Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor in the Mechanics of Composites



+44 (0)20 7594 5076silvestre.pinho Website




336City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Silvestre Taveira Pinho is a Professor in Mechanics of Composites and an EPSRC Research Fellow.

He was awarded in 2010 by the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM) the prize for best young researcher in Composites active in Europe.

Silvestre is since June 2012 a member of the Council and of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM)

In March 2014, Silvestre was awarded an EPSRC fellowship for designing novel forms of more damage tolerant composite structures.


Silvestre's main research focus is on experimental, analytical and numerical aspects of failure in fibre-reinforced composites. Other interests include the design of improved microstructures, recycling and reusing composites for a sustainable future and the design of graphene-based composites. He was awarded in 2014 an EPSRC fellowship for the design of a new generation of tougher composites.

Employment opportunities

PhD student and research assistant opportunities are available to work on the framework of a recent EPSRC fellowship - NextGen - on the design of composites with novel forms of architecture for improved damage tolerance. Please see the NextGen page.


He currently supervises with other academics several PhD students and Research Associates. Current and past funding bodies include Research Councils and Industry (EPSRC, FCT, MoD, Airbus, Renault F1 team, Rolls-Royce, BAe systems, amongst others).

Research group

You can link to Silvestre's research group by following the link below:

Research Group

External resources

Research metrics are available in google scholar, researcherID and Scopus.

Professional profiles: Linkdin, Academic Room, iMechanica and Research Gate.



Mencattelli L, Pinho ST, 2020, Ultra-thin-ply CFRP Bouligand bio-inspired structures with enhanced load-bearing capacity, delayed catastrophic failure and high energy dissipation capability, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:129, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:1-15

Tang J, Swolfs Y, Aslani A, et al., 2019, Engineering tensile behavior of hybrid carbon fiber/self-reinforced polypropylene composites by bio-inspired fiber discontinuities, Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol:178, ISSN:1359-8368

Häsä R, Pinho ST, 2019, A three-level hybrid metal/in-plane-CFRP/crossed-lamellar microstructure concept for containment applications, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:126, ISSN:1359-835X

Canturri C, Greenhalgh ES, Asp LE, et al., 2019, Fractographic study to characterise the interaction between intralaminar and interlaminar fracture from embedded defects under compression loading, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:125, ISSN:1359-835X

Tang J, Aslani A, Swolfs Y, et al., 2019, Staggered ply discontinuities for tailoring the tensile behavior of hybrid carbon fiber/self-reinforced polypropylene composites: A study of pattern parameters, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:125, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:1-13

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