Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer in Civil Engineering Materials



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I am a Lecturer (Asst. Professor) and 1851 Research Fellow at Imperial College London. My research efforts aim at understanding, predicting and optimising the mechanical response of materials. I combine experiments, theoretical analysis and computer simulations to develop mechanistic models that can reliably capture material deformation and fracture. Current interests include the embrittlement of metals in aggressive environments, dislocation-based continuum plasticity, micromechanics of rock fracture, multi-physics modelling, and the development of computational methods for predicting fracture and fatigue. As detailed below, my work has been recognised through several fellowships and awards. More details can be found in the Research tab and at

Outstanding students are welcome to inquire regarding PhD and MSc Thesis opportunities at my group, the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials Lab.


▪ 2019 - Keith Miller Prize. UK Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity (FESI)

▪ 2018 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Standard EF), EU H2020 [Declined]

▪ 2018 - 1851 Research Fellowship (Brunel Award), Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition

▪ 2018 - Junior Research Fellowship, Wolfson College Cambridge.

▪ 2018 - Clarin COFUND Fellowship. Marie Curie Actions (EU FP7) [Declined]

▪ 2017 - Extraordinary Doctoral Prize & Best PhD Thesis in Engineering. University of Oviedo (ranked 1st out of 99 Theses)

▪ 2017 - Acta Materialia Student Award

▪ 2017 - Springer PhD Thesis Prize

▪ 2016 - H.C. Orsted Fellowship. Technical University of Denmark - Marie Curie Actions (EU FP7)

▪ 2013 - University of Oviedo Pre-doctoral Fellowship

A complete list can be found at


I joined Imperial College as a Lecturer in September 2019. Before, I was a Research Fellow for two years at the University of Cambridge, working with Norman A. Fleck FRS FREng and Vikram Desphande. Prior to Cambridge, I worked as an H.C. Ørsted Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with Christian Niordson (July 2016 – September 2017). I joined DTU immediately after finishing my PhD thesis (2013-2016), which I had the fortune to conduct at several universities: the University of Oviedo, with Covadonga Betegón (main supervisor); DTU, with Christian Niordson; the University of Luxembourg, with Stéphane Bordas; and the University of Cambridge, with Norman Fleck. I also hold a MSc (with honours) in Structural Engineering from the University of Granada (2012) and a B.Eng & M.Eng. in Engineering from the University of Oviedo (2011).


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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Martinez-Paneda E, Deshpande VS, Niordson CF, et al., 2019, The role of plastic strain gradients in the crack growth resistance of metals, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:126, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:136-150

Martinez-Paneda E, Golahmar A, Niordson CF, 2018, A phase field formulation for hydrogen assisted cracking, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol:342, ISSN:0045-7825, Pages:742-761

Martinez-Paneda E, Fleck NA, 2018, Crack growth resistance in metallic alloys: the role of isotropic versus kinematic hardening, Journal of Applied Mechanics-Transactions of the ASME, Vol:85, ISSN:0021-8936

Martinez-Paneda E, Niordson CF, Gangloff RP, 2016, Strain gradient plasticity-based modeling of hydrogen environment assisted cracking, Acta Materialia, Vol:117, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:321-332

Martinez-Paneda E, Garcia TE, Rodriguez C, 2016, Fracture toughness characterization through notched small punch test specimens, Materials Science and Engineering A - Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing, Vol:657, ISSN:0921-5093, Pages:422-430

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