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Dr El Mountassir is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering and Director for Research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Her research focuses on developing novel technologies using biological and biochemical processes that can alter the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils and rocks. Over the last ten year the team at Strathclyde have been developing microbially induced calcite precipitation as a technique for rock grouting, soil stabiliation, well sealing and concrete repair. More recently she has been leading investigations into the potential use of fungi and their hyphal networks in ground improvement applications.
I teach CL217 Soil mechanics and the Graduate Apprenticship module EO206 (Soils & Water 2), both to second year students.
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. I am also investigating the possible deployment of fungi within ground engineering applications.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde
Award Date: 1 Jan 2011
Master of Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Award Date: 1 Jan 2005
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3/09/18 → 3/09/21
Salifu, E., El Mountassir, G., Minto, J. & Tarantino, A., 24 May 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. 46 p., 100258.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Desiccation behaviour of colloidal silica grouted sand: a new material for the creation of near surface hydraulic barriersPedrotti, M., Wong, C., El Mountassir, G., Renshaw, J. C. & Lunn, R. J., 5 Jun 2020, In: Engineering Geology. 270, 105579.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Data for: "An analytical model for the control of silica grout penetration in natural groundwater systems"
El Mountassir, Grainne (Recipient), 2015
Prize: Other distinction
El Mountassir, Grainne (Recipient), 2014
Prize: Other distinction
Grainne El Mountassir (Invited speaker)19 Apr 2018
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk