We are a team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We look forward to working with you.

The Principal Investigator (PI)

Dr. Wei Tan is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary University London. His research interests lie in the mechanics of (cellular) composite materials, impact and crush modelling and data-driven methods. His research features the impact damage prediction and crashworthiness design of carbon fibre composites, manufacturing and modelling of carbon nanotube (CNT) polymer composites for transport and energy sectors.

PhD students

Zhengqiang Cheng

Zhengqiang Cheng is currently a visiting third-year PhD student funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship and educated in the Beihang University, China and the Queen Mary University of London. He received his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. His research features the impact damage tolerance of composites and aeronautical aluminium-alloy. (Supervisors: Dr Wei Tan, Prof. Jun-Jiang Xiong) [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

Emilio Felipe Gomez

Emilio Gomez is a second-year PhD student. He has completed Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class with Honours) from Queen Mary University of London. He is developing thermally conductive and crashworthy composite materials using thermal-mechanical modelling. His work is funded by Graphene Flagship Core project 3. (Supervisors: Dr Wei Tan, Prof. James Busfield, Prof. Nicola Pugno) [Conf. Paper 1]

Hirak Kansara

Hirak Kansara is a first year PhD student who has completed Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class with Honours) from Queen Mary, University of London. Hirak is currently developing novel cellular composites for Crash Energy Absorption using Data-driven methods, on a project associated with the EPSRC CELLCOMP project. (Supervisors: Dr Wei Tan, Dr. Pihua Wen) [Conf. Paper 1]

Wenqi Wang

Wenqi Wang is a first year PhD student at SEMS, Queen Mary. He was educated in the Beijing Institution of Technology from 2014 to 2018 (Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering) and Queen Mary University of London in 2019-2020 (Distinction Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering). He was under the supervision of Dr. Jun Chen in his MSc research project for flight simulation framework research. He also worked in the medical equipment research group of Chinese Academy of Sciences for CT radioactive source materials. Now he is working on the cellular composites structure for crashing energy absorption, mainly focus on the design methods of the micro-structures of cellular composites to improve their mechanical properties, associated with the EPSRC CELLCOMP project. (Supervisors: Dr Wei Tan, Prof. Vassili Toropov)

Qichen Zhou

Qichen Zhou is a first-year PhD student. He received his bachelor’s degree from Zhengzhou University in 2018 and completed his Master’s degree in Mechanics from Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen. Qichen is currently developing a process to prepare silk-based fibre-reinforced composites. He is interested in establishing a mechanical model of this composite using experiments and theories. (Supervisors: Dr. Emiliano Bilotti, Dr. Wei Tan)

MSc student

Kit Au-Yeung

Kit Au-Yeung is an MSc Mechanical Engineering student. He had completed a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (2:1) from Coventry University. He is currently under the supervision of Dr Wei Tan in his MSc research project: Phase-Field Fracture Modelling of Anisotropic Composite Laminates.

MEng students

2021-2022 MEng students

SustainWind: Haydn Siu Hay Yick, Humaira Patel, Md Muntasir Sarker, Syed Salah Uddin Ali, Yehuda Zev Hodges. (Supervisors: Dr. Wei Tan, Prof. James Busfield)

ArchElectrode: Aqil Ali, Jabril Ahmed Abdinur, Mogomotsi Mbeha, Rafi Istidar Farhad Rahman, Syed Moizz Ali. (Supervisors: Dr. Wei Tan, Dr. Ana Sobrido)

2020-2021 MEng students

Project title: The crashworthiness of carbon nanotube composite electrodes for energy-storage applications. (Supervisors: Dr. Wei Tan, Prof. James Busfield) (Best MEng Project 2021, [Paper 1])

Group members: Abdulaziz NASIRUDDIN, Evangelos KOLIOLIOS, Daniel MILLS, Wei-KONG MAO

Project title: 3D Printed Cellular Composites for Impact Mitigation or Crash Energy Absorption

Group members: Gary KOH,  Merrin Rose VARGHESE, Hirak KANSARA, John LUK

3rd year UG students

2021-2022: Daryx Francisco Morales, Majuhar Meidine


Mr. Kai Tan, MEng student. He worked with Dr. Wei Tan and Dr. Adam Boies. He investigated the properties of CNT materials and developing real-life applications for the material.

Group photo

Academic collaborators

Dr. Adam Boies, Dr. Michael De Volder, Prof. Norman Fleck, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Emilio Martínez Pañeda, Imperial College London,UK

Prof. Brian Falzon, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Dr. Miguel Bessa, Dr. Sid Kumar, Delft University of Technology, Netherland

Dr. Lucas Meza, University of Washington, US

Dr. Haibao Liu, Cranfield University, UK

Dr. Mingchao Liu, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Yinfeng He, University of Nottingham, UK


1. EPSRC New Investigator Award, £392k, 2021-2024

2. Bronze Award, Written Paper Prize, Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, 2018

3. Cambridge BlueSky Research Award, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, £20k, 2017-2018

4. ‘Nano-man‘ , Cambridge Engineering Departmental Photo Competition, SEM Prize, 2017

5. Second best research poster in Sir Bernard Crossland Competition, UK, 2013