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Richard Martel

Areas of expertise


Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

490 rue de la Couronne Street
Québec City, Quebec  G1K 9A9

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Research interests

Professor Martel is interested in in situ restoration of contaminated groundwater and soils and in the characterization and management of aquifers. His work is carried out both in the laboratory and in the field.


Castellazzi, Pascal, Garfias, Jaime et Martel, Richard (2021). Assessing the efficiency of mitigation measures to reduce groundwater depletion and related land subsidence in Querétaro (Central Mexico) from decadal InSAR observations. Int. J. Appl. Earth Observ. Geoinfo., 105: Art. 102632.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2021.102632

Kadri, Tayssir, Robert, Thomas, Rouissi, Tarek, Sebastian, Joseph, Magdouli, Sara, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Martel, Richard & Lauzon, Jean-Marc (2021). Column tests for evaluation of the enzymatic biodegradation capacity of hydrocarbons (C10–C50) contaminated soilEnviron. Pollut., 290: Art. 117986.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117986

Miri, Saba; Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza; Brar, Satinder Kaur; Rouissi, Tarek; Sheng, Yi & Martel, Richard (2021). Psychrozymes as novel tools to biodegrade p-xylene and potential use for contaminated groundwater in the cold climateBioresource Technol., 321: Art. 124464.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124464

Miri, Saba, Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza, Darvanjooghi, Mohammad Hossein Karimi, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Rouissi, Tarek & Martel, Richard (2021). Precision modelling of co-metabolic biodegradation of recalcitrant aromatic hydrocarbons in conjunction with experimental dataProcess Biochem., 105: 113-127.
DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2021.03.026

Miri, Saba, Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza, Robert, Thomas, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Martel, Richard & Rouissi, Tarek (2021). Enzymatic biodegradation of highly p-xylene contaminated soil using cold-active enzymes: A soil column studyJ. Hazard Mater., 423 (Part A): Art. 127099.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.127099

Miri, Saba, Espejel Pérez, José Albert, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Rouissi, Tarek & Martel, Richard (2021). Sustainable production and co-immobilization of cold-active enzymes from Pseudomonas sp. for BTEX biodegradation. Environ. Pollut., 285: Art. 117678.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117678

Miri, Saba, Rasooli, Azadeh, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Rouissi, Tarek & Martel, Richard (2021). Biodegradation of p-xylene-a comparison of three psychrophilic Pseudomonas strains through the lens of gene expression. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., ONLINE.
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-021-17387-5

Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza; Brar, Satinder Kaur; Galvez-Cloutier, Rosa & Martel, Richard (2020). Performance of packed and fluidized bed columns for the removal of unconventional oil using modified dolomite. Fuel, 285: Art. 119191.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119191

Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza; Miri, Saba; Taheran, Mehrdad; Brar, Satinder Kaur; Galvez, Rosa & Martel, Richard (2020). Bioremediation of unconventional oil contaminated ecosystems under natural and assisted conditions: A review. Environ. Sci. Technol., 54 (4): 2054-2067.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b00906

Lapointe, Marie-Claude; Martel, Richard & Cassidy, Daniel Patrick (2020). RDX degradation by chemical oxidation using calcium peroxide in Bench Scale Sludge systems. Environ. Res., 188: Art. 109836.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109836

Longpré-Girard, Mélanie; Martel, Richard; Robert, Thomas; Lefebvre, René; Lauzon, Jean-Marc & Thomson, Neil (2020). Surfactant foam selection for enhanced light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL) recovery in contaminated aquifers. Trans. Porous Media, 131: 65-84.
DOI: 10.1007/s11242-019-01292-0

Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza; Taheran, Mehrdad; Brar, Satinder Kaur; Galvez-Cloutier, Rosa & Martel, Richard (2019). Hydrophobic dolomite sorbent for oil spill clean-ups: Kinetic modeling and isotherm study. Fuel, 251: 57-72.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2019.04.033

Miri, Saba; Naghdi, Mitra; Rouissi, Tarek; Brar, Satinder Kaur & Martel, Richard (2019). Recent biotechnological advances in petroleum hydrocarbons degradation under cold climate conditions: A reviewCrit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49 (7): 553-586.
DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2018.1552070

Martel, Richard; Portois, Clément; Robert, Thomas & Uyeda, Michelle (2019). Etched glass micromodel for laboratory simulation of NAPL recovery mechanisms by surfactant solutions in fractured rockJ. Contam. Hydrol., 227: Art. 103550.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2019.103550

Castellazzi, Pascal; Longuevergne, Laurent; Martel, Richard; Rivera, Alfonso; Brouard, Charles & Chaussard, Estelle (2018). Quantitative mapping of groundwater depletion at the water management scale using a combined GRACE/InSAR approachRemote Sens. Environ., 205: 408-418.
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.11.025

Garfias, Jaime; Llanos-Acebo, Hilario; Martel, Richard; Salas-Garcia, Javier & Bibiano-Cruz, Luvina (2018). Assessment of vulnerability and control measures to protect the Salbarua ecosystem from hypothetical spill sitesEnviron. Sci. Pollut. Res., 25 (26): 26228-26245.
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-2672-0

Martel, Richard; Castellazzi, Pascal; Gloaguen, Erwan; Trépanier, Luc & Garfias, Jaime (2018). ERT, GPR, InSAR, and tracer tests to characterize karst aquifer systems under urban areas: The case of Quebec CityGeomorphology, 310: 45-56.
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.03.003

