Publications and patents

You can find below an updated list of my publications below, with links to Open Access pdfs. You may also visit Google Scholar, ArXiv, ResearchID and ResearchGate. Watch the video below for a great summary of our spider silk project !

Peer-reviewed Publications

    1. Everything in its right place: controlling the local composition of hydrogels using microfluidic traps

      M. Kessler, H. Elettro, I. Heimgartner, S. Madasu, K. A. Brakke, F. Gallaire & E. Amstad

      Lab on a Chip, 4:066004 (2020)

      Open Access PDF File

    1. Adsorption induces superflexibility and spontaneous curvature in monolayer graphene

      H. Elettro & F. Melo

      Physical Review Materials, 4:066004 (2020)

      Open Access PDF File


    1. The heavy windlass: Buckling and coiling of an elastic rod inside a liquid drop in the presence of gravity 

      H. Elettro, S. Neukirch & A. Antkowiak

      Mechanics Research Communication, 93:58-61 (2018)

      Open Access PDF File


    1. Friction mobilization and gradient-induced enhanced Janssen’s screening in confined granular rafts

      O. Saavedra, H. Elettro & F. Melo

      Physical Review Materials, 2(4):043603 (2018)

      Open Access PDF File, Editor’s Suggestion


    1. Drop-on-coilable-fibre systems exhibit negative stiffness events and transitions in coiling morphology

      H. Elettro, S. Neukirch, F. Vollrath & A. Antkowiak

      Soft Matter, 13(33):5509-5517 (2017)

      Open Access PDF FileFront Cover


    1. Converting water adsorption and capillary condensation in useable forces with simple porous inorganic thin films

      M. Boudot, H. Elettro & D. Grosso

      ACS Nano, 10(11):10031-10040 (2016)

      Open Access PDF File


    1. In-drop capillary spooling of spider capture thread inspires hybrid fibers with mixed solid–liquid mechanical properties

      H. Elettro, S. Neukirch, A.Antkowiak & F. Vollrath

      PNAS, 113(22):6143-6147 (2016)

      Open access PDF FileEditor’s suggestion


    1. Elastocapillary coiling of an elastic rod inside a drop

      H. Elettro, P. Grandgeorge, S. Neukirch

      Journal of Elasticity, 127(2):235-247 (2016)

      Open Access PDF File


    1. Coiling of an elastic beam inside a disk: A model for spider-capture silk

      H. Elettro, S. Neukirch, A.Antkowiak & F. Vollrath

      Int. J. of Non-Linear Mechanics, 75:59–66 (2015)

      Open Access PDF File


    1. Adhesion of dry and wet cribellate silk

      H. Elettro, S. Neukirch, A.Antkowiak & F. Vollrath

      The Science Of Nature, 102(7):1–4 (2015)

      Open Access PDF File


PhD dissertation

  • Elastocapillary windlass: from spider silk to smart actuators

    H. Elettro, PhD dissertation, defended on 24th july 2015

    Open Access PDF File

Book Chapters

  1. Ripples and Wrinkles in Graphene: Beyond Continuum Mechanics

    H. Elettro & F. Melo

    Wrinkled Polymer Surfaces pp 229-252 (2019)


  1. Method and device for modifying a characteristic of a wire element, especially the distance separating its two ends (Patent on Capillary Windlass Technology, see PhD work)

    H. Elettro, F. Vollrath, A. Antkowiak & S. Neukirch

    Patent Number FR1453960, 30th April 2014

Professional Service

Reviewer for

  • Nature Scientific Reports.
  • European Physics Letters (EPL).
  • Materials and Design.
  • Advanced Science.
  • Physical Review Letters (PRL).

Press Releases

Our PNAS article received significant attention from the media, among which: