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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Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation
Macrae Euan J, Bond Clare E, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J
Interpretation Vol 4, pp. T395-T402 (2016)
Impact of mechanical heterogeneity on joint density in a welded ignimbrite
Soden AM, Lunn RJ, Shipton ZK
Journal of Structural Geology Vol 89, pp. 118-129 (2016)
Enlightening the European Debate : Environment, Energy and Climate
Smith Pete, Lunn Rebecca J, Roberts Jennifer J
Enlightening the European Debate Enlightening the European Debate (2016)
Balancing our energy portfolio
Lunn Rebecca
The Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology Vol 21, pp. 36-38 (2016)
MEMS sensor-based monitoring system for engineered geological disposal facilities
Yang Wenbin, Lunn Rebecca, Tarantino Alessandro
Mineralogical Magazine Vol 79, pp. 1475-1483 (2015)
A mechanism for bentonite buffer erosion in a fracture with a naturally varying aperture
Reid Christopher, Lunn Rebecca, El Mountassir Grainne, Tarantino Alessandro
Mineralogical Magazine Vol 79, pp. 1485-1494 (2015)

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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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Organic fingerprinting of groundwater to determine surface water origins
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Colloidal Silica Grout for Stabilisation of Underground Structures and for the Formation of Hydraulic and Chemical Barriers for Inhibiting Contaminant Migration
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023
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

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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