PhD Research Student
Jeffrey obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of Melbourne in 2011. After graduation, he joined Cardno Lane Piper, an environmental and geotechnical consulting firm based in Melbourne as a geotechnical engineer. In 2014, he joined the Geotechnical Research Group at Cambridge University as a PhD student. He is supervised by Dr Giovanna Biscontin and he is affiliated to Hughes Hall.
Peat soil is one of the most challenging soils for engineers to work with due to the extremely low bearing capacity and high compressibility of the soil. A lot of research had been done in peat soil stabilization and cement is proven to be very effective. However, large quantities of cement is usually required to stabilize the peat to the required strength, therefore making it an expensive technique. There are a lot of potential in using a combination of waste materials as binders and reactive fillers utilizing both chemical and mechanical stabilization techniques.