Imperial College London

Professor Emile S Greenhalgh

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Composite Materials



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334City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor of Composite Materials

Royal academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging technologies


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



Kazemi ME, Medeau V, Chen Y, et al., 2024, Ballistic performance of bio-inspired hybrid interleaved composite structures suitable for aerospace applications, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:179, ISSN:1359-835X

Fujita Y, Noda S, Takahashi J, et al., 2024, Predicting failure in injection-moulded short-fibre subcomponents under varied environmental conditions through fracture mechanics, Composites Part B: Engineering, ISSN:1359-8368, Pages:111343-111343

Nguyen S, Anthony DB, Katafiasz T, et al., 2024, Manufacture and characterisation of a structural supercapacitor demonstrator, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:245, ISSN:0266-3538

Garulli T, Katafiasz TJ, Greenhalgh ES, et al., 2023, A novel bio-inspired microstructure for improved compressive performance of multidirectional CFRP laminates, Composites Part B-engineering, Vol:264, ISSN:1359-8368

Kazemi ME, Medeau V, Greenhalgh E, et al., 2023, Bio-inspired interleaved hybrids: Novel solutions for improving the high-velocity impact response of carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (CFRP), Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol:264, ISSN:1359-8368, Pages:1-11

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