Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Aerospace Structures



+44 (0)20 7594 5117m.santer




335City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Research is carried out in a number of fields which are linked by the goal to develop and understand novel ways to achieve adaptive, compliant, and multifunctional materials, structures, and systems. These have wide ranging potential applications, but I have a particular focus on morphing, deployable and adaptive aerospace concepts.

Current research themes directed towards this goal are:

  • Design optimization -- in particular of tightly-coupled, complex, multi-disciplinary (aero-structural) problems;
  • Adaptive structures for flow control -- exploiting structural compliance to achieve significant drag reductions in aerospace systems;
  • Materials for adaptive structures -- including time-dependence and high-strain behaviour;
  • Bistability and multistability -- incorporating both material and structural effects