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20162018
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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

Master of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Glasgow

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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Research Output 2016 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

Contributions of 3D printed fracture networks to development of flow and transport models

Suzuki, A., Minto, J. M., Watanabe, N., Li, K. & Horne, R. N., 24 Sep 2018, In : Transport in Porous Media. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fracture network
simulation
Computer simulation
computational fluid dynamics
Experiments