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 contaminant transport in hydrologic systems, fractured aquifer characterization, 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, hyporheic exchange, 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.
  • 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).
  • [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