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Dr Hamed Rajabi Jorshari

Dr Hamed Rajabi Jorshari

rajabijh@lsbu.ac.uk

Mechanical Engineering and Design

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1792-3325

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I joined LSBU in 2021, where I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering & Design. I received my BSc (2007), MSc (2010) and PhD (2016) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guilan, Iran. During my PhD, I received a two-year DAAD Research Fellowship to join Functional Morphology and Biomechanics Institute at Kiel University. This was followed by a second PhD (2019) in Biology funded by Federal State Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, and later a three-year Postdoc at Kiel University.

You could read more about me at https://hamedrajabi.com/

I am passionate about biological systems and their ‘technological’ complexities. I lead the LifeDesign Lab, where my group and I aim to unravel these complexities and learn from them to develop nature-inspired concepts and elaborate them into a technology readiness level that can be converted into marketable products, especially in the areas of structural reinforcement, lightweight construction, healthcare systems and space robotics.

My research has particularly had a strong impact on current understanding of biomechanics of insect flight, wing and cuticle. I have contributed over 50 publications in international journals, one book chapter and two patents. I have won several national and international awards, including the KiNSIS Best PhD Dissertation Award in 2020, Kiel Life Science Postdoctoral Award in 2019 and the Distinguished Student Award of International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) in 2017. I have been the first-named investigator on multiple grant applications. I have supervised/co-supervised 38 graduate (7 PhD and 31 Master) and >50 undergraduate students.

I am currently providing service as a member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering and Journal of Bionic Engineering, and Standing Member of the Youth Committee of the International Society of Bionic Engineering. In 2020, I guest-edited two special issues in Applied Physics A and Insects. I am also co-founder and supervising producer of the YouTube channel Science4Everyone, which aims to bridge between science and the public.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Bukola Grace EkpetiDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Joseph Harry HutchinsonDesign and Manufacture of a Bioinspired Triphibious DroneMRes
Mr Sepehr Hajali EraghiDeployable origami structure design inspired by the asymmetric insect wing hingesPhD
Miss Caaisha WarsameUnderstanding bactericidal mechanisms using molecular dynamics simulationsPhD
Mr Zelin WangMulti-purpose surgical instruments (MSI) inspired by insect mandiblesPhD
Mr Nasif Bin SaifDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Matthew John MorleyMechanics of food breakdown in herbivorous animals and relation to dental morphologyPhD
Miss Andrea Antonia Nalule Byekwaso Investigating the Influence of Damping on Insect Wing DynamicsMRes

Awarded in the last 5 years
Chuchu LiPhD by Published Work
Ali KhaheshiPhD by Published Work
Kai DengPhD by Published Work
PhD in Science

Kiel University

2016
2019
PhD in Mechanical Engineering

University of Guilan

2011
2016
MSc in Mechanical Engineering

University of Guilan

2007
2010
BSc in Mechanical Engineering

University of Guilan

2003
2007
Postdoc
Kiel University

2019
2021
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Royal Society2022Bioinspired grippers for gentle handling and effective manipulationPrincipal Investigator
Royal Society2022Biomechanics of polymorphic mandibles in understudied Taiwanese stag beetlesPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
The Use of Mechanical Intelligence for Future Green DronesThe Use of Mechanical Intelligence for Future Green DronesPrincipal InvestigatorRoyal SocietyOPEN In preparationMay 2024

Allometric Scaling Reveals Evolutionary Constraint on Odonata Wing Cellularity via Critical Crack Length
Eshghi, S., Rajabi Jorshari, H., Shafaghi, S., Nabati, F., Nazerian, S., Darvizeh, A. and Gorb, S. (2024). Allometric Scaling Reveals Evolutionary Constraint on Odonata Wing Cellularity via Critical Crack Length. Advanced Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.202400844

Complexity biomechanics: a case study of dragonfly wing design from constituting composite material to higher structural levels.
Toofani, A., Eraghi, S., Basti, A and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2024). Complexity biomechanics: a case study of dragonfly wing design from constituting composite material to higher structural levels. Interface Focus. 14, p. 20230060. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2023.0060

