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Civil Engineering

Kevin Mumford

Kevin Mumford

Assistant Professor

Office: Ellis-247

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-6325
Fax: (613) 533-2128
kevin.mumford@queensu.ca

Kevin Mumford

Research

Research Interests

Dr. Mumford is interested in the movement of multiple fluid phases (water, oil, gases) in porous media, and the mass transfer between those phases.  These processes are relevant to many important environmental systems.  For example, soil and groundwater can be significantly contaminated by the accidental release or improper disposal of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs).  These hazardous chemicals include petroleum fuels (gasoline, diesel fuel), chlorinated solvents (dry cleaning chemicals, degreasers), and coal tar.  Contamination can jeopardize drinking water sources and limit the redevelopment of brownfield sites, which are critical to the sustainable development of urban areas.  The remediation of sites contaminated by these chemicals is a significant scientific and engineering challenge.  An understanding of how these chemicals are distributed, and how they are transferred to the surrounding groundwater, is required to assess potential risk and design appropriate remediation strategies.  Of particular interest to Dr. Mumford is how the presence of gas bubbles, which can be generated by physical trapping mechanisms or produced by remediation-related reactions, can affect the processes that control contamination and remediation.  Dr. Mumford’s research uses a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical modelling to identify and quantify fundamental behaviour, and apply new insights to remediation scenarios.

Biography

Education

2008 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering (McMaster University)
Thesis: Spontaneous expansion and mobilization of a discontinuous gas phase due to mass transfer from dense non-aqueous phase liquid
2002 Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) in Civil Engineering (University of Waterloo)
Thesis: Investigation of natural oxidant demand reactions in a sandy aquifer material
2000 Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Environmental Engineering (Chemical) (University of Waterloo)

Awards

2015 Civil Engineering Teaching Award, Queen’s University, Dept. of Civil Engineering
2013 Finalist for Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University
2013 Civil Engineering Teaching Award, Queen’s University, Dept. of Civil Engineering
2009 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, McMaster University
2009 NSERC Doctoral Prize Nominee, McMaster University
2009 CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation, McMaster University Nominee
2009 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Hydrology section, American Geophysical Union
2009 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008 Canadian Geotechnical Society National Graduate Student Presentation Winner
2007 Raymond Moore Graduate Scholarship
2006 Ann Poucher Windsor Graduate Scholarship
2004 NSERC Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship
2002 Outstanding Acheivement in Graduate Students, University of Waterloo, Faculty of Engineering
2001 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

Professional and Academic Experience

2010 - Present Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University
2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Ontario
2004 - 2007 Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University
2002 - 2004 Consultant, Geomatrix Consultants and Engineers Inc., Waterloo, Ontario
2000 - 2002 Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Waterloo

Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Ph.D. and M.A.Sc research positions are currently available in Dr. Mumford’s research group related to the:

  • Effect of gases on the application of in situ remediation technologies
  • Performance of in situ thermal treatment technologies
  • Mass transfer in NAPL-water-gas systems

Applicants should have a background in Civil, Environmental, Chemical, or Geoenvironmental Engineering, or the Geological Sciences with a strong academic record and be interested in pursuing leading research.  Previous experience related to multiphase flow and environmental research is an asset, but is not essential.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to kevin.mumford@queensu.ca with the subject line "Mumford Research Opportunity".

Publications

Journal Publications

Mumford, K.G., P.R. Hegele, G. Vandenberg (Accepted July 2015), Comparison of two-dimensional and three-dimensional macroscopic invasion percolation simulations to laboratory experiments of gas bubble flow in homogeneous sands, Vadose Zone Journal, 37 pages, In Press.

Hegele, P.R., K.G. Mumford (2015), Dissolved gas exsolution to enhance gas production and transport during bench-scale electrical resistance heating, Advances in Water Resources, 79, 153-161.

Siemens, G.A., K.G. Mumford, D. Kucharczuk (2015), Characterization of transparent soil for use in heat transport experiments, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 38(5), doi: 10.1520/GTJ20140218.

Hegele, P.R., K.G. Mumford (2014), Gas production and transport during bench-scale electrical resistance heating of water and trichloroethene, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 165, 24-36.

Zhao, C., K.G. Mumford, B.H. Kueper (2014), Laboratory study of non-aqueous phase liquid and water co-boiling during thermal treatment, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 164, 49-68.

