BEng, MEng, MSc, PhD


My research work is oriented towards the understanding, modeling and optimization of the mechanical response of engineering materials. Particular topics of special interest are (a) the development of new formulations to extend plasticity theory to small scales, (b) predictive modeling of hydrogen assisted cracking, (c) mechanics of functionally graded materials and (d) the role of plastic strain gradients on crack tip mechanics.


My research stays in several universities and research institutions worldwide have given me the opportunity to establish numerous international collaborations and to learn from very bright scientists. These include Profs Covadonga Betegón (University of Oviedo), Christian Niordson (Technical University of Denmark), Stéphane Bordas (University of Luxembourg), Lorenzo Bardella (University of Brescia), Rafael Gallego (University of Granada), Norman Fleck (University of Cambridge), Vikram Deshpande (University of Cambridge), and Richard Gangloff (University of Virginia), among others; their valuable advice cannot be acknowledged enough.



Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you think we could collaborate; I am very much open to new ideas and suggestions and I am keen to cooperate with other researchers in academia or industry. MSc Thesis projects are usually available for students (please send an e-mail to arrange a meeting).

Recent news

January 2019 – Project “Reliable assessment in aggressive environments” granted by the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (290k €). To start in March 2019.

October 2018 – Appointed as 1851 Research Fellow (Brunel Award) by the Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition. Link 

June 2018 – Studentship available at the University of Oviedo in co-supervision with C. Betegón. IUTA project “Hydrogen resistant steels”. Apply here.

April 2018 – Appointed Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge. Link



Research Fellow

University of Cambridge



Phase field modelling of crack propagation in functionally graded materials

Hirshikesh, S. Natarajan, R. K. Annabattula, E. Martínez-Pañeda





UKACM 2019 Conference


April 10 – 12, 2019

London (UK)