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Structure Department of Geosciences
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Qualification Professore ordinario
Scientific sector GEO/03 - STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
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Office hours
Monday from 14:30 to 15:30 Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Via Gradenigo 6, Padova
(updated on 29/06/2013 09:47)

Proposals for thesis
Gli argomenti di tesi proposte vertono sui seguenti argomenti:
1. meccanica delle faglie e dei terremoti (studi sperimentali, teorici e di terreno)
2. attrito, reologia e usura nelle rocce (studi sperimentali, microstrutturali e teorici)
3. studi microstrutturali, mineralogici e geochimici di rocce di faglia
4. rilievi geologico-strutturali di zone di faglia sismogenetiche
5. modellazione numerica di propagazione di rotture sismiche
6. studi sperimentali di sismicità indotta.

Queste ricerche sono effettuate in collaborazione con colleghi con diverso background scientifico. Alcuni esempi di Tesi di Laurea Magistrale di cui sono stato tutore o co-tutore:

1.Barbara Bonetto (2005). Analisi Rietveld di cataclasiti: contributo della diffrazione dei raggi X da polveri alla comprensione dell'evoluzione strutturale di una faglia sismogenetica (Faglia delle Gole Larghe, Adamello, Alpi Meridionali).
2.Silvia Mittempergher (2006). Effects of fluids on the seismicity of a fault. Study of exhumed structures in the Northern Adamello (Southern Alps, Italy).
3.Nicola Tisato (2008). Experimental study of flash heating and application to earthquake nucleation. Studio sperimentale del coefficiente di attrito e della temperatura di flash durante lo scivolamento sismico.
4.Michele Fondriest (2010). Field and microstructural investigation of an exhumed fault zone in dolostone (Western Venetian Fore-Alps, Italy). Tutor Prof.
5.Angela Castagna (2012). Micro roughness of pseudotachylyte as a gauge of frictional power dissipated during earthquakes.
6.Stefano Aretusini (2013). Architecture and seismic markers of an exhumed fault zone in dolostones (Foiana Line, Italian Southern Alps).
7.Matteo Miolo (2014). Rilievi topografici con D-GPS dei megafan del Piave (Treviso, Italia): evidenze di scarpate morfotettoniche.
8.Matteo Demurtas (2014). "Field and microstructural investigation of an exhumed normal fault in carbonate-built rocks (Campo Imperatore, Central Apennines, Abruzzo)"
9.Francesca Prando (2014). "Field and microstructural investigation of exhumed normal faults in quartzites and calcschists (Schist Lustrés, Alpine Corsica, France)".
10. Piercarlo Giacomel (2015). "Frictional instabilities of basalts and calcite-built marbles in the presence of pressurized H2O and CO2 fluids".
11. Harold Leah (2017). "Field and microstructural study of the Vado di Ferruccio Thrust fault, Central Apennines, Italy".
12. Simone Masoch (2018). "Formation of cockade breccias in extensional brittle faults (Col de Teghime, Alpine Corsica).
13. Carlo Sommacampagna (2018). "Structure and fault processes of an upper crustal seismogenic fault zone (Bolfin Fault Zone, Atacama desert, Chile)".
14. Fabio La Valle (2019). "Factors controlling the thickness of damage fault zones in carbonates".

Curriculum Vitae
He is Full Professor in Structural Geology at the University of Padua (Italy), Visiting Researcher at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Manchester University (UK) and Associate Researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV, Rome). He has 15 years' experience in seismic-related fault processes and published 89 peer-reviewed papers and co-edited three special volumes on this topic. In collaboration with geologists, geophysicists and engineers, he integrated field data from exhumed seismogenic faults with experimental observations to understand the physico-chemical processes active during the seismic cycle. The scientific and technological results of this collaboration include the investigation of several fault weakening processes that may operate during earthquakes, the development and installation of SHIVA, currently the most powerful rotary shear installed worldwide and the installation of a second experimental apparatus at the Dept. of Geosciences in Padua University. His research activities were also supported by two European Research Council Grants (USEMS & NOFEAR, 2008-2019, 4 M€). He received the International Award for Geology from the Accademia dei Lincei (Italy, 2010), the Arne Richter Award of the European Geoscience Union (Vienna, 2008) and he is member of the Academia Europeae (from 2013) and Accademia Galileiana (from 2014).

