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The geotechnical group’s interests range from fundamental to applied research in broad areas: constitutive and numerical modelling of static and cyclic saturated and unsaturated soil behaviour at various temperatures; multi-phase flow in soil; mechanical behaviour of granular soil; physico-chemical soil behaviour of clayey soil; soil testing techniques; dynamic soil properties; wave-based characterization of geomaterials; development of innovative geomaterials; geo-energy issues including energy pile foundation and off- shore foundation engineering, geo-environmental problems such as innovative membrane-free landfill covers and green slope engineering; onshore soil-structure interaction involving piles, tunnels, and deep excavation; and the risk and reliability modelling of geotechnical performance. The research is facilitated by the advanced HKUST geotechnical engineering laboratory as well as the state-of-the-art Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility (GCF) at HKUST, which is one of a kind in Hong Kong.


Chair Professor
Prof. Charles W.W.NG: slope stability, soil-structure interaction ,unsaturated soil mechanics, centrifuge modeling, field monitoring

Prof. L.M. ZHANG: pile foundation, quality assurance, slope stability, geotechnical hazards, reliability based design codes

Prof. Y.H. WANG: wave-based characterization of geomaterials, dynamic property, micro-sensors, physico-chemical soil behaviour, attenuation mechanisms and measurements

Associate Professor
Prof. J. ZHAO: computational geomechanics, landslide, debris flow, soil liquefaction in foundation, slope and pavement engineering, borehole stability and hydraulic fracturing

Prof. G. WANG: geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, computational geomechanics and micromechanics

Research Assistant Professor
Prof. C. ZHOU: constitutive modelling, advanced laboratory testing, cyclic thermo-hydro- mechanical behaviour of saturated and unsaturated soils

Prof. C.E. CHOI: physical and numerical modelling of impact mechanisms of subaerial and subaqueous debris flows, centrifuge, flume modelling, large-scale impact modelling

Understanding Debris Flow Mechanisms and mitigating Risks for a Sustainable Hong Kong (Theme-based Research Scheme Project funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, T22-603-15/N)
Coping with landslide risks in Hong Kong under extreme storms: Storm scenarios, cascading landslide hazards and multi-hazard risk assessment (RGC Collaborative Research Project No. C6012-15G)
Green Slope Engineering for Hong Kong (RGC Collaborative Research Fund Project HKUST9/CRF/09)
Green Slope Engineering: Bioengineered, Live Cover Systems for Man-made Fill Slopes and Landfill Capillary Barriers in Hong Kong (RGC Collaborative Research Fund Project HKUST6/CRF/12R)