WingSegment: A Computer Vision‐Based Hybrid Approach for Insect Wing Image Segmentation and 3D Printing
Eshghi, S., Rajabi Jorshari, H., Poser, J. and Gorb, S. (2024). WingSegment: A Computer Vision‐Based Hybrid Approach for Insect Wing Image Segmentation and 3D Printing. Advanced Intelligent Systems. 6 (5). https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.202300712

Strong attachment as an adaptation of flightless weevils on windy oceanic islands
Wang, L-Y., Lin, C-Y., Gorb, S.N. and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2023). Strong attachment as an adaptation of flightless weevils on windy oceanic islands. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 20 (208), p. 20230447. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2023.0447

Locomotory Behavior of Water Striders with Amputated Legs
Meshkani, J., Rajabi Jorshari, H., Kovalev, A. and Gorb, S. (2023). Locomotory Behavior of Water Striders with Amputated Legs. Biomimetics. 8 (7), p. 524. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics8070524

Investigation of Ultrasonically Levitated Droplets for Sonochemistry with High-Speed Camera Observations
Aldahi, M., Khaheshi Hasankiadeh, A., Saif, N.B., Vasconez, J.F.Pr., Rajabi, H. and Harput, S. (2023). Investigation of Ultrasonically Levitated Droplets for Sonochemistry with High-Speed Camera Observations. 2023 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). Montreal, QC, Canada 03 - 08 Sep 2023 IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ius51837.2023.10307095

Basal complex: a smart wing component for automatic shape morphing
Eraghi, S.H., Toofani, A., Guilani, R.J.A., Ramezanpour, S., Bijma, N.N., Sedaghat, A., Yasamandaryaei, A.;, Gorb, S. and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2023). Basal complex: a smart wing component for automatic shape morphing. Communications biology. 6, p. 853. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-023-05206-1

Patterns of load distribution among the legs in small water striders during standing and striding
Meshkani, J., Rajabi, H., Kovalev, A. and Gorb, S. N. (2023). Patterns of load distribution among the legs in small water striders during standing and striding. Journal of Zoology. 320 (2), pp. 84-95. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.13066

Double‐spirals offer the development of pre‐programmable modular metastructures
Jafarpour, M., Gorb, S.N. and Rajabi, H. (2023). Double‐spirals offer the development of pre‐programmable modular metastructures. Advanced Engineering Materials. 25 (13), p. 2300102. https://doi.org/10.1002/adem.202300102

In Situ Reconfigurable Continuum Robot with Varying Curvature Enabled by Programmable Tensegrity Building Blocks
Zhang, J., Shi, J., Huang, J., Wu, Q., Zhao, Y., Yang, J., Rajabi, H., Wu, Z., Peng, H. and Wu, J. (2023). In Situ Reconfigurable Continuum Robot with Varying Curvature Enabled by Programmable Tensegrity Building Blocks. Advanced Intelligent Systems. 5 (7), p. 2300048. https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.202300048

A ballistic pollen dispersal strategy based on stylar oscillation of Hypochaeris radicata (Asteraceae)
Ito, S., Rajabi, H. and Gorb, S. N. A ballistic pollen dispersal strategy based on stylar oscillation of Hypochaeris radicata (Asteraceae). Journal of Experimental Biology. 226 (6). https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.244258

A Preprogrammable Continuum Robot Inspired by Elephant Trunk for Dexterous Manipulation
Zhang, J., Li, Y., Kan, Z., Yuan, Q., Rajabi, H., Wu, Z., Peng, H. and Wu, J. (2023). A Preprogrammable Continuum Robot Inspired by Elephant Trunk for Dexterous Manipulation. Soft Robotics. https://doi.org/10.1089/soro.2022.0048

Double-spiral: a bioinspired pre-programmable compliant joint with multiple degrees of freedom
Jafarpour, M., Gorb, S. and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2023). Double-spiral: a bioinspired pre-programmable compliant joint with multiple degrees of freedom. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 20 (198). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2022.0757