Mustafa, N., K.G. Mumford, J.I. Gerhard, D.M. O’Carroll (2014), A three-dimensional numerical model for linking community-wide vapour risks, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 156, 38-51.

Krol, M.M., K.G. Mumford, R.L. Johnson, B.E. Sleep (2011), Modeling discrete gas bubble formation and mobilization during subsurface heating of contaminated zones, Advances in Water Resources, 34(4), 537-549.

Mumford, K.G., D.M. O’Carroll (2011), Dynamic effects in capillary pressure: exploring wettability and dynamic contact angle effects using bundle-of-tubes simulations, Vadose Zone Journal, 10, 1162-1172.

Krol, M.M., K.G. Mumford, R.L. Johnson, B.E. Sleep (2011), Modeling discrete gas bubble formation and mobilization during subsurface heating of contaminated zones, Advances in Water Resources, 34(4), 537-549.

O’Carroll, D.M., K.G. Mumford, L.M. Abriola, J.I. Gerhard (2010), The influence of wettability variations on dynamic effects in capillary pressure, Water Resources Research, 46, W08505.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2010), The effect of spontaneous gas expansion and mobilization on the aqueous-phase concentrations above a dense non-aqueous phase liquid pool, Advances in Water Resources, 33, 504-513.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2009), New observations of gas-phase expansion above a non-aqueous phase liquid pool, Vadose Zone Journal, 8(2), 404-410.

Mumford, K.G., S.E. Dickson, J.E. Smith (2009), Slow gas expansion in saturated natural porous media by gas injection and partitioning with non-aqueous phase liquids, Advances in Water Resources, 32, 29-40.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2008), Mass flux from a non-aqueous phase liquid pool considering spontaneous expansion of a discontinuous gas phase, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 98, 85-96.

Mumford, K.G., J.F. MacGregor, S.E. Dickson, R.H. Frappa (2007), Multivariate analysis of groundwater and soil data from a waste disposal site, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, Winter 2007, 92-102.

Mumford, K.G., N.R. Thomson, R.M. Allen-King (2005), Bench-scale investigation of permanganate natural oxidant demand kinetics, Environmental Science and Technology, 39(8), 2835-2840.

Mumford, K.G., C. Lamarche, N.R. Thomson (2004), Natural oxidant demand of aquifer materials using the push-pull technique with permanganate, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 130(10), 1139-1146.

Conference Proceedings

Kucharczuk, D., K.G. Mumford, G.A. Siemens (2014), Preliminary investigation of transparent soil for use in heat transport experiments, In proceedings of the 67th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, September 28-October 1.

Sills, L., G.A. Siemens, K.G. Mumford (2012), Use of transparent soil to investigate discontinuous gas flow in heterogeneous porous media, In proceedings of the 65th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sep. 30-Oct. 3, 2012. 

Hegele, P.R., K.G. Mumford (2011), Modeling discontinuous gas flow for remediation in heterogeneous media, In proceedings of the 2011 Pan-Am Canadian Geotechnical Society Geotechnical Conference, Toronto, ON, October 2-6, 2011.

Mumford, K.G., C. Lamarche, and N.R. Thomson (2002), Determination of natural oxidant demand using push-pull tests, In Proceedings from the 2nd Int. Conf. on Oxidation and Reduction Technologies for the In Situ Treatment of Soil and Groundwater, Toronto, ON, Nov 17-22, 2002

Mumford, K.G., and N.R. Thomson (2001), Kinetic impact of natural oxidant demand on ISCO: A numerical investigation, In Proceedings from the 1st Int. Conf. on Oxidation and Reduction Technologies for In-Situ Treatment of Soil and Groundwater, Niagara Falls, Canada, May 20-23, 2001.

MacKinnon, L.K., E.E. Cox, J. Konzuk, E.D. Hood, K.G. Mumford, and N.R. Thomson (2002), Evaluation of chemical oxidation and bioremediation for COVs in fractured bedrock, In Proceedings from the 3rd Int. Conf. on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, California, May 20-23, 2002.

Mumford, K.G., N.R. Thomson, and R.M. Allen-King (2002), Investigating the kinetic nature of natural oxidant demand during ISCO, In Proceedings from the 3rd Int. Conf. on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, California, May 20-23, 2002.

