Sibel PamukcuSibel Pamukcu

Geotechnical Engineering

Fritz Engineering Laboratory
Room 201A
Lehigh University
13 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3176, USA

P: (610) 758-3220

Curriculum Vitae


• Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Lousiana State University, 1986
• M.S. Civil Engineering, Lousiana State University, 1986
• B.S. Civil Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 1978

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Pamukcu conducts research on electrochemical processing of soil and groundwater, and on the application of fiber-optic and wireless sensors for distributed measurements in geo-environment and civil infrastructure. An expert on electro-remediation of soils and groundwater for more than a decade, Dr. Pamukcu co-owns patents in the U.S. and abroad. She currently focuses on the application of direct current electric field for enhanced recovery of oil, and for in-situ destruction of contaminants through enhanced redox in clay-rich soils and rock formations. Her other works include development and application of distributed fiber-optic and wireless sensor systems for infrastructure health monitoring in subsurface and in-situ detection of soil water and contaminants.

Dr. Pamukcu has served as principal or co-principal investigator of more than 30 grants and competitive contracts from national and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Electric Power Research Institute, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. She is the author and co-author of more than 30 journal articles; and more than 100 technical contributions in the form of conference proceedings and book chapters.

Dr. Pamukcu is a co-PI of Lehigh’s NSF ADVANCE grant,  a past recipient of the ASCE Civil Engineering Foundation Grant Award and the Alfred Noble Robinson Award conferred by Lehigh University.

Teaching and Service

Dr. Pamukcu teaches courses in Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering at the undergraduate level; and Advanced Foundation Engineering and Soil Dynamics at the graduate level. She has supervised seven completed Ph.D. student dissertations, more than 25 completed M.S. student theses, and served on 25 doctoral dissertation committees. Some of the former Ph.D. students are now faculty members at national and international institutes.

From 2000-01 and in 2012-13 Dr. Pamukcu served as the Lehigh University Chapter President of Sigma Xi. She serves on the faculty of the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise at Lehigh University, and was appointed co-director of the Lehigh ADVANCE from 2011-2013.

Selected Publications

Gomes HI, Rodríguez-Maroto JM, Dias-Ferreira C, Pamukcu S, Ribeiro AB, “Numerical prediction of diffusion and electric field-induced iron nanoparticle transport,” Electrochimica Acta,  2015. (accepted)

García JA, Monzón D, Martínez A, Pamukcu S, García R, Bustos E, “Optical Fibers to Detect Heavy Metals in Environment: Generalities and Case Studies,” 427, Ch. 15 in Environmental Sciences: Environmental Risk Assessment of Soil Contamination,  Hernandez-Soriano eds.,  InTech, NY, 2014. doi: 10.5772/57285.

Ghazanfari E, Pamukcu S, “Mathematical Modeling of Electrokinetic Transport and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Porous Geo-media,”  Chapter 5 in Electrokinetics  for Petroleum and Environmental Engineers, Chilingar and Haroun eds, pp.177-236; John Wiley & Sons 2014. ISBN 978-1-118-84269-0.

Pamukcu, S, Ghazanfari, E, Wittle, JK, “Reduction of Contaminants in Soil and Water by Direct Electric Current,” Chapter 2, in Electrokinetics for Petroleum and Environmental Engineers,  Chilingar and Haroun eds., pp.33-102, John Wiley & Sons, 2014. ISBN 978-1-118-84269-0.

Demir A, Pamukcu S, Shrestha RA, “Simultaneous Removal of Pb, Cd and Zn from Heavily Contaminated Mine Tailing Soil Using Enhanced Electrochemical Process” Environmental Eng. Science, 2014. doi:10.1089/ees.2014.0384.

Sun TR, Pamukcu S, Ottosen LM, Wang F, “Reduction of Hexavalent Chromium in Contaminated Clay by Direct Current Transported Ferrous Iron: Kinetics, Energy Consumption, and Application of Pulse Current,” Chemical Engineering Journal, 262, 1099-1107, Elsevier, 2014. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2014.10.081 .