The frequency of wing damage in a migrating butterfly
Korkmaz, R., Rajabi, H., Eshghi, S., Gorb, S.N. and Büscher, T. (2022). The frequency of wing damage in a migrating butterfly. Insect Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7917.13153

An insect-inspired asymmetric hinge in a double-layer membrane
Rajabi, H., Eraghi, S.H., Khaheshi, A., Toofani, A., Hunt, C. and Wootton, R.J. (2022). An insect-inspired asymmetric hinge in a double-layer membrane. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 119 (45), p. e2211861119. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2211861119

Versatile Like a Seahorse Tail: A Bio-Inspired Programmable Continuum Robot For Conformal Grasping
Zhang, J., Hu, Y., Li, Y., Ma, K., Wei, Y., Yang, J., Wu, Z., Rajabi Jorshari, H., Peng, H. and Wu, J. (2022). Versatile Like a Seahorse Tail: A Bio-Inspired Programmable Continuum Robot For Conformal Grasping. Advanced Intelligent Systems. p. 2200263. https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.202200263

Mechanical Intelligence (MI): A Bioinspired Concept for Transforming Engineering Design
Khaheshi Hasankiadeh, A. and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2022). Mechanical Intelligence (MI): A Bioinspired Concept for Transforming Engineering Design. Advanced Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.202203783

Conflicting requirements for transparency and mechanical stability in the compound eyes of desert locusts
Li, C., Rajabi, H. and Gorb, S. (2022). Conflicting requirements for transparency and mechanical stability in the compound eyes of desert locusts. Advanced Materials Interfaces. 2200766. https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202200766

An image based application in Matlab for automated modelling and morphological analysis of insect wings
Eshghi, S., Nabati, Shafaghi, S., Nooraeefar, V., Darvizeh, A., Gorb, S. and Rajabi, H. (2022). An image based application in Matlab for automated modelling and morphological analysis of insect wings. Scientific Reports. 12, p. 13917. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-17859-9

Effect of sample treatment on the elastic modulus of locust cuticle obtained by nanoindentation
Li, C., Gorb, S. and Rajabi, H. (2022). Effect of sample treatment on the elastic modulus of locust cuticle obtained by nanoindentation. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. 13, p. 404–410. https://doi.org/10.3762/bjnano.13.33

Insects: Functional Morphology, Biomechanics and Biomimetics
Rajabi, H., Wu, J. and Gorb, S. (2021). Insects: Functional Morphology, Biomechanics and Biomimetics. Insects. 12 (12), p. 1108. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12121108

The damping properties of the foam‑filled shaft of primary feathers of the pigeon Columba livia
Rajabi, H., Deng, K., Kovalev, A., Schaber, C., Dai, Z. D. and Gorb, S. (2022). The damping properties of the foam‑filled shaft of primary feathers of the pigeon Columba livia. The Science of Nature Naturwissenschaften. 109 (1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-021-01773-7

Fin Ray Crossbeam Angles for Efficient Foot Design for Energy‐Efficient Robot Locomotion
Manoonpong, P., Rajabi, Hamed, Larsen, Jørgen C., Raoufi, Seyed S., Asawalertsak, Naris, Homchanthanakul, J., Tramsen, Halvor T., Darvizeh, Abolfazl and Gorb, S. (2021). Fin Ray Crossbeam Angles for Efficient Foot Design for Energy‐Efficient Robot Locomotion. Advanced Intelligent Systems. p. 2100133. https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.202100133

Elytra coupling of the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata functions as an energy absorber in intentional falls
Rajabi, H., Zhang, J., Yuan, Q., Jiang, Y., Pang, H., Wu, Z. and Wu, J. (2021). Elytra coupling of the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata functions as an energy absorber in intentional falls. Bioinspiration & biomimetics. 16, p. 056018. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/ac1cef

