Professor of Composite Materials
Royal academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging technologies
BSc, PhD, FIMMM CEng
Emile joined Imperial College in February 2003 where he lectures in material selection, composite design, testing, characterisation and failure analysis and is Head of the Composite Centre. Emile obtained his BSc (Physics) from Imperial College and upon graduating in 1987, worked at QinetiQ (Farnborough) conducting research on a broad range of aspects of fibre reinforced polymers. He has published over one hundred reports and papers in this field, and the general theme of his work has been Composite Mechanics; understanding and predicting of the structural behaviour of composites. Since 2020 he has held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies.
Over the last thirty-four years, Emile has built up a respected international reputation in composites. In particular, his research has focused on two areas: damage tolerance and failure analysis (fractography) of composites, and multifunctional composites (structural power).
Regarding the former, his fractographic expertise has led to involvement in high profile component failure investigations (e.g. Formula One crashes), as an expert witness in litigation cases and publishing the seminal book on fractography. Other highlights include research on certification of composite structures, for which he was awarded the Sir Vernon Brown Prize by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Regarding Structural Power, he has pioneered the development of structural composites which have the capacity to store and deliver electrical energy, and leads one of the largest Groups in this field. Further details of the structural power research can be found here.
A recent video giving an overview of structural power can be found here.
He sits on the IOM3 British Composites Society Executive Committee and has been Chair of the London Materials Society. He is currently working on a diverse range of composites research, including damage formation and growth, composite structural failure, crack arrest, multifunctional composites and hierarchical nanocomposites.
Emile is a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur.
et al., 2023, Silica aerogel infused hierarchical glass fiber polymer composites, Composites Communications, Vol:39, ISSN:2452-2139, Pages:101531-101531
et al., 2023, Initiation and propagation fracture toughness of injection-moulded short fibre composites under different environmental conditions, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:233, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:1-16
et al., 2023, Robust single‐walled carbon nanotube‐infiltrated carbon fiber electrodes for structural supercapacitors: from reductive dissolution to high performance devices, Advanced Functional Materials, ISSN:1616-301X
et al., 2023, Robust continuous production of carbon nanotube-grafted structural fibres: a route to hierarchical fibre reinforced composites, ECCM20 - The 20th European Conference on Composite Materials, Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab), Pages:1451-1456
et al., 2023, Hierarchical solutions to compressive problems in fibre-reinforced composites, ECCM20 - The 20th European Conference on Composite Materials, Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab), Pages:1512-1517