Invited Conference Presentations

Mumford, K.G., B.H. Kueper (2015), Thermal remediation: A look at fundamental mechanisms and implications for field implementation, Presented at the Euremtech In Situ Thermal Seminar, Ostend, Belgium, June 3-4, 2015.

Mumford, K.G., P.R. Hegele (2014), Gas dynamics during thermal remediation: Visualization, Quantification and Enhancement, Presented at the 2014 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 2014.

Mumford, K.G. (2014), Visualization of gas dynamics in groundwater contaminated by non-aqueous phase liquids, Presented at the 5th International Workshop on x-ray CT visualization for socio-cultural engineering & environmental materials, Kumamoto, Japan, December 4-5, 2014.

Mumford, K.G., P.R. Hegele (2013), Gas dynamics during thermal remediation, Presented at the 9th annual hydrocarbon summit on transport, fate and remediation of hydrocarbons in the subsurface, Waterloo, ON, August 28-29, 2013.

Mumford, K.G. (2012), Gas migration and bubble-facilitated transport of VOCs, Presented at the 8th annual hydrocarbon summit on transport, fate and remediation of hydrocarbons in the subsurface, Waterloo, ON, August 8-9, 2012.

Conference Presentations

Siemens, G.A., K.G. Mumford, L.-A. Sills (2015), Investigation of gas migration and retention using transparent soil, Presented at the International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics, Barcelona, Spain, June 2-4, 2015.

Mumford, K.G., P.R. Hegele (2014), Displacement of non-aqueous phase liquid by gas flow during thermal remediation of trichloroethene, Presented at the 2014 GSA meeting, Vancouver, BC, October 19-22, 2014.

Mumford, K.G., A. Silvester (2014), The effect of bubble-facilitated VOC transport on vapour intrusion: numerical simulations, Presented at the 10th annual hydrocarbon summit on transport, fate and remediation of hydrocarbons in the subsurface, Waterloo, ON, September 17-18, 2014.

Munholland, J., K.G. Mumford, B.H. Kueper (2014), Electrical resistance heating in heterogeneous systems for remediation of groundwater impacted by chlorinated solvents, Presented at the 1st annual Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF): 2014 Graduate Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, May 4-6, 2014.

O’Carroll, D.M., F. Moebius, K.G. Mumford, D. Or, (2014), Interfacial motions and pressure fluctuations during fluid displacement in porous media, Presented at the 2014 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 2014.

Reynolds, D.A., N. Soucy, K.G. Mumford (2014), A coupled electrokinetic and electrical resistance heating approach for persulfate distribution and activation in low permeability soils, Presented at EcoForum 2014, Gold Coast, Australia, October 29-31, 2014.

Reynolds, D.A., N. Soucy, K.G. Mumford, E. Cox, J. Wang (2014), A coupled electrokinetic and electrical resistance heating approach for persulfate distribution and activation in low permeability soils, Presented at the 9th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA, May 19-22, 2014.

Sills, L.K., K.G. Mumford, G.A. Siemens (2014), Laboratory investigation of gas bubble flow through layered heterogeneities using transparent soil, Presented at the 2014 GSA meeting, Vancouver, BC, October 19-22, 2014.

Mumford, K.G., P.R. Hegele (2014), Laboratory investigation of gas formation and flow during thermal remediation by electrical resistance heating, Poster presentation at the 9th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA, May 19-22, 2014.

Hegele, P.R., K.G. Mumford (2013), Quantitative visualization of gas dynamics during electrical resistance heating, Presented at the 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 11th joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Montreal, Quebec, September 29-October 3, 2013.

Hodson, P.V., A.M. da Silva, K.G. Mumford, S.R. Brown, A. Rutter (2013), Hyporheic flows in rivers as a vector of oil contamination of fish spawning shoals, Presented at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, November 17-21, 2013.

Sleep, B.E., M.M. Krol, K.G. Mumford, R.L. Johnson (2013), Impact of electrical resistance heating on subsurface flow and mass transport, Presented at the Advances in Thermal Remediation Conference, Austin, Texas, January 8-9, 2013.

Zhao, C., K.G. Mumford, B.H. Kueper (2013), Investigation of co-boiling behavior during in situ thermal treatment: experiments and modelling, Presented at the 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 11th joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Montreal, Quebec, September 29-October 3, 2013.

