Damilola Akinniyi


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    I completed my PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2019. Then, worked at the Prof Charles Ng Laboratory for Unsaturated Soil and Green Slope Engineering at HKUST as a Postdoctoral Research Associate from 2019 to 2021. In addition, I have obtained relevant experience in the construction industry as a Graduate Engineer, Site Engineer and Geotechnical Design Engineer. I have been involved in the design, construction and supervision of several large-scale projects in Nigeria, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

    Research Interests

    My research interests seeks to contribute to three aspect of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which includes: (arranged in order of expertise). 

    SDG 13 - Climate Action

    My primary focus is to improve our fundamental understanding of ground's response to climate action such as extreme rainfall, drought and high temperature (wild fire). These understanding would help to better assess the risks, assure safety, and build longer-lasting infrastructure. 

    SDG 9- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    My research aim is to find sustainable engineering solutions to stabilize problematic soils which are widely distributed all over the world. Structurally unsuitable soils are ubiquitous and are responsible for damaging most road networks and other associated infrastructure. Stabilizing and making them suitable for use is therefore necessary. I am interested exploring low carbon and enviromental friendly additives and recylced materials for use in improving soil properties. 

    SDG 6 – Clean water and Sanitation

    My research interest in this area is geared towards understanding the behaviour of contaminated soils, protecting the environment from pollution, and promoting bio diversity in engineering. Generation of leachates and other contaminants affects soil properties especially hydraulic conductivity (permeability). The consequences of these alteration could pose great threat to air/water quality. Contaminations of soils by heavy metal has also been identified as a major threat to soil ecology. I am particularly interested in the immobilization of heavy metal(loid)s contamination in soil and performance of landfill cover system.

    Research Method

    Laboratory testing and Physical/Numerical modelling.

    Research Area

    Climate action on soil behaviour; Environmental sustainability (soil improvement); Geo-structure resilience; ; Natural disaster risk reduction (slope failure and landslide); Landfill cover design; Post-disaster soil analysis (wild fire); Plant-soil interaction; Bio-remediation.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Geotechnical Engineering, Doctorate, Compressibility and shear behaviour of a saturated and unsaturated lateritic clay rich in sesquioxide., The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    1 Sept 20162 Aug 2019

    Award Date: 2 Aug 2019

    Geotechnical Engineering, MSc, The Influence of bone ash on soil settlement characteristics, University of Ibadan

    1 Feb 20138 Jan 2015

    Award Date: 8 Jan 2015

    Civil Engineering, Degree, X-ray analysis of pure kaolinite, pure quartzite, and pure bentonite., Federal University of Technology Akure

    1 Sept 200631 Jul 2011

    Award Date: 2 Sept 2011


    • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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