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Dr Dennis De Pellegrin
Discipline *
Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering
+61 7 3138 1615
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (distinction) (University of Western Aust.), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (University of Western Aust.)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Broad area of research: Nanotechnology and Molecular Science Dr De Pellegrin completed his PhD with distinction in the field of tribology in 2003 at the University of Western Australia. In 2004 he moved to Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) after being awarded an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship. He has now joined Queensland University of Technology as a senior lecturer, where he is engaged in teaching, supervision of QUT’s Formula SAE team and research in many areas related to tribology. Research Areas

  • Contact mechanics and surface physics
  • Surface topography measurement and characterization
  • Mechanical behaviour of polymer surfaces measured by nanoindentation and scratching
  • Grinding and abrasive wear modelling
  • Rail wear mechanisms, material modeling, rolling contact fatigue
  • Mineral grinding, wear material modelling
  • Lubrication of biofuelled engines
  • Teaching excellence in tribology and automotive engineering

Grants Dr De Pellegrin has managed over $ 400000 in research funding since 2004

  • 2004: IRCSET Post Doctoral Fellowship (Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology)
  • 2007: HIROP – High Resolution Optical Photogrammetry (Enterprise Ireland)
  • 2008: Early Career Research Grant (QUT )
  • 2008: Rail Curve Lubrication  (CRC Rail)
  • 2012: World Auto Tour 2012 (QUT External Mobility Grant)
  • 2012: Optimising gaseous and particulate emissions from diesel engines (ARC Linkage)


  • 2002: Young Investigator Award – Austrib ’02 Perth, Australia
  • 2003: Runner-up Poster Prize – ICEAW ’03 Cambridge, UK
  • 2004: PhD Distinction
  • 2004: Irish Research Council Science Engineering & Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Career History

  • 2004 – 2008: Trinity College Dublin – Research Fellow & Lecturer
  • 1999 – 2003: University of Western Australia – PhD
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Teaching Areas Units which Dr De Pellegrin coordinates or lectures in.

  • ENB215 Fundamentals of Mechanical Design
  • EGB314 Strength of Materials
  • ENB315 Motor Racing Vehicle Design
  • ENB316 Design of Machine Elements
  • ENB317 Design and Maintenance of Machinery
  • ENB434 Tribology

Teaching Supervision

  • BEB801 and BEB802 Engineering Project
  • Masters and PhD students
  • QUT Motorsport

Dr De Pellegrin teaches in many areas of engineering, but his passions are tribology and vehicle design. Among numerous teaching activities that he conducts some of his favourites include:

  • Finite Element Analysis of hydrodynamic bearing project
  • 3D printing of a clock mechanism project
  • Design and build innovation project
  • Formula SAE racing car chassis design project
  • Gearbox lubrication system design project
  • Suspension design laboratory
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Community and Professional Service Dr De Pellegrin regularly engages with industry to solve problems related to mechanics, materials science and tribology. Examples include:

  • Mechanical degradation of uPVC plastic
  • Micro-valve sticking and leakage
  • Bearing analysis and selection
  • Abrasive characterisation
  • Vision-based quality control
  • Metallographic assessment of welds
  • Dynamometry
  • Hydrodynamic and hydrostatic bearing design and modelling
  • Studies of friction, wear and failure
  • Nanoindentation of coated glass surfaces and polymers
  • Oil, filter and wear debris analysis
  • Mechanism analysis and design
  • Slip and hazard frictional studies
This information has been contributed by Dr Dennis De Pellegrin.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Optimising gaseous and particulate emissions from diesel engines
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Internal combustion engines; particulate emissions; dual fuel technology; Alternative fuels; transport emissions


Completed supervisions (Doctorate)