Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Peter K. Kang



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Assistant Professor & Gibson Chair of Hydrogeology

PhD, 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Research Interests:

I study coupled flow processes in porous and fractured media. I combine theory, numerical simulation and visual experiments to further advance fundamental understanding of fluid flow and reactive transport across scales: from pore to fracture to field scale. Based on the understanding of the multi-scale phenomena, I develop predictive models for fluid flow and reactive transport in subsurface. I also develop advanced subsurface characterisation methods that utilises coupling between processes. My research has a variety of real world applications related to subsurface environment and resources, including groundwater remediation, contaminant transport prediction, reservoir characterization, aquifer storage and recovery (managed aquifer recharge), and water filtration.

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Selected Publications:

• J. D. Hyman, M. Dentz, A. Hagberg, and P. K. Kang, Linking structural and transport properties in three-dimensional fracture networks. Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, (2019).
• E. Bresciani, P. K. Kang, and S. Lee, Theoretical analysis of groundwater flow patterns near stagnation points. Water Resources Research, (2019).
• P. K. Kang, E. Bresciani, S. An, and S. Lee, Potential impact of pore-scale incomplete mixing on biodegradation in aquifers: from batch experiment to field-scale modeling. Advances in Water Resources, 123, 1-11,, (2019).
• S. Yoon, J. R. Williams, R. Juanes, and P. K. Kang. Maximizing the value of pressure data in saline aquifer characterization. Advances in Water Resources, 109, 14-28, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.08.019, (2017).
P. K. Kang, W. Lee, A. S. Kim, and S. Lee. Origin of structural parameter inconsistency in forward osmosis models: a pore-scale CFD study. Desalination, 421, 47-60, doi:10.1016/j.desal.2017.05.018, (2017).
P. K. Kang, J. Lee, X. Fu, S. Lee, P. K. Kitanidis, and R. Juanes. Improved characterization of heterogeneous permeability in saline aquifers from transient pressure data during freshwater injection. Water Resources Research, 53(5), 4444-4458, doi:10.1002/2016WR020089, (2017).
P. K. Kang, M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne, S. Lee, and R. Juanes, Anomalous transport in disordered fracture networks: Spatial Markov model for dispersion with variable injection modes. Advances in Water Resources, 106, 80-94, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.03.024, (2017).
• M. Dentz, P. K. Kang, A. Comolli, T. Le Borgne, and D. R. Lester, Continuous Time Random Walks for the Evolution of Lagrangian Velocities. Physical Review Fluids, 1(7), 074004, doi:10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.074004, (2016).
P. K. Kang, S. Brown, and R. Juanes, Emergence of anomalous transport in stressed rough fractures. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 454, 46-54, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.08.033, (2016).
P. K. Kang, Y. Zheng, X. Fang, R. Wojcik, D. McLaughlin, S. Brown, M. C. Fehler, D. R. Burns, and R. Juanes. Sequential approach to joint flow-seismic inversion for improved characterization of fractured media. Water Resources Research, 52(2), 903919, doi:10.1002/2015WR017412, (2016).
P. K. Kang, M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne, and R. Juanes. Anomalous transport on regular fracture networks: impact of conductivity heterogeneity and mixing at fracture intersections. Physical Review E, 92, 022148, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.92.022148, (2015).
P. K. Kang, T. Le Borgne, M. Dentz, O. Bour, and R. Juanes. Impact of velocity correlation and distribution on transport in fractured media: field evidence and theoretical model. Water Resources Research, 51(2), 940-959, doi:10.1002/2014WR015799, (2015).
• M. Dentz, P. K. Kang, and T. Le Borgne. Continuous time random walks for non-Local radial solute transport. Advances in Water Resources, 82, 16-26, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.04.005, (2015).
P. K. Kang, P. de Anna, J. P. Nunes, B. Bijeljic, M. J. Blunt, and R. Juanes. Pore-scale intermittent velocity structure underpinning anomalous transport through 3D porous media. Geophysical Research Letters, 41(17), 6184-6190, doi:10.1002/2014GL061475, (2014).
P. K. Kang, M. Dentz, Tanguy Le Borgne, and R. Juanes. Spatial Markov model of anomalous transport through random lattice networks. Physical Review Letters, 107, 180602, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.180602, (2011).
P. K. Kang, M. Dentz, and R. Juanes. Predictability of anomalous transport on lattice networks with quenched disorder. Physical Review E, 83(3), 030101(R), doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.83.030101, (2011).