The 1851 Research Fellowship is the most competitive postdoctoral grant in the UK, with a success rate of one percent and with 12 Nobel Prize winners among their awardees.
The fellowship, intended to boost the research of eight “young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise”, will allow Emilio to develop numerical models capable of predicting rock fracture and fragmentation. These models could have an important influence on the mining industry, where seven percent of the world’s energy consumption is spent breaking big rocks into smaller rocks. Rock fracture models will enable to identify the optimal loading sequence that promotes cracking and minimises frictional loss between rock fragments, guiding machine design and operation. Emilio’s project proposal was distinguished by the 1851 Royal Commission with the Brunel award for the “highest placed candidate who has proposed a project to be pursued in an academic engineering environment”.
Emilio is a Research Fellow at the Engineering Department, where he conducts research on the mechanics of materials. He develops models to predict and prevent fracture in engineering components, from wind turbine to aeroplanes.