Zhao, C., K.G. Mumford, B.H. Kueper (2013), Remediation of non-aqueous phase liquids using heating, Presented at the Water Research Centre Student Symposium, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, January 25, 2013.

Hegele, P.R., K.G. Mumford (2012), Quantification of gas saturations during bubbly gas flow using a novel calibration technique, Poster presentation at the 2012 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 3-7, 2012.

Mumford, K.G., N.A. Mustafa, J.I. Gerhard (2012), Comparing risk assessment at the site and community scales via Monte Carlo simulations with a new coupled groundwater-vapour-indoor air model, Presented at the 2012 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 3-7, 2012.

Mumford, K.G., P.R. Hegele, M.M. Krol, B.E. Sleep (2012), Combining macroscopic invasion percolation with mass transfer to model bubble-facilitated transport of VOCs in groundwater, Presented at the 2012 Goldschmidt conference, Montreal, QC, June 24-29, 2012.

Munholland, J.L., K.G. Mumford (2012), Developing a visual technique to assess nonwetting phase dissolution in saturated porous media using trapped gas, Presented at the 2012 International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress, Niagara Falls, ON, September 16-21, 2012.

Mustafa, N., K.G. Mumford, J.I Gerhard, D.M. O’Carroll (2012), Assessing the risk of organic contaminants to groundwater and vapour intrusion at the community scale, Presented at the Real Property Institute of Canada Conference, Toronto, ON, April 30-May 3, 2012.

Krol, M.M., K.G. Mumford, R.L. Johnson, B.E. Sleep (2011), Mass Transport by Gas Bubble Flow during Subsurface Thermal Remediation, Poster presentation at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, October 9-12, 2011.

O’Carroll, D.M., K.G. Mumford, D. Or, F. Moebius (2011), Non-equilibrium Capillarity Effects – Insights from REV and pore scale experiments, Presented at the 2011 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.

Krol, M.M., K.G. Mumford, R.L. Johnson, B.E. Sleep (2010), Effect of gas bubble mobilization on contaminant transport during thermal remediation, Abstract H53F-1134,  Poster presentation at the 2010 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 13-17, 2010.

Hegele, P.R., K.G. Mumford (2010), Analysis and simulation of gas flow in saturated porous media, Poster presentation at the Queen’s University Water Research Group Student Symposium, Kingston, ON, September 24, 2010.

Mustafa, N., K.G. Mumford, D.M. O’Carroll, J.I Gerhard (2010) Assessing the risk of organic contaminants at off-site receptors, Poster presentation at the 2010 Canadian Brownfield Conference, Toronto, ON, November 1-3, 2010.

Mumford, K.G., D.M. O’Carroll (2010), Effect of contact line friction on dynamic effects in capillary pressure, Poster presentation at the 2010 Gordon Research Conference for Flow and Transport in Permeable Media, Lewiston, ME, July 11-16, 2010.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2010), Transport of volatile contaminants in groundwater by gas expansion and mobilization above a dense nonaqueous phase liquid pool, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74(11) Supplement 1, A737, Presented at the 2010 Goldschmidt conference in Knoxville, TN, June13-18, 2010.

Mumford, K.G., D.M. O’Carroll, L.M. Abriola, J.I Gerhard (2009), The influence of wettability variations on dynamic effects in capillary pressure, Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H43E-1076,  Poster presentation at the 2009 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-18, 2009.

Mumford, K.G., D.M. O’Carroll, L.M. Abriola (2009), The role of wettability in dynamic capillary pressure: fundamental considerations, Poster presentation at the 2009 AGU Joint Assembly, Toronto, ON, May 24-27, 2009.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2009), Characterization of gas flow during the slow expansion of discontinuous gas due to DNAPL partitioning, Poster presentation at the 2009 AGU Joint Assembly, Toronto, ON, May 24-27, 2009.

Papini, A.B., K.G. Mumford, J.I Gerhard, D.M. O’Carroll (2009), Investigation of a novel fibre optic system for tracking pollutants in groundwater, Poster presentation at the 2009 Rising Stars of Research, Vancouver, BC, August 19-22, 2009.

Basu Roy, D.A., K.G. Mumford, J.I Gerhard, D.M. O’Carroll (2009), Using alternative substances to study dissolution of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in porous media, Poster at the 2009 Rising Stars of Research, Vancouver, BC, August 19-22, 2009.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2008), Spontaneous expansion and mobilization of discontinuous gas above DNAPL pools, Presented at the 2008 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-19, 2008.

