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Michael Harbottle

Dr Michael Harbottle

Cyfarwyddwr Recriwtio a Derbyn

Yr Ysgol Peirianneg

+44 29208 75759
Adeiladau'r Frenhines -Adeilad y Gorllewin, Ystafell W/2.33, 5 The Parade, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 3AA
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Prospective research students I am happy to consider applications for PhD study from high quality applicants with existing funding, or those intending to apply for an external scholarship, in areas which correspond to my fields of expertise, described below. Please contact me via email. Any funded studentships or postdoctoral research positions that become available will be advertised on jobs.ac.uk, findaphd.com or the School of Engineering`s webpages.

Current Interests Currently, my group is undertaking work in a number of areas of civil and environmental engineering. I am particularly interested in four general areas:

  • Interactions between civil and geotechnical engineering and biology (‘biogeotechnics’). Many organisms, particularly plants and microorganisms, have the potential to impact on soil structure and properties. We are developing a number of projects in this area, for example in situ biofilm growth for soil stabilisation and self-healing of geotechnical structures.
  • Biotechnology in contaminated land remediation. We are using living organisms, both plants and microorganisms, in a range of projects. These include dealing directly with contamination through bioremediation as well as using biological methods to enhance other techniques, particularly those that are operated in situ, such as pump and treat or electrokinetics.
  • Electrical properties of soil and groundwater. We are using electrokinetic techniques for the remediation of metal- and organic-contaminated ground, as well as investigations of potential energy applications.
  • Resource recovery from waste. Many waste repositories contain significant quantities of valuable elements but their recovery has been considered uneconomic or not feasible (or both). We are investigating technologies for material recovery in a range of waste types.

Major Projects

  • Materials for Life (M4L) (EPSRC, EP/K026631/1, £2.1M) is the first major UK investigation into self-healing construction materials. Together with Cambridge and Bath Universities, we are working on multi-scale self-healing mechanisms to produce new materials with significantly enhanced durability and sustainability.
  • INSPIRE (In situ processes in resource extraction) is a project led by Cardiff, with Warwick University and the University of the West of England, investigating the potential for recovery of valuable resource from waste repositories through in-situ technologies (NERC, NE/L013908/1, £1.3M).

Current research students

  • Khabeer Al-Awad is exploring the effect of biological exudates (‘biofilm’) on soil mechanical and hydrological properties. Such materials are known to affect particulate media properties in certain environments, such as seabed sediments, and so may be harnessed for engineering purposes.
  • Stefani Botusharova is applying the concepts of self-healing materials, previously considered in cementitious, polymeric and other materials, to soil structures. Stefani’s studentship is supported by BRE, as part of the EPSRC-funded ‘Materials for Life’ project on self-healing construction materials (Grant Ref. EP/K026631/1).
  • Chen Chunhui (supported by the China Scholarship Council) is exploring the contribution of microbial and plant based exudates to the geotechnical performance of planted soils.
  • Sunday Akinsola Oniosun has recently begun studying multiphase interactions of plant roots in unsaturated, NAPL-contaminated soils.
  • Claudia Peppicelli is researching electrokinetically enhanced in-situ resource recovery from waste (part of the NERC-funded INSPIRE project).
  • Mark Roberts is looking at biogeometallurgical processes in waste repositories to enhance material recovery (part of the NERC-funded INSPIRE project).
  • Steven Warwick is appraising technologies for in/ex-situ resource recovery from waste.
  • Syed Muaaz-us-Salam is researching the enhancement of delignification and subsequent methane generation in wastes in situ, particularly in terms of overcoming issues of heterogeneity (supported by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation Doctoral Scholarship).

Completed PhD projects

  • Richard Gill (based at the University of Sheffield, co-supervised with Dr S Thornton and Prof J Smith (Shell)) investigated heterogeneity and electrokinetic transport of ions in supplying electron acceptors for enhanced biodegradation.
  • Ahmed Mugwar worked on biological stabilisation of inorganic contamination, particular heavy metals and elements of interest in radionuclide contamination.
  • Paris Alshiblawi explored the use of microbiological activity and bioclogging to manage sub-surface water flow.
  • Dan Herbert employed scale model tests and 3D digital image correlation (DIC) techniques in a geotechnical centrifuge to study flood loading on masonry walls.
  • Katherine Page investigated use of compost-like organic wastes as a substrate for short rotation coppicing on brownfield sites.
  • Ziad Milad studied the impact of landfill leachate on basic geotechnical properties of natural soil in Kuwait.

External positions held

  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review Associate College (2016-)
  • Geotechnique Advisory Panel member (2013-2016)
  • Editorial Board member, Environmental Geotechnics, ICE Journals (2013-2016)
  • Editorial Board member, Ground Improvement, ICE Journals (2016-)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers Education & Careers Panel
  • ICE Ground Engineering Group (Wales) chair (2015/16 and 2016/17)
  • Invited participant in inaugural Welsh Crucible (2011).






















Adrannau llyfrau

  • Kanellopoulos, A., Theodoridou, M., Harbottle, M., Lourenco, S. and Norambuena-Contreras, J. 2022. Self-adaptive construction materials: future directions. In: Kanellopoulos, A. and Norambuena-Contreras, J. eds. Self-Healing Construction Materials: Fundamentals, Monitoring and Large Scale Applications. Engineering Materials and Processes Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 215-226., (10.1007/978-3-030-86880-2_8)
  • Harbottle, M. 2016. Engineering successful bioremediation. In: Lear, G. ed. Biofilms in Bioremediation. Caister Academic Press, pp. 3-22.
  • Al-Tabbaa, A., Harbottle, M. J. and Evans, C. W. 2007. Robust sustainable technical solutions. In: Dixon, T. et al. eds. Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: Liveable Places from Problem Spaces. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 203-232.
  • Ouki, S. K., van Herwijnen, R., Harbottle, M. J., Hutchings, T. R., Al-Tabbaa, A., Johns, M. L. and Moffat, A. J. 2007. Novel special-purpose composts for sustainable remediation. In: Dixon, T. et al. eds. Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: Liveable Places from Problem Spaces. Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell, pp. 177 -202.






