Principal Investigator - Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda​

Image PI - Emilio Martinez-PanedaEmilio Martínez-Pañeda joined Imperial College in September 2019 as a Lecturer (US Asst. Professor) in Mechanics of Materials. Before, he was an 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.  His interests span a wide range of research challenges that lie at the interface between mechanics and other disciplines, such as materials science, geology, chemistry and structural engineering. For more details, including a list of honours and awards, visit and

PhD students

Image - Mehrdad IsfandbodMehrdad Isfandbod
Funded by an EPSRC scholarship and educated in the University of Tehran (Civil Engineering) and Queen Mary University of London (First Class Degree in Mechanical Engineering), Mehrdad works on developing new predictive models for hydrogen embrittlement and other environmentally assisted cracking problems. 


Runzi WangRunzi Wang
Educated in the Beijing Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen University and the University of Manchester (MSc Mechanical Engineering Design; distinction), Runzi develops new phase field based models for predicting the degradation of solid-state Li-Ion batteries.


Evzen KorecEvzen Korec
Educated in the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague (BSc and MSc degrees in Civil Engineering), Evzen is an Imperial College President's PhD Scholar and works in developing new models for unravelling corrosion and stress corrosion cracking.


Leonel QuinterosLeonel Quinteros
Educated in the University of Chile (MEng in Mechanical Engineering, 7/7) and recipient of a Conicyt Scholarships, Leonel works in developing smart skins for identifying localised damage in engineering structures.


Theo ClaytonTheo Clayton
Educated in the University of Surrey (First Class MEng degree in Civil Engineering) and funded by the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP, Theo develops new rock mechanics models for excavation, mining and geohazards.

YangTuYang Tu
Educated in Wuhan University (BSc Physics) and Ecole Centrale Paris, University of Paris-Saclay (First Class MEng in Mechanical and Aerospace Eng.), Yang works on developing new multi-physics models for predicting and optimising interfaces in battery technology. 

Former members

Enrique García-Macías: former postdoc (IC Research Fellow). Currently: Assistant Professor at the University of Granada

Officially co-supervised external PhD students

Alireza Golahmar. Development and application of phase field models for fracture mechanics-based assessment of fatigue life of offshore wind structures in a corrosive environmentTechnical University of Denmark [2020 – Present]

Yousef Navidtehrani. Micromechanics of rock fracture. University of Oviedo [2020 - Present]

Philip K. Kristensen. Damage modeling in aggressive environments. Technical University of Denmark [2019 - Present]
[Paper 1] [Paper 2]

Rebeca Fernández-Sousa. Hydrogen resistant steels. University of Oviedo [2019 - Present]
[Paper 1]

Ingrid Holte. Advanced damage models with intrinsic size effects. Technical University of Denmark [2018 - Present]

Sandra Fuentes-Alonso. Numerical modelling of brittle fracture in metallic materials. University of Oviedo [2016 - 2020]
[Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Paper 3]

Susana del Busto. Numerical analysis of hydrogen embrittlement through cohesive zone models. University of Oviedo [2014 2017]
[Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Paper 3]

There are numerous ongoing research projects and outstanding candidates are welcomed to inquire regarding postdoc and PhD opportunities at any time of the year.