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Sibel Pamukcu

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Professor

Address: STEPS Building, Room 324
1 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3220

Areas of Research

  • Engineering Processes for Enhanced Sustainability Fate and Transport of Contaminants and Pathogens
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Intelligent Infrastructure Systems
  • Sensor Technology


A recognized expert in the field of electroremediation of soils and groundwater, Sibel Pamukcu's pioneering work spans more than a decade of research. Her efforts focus on soil and groundwater decontamination using electrochemical technologies and the application of sensor systems for distributed measurements in geo-media and civil infrastructure in subsurface.

Current research efforts in her lab encompass these focus areas:

  • Subsurface monitoring and characterization by wireless or fiber-optic sensing, including distributed fiber-optic sensing (BOTDR/BOTDA) and simulation of impact response on geo-media, as well as wireless signal networks (WNS) for subsurface monitoring and geo-event characterization;
  • Electrically stimulated mass transport and transformations for resource recovery and environmental remediation, including the impact of DC electric fields in the delivery and activation of nano-iron in tight clay medium, the influence of clay-electrolyte DDL on redox reactions, and the enhanced recovery of crude oil from clay-rich formations; and,
  • Advanced geo-materials and methods for environmental mitigation, including engineering soils with thermally-controlled wettability on command.

Pamukcu is co-holder of several U.S. and Turkish patents granted for the development of a testing procedure used in soil electromediation. She has served as the principal or co-principal investigator for more than 60 grants and contracts from national and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In addition, Dr. Pamukcu is co-author of more than 50 peer–reviewed articles and 100 technical contributions in the form of conference proceedings, research reports and book chapters. She teaches undergraduate courses in soil mechanics, foundation engineering and geo-environmental engineering, and graduate courses in advanced foundation engineering and soil dynamics.

Dr. Pamukcu is recipient of the ASCE's Civil Engineering Foundation Grant Award and Lehigh's Alfred Noble Robinson Award. She has served as Lehigh chapter president of Sigma Xi, and is currently on the faculty of Lehigh's Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise. She also serves as co-principal investigator and co-director of Lehigh ADVANCE.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Bogazici University