Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Aerospace Structures



+44 (0)20 7594 5117m.santer




335City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I received my MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. Following this, after a time as a stress engineer at EADS-Astrium in the telecommunications satellite division, I then returned to academia to complete a PhD in the design of multistable structures at the University of Cambridge. I remained at Cambridge as a Research Associate in the Deployable Structures Laboratory until moving to Imperial College as a Lecturer in 2008, Senior Lecturer in 2013, and Reader in Aerospace Structures in 2019.

I co-lead the Structural Metamaterials research group.


My research interests include:

  • Adaptive/Deployable/Morphing Aerospace Systems
  • Flexible Composite Materials
  • Image-based Measurement
  • Design Optimization
  • Multistable Structures and Materials
  • Compliant Structures and Materials 

Further information may be found on my research pages using the above tab. Please feel free contact me if you are interested in carrying out PhD research in any of the above or related fields.



Kunakorn-ong P, Santer M, 2024, Optimal design of tube flexure cut-out geometries for viscoelastic resilience and deployment performance, Acta Astronautica, Vol:216, ISSN:0094-5765, Pages:282-294

Luo Y-R, Hewson R, Santer M, 2023, Spatially-optimised fibre-reinforced composites with isosurface-controlled additive manufacturing constraints, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization: Computer-aided Optimal Design of Stressed Solids and Multidisciplinary Systems, Vol:66, ISSN:1615-147X, Pages:1-14

Wang T, Santer M, 2023, Rigid-foldable parabolic deployable reflector concept based on the origami flasher pattern, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol:60, ISSN:0022-4650, Pages:728-739

Soltani Z, Santer M, 2022, Refined unified formulation for efficient folding and unfolding analyses of slender thin-walled structures, Aiaa Journal: Devoted to Aerospace Research and Development, Vol:60, ISSN:0001-1452

Kunakorn-ong P, Soltani Z, Santer M, 2022, Optimal design of tube flexure cut-out geometries for deployment performance, Acta Astronautica, Vol:197, ISSN:0094-5765, Pages:35-45

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