Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer in Mechanics of 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 Theses opportunities at my group, the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials Lab. We currently have two openings:
- 1 Postdoc position on hydrogen embrittlement testing. See advert.
- 1 PhD position on corrosion modelling using phase field as part of the Nuclear Energy Futures CDT.

My SEMNI Seminar (Simó Prize) on "Multi-physics phase field modelling of fracture, fatigue and environmental damage" is available in YouTube:

SEMNI Seminar - 2020 Simó Prize: Emilio Martínez-Pañeda

Other seminar talks available in Youtube include:
Max Planck (MPIE) - Hydrogen embrittlement:
I2CNER - Phase field for hydrogen embrittlement:


▪ 2021 - Gustavo Colonnetti Medal. RILEM

▪ 2020 - IMechE Prestige Award for Risk Reduction in Mechanical Engineering. Institution of Mechanical Engineers

▪ 2020 - Simo Prize. Spanish Society for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)

▪ 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 FRS. 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 distinction) in Structural Engineering from the University of Granada (2012) and a M.Eng. in Engineering from the University of Oviedo (2011).


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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Fuentes-Alonso S, Martínez-Pañeda E, 2020, Fracture in distortion gradient plasticity, International Journal of Engineering Science, Vol:156, ISSN:0020-7225, Pages:1-22

Fernández-Sousa R, Betegón C, Martínez-Pañeda E, 2020, Analysis of the influence of microstructural traps on hydrogen assisted fatigue, Acta Materialia, Vol:199, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:253-263

Kristensen PK, Niordson CF, Martínez-Pañeda E, 2020, A phase field model for elastic-gradient-plastic solids undergoing hydrogen embrittlement, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:143, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:1-23

Martinez-Paneda E, Wright L, Díaz A, et al., 2020, Generalised boundary conditions for hydrogen transport at crack tips, Corrosion Science, Vol:173, ISSN:0010-938X

Martinez-Paneda E, Ivan Cuesta I, Fleck NA, 2020, Mode II Fracture of an Elastic-Plastic Sandwich Layer, Journal of Applied Mechanics-Transactions of the ASME, Vol:87, ISSN:0021-8936

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