Publications in major scientific journals (Nature, Nature Geoscience and Science)

• Vannucchi P., Spagnuolo E., Ujiie K., Aretusini S., Di Toro G., Nielsen S., Tsutsumi A., 2017. Past seismic slip-to-the-trench recorded in Central America megathrust. Nature Geoscience, 10.1038/s41561-017-0013-4.
• Kendrick, J. E., Lavallée, Y., Hirose, T, Di Toro, G., Hornby, A.J., De Angelis, S., Dingwell, D.B. 2014. Volcanic drumbeat seismicity caused by stick-slip motion and magmatic frictional melting. Nature Geoscience, vol. 7, pp. 438-442.
• Di Toro, G., Han R., Hirose, T., De Paola, N., Nielsen, S., Mizoguchi, K., Ferri, F., Cocco, M., Shimamoto, T., 2011. Fault lubrication during earthquakes. Nature 471, 494-498.
• Burlini, L., Di Toro, G., 2008. Volcanic Symphony in the lab. Science 322, 207-208.
• Di Toro, G., Hirose, T., Nielsen, S., Pennacchioni, G., Shimamoto, T., 2006. Natural and experimental evidence of melt lubrication of faults during earthquakes. Science 311, 647-649.
• Di Toro, G., Nielsen, S., Pennacchioni, G., 2005. Earthquake rupture dynamics frozen in exhumed ancient faults. Nature 436, 1009-1012.
• Di Toro, G., Goldsby D.L., Tullis, T.E., 2004. Friction falls towards zero in quartz rock as slip velocity approaches seismic rates. Nature 427, 436-439.

Research areas
Earthquake mechanics and seismic faulting.
Rock mechanics.
Rock friction.
Fault rocks.
Experimental studies of induced seismicity.
Numerical modelling of seismic ruptures.

Last 18 months
1. Murphy S., G. Di Toro, F. Romano, A. Scala, S. Lorito, E. Spagnuolo, S. Aretusini, G. Festa, A. Piatanesi, S. Nielsen, 2018. Tsunamigenic earthquake simulations using experimentally derived friction laws. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 486, pp. 155-165, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.01.011.
2. Ferré E.C., Meado A.L., Geissman J., Di Toro G., Spagnuolo E., Ueda T., Ashwal L.D., Deseta N., Andersen T.B., Filiberto J., Conder J.A., 2017, Earthquakes in the mantle? Insights from rock magnetism of pseudotachylytes. Journal of Geophysical Research. vol. 122 (11), 10.1002/2017JB014618, pp.1-17.
3. Vannucchi P., Spagnuolo E., Ujiie K., Aretusini S., Di Toro G., Nielsen S., Tsutsumi A., 2017. Past seismic slip-to-the-trench recorded in Central America megathrust. Nature Geoscience vol. 10, pp. 935-940, doi: 10.1038/s41561-017-0013-4.
4. Kuo L.-W., Di Felice F., Spagnuolo E., Di Toro G., Song S.-R., Aretusini S., Li H., Suppe J., Si J., Wen C.-Y., Fault gouge graphitization as evidence of past seismic slip. Geology vol. 45, pp. 979-982, doi:10.1130/G39295.1.
5. Smeraglia L., Bettucci A., Billi A., Carminati E., Cavallo A., Di Toro G., Natali M., Passeri D., Rossi M., Spagnuolo E., 2017. Microstructural evidence for seismic and aseismic slip along clay bearing, carbonate faults. Journal of Geophysical Research, 10.1002/2017JB014042, pp. 1-21.
6. Pischiutta M., Fondriest M., Demurtas M., Magnoni F., Di Toro G., Rovelli A., 2017. Structural control on the directional amplification of seismic noise (Campo Imperatore, central Italy). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 471, pp. 10-18.
7. Smeraglia L., Billi A., Carminati E., Cavallo A., Di Toro G., Spagnuolo E., Zorzi F., 2017. Ultra-thin clay layers facilitate seismic slip in carbonate rocks. Nature Scientific Reports, pp. 1-10, vol. 7: 664 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-00717-4.
8. Rempe M., Smith S., Mitchell T., Hirose T., Di Toro G., 2017. The effect of water on strain localization in calcite fault gouge sheared at seismic slip rates. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 97, pp. 104-117.
9. Aretusini S., Spagnuolo E., Mittempergher S., Plumper O., Gualtieri A., Di Toro G., 2017. Production of nanoparticles during experimental deformation of smectites and implications for seismic slip. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 463, pp. 221-231.
10. Fondriest M., Doan M.-L., Aben F., Fusseis F., Mitchell T., Voorn M., Secco M., Di Toro G., 2017, Static versus dynamic fracturing in shallow carbonate fault zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 461, pp. 8-19 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2016.12.024.
11. Smith, S.A.F., Griffith, J.R., Fondriest, M., Di Toro, G., 2017. “Coseismic foliations” in gouge and cataclasite: experimental observations and consequences for interpreting the fault rock record. In: “Fault-zone Dynamic Processes: Evolution of Fault Properties During Seismic Rupture”, Eds. M. Thomas, T. Mitchell, H. Bath, Geophysical Monograph Series Vol. 227, (American Geophysical Union Special Volume, Washington D.C., USA), pp. 81-102.
12. Beeler, N., Di Toro, G., Nielsen, S., 2016. Earthquake source properties from pseudotachylite. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 10.1785/0120150344.
13. Mitchell M. M., Toy V., Di Toro G., Renner J., Sibson R., 2016. Fault welding by pseudotachylyte formation. Geology, vol. 44, no. 12, pp. 1059–1062, doi: 10.1130/G38373.1.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
SC1162 COMMON SCO2045621 10 2nd Year (2019/20) Second
SC1162 COMMON SCP3052857 11 3rd Year (2019/20) Second