Dr Alice Di Donna was an academic guest with The Laloui Group in 2021. She arrived from the University Grenoble-Alpes (France), where she is an Assistant Professor teaching soil mechanics, and geotechnical structures. Her main research activities are related to energy geotechnics and Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical couplings in geomaterials, both from an experimental and numerical point of view. She obtained her Ph.D. at EPFL on the thermo-mechanical behavior of energy piles and was later involved as a post-doc at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in the development of energy tunnels technology. While with us, she presented her latest research on the contribution of swelling to self-sealing of claystone studied through x-ray and neutron tomography.