Benyi obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from Tongji University working on multiphase flow in bioreactor landfills. In 2017 he joined the Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group at Cambridge University as a PhD student, and his PhD programme was part of an EPSRC-funded project RM4L on crack-resistant and self-healing cement-based materials incorporating microcapsules, superabsorbent polymers, MgO pellets and oil sorbents for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental applications. Benyi started his academic career as a Research Assistant Professor at Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences in 2021 before he returned to Cambridge as a Research Associate working on the development of innovative and efficient thermo-active geostructure systems. He has been a Lecturer in the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey since July 2022.
Supervisor: Prof. Shijin Feng
Supervisor: Prof. Abir Al-Tabbaa
Benyi works at the intersection of Geotechnics, Energy, and Environmental sustainability. His current research has centred around the climate resilience and decarbonisation of geo-infrastructure, and focussed on two main research topics, with some high-level synergies: (1) resilient and low-carbon geo-infrastructure materials that can adapt to their environment, develop immunity to harmful actions, and self-heal when damaged; (2) thermo-active geotechnical structures that can be coupled with ground-source heat pumps to deliver low-carbon heating and cooling in a sustainable manner.
Postgraduate research supervision
Enquiries are welcome from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study.
ENGM270 - Energy Geotechnics