Prof. Charles Ng

President of the ISSMGE

Category: Plants

Dr. Jason Lim COO

Dr. Jason Lim Coo obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2012 and 2017, respectively. His doctoral research thesis was on water infiltration into a new three-layer landfill cover system using recycled concrete and nanomaterials.

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Dr Ankit GARG

Dr Ankit Garg finished his PhD under Prof. Ng in 2015. His thesis pioneered research into the effects of different types of vegetation on soil suction.

After graduating, Dr Garg was Assistant Professor at IIT Guwahati, India, and has gone on to become Associate Professor at Shantou University in China. His current research interests involve application of sustainable materials in green infrastructure.

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Dr Xunwen CHEN

After earning his BEng in Environmental Engineering and MPhil in Biology, Dr Chen further studied a PhD in HKUST, working on an inter-disciplinary topic considering the interaction of plant, microbe and soil in man-made ecosystems.

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Dr Junjun NI

Dr. Ni Junjun received his doctoral degree in 2017. During his Ph.D. study, his research was about the application of vegetation on slope stability and landfill cover.His research revealed the importance of hydrological reinforcement of plants  on slope stability considering the effects of planting spacing and mixed plant types.

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Dr Viroon established his research at HKUST in green slope engineering. He considered vegetation as a self-regenerating material for promoting slope stability. A novel aspect of his PhD was the development of a world-first system that can simulate root reinforcement and water uptake simultaneously in the geotechnical centrifuge.

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Dr. James WONG

Dr. James Wong received his doctoral degree in 2017 based on an interdisciplinary (ecology and geotechnical engineering) study: “ The effects of biochar on bacterial communities and geotechnical properties of landfill cover soils”.

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CDG subject to rain-induced failure

This is a video of slope failures in the HKUST centrifuge with suction induced by artificial roots:

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