Kang Research Group advances the understanding, modeling and prediction of fluid flow and reactive transport in porous and fractured media. We combine theory, high performance numerical simulation, and visual laboratory experiments to understand how the coupling between multiple processes such as biogeochemical, thermal, and mechanical processes controls fluid flow and reactive transport across scales: from pore to fracture to field scale. Based on the understanding of the multi-scale phenomena, we develop predictive models for subsurface energy and environment applications such as contaminant transport, reservoir characterization, aquifer storage and recovery, and groundwater and surface-water interactions.

Contact: pkkang@umn.edu / pkkang@mit.eduPoreFracFieldRecent news:

  • I joined the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor and a Gibson Chair of Hydrogeology in August 2018. Please email me if you are interested in joining my research group. I have open positions for graduate students, and we welcome visiting students and scholars.
  • [December 10-14, 2018]  I will be co-chairing a session titled “Coupled Processes in Fractured Media Across Scales: Experimental and Modeling Advances (H040)” at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting. The session conveners are Jeffrey Hyman (LANL), Jan-Olof Selroos (SKB), Philippe Davy (Geosciences Rennes) and myself (University of Minnesota). Please come to our stimulating session!