In Situ Recovery of Resources from Waste RepositoriesSapsford D, Griffiths A, Harbottle M, Mahdi T, Cleall PNERC5680301/04/2013 - 30/09/2013
Investigation into Tar Contamination in the Blaenaovon mine water treatment schemeSapsford D, Harbottle MThe Coal Authority209001/03/2011 - 31/08/2011
To develop Ford's capacity in resource efficiency and environmental performance through improvements in waste management and effluent treatmentSapsford D, Harbottle MKTP and Ford Motor Company Ltd12571001/09/2010 - 31/08/2012
In situ recovery of resources from waste repositoriesSapsford D, Harbottle M, Cleall P, Mahdi T, Weightman A (BIOSI)NERC67145402/06/2014 - 01/06/2017
Response of pollutant chemistry, pathways and mobility to Short Rotation Forestry on brownfield SitesDr PJ Cleall, DR MJ HarbottleForest Research2750001/10/2010 - 30/09/2013
Developing the sustainable laboratory - WasteBrennan P, Gregory C, Whitmarsh L, Cullen-Unswa, Harbottle MHEFCW899901/11/2011 - 31/07/2012
Self-healing geotechnical structures through microbiological actionHarbottle M, Gardner DBRE6000001/10/2013 - 30/09/2016
Biological reactors as replacement to activated carbon filters for the treatment of contaminated groundwaterHarbottle M, Sapsford D, Mahdi TCeltic Technologies2500001/11/2010 - 31/10/2011
Materials for life (M4L): Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for construction materialsLark R, Gardner D, Jefferson A, Harbottle MEPSRC167202501/04/2013 - 31/03/2016

Supervised Students

Biopreciption of Heavy Metals and Radionuclides with Calcium Carbonate in Aqueous Solutions and Particulate MediaMUGWAR AhmedThesis SubmittedPhD
Developmemt Of A Methodology For The Physiochemical Charaterisation Of A Cutting Fluid Based SludgeSUTTON AlexGraduateMPhil
An Investigation of the strength of brickwork walls when subject to flood loading.HERBERT DanielGraduatePhD
Use Of Recycled Organic Wastes As Nutrient Sources To Aid The Growth Of Energy Crops On Brownfield SitesPAGE KatherineGraduatePhD
Mechanisms of the Removal of Metals from Acid and Neutral Mine Water under varying Redox SystemsFLORENCE KayGraduatePhD
In situ processes in resource extraction from waste repositories.ROBERTS Mark ThomasCurrentPhD
Enhancing groundwater remediation techniques through microbiological control of fluid flowALSHIBLAWI ParisThesis SubmittedPhD
Methodologies for the prediction and evaluation of potential resources within landfillsWARWICK Steven JohnCurrentPhD
Long Term phytoremediation of LNAPLS and residual oils in the vadose zone and capillary fringe.ONIOSUN SundayCurrentPhD
An Experimental Investigation Of Landfill Leachate Impact On Surrounding SoilMILAD Ziad AbdelsalamGraduatePhD


EN1912 Materials & Construction

EN2315 Professional Studies & Construction

EN3314 Environmental Geotechnics


Rwyf wedi bod yn ddarlithydd ac yn awr yn uwch ddarlithydd mewn peirianneg geoamgylcheddol yn Ysgol Peirianneg Prifysgol Caerdydd ers mis Medi 2006. Yn dilyn gradd Meistr mewn Peirianneg ym Mhrifysgol Rhydychen, ymunais â Fugro Limited (DU), gan weithio ar ymchwil a pheirianneg ar y môr ac ar y tir. Yna dychwelais i Brifysgol Rhydychen fel myfyriwr doethurol yn gweithio gyda Chanolfan Ecoleg a Hydroleg NERC (Rhydychen). Dilynodd gwaith ôl-ddoethurol yn Adran Peirianneg Prifysgol Caergrawnt, gyda chonsortiwm SUBR:IM (Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration: Integrated Management). Tra oeddwn yng Nghaergrawnt, cefais fy ethol yn Gymrawd Coleg Robinson.

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

Aelod o Goleg Adolygu Cymheiriaid EPSRC (2017 ymlaen)

Grŵp Peirianneg Tir Sefydliad Peirianwyr Sifil Cymru - Cadeirydd (2015-17), is-gadeirydd (2014-15)

Panel Polisi Addysg Sefydliad y Peirianwyr Sifil (2012-)

Panel Golygyddol ar gyfer Symud Sefydliad y Peirianwyr Sifil: Gwella Tir (2016 ymlaen)

Panel Golygyddol ar gyfer Geotechnique (2013-2016)

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

Mae gen i ddiddordeb mewn goruchwylio myfyrwyr PhD ym meysydd:

  • Bioleg pridd ar gyfer peirianneg geodechnegol a geoamgylcheddol.
  • Prosesau trydanol mewn pridd, o adfer electrocinetig halogion i storio ynni.
  • Adfer adnoddau o storfeydd gwastraff yn y ddaear. 

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