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Leon van Paassen

Biography

Leon van Paassen is Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and Senior Investigator at the NSF Engineering Research Centre for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG). He received an MSc in Applied Earth Sciences in 2002 from Delft University of Technology with a specialisation in Engineering Geology. During and after his graduation he worked several years as a geotechnical engineering consultant at IFCO Foundation Expertise and at research institute Deltares. In 2009 he obtained his PhD in Applied Sciences at the Department of Biotechnology of Delft University of Technology. His thesis on Biogrout: Microbially induced carbonate precipitation as ground improvement method resulted in several publications, patents and was awarded with several national and international awards. In his research he integrates the fields of environmental biotechnology and geotechnical engineering, aiming to develop sustainable solutions, which improve resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of civil and mining engineering industry.

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Research Interests

Engineering Geology, Environmental Biotechnology, Geotechnical Engineering, Resource Engineering, Soil physics, Geochemistry

Publications

Kulshreshtha, Y., Schlangen, E., Jonkers, H.M., Vardon, P.J., van Paassen, L.A. CoRncrete: A corn starch based building material (2017) Construction and Building Materials, 154, pp. 411-423. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.07.184

Tollenaar, R.N., van Paassen, L.A., Jommi, C. Experimental evaluation of the effects of pull rate on the tensile behavior of a clay (2017) Applied Clay Science, 144, pp. 131-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2017.04.026

Hamed Khodadadi, T., Kavazanjian, E., Van Paassen, L., Dejong, J. Bio-Grout Materials: A Review (2017) Geotechnical Special Publication, (288 GSP), pp. 1-12. DOI: 10.1061/9780784480793.001

Oliveira, B.R.F., Smit, M.P.J., van Paassen, L.A., Grotenhuis, T.C., Rijnaarts, H.H.M. Functional properties of soils formed from biochemical ripening of dredged sediments—subsidence mitigation in delta areas (2017) Journal of Soils and Sediments, 17 (1), pp. 286-298. DOI: 10.1007/s11368-016-1570-7

Jommi, C., Valimberti, N., Tollenaar, R.N., Della Vecchia, G., Van Paassen, L.A. Modelling desiccation cracking in a homogenous soil clay layer: Comparison between different hypotheses on constitutive behaviour (2016) E3S Web of Conferences, 9, art. no. 08006,. DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/20160908006

van Wijngaarden, W.K., van Paassen, L.A., Vermolen, F.J., van Meurs, G.A.M., Vuik, C. Simulation of Front Instabilities in Density-Driven Flow, Using a Reactive Transport Model for Biogrout Combined with a Randomly Distributed Permeability Field (2016) Transport in Porous Media, 112 (2), pp. 333-359. DOI: 10.1007/s11242-016-0649-3

van Wijngaarden, W.K., van Paassen, L.A., Vermolen, F.J., van Meurs, G.A.M., Vuik, C. A Reactive Transport Model for Biogrout Compared to Experimental Data (2016) Transport in Porous Media, 111 (3), pp. 627-648. DOI: 10.1007/s11242-015-0615-5

Kanayama, M., Rohe, A., van Paassen, L.A. Using and Improving Neural Network Models for Ground Settlement Prediction (2014) Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 32 (3), pp. 687-697. DOI: 10.1007/s10706-014-9745-8

Kanayama, M., Okamura, Y., Rohe, A., Van Paassen, L.A. Examination for predicting ground settlement based on measurement records by using a neural network model (2014) ISRM International Symposium - 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, ARMS 2014, pp. 2337-2345. 

Van Paassen, L.A., Vardon, P.J., Mulder, A., Van De Weg, G., Jeffrey, P. Investigating the susceptibility of iron ore to liquefaction (2013) Poromechanics V - Proceedings of the 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, pp. 1478-1487. DOI: 10.1061/9780784412992.176

Dejong, J.T., Soga, K., Kavazanjian, E., Burns, S., Van Paassen, L.A., AL Qabany, A., Aydilek, A., Bang, S.S., Burbank, M., Caslake, L.F., Chen, C.Y., Cheng, X., Chu, J., Ciurli, S., Esnault-Filet, A., Fauriel, S., Hamdan, N., Hata, T., Inagaki, Y., Jefferis, S., Kuo, M., Laloui, L., Larrahondo, J., Manning, D.A.C., Martinez, B., Montoya, B.M., Nelson, D.C., Palomino, A., Renforth, P., Santamarina, J.C., Seagren, E.A., Tanyu, B., Tsesarsky, M., Weaver, T. Biogeochemical processes and geotechnical applications: Progress, opportunities and challenges (2013) Geotechnique, 63 (4), pp. 287-301. DOI: 10.1680/geot.SIP13.P.017

