Professor Rebecca Lunn

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Prizes and awards

Elected as an Outstanding Woman of Scotland
Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Elected a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers
Leader of the £1.3M EPSRC Research Consortium SAFE Barriers
Aberconway medallist 2011. Awarded by the Geological Society of London every 2 years to a researcher aged 45 years or less to recognise distinction in the practice of geology with special reference to work in industry

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Detailed internal structure and along-strike variability of the core of a plate boundary fault : the Highland boundary fault, Scotland
McKay Lucy, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J, Andrews Billy, Raub Timothy D, Boyce Adrian J
Journal of the Geological Society (2019)
Automated high accuracy, rapid beam hardening correction in X-Ray Computed Tomography of multi-mineral, heterogeneous core samples
Romano Carla, Minto James M, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J
Computers & Geosciences Vol 131, pp. 144-157 (2019)
Fault Fictions : cognitive biases in the conceptualization of fault zones
Shipton Z K, Roberts J J, Comrie E L, Kremer Y, Lunn R J, Caine J S
Geological Society Special Publications (2019)
Validation of fault seal mechanisms in the Timor sea : an outcrop and subsurface perspective
Murray T, Power W, Sosio de Rosar S, Shipton Z, Lunn R
5th International Conference on Fault and Top Seals (2019)
Development of a reactive transport model for field-scale simulation of microbially induced carbonate precipitation
Minto James M, Lunn Rebecca J, El Mountassir Gráinne
Water Resources Research Vol 55, pp. 7229-7245 (2019)
Decommissionable concrete? Adsorption of radionuclides by removable bio-mineralised hydroxyapatite layers
Cumberland Susan, Renshaw Joanna C, Turner Ronald J, Lunn Rebecca J, Hamilton Andrea
Goldschmidt2019 (2019)

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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

Professional activities

Bone Dry: Hydroxyapatite as a water-resistant cement coating material
Field deployment of biomineral technologies for treatment and repair of concrete nuclear infrastructure
Engineering the Future for Girls summer school
Organiser of 'Engineering the future for girls Summer School'
Feasibility study for the use of microbially induced calcite precipitation for improving rock strength
Erosion testing of colloidal silica grouted specimens

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PANAMA: Plasma Accelerators for Nuclear Applications and Materials Analysis (panama) - National Nuclear User Facility Phase 2
Renshaw, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Bots, Pieter (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023
STEM Equals (EPSRC Inclusion Matters)
MacGregor, Scott (Principal Investigator) Carter, Sara (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) Rivers, Ian (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
TRANSCEND: Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Biotechnology for Treatment and Repair of Concrete Nuclear Infrastructure
Turner, Ronnie (Researcher) Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Principal Investigator)
Postdoctoral research project as part of the 'Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning' (TRANSCEND) research consortium. This project aims to develop new biotechnological methods for the treatment of damaged cement and concrete structures in the UK civil nuclear industry.
03-Jan-2018 - 03-Jan-2021
ANRC 013-01 Biotechnology for Treatment and Repair of Concrete Nuclear Infrastructure
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
What happens to groundwater chemistry during fault slip: implications for rock friction (£1.2K)
Stillings, Mark (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator)
Mimicking the pressure changes in groundwater during earthquakes. Changes in groundwater pressure can trigger precipitation and dissolution of minerals, changing water chemistry and fracture surfaces. This in turn can lead to changes in rock friction, potentially increasing the magnitude of future earthquakes.
31-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019

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