Dr Matteo Pedrotti

Chancellor'S Fellowships

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

My research focuses on the design and characterization of advanced composite systems of geomaterials and synthesised hydrogels. The nano and micro scale characterization of such systems aims to understand the role of atmospheric interactions (i.e. water evaporation), stress history and groundwater chemistry on their hydro-meachnical characteristics, and thus allows for engineering of advanced porous networks with unprecedented macroscopic bulk performances. My research bridges the gap between fundamental research carried out at the scale of nano-to-micro particle interaction and engineering performance at the field scale. My vision is to establish a research group in geomechanics to pursue a new generation of “super soils” which, for instance, will have: enhanced water retention and adsorption capabilities for agriculture; enhanced mechanical strength for earth construction; self-healing potential for protection against desiccation cracking; zero water permeability for the formation of ground barriers against contaminant migration


Desiccation behaviour of colloidal silica grouted sand : a new material for the creation of near surface hydraulic barriers
Pedrotti Matteo, Wong Christopher, El Mountassir Gráinne, Renshaw Joanna C, Lunn Rebecca J
Engineering Geology Vol 270 (2020)
Geochemical evidence for the application of nanoparticulate colloidal silica gel for in-situ containment of legacy nuclear wastes
Bots Pieter, Renshaw Joanna, Payne Timothy E, Comarmond M Josick, Schellenger Alexandra EP, Pedrotti Matteo, Calì Eleonora, Lunn Rebecca J
Environmental Science: Nano Vol 7, pp. 1481-1495 (2020)
The effect of clay water content in the Jet Erosion Test
Beber Raniero, Tarantino Alessandro, Pedrotti Matteo, Lunn Rebecca
7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (2019)
An X-ray CT study of miniature clay sample preparation techniques
Ibeh Christopher, Pedrotti Matteo, Tarantino Alessandro, Lunn Rebecca
Initiation and propagation of strain localization in cohesive soil using a novel miniature triaxial cell and X-ray Computed Tomography
Ibeh Christopher, Pedrotti Matteo, Tarantino Alessandro, Lunn Rebecca J
InterPore2019 (2019)
A conceptual constitutive model unifying slurried (saturated), compacted (unsaturated) and dry states
Pedrotti M, Tarantino A
Geotechnique Vol 69, pp. 217-233 (2019)

More publications


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
Impacts of colloidal silica grout injection on the geochemistry of radioactive wastes
Renshaw, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Bots, Pieter (Co-investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pedrotti, Matteo (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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