James Minto

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  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a research associate in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department where I work on developing low viscosity alternative grouting materials for subsurface engineering works.

One such grout we are developing utilises naturally occurring soil bacteria Sporosarcina pasteurii to produce calcium carbonate via a biochemical reaction. The process is termed microbially induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) and is an exciting and multidisciplinary field combining microbiology, geology, hydraulics and subsurface engineering with the potential, for certain applications, to replace the use of cement and chemical grouts with a less expensive, less toxic and low CO2 “bio-grout”.

Our aim is to develop the MICP process for rock fracture sealing and demonstrate the feasibility of the process at the large scale. Our work combines large scale laboratory experiments and numerical modelling with a focus on how MICP could be used to maintain the integrity of a geological disposal facility for high level radioactive waste.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 5 Dec 2014

Master of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 5 Dec 2008

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 29 Jun 2007

External positions

Visiting scholar, Stanford University, Department of Energy Resources Engineering

5 Oct 201428 Dec 2014

Volunteer project manager, Water4Ethiopia

3 Jan 20125 Jun 2012

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