Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Postgraduate







City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Branislav Džepina began his journey as a chemist but has since broadened his horizons to other disciplines to include materials science, physics and engineering. He has several years’ experience in industry as a research scientist and although he was an experimentalist at heart, he is keen on exploring computational science.

  • BSc. Chemistry Hons. (Cum Laude): University of Johannesburg (2005 -2009)
  • MSc. Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering: University of the Witwatersrand (2010-2012)
  • MSc. Diamond Science and Technology (Distinction): Warwick University (2014-2015)
  • PhD. Mechanical Engineering: Imperial College London (2015-date)

By the end of his PhD, he hopes to provide his industrial sponsor, Element Six, a computer algorithm for the sintering of diamond powder particles at ultra-high pressure and temperature in the presence of a liquid metal catalyst. The developed code will allow generation of realistic microstructures which can then be tested in silico to optimise and improve the material. Branislav is also a member of the Diamond Science and Technology CDT. His PhD is supervised by Prof. Daniele Dini and Dr. Daniel Balint.



Dzepina B, Balint D, Dini D, 2019, A phase field model of pressure-assisted sintering, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol:39, ISSN:0955-2219, Pages:173-182

Dzepina B, Sigalas I, Herrmann M, et al., 2013, The aqueous electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of diamond–diamond laminates, International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, Vol:36, ISSN:0263-4368, Pages:126-129

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