Ghazanfari E, Pamukcu S, Pervizpour M, Karpyn Z,  "Investigation of generalized relative permeability coefficients for electrically assisted oil recovery in oil formations" J. Transport in Porous Media, Springer, 2014. doi:10.1007/s11242-014-0368-6 .

Dong Y, Pamukcu S, “Thermal, electrical conduction in unsaturated sand controlled by surface wettability,” Acta Geotechnica, Elsevier, 2014. doi:10.1007/s11440-014-0317-0.

Gomes HI, Dias-Ferreira C, Ribeiro AB, Pamukcu S, “Influence of electrolyte and voltage on the direct current enhanced transport of iron nanoparticles in low permeability media,” Chemosphere, 99: 171–179, Elsevier,  2014. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.10.06.

Shin S, Chilingar  GV, Haroun M, Wittle K, Meshkati N, Pamukcu S, Jeoung J, Koo H, “Electrokinetics Technology to Improve Acidizing of Carbonate Reservoir Rocks,” J. of Environmental Protection,  4:4, 1-3, 2013.

Brosky RT, Pamukcu S, “The Role of DDL Processes During Electrolytic Reduction of Cu(II) in Low Oxygen Environment,” J. of Hazardous Materials, 262: 878-882, Elsevier, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.09.032 .

Gomes HI, Dias-Ferreira C, Ribeiro AB,  Pamukcu S, "Direct current assisted transport and transformation of zero-valent nanoiron in porous media,"  J. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, Springer, 224:1710. 2013. doi:10.1007/s11270-013-1710-2 .

Ghazanfari E, Pamukcu S, Yoon S, Suleiman MT, Cheng L, "Geotechnical Sensing Using Electromagnetic Attenuation Between Radio Transceivers," Smart Materials  & Structures, 21(12),125017, 2012. doi:10.1088/0964-1726/21/12/125017.

Yoon S, Ghazanfari E, Cheng L, Wang Z, Pamukcu S, Suleiman MT, " Subsurface Event Detection and Classification Using Wireless Sensor Networks," Sensors, 12(11), 14862-14886, 2012. doi:10.3390/s121114862.

Shin S, Chilingar GV, Haroun M, Ghosh B, Meshkati N, Pamukcu S, Wittle JK, Al Badawi M, “The Effect of Generated Chlorine Gas on Electroremediation of Heavy Metals from Offshore Muds,” J. of Environ. Protection, 3, 363-373, 2012. doi:10.4236/jep.2012.35046.

Al Shalabi EW, Ghosh B, Haroun M, Pamukcu S, “Application of Direct Current Potential to Enhancing Water Flood Recovery Efficiency,” Petroleum Science and Technology, 30:20, 2160-2168, 2012. doi:10.1080/10916466.2010.547902.

Al Shalabi EW, Ghosh B, Haroun M, Pamukcu S, “Stimulation of Sandstone Reservoirs Using DC Potential,” Petroleum Science and Technology, 30:20, 2137-2147, 2012. doi:10.1080/10916466.2010.551811.

Gomes IH, Ferreira CD, Ribeiro AB, Pamukcu S, “Electrokinetic enhanced transport of zero valent iron nanoparticles for chromium (VI) reduction in soils,” Chemical Engineering Transactions, 28, 139-144, 2012. doi:10.3303/CET1228024

Ghazanfari E, Shrestha R, Miroshnik A, Pamukcu S, "Electrically assisted liquid hydrocarbon transport in porous media", Electrochimica Acta, 86, 185– 191, Elsevier, 2012.

Cui Q, Pamukcu S, Xiao W, Pervizpour M, “Truly Distributed Fiber Vibration Sensor Using Pulse Base BOTDA with Wide Dynamic Range," IEEE Photonics Techn. Letters, 3:24, 1887-1889, 2011. doi:10.1109/LPT.2011.2170968.

Qui Q, Pamukcu S, Lin A, Xiao W, Herr D, Toulouse J,  Pervizpour M, “Distributed Temperature Sensing System Based on Rayleigh Scattering BOTDA,” IEEE Sensors Journal, 11(2), 399-403, 2011. doi:10.1109/JSEN.2010.2066558.

