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Development of novel, low-carbon ground engineering technologies. Development of low viscosity injectable grouts for ground barrier formation and ground improvement The hydro-mechanical controls on fluid flow through geological structures, including faults


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Research Interests

  • Use of microbially mediated mineral precipitation for ground improvement and ground sealing
  • Development and application of colloidal silica-based grouts for ground improvement and ground sealing
  • Development of detectable cementitious grouts for reliable barrier formation
  • Fluid flow in geological faults, estimating fault permeability (particular relevance to radioactive waste disposal, CO2 sequestration and oil and gas exploitation)
  • The relationaship between fault permeability and seismicity - temporal and spatial evolution
  • Predicting ground permeability through structural geology and rock mechanics
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport
  • Rock mechanics and structural geology
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
  • Computer modelling

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Newcastle University

Doctor of Engineering, Newcastle University

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

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Research Output

Core surprise: what's inside a plate boundary?

McKay, L., Shipton, Z. & Lunn, R., 1 Jul 2020, In : Geoscientist. 30, 6, p. 11-15 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Thesis

    Assessing the options : disposal, recycling or re-use of UK legacy radioactive metals and depleted uranium

    Author: Kemp, N., 16 Jun 2015

    Supervisor: Lunn, R. (Supervisor) & Belton, V. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Cracking behaviour of clayey geomaterials

    Author: Murray, I. W., 21 Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Tarantino, A. (Supervisor) & Lunn, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Bone Dry: Hydroxyapatite as a water-resistant cement coating material

    Ronnie Turner (Speaker), Rebecca Lunn (Contributor)
    6 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Field deployment of biomineral technologies for treatment and repair of concrete nuclear infrastructure

    Ronnie Turner (Speaker), Rebecca Lunn (Contributor)
    3 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Research on geological uncertainty informs UK Government policies on shale gas and radioactive waste disposal

    Zoe Shipton (Participant), Rebecca Lunn (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Public understanding, information and debate, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment