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Angel Palomino

Angel Palomino

Associate Professor


Angel Palomino joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at the University of Tennessee in January 2012. Previously, Palomino was a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University, where she held the Hartz Career Development Professorship. Palomino received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, after which she remained for one year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Particulate Media Research Laboratory. During her graduate studies, Palomino was honored with the Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship as well as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her specialties in teaching and research are micro-scale soil mechanics, clay particle surface modification, beneficial uses of coal combustion products, engineered soil materials, and understanding the influence of geogrids in pavement structures.


Particle Modification for the Development of Engineered Soil Materials

Engineered Soil Fabrics-Pore Fluid Chemistry & Mineral Mixtures

Clay Particle Surface Modification

Micro-Scale Soil Mechanics

Geogrids in Pavement Engineering Applications

Large-Volume Applications of Coal Combustion Products

Swelling Behavior of Pyritic Shale


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Tech. in Geotech. Eng., 2004

MSCE, Georgia Institute of Tech. in Geotech. Eng., 1999

BSCE, Georgia Institute of Tech. in Envir. Eng., 1998

BA Natural Sci., Our Lady of the Lake University, 1998


Kim, S., Motyka, M.A., Palomino, A.M., and Podraza, N.J. (2012), "Conformational Effects of Adsorbed Polymer on Swelling Behavior of Engineered Clay Minerals", Clays and Clay Minerals, accepted.

Kim, S., Palomino, A.M., and Colina, C.M. (2012), "Responsive Polymer Conformation and Resulting Permeability of Clay-Polymer Nanocomposites", Molecular Simulation, 38, Nos. 8-9, July-August 2012, 723-734.

Maurer, B.W., Gustafson, A.C., Bhatia, S.K., and Palomino, A.M. (2012), "Geotextile Tube Dewatering of Flocculated, Fiber Reinforced Fly-Ash Slurry", Fuel, 97, 411-417,

Rostami, J., Gharahbagh, E.A., Palomino, A.M., and Mosleh, M. (2011), "Development of Soil Abrasivity Testing for Soft Ground Tunneling Using Shield Machines", Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 28, 245-256.

Gharahbagh, E.A., Rostami, J., and Palomino, A.M. (2011), "New Soil Abrasion Testing Method for Soft Ground Tunneling Applications", Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 26, 604-613.

Kim, S. and Palomino, A.M. (2011), "Factors Influencing the Synthesis of Tunable Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites Using Bentonite and Polyacrylamide", Applied Clay Science, 51, 491-498.

Palomino, A.M., Kim, S., Summitt, A., and Fratta, D. (2011), "Impact of Diatoms on Fabric and Chemical Stability of Diatom-Kaolin Mixtures", Applied Clay Science, 51, 287-294.

Kim, S. and Palomino, A.M. (2009), "Polyacrylamide-Treated Kaolin: A Fabric Study", Applied Clay Science, 45, 270–279.

Tang, X., Chehab, G.R. and Palomino, A. (2008), "Evaluation of Geogrids for Stabilising Weak Pavement Subgrade", International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 9(6), 413 - 429.

Cortes, D.D., Kim, H.-K., Palomino, A.M., and Santamarina, J.C. (2008), "Rheological and Mechanical Properties of Mortars Prepared with Natural and Manufactured Sands", Cement and Concrete Research, 38, 1142 - 1147.

Palomino, A.M., Burns, S.E., and Santamarina, J.C. (2008), "Mixtures of Fine-Grained Mineral - Kaolinite and Carbonate Grains", Clays and Clay Minerals, 56(6), 599 - 611.

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