Sanandam Bordoloi

Sanandam Bordoloi

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
T214 Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering

Sanandam Bordoloi is a newly appointed Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the School of Engineering at Aalto University. He hails from the north-eastern state of India called Assam. He was awarded PhD in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India. Thereafter, he joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST; 2024 QS world rank in Civil Engineering: 28) as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2019-2021. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC; 2024 QS world rank in Civil Engineering: 14) and worked as a post-doctoral research associate from 2022-2023. In the past 6 years, he has published 60 SCI indexed journals with an H-index of 24 (Scopus) in the field of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.

             His major research interests are in the design of hazardous waste containment systems; valorization of industrial waste in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering; hydromechanical assessment of rooted soil in partially saturated soil; applied clay science; and carbon capture in geotechnical engineering. He holds laboratory expertise and field experience in testing of partially saturated soils, physicochemical investigation clay and biochar-based composites, biochar production and advanced plant drought stress measurement. His research experience is predominantly experimental followed by field monitoring and numerical modelling of unsaturated flow.

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Areas of expertise

Unsaturated soil mechanics, Geoenvironmental engineering, Waste Valorisation, Soft clay remediation, Bio-based materials, Nature inspired geotechnics

Honors and awards

Telford Premium Prize

Instituted following a bequest made to the Institution by Thomas Telford (1757-1834), first President of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), to be expended in the provision of medals and premiums awarded annually in connection with papers presented to the Institution. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded from 1837 to 1840. Now, Telford Premiums are awarded to recognise key papers across the journals.<br/><br/>Each year ICE award authors from both industry and academia who have produced work judged by their peers to be of exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction and materials science community.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Structures – Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation Jan 2020

Research groups

  • Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics, Assistant Professor


Tree morphology dependent transpiration reduction function of Schefflera arboricola for landfill cover restoration

Sanandam Bordoloi, Jia-Xin Liao, Charles Wang Wai Ng 2024 Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics

Exploring implication of variation in biochar production on geotechnical properties of soil

Suriya Prakash Ganesan, Sanandam Bordoloi, Junjun Ni, Tom Sizmur, Ankit Garg, Sreedeep Sekharan 2024 Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery

Effect of Biochar Type and Amendment Rates on Soil Physicochemical Properties: Potential Application in Bioengineered Structures

Rojimul Hussain, Himanshu Kumar, Sanandam Bordoloi, Swathylakshmi Jaykumar, Salih Salim, Ankit Garg, Karangat Ravi, Ajit K. Sarmah, Nirmali Gogoi, Sekharan Sreedeep 2024 Advances in Civil Engineering Materials

Characterization of novel polysulfide polymer coated fly ash and its application in mitigating diffusion of contaminants

L. Zhao, E. Zaborowski, Sanandam Bordoloi, N. Rajagopalan, B. K. Sharma, C. Baroi, W. Xing, L. Zhang 2024 Environmental Pollution

Soil acidification and the liming potential of biochar

Nanthi Bolan, Ajit K. Sarmah, Sanandam Bordoloi, Shankar Bolan, Lokesh P. Padhye, Lukas Van Zwieten, Prasanthi Sooriyakumar, Basit Ahmed Khan, Mahtab Ahmad, Zakaria M. Solaiman, Jörg Rinklebe, Hailong Wang, Bhupinder Pal Singh 2023 Environmental Pollution

Investigating soil tipping suction in Axonopus compressus grown in poorly graded sand using a novel framework

Sanandam Bordoloi, Suriya Prakash Ganesan, Ankit Garg, Lingaraj Sahoo, Sreedeep Sekharan 2023 Acta Geotechnica

A new and simple model for predicting soil erosion based on hole erosion tests

Weiling Cai, Manash Jyoti Bora, Sreeja Pekkat, Sanandam Bordoloi, Ankit Garg, Sreedeep Sekharan 2023 Acta Geophysica

Influence of plasticity and porewater salinity on shrinkage and water retention characteristics of biochar-engineered clays

Weiling Cai, Sanandam Bordoloi, Cheng Zhu, Chandra Bhanu Gupt 2023 Soil Science Society of America Journal