Dieudonné, A. A. M.

Profile summary

Anne-Catherine Dieudonné is Assistant Professor of Multiphysics Geomechanics. Her research focuses on assessing the impact of environmental loads on the behaviour of geomaterials and on the performance and resilience of geotechnical structures. She favours a combined approach of experimental testing, imaging, constitutive modelling and numerical analysis. She teaches the BSc course “Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering”, and the MSc courses “Introduction to Geology” and “Engineering Geology Fieldwork”. Anne-Catherine is a member of the Board of Directors of ALERT Geomaterials, a board member of the Dutch association of engineering geologists and geo-engineers (Ingeokring) and a member of ISSMGE technical committees TC105 (Geo-Mechanics from micro to macro) and TC308 (Energy geotechnics). She is always looking for enthusiastic students to work with her on research projects, and eager to establish new collaborations worldwide.


  • Multiphysical (bio-chemo-thermo-hydro-mechanical) and multiscale processes in geomaterials
  • Transfer of water and gas in porous media
  • Behaviour of (expansive) clays
  • Bio-cementation of soils

Current major research projects include:

  • Multi-scale behaviour of bio-cemented sands: imaging, experimental testing and discrete element modelling.
  • European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management. Funded by EU and COVRA. 2019 - 2024.
  • How do fractures perish? Towards a theory of self-healing mechanics for clays. Funded by NWO (Veni). 2019 - 2023.
  • Sustainable dykes: Sustainable design and reinforcement strategies for dykes in a changing climate. Funded by NWO (Top Sector Water & Maritime). 2020 - 2024.
  • CURE: Coupled multi-process research for reducing landfill emissions. Funded by NWO (GROOT). 2020 - 2025.

Educational activities

  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (AESB2341)
  • Introduction to Geology (AESM4370)
  • Engineering Geology Fieldwork (AESM2901-16)

Anne-Catherine is part of the Voorlichtingscommissie (VoCo) of Applied Earth Sciences.


Anne-Catherine Dieudonné received her BSc in Civil Engineering (2009) and MSc in Geological and Mining Engineering (2011) from the University of Liege, Belgium. After her MSc, she joined the group of Geomechanics and Engineering Geology of the University of Liege to work on a PhD on the hydromechanical behaviour of expansive clays. As part of her PhD studies, she spent 4 months at the Technical University of Catalonia to work on the experimental characterization of clay interfaces behaviour. Between December 2015 and April 2017, Anne-Catherine was a scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where she led the numerical analysis activities of the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics. In May 2017, Anne-Catherine was appointed by TU Delft as Assistant Professor of Engineering Geology and joined the section of Geo-Engineering in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.


  • Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize awarded by the Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology (ALERT) “Geomaterials” (2017)
  • WBI excellence grant for a research stay at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2014)
  • ABTUS (Belgian Association for Underground Techniques and Urbanism) scientific prize for the master thesis entitled “Geological sequestration of CO2: shaft sealing” (2012)
  • AILg C.B.R. Heidelberg prize for the master thesis entitled “Geological sequestration of CO2: shaft sealing” (2011)

Anne-Catherine Dieudonné

Assistant Professor

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