly

M. Mastrangeli; A. Martinoli; J. Brugger 

2013. 39th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE 2013), London, 16-19 September 2013.

Surface tension-driven self-assembly

M. Mastrangeli 

Surface tension in microsystems; Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2013. p. 227-253.

Lateral capillary forces

M. Mastrangeli; P. Lambert 

Surface tension in microsystems; Springer, 2013. p. 45-69.

Dynamics of capillary self-alignment for mesoscopic foil devices

G. Arutinov; M. Mastrangeli; E. C. P. Smiths; H. F. M. Schoo; J. Brugger et al. 

Applied Physics Letters. 2013. Vol. 102, p. 144101. DOI : 10.1063/1.4801088.

Vertical excitation of axisymmetric liquid bridges

J-B. Valsamis; M. Mastrangeli; P. Lambert 

European Journal of Mechanics Series B Fluids. 2013. Vol. 38, p. 47-57. DOI : 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2012.09.008.


Capillary Self-Alignment of Mesoscopic Foil Components for Sensor-Systems-in-Foil

G. Arutinov; E. C. P. Smits; M. Mastrangeli; G. van Heck; J. van den Brand et al. 

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 2012. Vol. 22, p. 115022. DOI : 10.1088/0960-1317/22/11/115022.

Failure Modes in Capillary Self-Assembly

M. Mastrangeli; J. Brugger 

Micromanipulation for micro-nano systems, Femto-ST, Besancon, FR, April 11, 2012.

Experimental and theoretical analysis of capillary-driven self-alignment dynamics for R2R manufacturing of system-in-foil devices

G. Arutinov; E. Smits; J. Van den Brand; M. Mastrangeli; H. Schoo et al. 

2012. 2012 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, April 9-13, 2012.

Real-Time Automated Modeling and Control of Self-Assembling Systems

G. Mermoud; M. Mastrangeli; U. Upadhyay; A. Martinoli 

2012. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 14-18, 2012. p. 4266-4273. DOI : 10.1109/ICRA.2012.6224888.


A Trajectory-based Calibration Method for Stochastic Motion Models

E. Di Mario; G. Mermoud; M. Mastrangeli; A. Martinoli 

2011. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. p. 4341-4347. DOI : 10.1109/IROS.2011.6094940.


Enabling Capillary Self-Assembly for Microsystem Integration

M. Mastrangeli / J-P. Celis; C. van Hoof (Dir.)  

Arenberg Doctoral School, University of Leuven, 2010.