Mumford, K.G., J.W. Roy, J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2008), Spontaneous gas expansion in DNAPL source zones – from oops to insight, Plenary presentation, Presented at the 61st Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 9th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, September 21-24, 2008.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2008), Unstable gas flow driven by the mass transfer from non-aqueous phase liquids in porous media, Poster presentation at the 2008 Gordon Research Conference for Flow and Transport in Permeable Media, Oxford, UK, July 13-18, 2008.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2008), Spontaneous gas expansion above a DNAPL pool, Presented at the 2008 SyNRGS Groundwater Symposium, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, May 27-28, 2008.

Mumford, K.G., J.E. Smith, S.E. Dickson (2007), Mass transfer from a NAPL pool in the presence of an expanding, mobile, discontinuous gas phase: experimental study, Poster presentation at the 2007 AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec 10-14, 2007.

Mumford, K.G., N.R. Thomson, R.M. Allen-King (2002), Investigating natural oxidant demand reactions, Poster at the 2nd Int. Conf. on Oxidation and Reduction Technologies for the In Situ Treatment of Soil and Groundwater, Toronto, ON, Nov 17-22, 2002.

Mumford, K.G., N.R. Thomson, L.K. MacKinnon, E. E. Cox, and E. D. Hood (2002), Design of treatability studies for permanganate oxidation in fractured rock, Poster presentation at the 3rd Int. Conf. on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, California, May 20-23, 2002.

People

Current Students

Sumit Kalia

Sumit Kalia

Hometown: Karnal, India
Email: 13sk75@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. (Eng) Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, India (2010); M.Sc. (Eng) Groundwater Management, Technical University of Freiberg, Germany (2013)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bernard Kueper (Queen’s University), Dr. Peter Kitanidis (Stanford University)
Ph.D. research: Developing methodology for optimizing the investigation and remediation of DNAPL-contaminated sites using a reduced-scale mathematical model subject to value of information analysis.

Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Email: emartin@ce.queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. (Eng) Chemical Engineering, Queen's University (2003); B.A. English Literature, Queen's University (2003); M.Sc. (Eng) Civil Engineering, Queen's University (2009)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bernard Kueper (Queen's University)
Ph.D. research: Research has centered on laboratory experimentation using electrical resistance heating (ERH) as a groundwater remediation method. Contaminants of interest are dense, non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), which are often toxic and considered carcinogenic. Special concerns include gas production and transport, and the effect that changes in geological and hydraulic conditions have on this process.

Obai Mohammed

Obai Mohammed

Hometown: Doha, Qatar
Email: obai.mohammed@queensu.ca
Education: M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Lakehead University (2012); M.Sc. Project Management, Boston University (2008); B.Sc. (Eng) Civil Engineering, University of Khartoum (2001)
Ph.D. research: Performing laboratory experiments to investigate gas generation rates and composition following application of nzvi remediation of NAPL contaminated groundwater in porous media, and examine the effect the generated gas has on the porous media permeability and contaminant mass transfer.

Chris Fruetel

Chris Fruetel

Hometown: Bracebridge, Ontario
Email: c.fruetel@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. (Env) Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (2013)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Ana Maria da Silva (Queen’s University)
M.A.Sc. research: Quantifying flows that occur in the sediment below a riverbed using dye injection in a physical model of a river bed.  Visualization is used to track dye flow through the gravel at the wall of the flume to identify flow paths and measure velocity, with the goal of understanding the potential for oil contamination of river sediments.

Brianne Hicknell

Brianne Hicknell

Hometown: Embro, Ontario
Email: brianne.hicknell@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. (Eng) Geological Engineering, Queen’s University (2015)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bernard Kueper (Queen’s University)
M.A.Sc. research: Performing laboratory experiments examining heating of multi-component NAPLs (combination of VOCs and SVOCs) using temperature, moisture content, and gas composition to develop improved monitoring methods for the application of in situ thermal remediation technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater.

Zubair Hossain

Zubair Hossain

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Email: z.hossain@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) (2012)
M.A.Sc. research: Research is focused on understanding the dissolution of trapped oil to water flowing through gravel river beds, as part of an interdisciplinary research project investigating the potential impact of sediment contamination from oil spills in Canadian rivers.  Laboratory experiments are used to study mass transfer for a variety of oil and water flow conditions.

