Emilio Martínez Pañeda

Dr Emilio Martínez Pañeda

BEng MEng MSc PhD

Emilio is an 1851 Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering. His research endeavours to understand, model and optimise the mechanical response of engineering materials.

Emilio Martínez Pañeda

Emilio works as Research Fellow at the Cambridge Micromechanics Centre, led by Profs Norman Fleck and Vikram Deshpande. Before, he was an H.C. Ørsted Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark. Emilio holds a five-year BEng & MEng degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oviedo, and an MSc degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Granada. In 2013, he received a pre-doctoral Fellowship from the University of Oviedo and started a PhD programme that took him to the universities of Luxembourg, Cambridge, California Santa Barbara and the Technical University of Denmark. He defended his PhD Thesis in June 2016 and achieved the highest grade (summa cum laude).

Emilio's work in the mechanics of engineering materials has been recognized through numerous awards. Among others, he received the Extraordinary Doctoral Prize & Best PhD Thesis in Engineering prize from the University of Oviedo, the Springer PhD Thesis prize, and the Acta Materialia Student Award. In 2018 he was awarded one of the prestigious 1851 Research Fellowships by the Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition. His application was distinguished with the Brunel award for "the highest placed candidate who has proposed a project to be pursued in an academic engineering environment".


Research interests

Emilio's research contributions lie in the field of mechanics of materials. His research aims at understanding, modelling and optimizing the mechanical response of engineering materials. Emilio combines computer modelling, theoretical analysis and laboratory experiments to solve technologically relevant challenges. He has developed advanced models capable of predicting deformation and fracture of engineering components under a wide range of loading (e.g. fatigue) and environmental (e.g. hydrogen embrittlement) scenarios.

More specifically, Emilio has been deeply involved in:

  • the development of predictive modelling for hydrogen assisted fracture, a pervasive problem for the marine, energy, transportation, and defence sectors;
  • the theoretical and numerical analysis of irreversible deformation of metals at small scales, relevant to MEMS and micro-technology applications; and
  • the understanding of fracture and fatigue in metallic components to prevent catastrophic failures. Future research efforts involve the development of physically-based models for rock fracture, to optimize energy-intense mineral recovery processes, and mechanical challenges at the interface between biology and engineering.