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Personal Statement

I’m a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I have a MEng in Civil Engineering with European Studies and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, both from Strathclyde. My research is largely experimental and focuses on understanding the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils and rocks. I am particularly interested in the potential use of biological processes in geotechnical engineering. I am currently developing novel grouting technologies including microbially induced calcite precipitation as a technique for sealing fine aperture fractures.

Teaching Interests

I teach soil mechanics (CL217) in second year and I run the Engineers Without Borders Challenge design project as part of the third year curriculum.

Research Interests

My research is largely experimental and focuses on understanding the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils and rocks. I am particularly interested in the potential use of biological processes in geotechnical engineering. I am currently developing novel grouting technologies including microbially induced calcite precipitation as a technique for sealing fine aperture fractures and silica sol as a low viscosity grout. My research addresses challenges related to geological disposal of nuclear waste and decommissioning of contaminated sites. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Master of Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 2008 2018

Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering

El Mountassir, G., Minto, J. M., van Paassen, L. A., Salifu, E. & Lunn, R. J., 1 Sep 2018, Advances in Applied Microbiology. Gadd, G. & Sariaslani, S. (eds.). 1st ed. Vol. 104. 58 p. (Advances in Applied Microbiology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Geotechnical engineering
geotechnical engineering
Carbonates
carbonate
ground improvement
ground improvement
Silica gel
gel
silica
Silica

Thesis

Development of a microbially induced calcite and silica bio-grout for the sealing of fine aperture fractures

Author: MacLachlan, E. C., 1 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Lunn, R. (Supervisor) & El Mountassir, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Novel methods for monitoring grout penetration in hard rock

Author: Howell, C. P., 1 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Lunn, R. (Supervisor) & El Mountassir, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2011 2018

Invited seminar on 'Microbial processes in geotechnical engineering'

Grainne El Mountassir (Invited speaker)
19 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Internal Examiner

Grainne El Mountassir (Examiner)
Feb 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination