I am Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I am Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology, published by Springer with the National Fire Protection Association.
I was born in Madrid (Spain) and studied Mechanical Engineering at ICAI Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Ingeniero Industrial, 1999). I hold an MSc (2003) and PhD (2005) from the University of California at Berkeley. I joined Imperial in 2012 from a previous academic position at University of Edinburgh (2006-2012).
My research focus is on the fire behaviour and combustion of reactive solids, combining computational and experimental approaches. I am interested in energy resources, environmental problems and infrastructure protection. For example, I am contributing to identify and solve the accidental burning of ancient carbon deposits - megafires of coal and peat. These are the largest fires on Earth. Because they are both natural and anthropogenic phenomena, its study is particularly important in the context of global greenhouse emissions and climate change. Another emphasis of my research is on fire dynamics and how we can design safer infrastructure. I have pioneered the engineering concepts of 'travelling fires' and 'forecasting fire dynamics', which offer a paradigm shift in the design and technology of high rise buildings.
I have received a number of international awards (e.g, Hinshelwood Prize, Distinguished Paper Combustion Institute, FM Global Award) and been featured in international media (e.g. GeoLog, The New York Times, DotEarth, BBC Radio, El Pais).