Muraoka T, Ghazanfari E, Shrestha R, Pamukcu S, “Electrically Induced Pore Pressures in High Salt Content Clay Slurry” J. Separation and Purification Technology, 79, 133–138, Elsevier, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2011.02.032.

Pervizpour M, Pamukcu S, “Characterization of a surrogate swelling polymer as a functional sensor for distributed liquid sensing,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 168, 242–252, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.sna.2011.04.026.

Haroun M, Chilingar GV, Pamukcu S, “The Efficacy of Using Electrokinetic Transport in Highly-Contaminated Offshore Sediments,” J. Applied Electrochemistry, 40:1131-1138, 2010. doi:10.1007/s10800-010-0084-z.

Akbulut S, Pamukcu S, “Evaluation of Dynamic Properties of Geosynthetic Reinforced Clay Samples for Environmental Impact Practices,” Environ Earth Sci., 61:1449–1456, Springer, 2010. doi:10.1007/s12665-010-0460-3.

Cui Q, Pamukcu S, Lin A, Xiao W, Toulouse J, “Performance of Double Sideband Modulated Probe Wave in BOTDA Distributed Fiber Sensor,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 52, 2713-2717, 2010. doi:10.1002/mop.25566.

Cui Q, Pamukcu S, Xiao W, Guintrand C, Toulouse J, Pervizpour M, “Distributed Fiber Sensor Based on Modulated Pulse Base Reflection and Brillouin Gain Spectrum Analysis,” Applied Optics, Vol. 48(30), 5823-5828, 2009.

Pamukcu S, “Electrochemical Transport and Transformations” Chapter 2 in Electrochemical Remediation Technologies for Polluted Soils, Sediments and Groundwater, Reddy and Camaselle eds., pp. 29-65, John Wiley & Sons, 2009. doi:10.1002/9780470523650.ch2

Wittle JK, Pamukcu S, Bowman D, Zanko LM, Doering F, “Field Studies on Sediment Remediation,” Chapter 32  in Electrochemical Remediation Technologies for Polluted Soils, Sediments and Groundwater, Reddy and Camaselle, eds.,  pp. 661-696, John Wiley & Sons, 2009. doi:10.1002/ 9780470523650.ch32

Pamukcu S, Hannum L, Wittle JK “Delivery and Activation of Nano-iron by DC Electric Field,” J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part A, 43:8, 934-944, 2008. doi:10.1080/10934520801974483.

Pamukcu S, Akbulut S, “Thermoelastic Enhancement of Damping of Sand Using Granular Synthetic Rubber,” J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., ASCE 132(4), 501–510, 2006. doi:

Akbulut S, Hasiloglu S, Pamukcu S, “Data Generation for Shear Modulus and Damping Ratio in Reinforced Sands Using Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 24(11), 805-814, 2004.

Pamukcu S, Weeks A, Wittle JK, “Enhanced Reduction of Cr (VI) by Direct Electric Current in a Contaminated Clay,” Environmental Science and Technology, ACS, 38(4), 1236-1241, 2004. doi:

Pervizpour M, Pamukcu S, Moo-Young H, “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Porous Media,” J. Comput. Civ. Eng., ASCE 13(2), 96–102, 1999. doi:

Kershaw D, Kulik B, Pamukcu S, “Ground Rubber: Sorption Media for Ground Water Containing Benzene and O-Xylene,” J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., ASCE 123(4), 324–334; 1997. doi:

Pamukcu S, Weeks A, Wittle JK, “Electrochemical extraction and stabilization of selected inorganic species in porous media,” J. of Hazardous Materials, 55(1-3), 305–318, Elsevier, 1997.

Chang FT, Lennon GP, Pamukcu S, Carson B, “Modeling of Fluid Expulsion and Deformation Behavior of Dewatering Sediments,” Int. J. for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 17 (8), 531-551, 1993. doi:10.1002/nag.1610170802.

Pamukcu S, Wittle JK, “Electrokinetic Removal of Selected Heavy Metals from Soil,” Environmental Progress, AIChE, 11(3), 241-250, 1992. doi:10.1002/ep.670110323.

Pamukcu S, “Shear Modulus of Soft Marine Clays,” J. of Offshore Mechanics & Arctic Engineering, ASME, 111(4), 265-272, 1989.