1. Objective early identification of kinematic instabilities in shear flows
    B. F. Klose, M. Serra and G. B. Jacobs

  2. Finite-time Lyapunov exponents in the instantaneous limit and material transport
    P. Nolan, M. Serra and S. Ross
    (submitted)  arXiv:1904.06817 (2019) [PDF


  3. Vortex boundaries as barriers to diffusive vorticity transport in two-dimensional flows
    S. Katsanoulis, M. Farazmand, M. Serra and G. Haller 
    Physical Review Fluids, 5 024701 (2020) [PDF]

  4. Search and rescue at sea aided by hidden flow structures
    M. Serra, P. Sathe, I. Rypina, A. Kirincich, S. Ross, P. Lermusiaux, A. Allen, T. Peacock and G. Haller 
    to appear in Nature Communications, arXiv:1909.07828 (2020) [


  5. The Kinematics of Lagrangian Flow Separation in External Aerodynamics
    B. F. Klose, G. B. Jacobs and M. Serra 
    AIAA Journal, (2020) [PDF]


  6. Dynamic morphoskeletons in development
    M. Serra, Sebastian Streichan, Manli Chuai, Cornelis J. Weijer  and L. Mahadevan

    PNAS, in press (2020) [PDF] - related article to appear in SIAM News

  7. Material spike formation in highly unsteady separated flows
    M. Serra, Sean Crouzat, Gael Simon, Jérôme Vétel and George Haller
    J. Fluid Mech. 883 A30 (2019) [PDF 


  8. Variational Lagrangian formulation of the Euler equations for incompressible flow: A simple derivation
    Mohammad Farazmand and M. Serra
    arXiv:1807.02726 (2018) [PDF]


  9. Exact Theory of Material Spike Formation in Flow Separation
    M. Serra, Jérôme Vétel and George Haller
    J. Fluid Mech. 845 (2018) 51-92. [PDF]

  10. Uncovering the Edge of the Polar Vortex
    M. Serra, Pratik Sathe, Francisco Beron-Vera and George Haller
    J. Atm. Sci. 74 (11) 3871–3885, (2017). 
    Featured on Forbes - (31-01-19) [Link]


  11. Efficient Computation of Null Geodesics with Applications to Coherent Vortex Detection
    M. Serra and George Haller
    Proc. of the Royal Soc. A (2017) 473 20160807. [PDF] MATLAB code available here 
    Featured on the journal's cover page [Link]


  12. Forecasting Long-Lived Lagrangian Vortices from their Objective Eulerian Footprints
    M. Serra and George Haller
    J. Fluid Mech. 813 (2017) 436-457. [PDF


  13. Objective Eulerian coherent structures
    M. Serra and George Haller
    Chaos, 26 (2016) 053110. [PDF] Editor's pick [Link]


  14. Dependent modal space control: Experimental test rig
    M. Serra, Francesco Ripamonti and Ferruccio Resta
    J. Vibration and Control (2015): 1077546315616699. [


  15. Dependent modal space control
    M. Serra, Francesco Ripamonti and Ferruccio Resta
    Smart Materials and Structures 22.10 (2013): 105004. 

PREPRINTS (PDF available)


  1. Lagrangian and Eulerian Coherent Structures in Complex Dynamical Systems
    M. Serra and George Haller
    ENOC (2017), Budapest, Hungary. [PDF]


  2. A comparison between the IMSC and the DMSC for vibration suppression of smart flexible structures
    M. Serra, Ferruccio Resta, Francesco Ripamonti
    Proc. SPIE 8688, Active and Passive Smart Struct. and Integrated Sys., 868823 (2013). [PDF]


  3. An active control logic based on modal approach for vibration reduction through the eigenstructure assignment
    M. Serra, Ferruccio Resta, Francesco Ripamonti
    IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics (ICM), (2013). [PDF]

  1. Transport, mixing and deformation in active nematics
    M. Serra, L. Lemma, L. Giomi, Z. Dogic and L. Mahadevan


  • PhD: A Geometric Approach to Coherent Structures in Complex Dynamical Systems [PDF]

  • MSc: A new control logic for Vibration Reduction of Smart Structures [PDF]