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Paul J. Van Geel

Professor in Environmental Engineering and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degrees:B.A.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo), P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1884
Email:paul.vangeel@carleton.ca
Office:Chair's Office 3434 C.J. Mackenzie Building
(Research Office 6210 Canal Building)

Prof. Van Geel’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignments 2017-2018

  • ENVE3003 Water Resources Engineering
  • ENVE4918 Design Group

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ENVE3004 Contaminant and Pollutant Transport in the Environment
  • ENVE4002 Environmental Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENVE4006 Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • ENVE5302 Case Studies in Hydrogeology
  • ENVE5303 Multiphase Flow in Soils
  • CIVE3208 Geotechnical Mechanics

Research Interests

Hydrogeology and solid waste management. Flow and transport in the saturated and unsaturated zone; applications vary from gasoline spills to biological clogging of biofilters to natural attenuation and redox-dependent biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons and solvents.  Impacts of real world soil/NAPL wettability on migration, distribution and remediation of NAPL-contaminated sites. Waste Management issues including optimization of bioreactor landfills operating in northern climates to waste-to-energy alternatives to life cycle assessment of different waste management strategies.

Application

Fate and transport applications vary from gasoline spills to biological clogging of biofilters to natural attenuation and redox-dependent biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons and solvents; understanding the impacts of real world soil/NAPL wettability on migration, distribution and remediation of NAPL-contaminated sites. Waste management applications vary from the optimization of bioreactor landfills operating in northern climates to maximize utilization of landfill airspace and the production of landfill gas to produce energy to a life cycle assessment to evaluate the impacts of organics diversion on cost, energy utilization and greenhouse gas emissions.

Activities

In addition to the research activities, Prof. Van Geel is the lead person for the Green Roof Teaching and Learning Centre. A green roof and adjacent conventional gravel ballast roof on the Canal Building have been instrumented to assess the water budget and energy budget for the two roofs with the goal to demonstrate the benefits of a green roof in Ottawa northern climate. The results are presented via an interactive website greenroof.cee.carleton.ca

Journal Articles

Puentes Jacome, L.A., and P.J. Van Geel (2014) Comparative study of the impacts of soil wettability during entrapped LNAPL removal by surfactant flooding in two different sand media, Journal of Soil Sediments, DOI 10.1007/s11368-014-0949-6

Harris, K., C. Samson, and P.J. Van Geel (2013) Characterization of Waste Density in a Bioreactor Landfill via Microgravity and Settlement Analysis, Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics, Vol. 18, No.3, p157-168

Puentes Jacome, L.A., and P.J. Van Geel (2013) An initial study on soil wettability effects during entrapped LNAPL removal by surfactant flooding in coarse-grained sand media, Journal of Soil Sediments, DOI 10.1007/s11368-013-0673-7

Bonany, J.E., P.J. Van Geel, H.B. Gunay and O.B. Isgor (2013) Simulating waste temperatures in an operating landfill in Quebec, Canada, Waste Management & Research, Vol. 33, No. 7, pages 692-699.

Bonany, J.E., P.J. Van Geel, H.B. Gunay and O.B. Isgor (2013) Heat Budget for a waste lift placed under freezing conditions at a landfill operated in a northern climate, Waste Management, Vol 33. Pages 1215-1228.

Mostafa, M., and P.J. Van Geel (2012) Validation of a Relative Permeability Model for Biological Clogging in Unsaturated Soils, Vadose Zone Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, vzj2011.0044

Lange, K., and P.J. Van Geel (2011) Physical and numerical modeling of a dual porosity fractured rock surrounding an in-pit uranium tailings management facility, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 48, pages 365-374.

Soleimani, S., P.J. Van Geel, O.B. Isgor, and M.B. Mostafa (2009) Modeling of biological clogging in unsaturated porous media, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Vol. 106, Nos. 1-2, pages 39-50.

Alkaabi, S., P.J. Van Geel, and M.A. Warith (2009) Effect of saline water and sludge addition on biodegradation of MSW in bioreactor landfills, Waste Management and Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, pages 59-69.

Catley, A., C. Samson, and P.J. Van Geel (2008), Seismic Velocity Analysis to Determine Moisture Distribution in a BioReactor Landfill, Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, Vol. 34, No.2, pages 81-90.

Honours and Awards

  • 2005-2006 Research Achievement Award
  • 1998-1999 Teaching Achievement Award
  • 1998-1999 Petrocanada Young Innovator Award

Graduate Students

Courtney Berquist
M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)
Robert McDonald
M.A.Sc. (In Prog.) with co-supervisor Prof. S. Kenny
Michelle Roberge-Butcher
Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Amanda Pappin
Ph.D. (2016) Air Quality Modelling for Informing Air Pollution Policy
Michelle Denise Roberge-Butcher
M.A.Sc. (2016) Laboratory Investigation of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid Migration and Remediation in Mixed Wettability Soils Monitored by Pressure Transducers
James Doyle
M.A.Sc.(2015)
Narges Karimi Tabar
M.A.Sc. (2015) Experimental and Numerical Simulation of Stress Distribution in Landfills co-supervised with Prof. M. Rayhani
Dina Megalla
M.A.Sc. (2015) Heat Transfer Model for an Engineered Landfill in Sainte-Sophie, Quebec, Canada
Kate Rothwell
M.Eng. Project (2013) Recycling of Wind Turbine Blades
James Bonany
M.A.Sc. (2012) Heat Budget for an Anaerobic Bioreactor Landfill in Sainte-Sophie, Quebec, Canada
Luz Adriana Puentes Jacome
M.A.Sc. (2012) An Investigation on the Influence of Wettability on the Recovery of Entrapped LNAPLs Via Surfactant Flushing
Emily Vingerhoeds
M.A.Sc. (2011) Instrument Installation and Preliminary Data in a Full-scale Anaerobic Bioreactor Landfill, Sainte-Sophie, Quebec, Canada
Mostafa Said
M.A.Sc. (2010) Characterization of Soil Wettability Changes of a Diesel-impacted Field Soil
Shelley Wilkinson
M.Eng. (Project) (2010) An Economic and Environmental Comparison of Residential Solid Waste Management Strategies for the City of Ottawa, Canada, Using a Life-Cycle Analysis Approach
Mustafa Elkhedr Ahmed
Ph.D. (2009) Experimental Investigation and Conceptual Model Development for Multiphase Flow in a Water-Wet Porous Medium with NAPL-Wet Soil Lenses
Taryn Glancy
M.A.Sc. (2009) Characterization of Solid Waste in a Bioreactor Landfill Using Seismic Borehole Techniques
Mohamed Aboelkhair Mostafa
Ph.D. (2009) Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Conceptual Models for Biological Clogging of Unsaturated Soils
Salem Khalfan Al-Kaabi
Ph.D. (2007) Effect of Salinity on Biodegradation of MSW in Bioreactor Landfills
Andrea Catley
M.A.Sc. (2007) Seismic Velocity Analysis to Determine Moisture Distribution in a Bioreactor Landfill
Sahar Soleimani
M.A.Sc. (2007) Numerical Simulation of Biological Clogging in Biofilters
Bradley Murray Carew
M.Eng. (2006) Fate of Chlorinated Solvents
Quanchang Fei
M.Eng. (2006) Visual Analysis of Contaminant Transport in Porous Media when Violating the REV Concept
Brian J. Henderson
M.A.Sc. (2006) Environmental Engineering Impacts of Aggregate Quarry Dewatering on Groundwater Management in Ontario
Hamidreza Salsali
(Academic) Ph.D. (2006) Producing Enhanced Quality Biosolids Through Anaerobic Digerster Optimization
Balasubramanian Shanchayan
(Academic) Ph.D. (2006) Dynamic Analysis of a Biofilter Treating ATAD Off Gases and Dynamic Model Development
Amgad Salama
Ph.D. (2005) Theoretical, Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Flow and Solute Transport in Saturated Porous Media Subjected to Violation to the Continuum Hypothesis
Xiaoyang Zhang
M.A.Sc. (2005) Development of a Vertical TDR Probe to Measure the Moisture Content Profile with Depth in Peat Columns
Amir Abd El Halim
M.A.Sc. (2004) Development of Cost-Effectiveness of New and Improved Design Guidelines for 3D Reverse Horizontal Curves with Intermediate Tangents
Mohamed Abo El-Khair B. Mostafa
M.A.Sc. (2004) Conceptual Models for Biological Clogging of Unsaturated Soils
Karina Lange
M.A.Sc. (2003) Physical and Numerical Modelling of a Dual Porosity Fractured Rock Surrounding an In-Pit Uranium Tailings Management Facility
Peyman Rouhani
M.A.Sc. (2003) Impacts of Hydraulic and Constituent Loading on a Combined Passive System for the Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage.
Grant Russell Carey
M.Eng. (2001) Development and Validation of a Three-dimensional Model for Predicting Redox-dependent Intrinsic Remediation.
Pascale Champagne-Hartley
Ph.D. (2001) A Combined Passive System for the Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage
Norman Meyer
M.Eng. (2001) A Study of the Treatment of Nitrate-Contaminated Water by Electrodeionization.
Anushka Shibchurn
M.Eng. (2001) Water Content Measurement in Peat Using Time Domain Reflectometry.
Anthony C.F. West
M.Eng. (2001) Physical and Numerical Modelling of an In-Pit Tailings Management Facility
Sandra Bayne
M.Eng. (2000) Hydrologic Modelling of a Peat Filter Treating Septic Tank Effluent.
Anne-Marie Thompson
M.Eng. (2000) Evaluation Of The Impact Of The Source Term On Natural Attenuation Of Jet Fuel Contamination.
Su-Kim Roy
M.Eng. (1999) Development and Incorporation of a NAPL Residual into the Lenhard-Parker Pressure-Saturation Hysteretic Model.
Paula Lynn Kennedy
M.Eng. (1998) Investigation of Flow Through Peat Filters.
Pascale Champagne
M.Eng. (1996) Intracellular Reducing Power Applications to Dual Substrate Cometabolic Degradation Modelling.