Kang Research Group advances our fundamental understanding of coupled flow processes 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 improved understanding, we develop predictive models for various applications such as contaminant transport in hydrologic systems, subsurface characterization, aquifer storage and recovery, and groundwater and surface-water interactions.


Recent news:

  • [August 6, 2020] Michael Chen received NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship! Michael will study the effects of incomplete mixing on calcite dissolution combining microfluidic experiments and pore-scale simulations. Congratulations, Michael!
  • [April 6, 2020] Sang Lee’s paper on “Three-dimensional Vortex-induced Reaction Hotspots at Flow Intersections”, has been published online in Physical Review Letters and selected to be a PRL Editors’ Suggestion!
  • I have open positions for MS and PhD students. Please contact me with your full CV if interested. Potential topics are: 1) reactive transport in fractured media, and 2) aquifer storage and recovery. I am looking for a student with background in fluid mechanics and numerical modeling.

Contact: pkkang@umn.edu