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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 2020

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Swift, Paul

El Mountassir, G., Switzer, C. & Swift, P.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)

1/04/161/10/19

Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2008 2019

Micro-continuum modelling of injection strategies for microbially induced carbonate precipitation

Minto, J. M., El Mountassir, G. & Lunn, R. J., 25 Jun 2019, E3S Web of Conferences: 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019) . Tarantino, A. & Ibraim, E. (eds.). [Bloomsbury], Vol. 92. 5 p. 11019

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
File
Reaction kinetics
Transport properties
Carbonates
Bacteria
Costs

Preliminary observations of the shear behaviour of fungal treated soil

Salifu, E. & El Mountassir, G., 25 Jun 2019, In : E3S Web of Conferences. 92, 6 p., 11017.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

Open Access
File
Soils
soil
Sand
ground improvement
sand

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