Brulé, Thibault; Granger, Geneviève; Bukar, Natalia; Deschênes-Rancourt, Clarisse; Havard, Thierry; Schmitzer, Andreea R.; Martel, Richard & Masson, Jean-François (2017). A field-deployed surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor for RDX quantification in environmental waters Analyst, 142 (12): 2161-2168.
DOI: 10.1039/c7an00216e

Castellazzi, Pascal; Garfias, Jaime; Martel, Richard; Brouard, Charles & Rivera, Alfonso (2017). InSAR to support sustainable urbanization over compacting aquifers: The case of Toluca Valley, MexicoInt. J. Appl. Earth Observ. Geoinfo., 63: 33-44.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2017.06.011

Garfias, Jaime; Llanos, Hilario; Franco, R. & Martel, Richard (2017). Estimación de la vulnerabilidad del acuífero del valle de Toluca mediante la combinación de un método paramétrico y el transporte advectivoBoletín Geológico y Minero, 128 (1): 25-42.
DOI: 10.21701/bolgeomin.128.1.002

Lapointe, Marie-Claude; Martel, Richard & Diaz, Emmanuela (2017). A conceptual model of fate and transport processes for RDX deposited to surface soils of North American active demolition sitesJ. Environ. Qual., 46 (6): 1444-1454.
DOI: 10.2134/jeq2017.02.0069

Robert, Thomas; Martel, Richard; Lefebvre, René; Lauzon, Jean-Marc & Morin, Annie (2017). Impact of heterogeneous properties of soil and LNAPL on surfactant-enhanced capillary desaturationJ. Contam. Hydrol., 204: 57-65.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2017.07.006

Salas-Garcia, Javier; Garfias, Jaime; Martel, Richard & Bibiano-Cruz, Luvina (2017). A low-cost automated test column to estimate soil hydraulic characteristics in unsaturated porous mediaGeofluids, 2017: Art. 6942736.
DOI: 10.1155/2017/6942736

Gosselin, J. S., Rivard, C. & Martel, R., (Eds). (2016) User manual for WHAT. 22. INRS Centre Eau Terre Environnement, 22 pages.

Bibiano-Cruz, Luvina; Garfias, Jaime; Salas-Garcia, Javier; Martel, Richard & Llanos, Hilario (2016). Batch and column test analyses for hardness removal using natural and homoionic clinoptilolite: breakthrough experiments and modelingSustain. Water Resour. Manage., 2 (2): 183-197.
DOI: 10.1007/s40899-016-0050-y

Castellazzi, Pascal; Arroyo-Dominguez, Norma; Martel, Richard; Calderhead, Angus I.; Normand, Jonathan C. L.; Garfias, Jaime & Rivera, Alfonso (2016). Land subsidence in major cities of Central Mexico: Interpreting InSAR-derived land subsidence mapping with hydrogeological dataInt. J. Appl. Earth Observ. Geoinfo., 47: 102-111.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2015.12.002

Castellazzi, Pascal; Martel, Richard; Galloway, Devin L.; Longuevergne, Laurent & Rivera, Alfonso (2016). Assessing groundwater depletion and dynamics using GRACE and InSAR: potential and limitationsGroundwater, 54 (6): 768-780.
DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12453

Castellazzi, Pascal; Martel, Richard; Rivera, Alfonso; Huang, Jianliang; Goran, Pavlic; Calderhead, Angus I.; Chaussard, Estelle; Garfias, Jaime & Salas, Javier (2016). Groundwater depletion in Central Mexico: Use of GRACE and InSAR to support water resources managementWater Resour. Res., 52 (8): 5985-6003.
DOI: 10.1002/2015WR018211

Drolet, Jean-Philippe & Martel, Richard (2016). Distance to faults as a proxy for radon gas concentration in dwellingsJ. Environ. Radioactiv., 152: 8-15.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.10.023

Gosselin, Jean-Sébastien; Rivard, Christine; Martel, Richard & Lefebvre, René (2016). Application limits of the interpretation of near-surface temperature time series to assess groundwater rechargeJ. Hydrol., 538: 96-108.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.03.055

Lapointe, Marie-Claude; Martel, Richard; Lange, Sébastien F. & Côté, Sébastien (2016). Effect of energetic materials wettability on their outdoor effective elution rateJ. Hazard Mater., 311: 194-202.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.02.075

Longpré-Girard, Mélanie; Martel, Richard; Robert, Thomas; Lefebvre, René & Lauzon, Jean-Marc (2016). 2D sandbox experiments of surfactant foams for mobility control and enhanced LNAPL recovery in layered soilsJ. Contam. Hydrol., 193: 63-73.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.09.001

Robert, Thomas; Martel, Richard; Lefebvre, René; Lauzon, Jean-Marc & Morin, Annie (2016). Field tracer test for the design of LNAPL source zone surfactant flushingGround Water Monit. Remediat., 36 (2): 68-82.
DOI: 10.1111/gwmr.12164

Kazemzadeh-Paris, M. J.; Daneshmand, F.; Ahmadfard, M. A. & Martel, R. (2015). Optimal groundwater remediation design of pump and treat systems via a simulation-optimization approach and firefly algorithmEng. Optimiz., 47 (1): 1-17.
DOI: 10.1080/0305215X.2013.858138