Subsurface Mechanics and Geo-Energy Laboratory

Institute of Eminence Research Initiative

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Geochemistry and Geophysics

Dali Naidu Arnepall is a Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. His research interests are Biogeotechnics for cleanup of the environment; Geomaterials stabilization using chemical, biopolymer, electrokinetic and biological processes; Geological sequestration of greenhouse gases; Design of barrier and buffer systems for hazardous waste disposal; Unsaturated Behaviour of Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) and Compacted Clay Liners (CCLs). Before joining IIT Madras, he worked with Prof. R. Kerry Rowe’s research group at Geo-Engineering Centre, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, for three years. Dr. Arnepalli has authored about 80 technical research publications in peer-reviewed national, international journals and conferences, and an active reviewer for peer-reviewed national and international journals.

Subhadeep Banerjee is an Associate Professor in the Geotechnical Engineering division of the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. His research interests include seismic soil-foundation interactions, cyclic behaviour of geomaterials and finite element analysis of complex dynamic problems. Besides he is also an expert in constitutive modelling of soils special emphasis to the transient dynamic behaviour. Prior to joining IITM, he served as a Research Engineer and Research Associate for a project which was collaborative research between the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Housing Development Board where the seismic safety of existing buildings was evaluated. Dr. Banerjee is running various projects focusing on institutional strengthening on analysis of dams, foundation, retrofitting, flood forecasting, and related issues.

Himanshu Goyal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras. His research group develops modeling and simulation tools to explore the interplay between transport processes (heat, mass and momentum) and chemical reactions that are at the heart of clean energy and process intensification technologies. The applications of his research group are biomass pyrolysis and gasification, carbon dioxide capture and utilization, and process intensification based on microwave heating and structured reactors. Dr. Goyal worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Univeristy of Delaware before joining IIT Madras.

Tarun Naskar is an Assistant professor in the Geotechnical Engineering Division of the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. He is the Principal Investigator for Wave Propagation lab at IITM. Dr. Tarun’s research interests are wave propagation in an elastic medium, SASW/MASW, bender element test, ground response analysis, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and artificial intelligence. His research is majorly focused on developing an efficient inversion tool for practicing engineers to obtain a fast and reliable shear wave velocity profile by incorporating deep learning in the area of geophysical data analysis. He co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Journal of Geophysics & Engineering, and Geophysics.