Kang Research Group advances our fundamental understanding of coupled flow processes in porous and fractured media. We combine theory, high-performance numerical simulation, machine learning, 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 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 contaminant transport in hydrologic systems, fractured aquifer characterization, aquifer storage and recovery, and groundwater and surface-water interactions.

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


Recent news:

  • I have two open positions for PhD students in the area of flow and transport in fractured media. One project focuses on flow and reactive transport in fracture networks, and the other project focuses on nitrate transport in karst systems. Both projects have field sites and involve network-scale modeling and some field work. Please contact me with your full CV if interested. I am looking for a student with background in groundwater, fluid mechanics, and numerical modeling.
  • [April 2, 2021] Rachel Tripp, an undergrad intern mentored by Sang and Peter, received best poster award from the UMN Earth Student Research Symposium. Congratulations, Rachel!!
  • [March 17, 2021] Peter Kang received a UMN McKnight Land-Grant Professorship.
  • [Jan. 25, 2021] Peter Kang received an NSF CAREER award for his project: “Predicting Transport, Mixing, and Reaction in Three-dimensional Heterogeneous Fractured Media Across Scales”.
  • Peter Kang will serve as Associate Editor for Hydrogeology Journal from 2021 to 2024. 
  • [Jan. 22, 2021] Seonkyoo Yoon’s paper on Roughness, inertia, and diffusion effects on anomalous transport in rough channel flows, has been published in Physical Review Fluids and selected to be an Editors’ Suggestion!

Contact: pkkang@umn.edu