Sibel PamukcuSibel Pamukcu

Interim Department Chair
Co-Director of Lehigh Advance
Professor, 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

Wittle JK, Pamukcu S, “Electrokinetic Treatment of Contaminated Soils, Sludges and Lagoons”, DOE/CH-9206, USDOE, Washington, DC, 65 p, 1993. doi:10.2172/10185835
Pamukcu S, “Electrokinetic Removal of Coal Tar Constituents from Contaminated Soils,” Electric Power Research Institute, TR-103320, EPRI, 65p, 1994.

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, 1997. doi:10.1016/S0304-3894(97)00025-3

Kershaw D, Kulik B, and 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:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(1997)123:4(324)

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:10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(1999)13:2(96)

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:10.1021/es034578v

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. doi:10.1016/j.soildyn.2004.04.006

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:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2006)132:4(501)

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

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. doi:10.1364/AO.48.005823

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, 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, 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

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
Ghazanfari E, Shrestha R, Miroshnik A, Pamukcu S, "Electrically assisted liquid hydrocarbon transport in porous media", Electrochimica Acta, 86, 185– 191, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2012.04.077

Gomes IH, Ferreira CD, Ribeiro AB and 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

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

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

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