Sudhakar M Rao


Ph.D, Poona University

Phone: 2293 2323; 2293 2812



Research Interests

Professor Sudhakar M. Rao’s research focuses on suction controls in mechanical response of unsaturated soils, re-use of waste materials in civil engineering applications, groundwater geochemistry and remediation of contaminated drinking water.

His major research contributions are towards elucidating the role of matric and osmotic suction in the swell and collapse response of unsaturated clay soils, the fate and remediation of ammonium-N in black water  upon release to vadose zone, develop geopolymerization reactions for transforming fly ash to sand, understand the geochemistry of geogenically and anthropogenically contaminated hard rock aquifers and mimic bio-inspired cementation in soft soils.

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