Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Mechanics of Composites



+44 (0)20 7594 5073p.robinson




318City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor in Mechanics of Composites MSc, PhD

Administrative Duties

Head, Department of Aeronautics

I joined Imperial College in 1988 as a lecturer having previously worked for Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and British Aerospace Space and Communications Division as a structural engineer.

My research interests lie in polymer matrix composites. My earlier work had a particular focus on the susceptibility of these materials to delamination and included the development and investigation of tests for characterising delamination resistance and methods for predicting delamination development in composite components due to static, impact and fatigue loading.

Here I explore the problem of delamination in laminated high performance composites and how the interface between plies can be exploited to produce composites with controllable stiffness and shape memory.

More recently my research has included development and investigation of ductile composite architectures (I was a co-I on the EPSRC Programme Grant High Performance Ductile Composite Technologies), investigation of strategies to improve the compression response of advanced composites (I am a co-I on the EPSRC Programme Grant Next Generation Fibre-Reinforced Composites), morphing structures, and controllable stiffness and shape memory composites (I am a partner in the EU-funded training programme ‘HyFiSyn’).



Wisnom MR, Pimenta S, Shaffer MSP, et al., 2024, High performance ductile and pseudo-ductile polymer matrix composites: a review, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:181, ISSN:1359-835X

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

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

Kazemi ME, Medeau V, Mencattelli L, et al., 2023, Novel zone-based hybrid laminate structures for high-velocity impact (HVI) in carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:241, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:1-10

Quino G, Gargiuli J, Pimenta S, et al., 2023, Experimental characterisation of the dilation angle of polymers, Polymer Testing, Vol:125, ISSN:0142-9418, Pages:1-7

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