Ying Lei

Ying Lei

Hometown: Wuhan, China
Email: 13yl59@queensu.ca
Education: B.Eng. Groundwater Science and Engineering, China University of Geosciences (2014)
M.A.Sc. research: Performing laboratory experiments to simulate the behaviour of diluted bitumen droplet in gravel sediment using one-dimensional columns, including transport, trapping and the potential for long-term contamination.

Nicole Soucy

Nicole Soucy

Hometown: Manotick, Ontario
Email: 9ncs5@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. (Eng) Civil Engineering, Queen’s University (2014)
M.A.Sc. research: Laboratory experiments to investigate the potential role of gas bubble flow on the transport of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) leading to soil vapour intrusion.

Cole Van de Ven

Cole Van de Ven

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario
Email: cole.vandeven@queensu.ca
Education: B.Eng.Mgmt. Civil Engineering, McMaster University (2015)
M.A.Sc. research: Performing laboratory experiments to understand the movement, dissolution and signatures of fugitive methane in shallow aquifers, from sources created by hydraulic fracturing operations.  Detailed experiments will improve our understanding of fugitive methane, and aid future numerical modelling efforts and the development of effective monitoring programs.

Qianli Xie

Sean Bryck

Hometown: Wuhan, China
Email: 15qx1@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. Geology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) (2015); B.Sc. Hydrogeology, University of Waterloo (2015)
M.A.Sc. research: Modelling the recovery of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds during in situ thermal remediation.

Sean Bryck

Sean Bryck

Hometown: Thornhill, Ontario
Email: sean.bryck@queensu.ca
Education: B.Sc. (Eng) Civil Engineering, Queen’s University (2011); M.Sc. (Eng) Civil Engineering, Queen’s University (2014)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bernard Kueper (Queen’s University)
Research: Research is focused on the application of numerical models to assess the fate and transport of DNAPLs in heterogeneous subsurface environments, including the development of virtual site assessment tools to reproduce site investigation technologies.

Former Students

Mahmudul Shojib Position: Master's student (completed 2015)
Research: Dissolution of trapped light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) in the presence of trapped gas.
Lee-Ann Sills Position: Master's Student (completed 2015)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Greg Simmens (Royal Military College of Canada)
Research: Investigating gas breakthrough of 2D capillary barriers.
Jonah Munholland Position: Master's student (completed 2014)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bernard Kueper (Queen's University)
Research: Electrical resistance heating in heterogeneous sand.
Paul Hegele Position: Master's student (completed 2014)
Research: gas dynamics during bench-scale electrical resistance heating.
Robin Zhang Position: Master's student (University of Toronto) (completed 2013)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Brent Sleep (University of Toronto)
Research: Numerical modelling of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) removal by electrical resistance heating.
Cindy Zhao Position: Master's Student (completed 2013)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bernard Kueper (Queen's University)
Research: Laboratory and modelling study of thermal remediation
Nizar Mustafa Position: Postdoctoral researcher (University of Western Ontario) (completed 2012)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Jason Gerhard (University of Western Ontario)
Research: Off-site risk assessment of organic containments
Graham Vandenberg Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2015)
Research: Two-dimensional and three-dimensional macroscopic invasion percolation modelling of discontinuous gas flow
Daniel Kucharczuk Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2014)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Greg Siemens (Royal Military College of Canada)
Research: Optimization of transparent soil to investigate heat transport in porous media
Adam Silvester Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2014)
Research: Discontinuous gas phase transport in vapour intrusion models
Nicole Soucy Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2014)
Research: Electrokinetic in situ chemical oxidation
Leanne Wheeler Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2013)
Research: Discontinuous gas transport in vapour intrusion models.
Julia Starostenko Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2012)
Research: Modelling non-wetting facilitated snap-off during unstable drainage.
Jonah Munholland Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2012)
Research: Visualization of gas bubble dissolution in porous media.
Lee-Ann Sills Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2012)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Greg Siemens (Royal Military College of Canada)
Research: Unstable gas flow in transparent soil.
Kirill Stepanov Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2012)
Research: Visualization and quantification of gases during boiling and reaction.
Paul Hegele Position: Undergraduate researcher (completed 2011)
Research: Simulation of discontinuous gas flow.