Double-rowed teeth: design specialization of the H. venator ants for enhanced tribological stability
Zhang, W., Wu, Z., Wang, Z., Wang, Z., Li, C., Rajabi, H. and Wu, J. (2021). Double-rowed teeth: design specialization of the H. venator ants for enhanced tribological stability. Bioinspiration & biomimetics. 16 (5), p. 055003. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/ac124a

Biomechanical strategies to reach a compromise between stiffness and flexibility in hind femora of desert locusts
Li. C., Gorb, S. and Rajabi, H. (2021). Biomechanical strategies to reach a compromise between stiffness and flexibility in hind femora of desert locusts. Acta Biomaterialia. 134, pp. 490-498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2021.07.030

The damping and structural properties of dragonfly and damselfly wings during dynamic movement
Lietz, C., Schaber, C.F., Gorb, S.N. and Hamed, R. (2021). The damping and structural properties of dragonfly and damselfly wings during dynamic movement. Communications biology. 4, p. 737. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02263-2

Wing Coupling in Bees and Wasps: From the Underlying Science to Bioinspired Engineering
Eraghi, S., Toofani, A., Khaheshi, A., Khorsandi, M., Darvizeh, A., Gorb, S. and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2021). Wing Coupling in Bees and Wasps: From the Underlying Science to Bioinspired Engineering. Advanced Science. 8 (16), p. 2004383. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.202004383

Excavation mechanics of the elongated female rostrum of the acorn weevil Curculio glandium (Coleoptera; Curculionidae)
Matsumura, Y., Jafarpour, M., Reut, M., Shams Moattar, M., Darvizeh, A., Gorb, S. and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2021). Excavation mechanics of the elongated female rostrum of the acorn weevil Curculio glandium (Coleoptera; Curculionidae). Applied Physics A. 127 (348). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-021-04353-8

Spiky-joint: a bioinspired solution to combine mobility and support
Ali Khaheshi, Stanislav N. Gorb and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2021). Spiky-joint: a bioinspired solution to combine mobility and support. Applied Physics A. 127 (181). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-021-04310-5

Triple Stiffness: A Bioinspired Strategy to Combine Load‐Bearing, Durability, and Impact‐Resistance
Ali Khaheshi, Stanislav Gorb and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2021). Triple Stiffness: A Bioinspired Strategy to Combine Load‐Bearing, Durability, and Impact‐Resistance. Advanced Science. 8 (11), p. 2004338. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.202004338

Sperm transfer through hyper-elongated beetle penises – morphology and theoretical approaches
Matsumura, Y., Michels, J., Rajabi Jorshari, H., Shimozawa, T. and Gorb, S.N. (2019). Sperm transfer through hyper-elongated beetle penises – morphology and theoretical approaches. Scientific Reports. 9, p. 10238. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46211-x

The probability of the wing damage in the dragonfly Sympetrum vulgatum (Anisoptera: Libellulidae): a field study
Rajabi Jorshari, H., Schroeter, V., Eshghi, S. and Gorb, S. (2017). The probability of the wing damage in the dragonfly Sympetrum vulgatum (Anisoptera: Libellulidae): a field study. Biology Open. 6 (9), pp. 1290-1293. https://doi.org/10.1242/bio.027078

Resilin microjoints: A smart design strategy to avoid failure in dragonfly wings
Rajabi Jorshari, H., Shafiei, A., Darvizeh, A. and Gorb, S.N. (2016). Resilin microjoints: A smart design strategy to avoid failure in dragonfly wings. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep39039

Basal complex and basal venation of Odonata wings: Structural diversity and potential role in the wing deformation
Rajabi Jorshari, H., Ghoroubi, N., Malaki, M., Darvizeh, A. and Gorb, S.N. (2016). Basal complex and basal venation of Odonata wings: Structural diversity and potential role in the wing deformation. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160610

Effect of microstructure on the mechanical and damping behaviour of dragonfly wing veins
Rajabi Jorshari, H., Shafiei, A., Darvizeh, A., Dirks, J.-H., Appel, E. and Gorb, S.N. (2016). Effect of microstructure on the mechanical and damping behaviour of dragonfly wing veins. Royal Society Open Science. 3 (2). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160006