Dr James Minto

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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I am a Chancellor's Fellow in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department where I work on developing low viscosity alternative grouting materials for subsurface engineering works and investigate fundamental flow processes in fractured and porous media.

One such grout we are developing utilises naturally occurring soil bacteria Sporosarcina pasteurii to produce calcium carbonate via a biochemical reaction. The process is termed microbially induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) and is an exciting and multidisciplinary field combining microbiology, geology, hydraulics and subsurface engineering with the potential, for certain applications, to replace the use of cement and chemical grouts with a less expensive, less toxic and low CO2 “bio-grout”.

Our aim is to develop the MICP process for rock fracture sealing and ground improvement then demonstrate the feasibility of the process at the large scale. Our work combines micro-scale experiments characterised by 4D X-ray CT with large scale laboratory experiments and multi-scale numerical modelling.

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Publications

Exploiting induced carbonate precipitation to improve reservoir storage integrity and geothermal system efficiency
Salter Philip, Dobson Katherine J, Minto James
InterPore 2024 (2024)
Meter-scale MICP improvement of medium graded very gravelly sands : lab measurement, transport modelling, mechanical and microstructural analysis
Sang Guijie, Lunn Rebecca J, El Mountassir Grainne, Minto James M
Engineering Geology Vol 324 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2023.107275
Transport and fate of ureolytic Sporosarcina pasteurii in saturated sand columns: experiments and modelling
Sang Guijie, Lunn Rebecca J, El Mountassir Grainne, Minto James M
Transport in Porous Media Vol 149, pp. 599-624 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11242-023-01973-x
Exploiting induced carbonate precipitation to improve reservoir storage integrity and geothermal system efficiency
Salter Philip, Dobson Katherine J, Minto James
ToScA UK & Europe Symposium (2023)
Treatment of fractured concrete via microbially induced carbonate precipitation : from micro-scale characteristics to macro-scale behaviour
Turner Ronald, Castro Gloria M, Minto James, El Mountassir Grainne, Lunn Rebecca J
Construction and Building Materials Vol 384 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2023.131467
Contaminated or just dusty? Understanding the nature of contaminants found in biomass grown on historic mine sites to inform pre-treatment options
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard, Minto James, Davidson Christine, Manzoor Neelam
EGU General Assembly 2023 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu23-1006

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Professional Activities

3D & 4D imaging - key skills for the Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences
Invited speaker
18/3/2024
GeoNetZero XCT Training course
Invited speaker
5/6/2023
3D & 4D imaging - key skills for the Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences
Invited speaker
20/3/2023
BTG Workshop - Net-Zero
Participant
18/5/2022
XCT Imaging and Analysis Training Course
Invited speaker
4/4/2022
Calcite Biomineralisation for the Repair of Damaged Concrete
Contributor
20/9/2021

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Projects

Imaging for Multi-scale Multi-modal and Multi-disciplinary Analysis for EnGineering and Environmental Sustainability (IM3AGES) (EPSRC Strategic Equipment)
Dobson, Kate (Principal Investigator) Minto, James (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 30-Jan-2027
Tailings stabilisation (dewatering) utilising MICP
Minto, James (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2024 - 28-Jan-2024
Investigating novel fluid injection approaches for CO2 storage optimisation (IDRIC Flex Proposal)
Minto, James (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 29-Jan-2024
Introducing a method for stability analysis of the bimrock slopes by physical and 3D numerical modeling
Minto, James (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2026
EPSRC Core Equipment: Thermal characterisation for engineering and geological materials
Minto, James (Principal Investigator) Burnside, Neil (Principal Investigator) Dobson, Kate (Principal Investigator)
EPSRC Core Equipment grant for a thermal conductivity meter and gas pycnometer to allow thermal characterisation of engineering and geological materials.
£63,919 (inc. VAT)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
Development of novel grouting technology for subsurface engineering & the net-zero carbon revolution
Minto, James (Principal Investigator) Pedrotti, Matteo (Co-investigator) Roden, Jack (Post Grad Student)
SRSS PhD studenstship - This lab-based project focuses on developing micron- and nano-scale technology to create novel grouts for enhancing the hydro-mechanical properties of the subsurface.
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025

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Dr James Minto
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: james.minto@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted