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Paul J. Van Geel

Professor in Environmental Engineering and Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental Engineering

Degrees:B.A.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo), P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1884
Email:paul.vangeel@carleton.ca
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 2020-2021

  • ENVE3003 Water Resources Engineering
  • ENVE4918 Design Group
  • ENVE4006/5301 Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • ECOR 1055 Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ENVE3003 Water Resources Engineering
  • ENVE3004 Contaminant and Pollutant Transport in the Environment
  • ENVE4002 Environmental Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENVE4006 Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • ENVE4918 Design Group
  • CIVE4918 Design Group
  • 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.

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; remediation of NAPL-contaminated sites. Waste management applications are focused on the optimization of bioreactor landfills operating in northern climates to maximize utilization of landfill airspace and the production of landfill gas to produce energy and offset greenhouse gas emissions.

Activities

Dr. Van Geel currently serves as the Chair of the Independent Geoscience Advisory Group for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The mandate of the group is to review and provide advice related to the research activities of the CNSC and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in support of a potential future deep geological repository for the long-term management of high level nuclear waste.

Journal Articles

Berquist, C.S. and P.J. Van Geel (2020) Simulating temperature-dependent biodegradation-induced settlement at a landfill with waste lifts placed under frozen conditions, Waste Management, accepted for publication.

Megalla, D., P.J. Van Geel, and J.T. Doyle (2016) Simulating the heat budget for waste as it is placed within a landfill operating in a northern climate, Waste Management, 55, 108-117.

Van Geel, P.J, and K.E. Murray (2015) Simulating settlement during waste placement at a landfill with waste lifts placed under frozen conditions, Waste Management, 46, 352-361.

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.

Honours and Awards

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

Graduate Students

Wameed Alghazala Ph.D (current) co-supervision with Prof. S. Kenny
Simran Kaur M.A.Sc. (current)
Courtney Berquist M.A.Sc. (2017) The Impacts of Temperature and Thermal Properties on Municipal Solid Waste Stabilization
Robert McDonald M.A.Sc. (2018) Modelling the Mechanical Behaviour of Municipal Solid Waste for an Engineered Landfill using Viscoelasticity and other Established Concepts with co-supervisor Prof. S. Kenny
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) A Quasi-Thermal-Mechanical-Biological Model of the Ste-Sophie, QC Landfill
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 Ph.D. (2006) Producing Enhanced Quality Biosolids Through Anaerobic Digerster Optimization
Balasubramanian Shanchayan 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.