Kang Research Group advances our fundamental understanding of coupled flow processes in porous and fractured media. We combine theory, high-performance numerical simulations, visual laboratory experiments, machine learning, and field dye tracing to understand how the coupling between multiple processes such as biogeochemical, thermal, and mechanical processes controls fluid flow and reactive transport in hydrologic and subsurface systems across spatial scales (from pore to field scale). Based on the improved understanding, we develop predictive models for various applications such as carbon mineralization, fractured aquifer characterization & remediation, aquifer storage and recovery, and groundwater-surface water interactions.

Please visit here for my group’s official webpage: KRG website


Recent news:

  • I have open positions for PhD students and postdocs in the area of transport processes in porous and fractured media. Potential applications are in-situ carbon mineralization and in-situ bioremediation of fractured aquifers. Please contact me with your full CV if interested. I am looking for a student with backgrounds in fluid mechanics, laboratory experiments, and numerical modeling.
  • Peter Kang receives the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award from the University of Minnesota.
  • Woonghee Lee receives the best oral presentation award for his talk on “Three-dimensional Flow and Inertia Effects on Pore-Scale Mineral Dissolution” at the UMN Earth Student Research Symposium. Congratulations, Woonghee!
  • Charlie Soucey receives a prestigious Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA) Foundation Scholarship Award (2023 Gil Gabanski Student Scholarship). Congratulations, Charlie!
  • Peter Kang receives the Taylor Career Development Award. The Taylor Career Development Award recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching.
  • Peter Kang receives the Chin-Fu Tsang Coupled Processes Award. Peter will give an award lecture at CouFrac2022.
  • Outreach video on “fungi-enhanced remediation of fractured aquifers” made by Rachel Tripp under the supervision of Sang and Peter got released! Click Here to watch the video.
  • Center for Interacting Geo-processes in Mineral Carbon Storage is funded through Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). More details can be found here: LINK.
  • [July 11-13, 2022] Peter and Michael organized a 3-day workshop on “Bringing visual groundwater teaching tools and field experiences into K-12 teaching” at the 2022 annual meeting of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (Earth Educators’ Rendezvous) in collaboration with high school teachers, Matt Winbigler and Carmen Gavin Vanegas.
  • [March 3, 2022] Woonghee won a prestigious SAFL award, 2021-22 Nels Nelson Fellowship. Woonghee, congratulations on receiving this award and on your many accomplishments!

Contact: pkkang@umn.edu