Educational Background

  • B.S.C.E., Bucknell University
  • M.S.C.E., Colorado State University
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University

Research Interests

  • Enhanced waste containment barriers
  • Waste-soil compatibility
  • Contaminant transport
  • Modified bentonite clays for geoenvironmental
  • Design and performance of soil-bentonite cutoff walls

Teaching Specialties

  • Soil mechanics
  • Ground improvement
  • Geoenvironmental engineering

Professional Registrations and Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer #37338, Colorado
  • Member, ASCE, the GeoInstitute and the Pennsylvania chapter

Selected Publications

Malusis, M.A. and Daniyarov, A.S. (2016).  Membrane efficiency and diffusive tortuosity of a dense prehydrated geosynthetic clay liner.  Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 44, 719-730.

Hong, C., Shackelford, C.D., and Malusis, M.A. (2016).  Adsorptive Behavior of Zeolite-Amended Backfills for Enhanced Metals Containment. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 142(7), 1-16.

Malusis, M., Kang, J., and Shackelford, C. (2015).  Restricted solute diffusion in a geosynthetic clay liner. Environmental Geotechnics, 2(2), 68-77.

Malusis, M.A. and Daniyarov, A. (2014).  Membrane efficiency of a dense, prehydrated GCL. Proceedings, 7th International Conference on Environmental Geotechnics, Engineers Australia, Melbourne, 1166-1173.

Malusis, M.A. and Di Emidio, G. (2014).  Hydraulic conductivity of sand-bentonite backfills containing HYPER clay. Geo-characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geotechnical Special Publication 234, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1870-1879.

Whittington, A.M., Brouse, S.M., Malusis, M.A., and Wakabayashi, K. (2013).  Efficient fabrication of polymer nanocomposites with effective exfoliation and dispersion by solid-state/melt extrusion.  Advances in Polymer Technology, 32(1), 1-7.

Malusis, M.A. and McKeehan, M.D (2013).  Chemical compatibility of model soil-bentonite backfill containing multiswellable bentonite. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 139(2), 189-198.

Malusis, M., Kang, J., and Shackelford, C. (2013).  Influence of membrane behavior on solute diffusion through GCLs.  Coupled Phenomena in Environmental Geotechnics, Proceedings of the International Symposium, ISSMGE TC-215, Torino, Italy, July 1-3, M. Manassero, A. Dominijanni, S. Foti, and G. Musso, Eds., Taylor and Francis Group, London, UK, 267-274.

Bohnhoff, G.L., Shackelford, C.D., Malusis, M.A., Scalia, J., Benson, C.H., Edil, T.B., Di Emidio, G., Katsumi. T., and Mazzieri, F. (2013). Novel bentonites for containment barrier applications. Proceedings, 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering-Challenges and Innovations in Geotechnics,  P. Delage, J. Desrues, R. Frank, A. Puech, F. Schlosser, Eds., Presses des Ponts, Paris, 2997-3000.

Malusis, M.A., Shackelford, C.D., and Maneval, J.E. (2012).  Critical review of coupled flux formulations for clay membranes based on nonequilibrium thermodynamics.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 152(1), 133-147.

Hong, C., Shackelford, C.D., and Malusis, M.A. (2012). Compressibility and hydraulic conductivity of zeolite-amended soil-bentonite backfills. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 138(1), 15-25.

Ruffing, D.G., Evans, J.C., and Malusis, M.A. (2012).  Long term in situ measurements of the volumetric water content in a soil-bentonite slurry trench cutoff wall.  State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publication 225, ASCE, Reston, Va., 3429-3436.

Malusis, M.A., Yeom, S., and Evans, J.C. (2011).  Hydraulic conductivity of model soil-bentonite backfills subjected to wet-dry cycling.  Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48(8), 198-211.

Malusis, M.A., Maneval, J.E., Barben, E.J., Shackelford, C.D., and Daniels E.R. (2010). Influence of adsorption on phenol transport through soil-bentonite vertical barriers amended with activated carbon. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 116, 58-72.

Ruffing, D.G., Evans, J.C., and Malusis, M.A. (2010).  Prediction of earth pressures in soil-bentonite cutoff walls.  Advances in Analysis, Modeling, and Design, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 199, 2416-2425.

Malusis, M.A., McKeehan, M.D., and LaFredo, R.A. (2010). Multiswellable bentonite for soil-bentonite vertical barriers. Proceedings, 6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, New Delhi, India, Nov 8-12, McGraw-Hill, 764-769.

Malusis, M.A., Barben, E.J., and Evans, J.C. (2009).  Hydraulic conductivity and compressibility of a model soil-bentonite backfill amended with activated carbon.  Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 131(5), 664-672.

Malusis, M.A., Evans, J.C., McLane, M.H., and Woodward, N.R. (2008). A miniature cone for measuring the slump of soil-bentonite slurry trench cutoff wall backfill.  Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 31(5), 373-380.

Evans, J.C. and Malusis, M.A. (2008).  GeoChallenge as a curricular activity in geotechnical engineering education.  Geosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 178, 773-780.

Barben, E.J., Malusis, M.A., and Evans, J.C. (2008).  Slump evaluation of soil-bentonite backfill amended with activated carbon.  Geotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 177, 636-643.


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