Dejong, J.T., Soga, K., Kavazanjian, E., Burns, S., Van Paassen, L.A., Al Qabany, A., Aydilek, A., Bang, S.S., Burbank, M., Caslake, L.F., Chen, C.Y., Cheng, X., Chu, J., Ciurli, S., Esnault-Filet, A., Fauriel, S., Hamdan, N., Hata, T., Inagaki, Y., Jefferis, S., Kuo, M., Laloui, L., Larrahondo, J., Manning, D.A.C., Martinez, B., Montoya, B.M., Nelson, D.C., Palomino, A., Renforth, P., Santamarina, J.C., Seagren, E.A., Tanyu, B., Tsesarsky, M., Weaver, T. Biogeochemical processes and geotechnical applications: Progress, opportunities and challenges (2013) Bio- and Chemo- Mechanical Processes in Geotechnical Engineering - Geotechnique Symposium in Print 2013, pp. 143-157.

Van Paassen, L.A., Van Hemert, W.J., Van Der Star, W.R.L., Van Zwieten, G., Van Baalen, L. Direct shear strength of biologically cemented gravel (2012) Geotechnical Special Publication, (225 GSP), pp. 968-977. DOI: 10.1061/9780784412121.100

Van Paassen, L.A. Bio-mediated ground improvement: From laboratory experiment to pilot applications (2011) Geotechnical Special Publication, (211 GSP), pp. 4099-4108. DOI: 10.1061/41165(397)419

Ngan-Tillard, D.J.M., Verwaal, W., Maurenbrecher, P.M., Van Paassen, L.A. Microstructural degradation of Maastrichtian limestones (2010) Rock Engineering in Difficult Ground Conditions - Soft Rocks and Karst - Proceedings of the Regional Symposium of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, EUROCK 2009, pp. 321-326.

Van Paassen, L.A., Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Pieron, M., Mulder, A., Ngan-Tillard, D.J.M., Van Der Linden, T.J.M. Strength and deformation of biologically cemented sandstone (2010) Rock Engineering in Difficult Ground Conditions - Soft Rocks and Karst - Proceedings of the Regional Symposium of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, EUROCK 2009, pp. 405-410.

Van Der Star, W.R.L., Taher, E., Harkes, M.P., Blauw, M., Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Van Paassen, L.A. Use of waste streams and microbes for in situ transformation of sand into sandstone (2010) Geotechnical Society of Singapore - International Symposium on Ground Improvement Technologies and Case Histories, ISGI'09, pp. 177-182. DOI: 10.3850/GI126

van Paassen, L.A., Ghose, R., van der Linden, T.J.M., van der Star, W.R.L., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. Quantifying biomediated ground improvement by ureolysis: Large-scale biogrout experiment (2010) Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 136 (12), pp. 1721-1728. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000382

Harkes, M.P., van Paassen, L.A., Booster, J.L., Whiffin, V.S., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. Fixation and distribution of bacterial activity in sand to induce carbonate precipitation for ground reinforcement (2010) Ecological Engineering, 36 (2), pp. 112-117.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2009.01.004

 van Paassen, L.A., Daza, C.M., Staal, M., Sorokin, D.Y., van der Zon, W., van Loosdrecht, Mark.C.M. Potential soil reinforcement by biological denitrification (2010) Ecological Engineering, 36 (2), pp. 168-175. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2009.03.026

Van Paassen, L.A., Harkes, M.P., Van Zwieten, G.A., Van Der Zon, W.H., Van Der Star, W.R.L., Van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. Scale up of BioGrout: A biological ground reinforcement method (2009) Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: The Academia and Practice of Geotechnical Engineering, 3, pp. 2328-2333.  DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-031-5-2328

Ghose, R., Van Paassen, L., Van Der Star, W., Van Der Linden, T., Van Zwieten, G. Monitoring progressive cementation of sand by biogrouting through time-lapse shear-wave seismics (2009) Near Surface 2009 - 15th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics

Whiffin, V.S., van Paassen, L.A., Harkes, M.P. Microbial carbonate precipitation as a soil improvement technique (2007) Geomicrobiology Journal, 24 (5), pp. 417-423. DOI: 10.1080/01490450701436505

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation