Professor Rebecca Lunn

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Prizes and awards

Elected as an Outstanding Woman of Scotland
Elected a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers
Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
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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The effect of clay water content in the Jet Erosion Test
Beber Raniero, Tarantino Alessandro, Pedrotti Matteo, Lunn Rebecca
Mini thief zones : subcentimeter sedimentary features enhance fracture connectivity in shales
McCay Alistair T, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J, Gale Julia F
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin Vol 103, pp. 951-971 (2019)
Fault fictions : cognitive biases in the conceptualization of fault zones
Shipton ZK, Roberts JJ, Comrie EL, Kremer Y, Lunn RJ, Caine JS
Geological Society Special Publications (2019)
Along-strike fault core thickness variations of a fault in poorly lithified sediments, Miri (Malaysia)
Sosio De Rosa Silvia, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J, Kremer Yannick, Murray Titus
Journal of Structural Geology Vol 116, pp. 189-206 (2018)
Detection of weak seismic signals in noisy environments from unfiltered, continuous passive seismic recordings
Kinali M, Pytharouli S, Lunn R J, Shipton Z K, Stillings M, Lord R, Thompson S
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America Vol 108, pp. 2993-3004 (2018)
Microscale analysis of fractured rock sealed with microbially induced CaCO3 precipitation : influence on hydraulic and mechanical performance
Tobler Dominique J, Minto James M, El Mountassir Grainne, Lunn Rebecca J, Phoenix Vernon R
Water Resources Research (2018)

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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

Engineering the Future for Girls summer school
Feasibility study for the use of microbially induced calcite precipitation for improving rock strength
Organiser of 'Engineering the future for girls Summer School'
Erosion testing of colloidal silica grouted specimens
Mechanical testing of colloidal silica grouted specimens
Scottish Government (External organisation)

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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-2020
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
Groundwater geochemistry changes during unloading due to reservoir drainage: Main study (£25K)
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Stillings, Mark (Post Grad Student) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Boyce, Adrian J. (Co-investigator)
Use of NERC Isotope Community Support Facility Application IP-1762-1117 (£25K)
Biomineral Technologies for Ground Engineering (Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair)
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2022
Underpinning the safety case for the use of colloidal silica based grout for waste containment
Bots, Pieter (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator) Pedrotti, Matteo (Co-investigator) Payne, Timothy (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator)
X-ray Computed Tomography beamtime awarded by Diamond Light Source (STFC) at equivalent funding value of £95,940.

Abstract of funded proposal:
In the proposed experiments we aim to develop the scientific case to underpin the use of novel colloidal silica based grouts for radioactive waste containment. We aim to use the element specific capabilities of synchrotron based X-ray CT at beamline I13-2 to investigate the effects of the grout injection on the geochemistry of Sr, Cs and U. We will also utilize the time resolved capabilities to determine the influence of complex solid matrices on the (injection) behaviour of the silica grouts.
06-Jan-2017 - 10-Jan-2017

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