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Ziyad M. Abunada

Ziyad M. Abunada

PhD Research Student

Engineering Department
Trumpington St

Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group , Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 766686


Ziyad obtained his Master of Science in Civil Engineering -Water Resources Engineering- at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), in 2009. He was one of the winners of the Islamic University scientific research prize for his master thesis in 2009. His main interest is water engineering . In 2010, Ziyad got the Islamic Development Bank (IDB)-Cambridge Overseas Trust scholarship to join the Geo technical Research Group at Cambridge University as a PhD student. He is supervised by Dr. Abir Al Tabbaa and he is affiliated to the Queens' College. Currently, Ziyad is a Queens' College MCR Member representing the first year graduate students.

Research Interests


Remediation of contaminated groundwater (GW) is becoming a more important environmental issue worldwide. Shallow groundwater underlying contaminated land is often contaminated. Permeable Reactive Barrier( PRB)  has been recognized as cost effective, passive and  environmental friendly in situ GW remediation. A PRB material is designed to intercept a contaminant GW plume to attain remediation goals. Processes within PRB which can reduce the aqueous concentration of a contaminant include: adsorption, precipitation, oxidation, reduction, chemical or microbiological transformations.
Soil Mixing Remediation Technology (SMiRT)  is a Large industry/academia collaborative project involving remediation trials on a large contaminated site in the north of England.  Groundwater at the site is extensively contaminated with wide range of organics  and metals. PRBs system were constructed using 6 different combinations of novel materials including Zeolite, Organoclay and Inorgano-Organoclay. Monitoring of the ground water quality using chemical sensors and performance evaluation of PRBs will take place within the next few years. In addition Surface water-Groundwater interaction will be outlined.

Research Supervision