The Soil and Water Research Lab at MSU is dedicated to fundamental and applied research that will help the society successfully safeguard and responsibly utilize soil and water resources. Current research activities are mainly focused on the movement of water, solutes, and particles in natural and engineered systems, particularly in the unsaturated soils (i.e., the vadose zone). The ultimate goal of the lab's research is to promote protection of soil and water resources and sustainable agricultural production through understanding of fundamental transport processes and scientifically-sound management practices.
February 21, 2015, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper on reverse engineering biochar published in Bioresource Technology.
January 10, 2015, New publication! Our lab published a paper on transport of smectite colloids as influenced by plant root exudates in Soil Science Society of America Journal. Congratualtions to Dr. Yuan Tian.
December 5, 2014, Dr. Zhang was selected into the 2014-2015 cohort of MSU Academy for Global Engagement.
October 10, 2014, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper on transport of engineered nanoparticles in a red soil, published in Journal of Hydrology.
September 21, 2014, 13.1 Miles! Wei finished Capital City River Run Half Marathon with a chip time of 1:57:23.
September 09, 2014, New publication! Dr. Wei Zhang co-authored a paper on the history and potential of subsurface water retention technology (SWRT) developped by Prof. Alvin J.M. Smucker in Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
June 25, 2014, New publication! Dr. Wei Zhang co-authored a paper on effect of hydrofracturing flowback fluid on colloid transport in unsaturated porous media, published in Environmental Science & Technology. The paper was featured in a Ameical Chemical Society press release and a Cornell press release.
June 16, 2014. Kathie Wu started as a Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP) student in our lab. Welcome, Kathie!
June 9, 2014. Yi-Jiao Song started as a high school researcher in our lab. Welcome, Yi-Jiao!
June 1, 2014, New publication! Dr. Wei Zhang co-authored a paper on nano-silver transport in a Chinese red soil, published in Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
April 8, 2014, Congratulations to Cheng-Hua. He was awarded with Carter Harrison Endowed Fund Graduate Student Award.
September 26, 2013, Sangho won a poster award at the annual SPORE Picnic and Poster Session.
27, 2013, New
publication! Wei co-authored a paper on colloid transport
in unsaturated porous media, published in Environmental Science & Technology.
May 21, 2013, Caitlin Kirby joined Perrigo Pharmaceuticals as an Associate Scientist in Analytical Department. Congratulations to Caitlin. We wish her the best in the new chapter of her career.
April 27, 2013, New publication! Wei co-authored a paper on biochar particle transport in saturated porous media, as affected by humic acid and iron oxide grain coating, published in Environmental Science & Technology.
April 21, 2013, Wei finished the Lansing Half Marathon with a chip time of 2:18:01.
April 20, 2013, the special issue on "Impact of Climate Change on Physical and Biogeochemical Processes in the Hydrologic Cycle" was published with the Editorial co-authored by Dr. Zhang in British Journal of Environment & Climate Change.
January 25, 2013, Caitlin Kirby was again awarded Lyman Briggs Undergraduate Research Award for Spring 2013. She will continue her study on the transport of phytophthora zoospore in saturated porous media. Great job, Caitlin!
January 20, 2013, New publication! Wei is a co-author of the paper on surfactant-mediated colloid pattern assembly in Langmuir.
January 12, 2013, New publication! Our paper on aggregation of fullerene nanoparticles influenced by humic and fulvic acids is published in Water Research.
January 7, 2013, Welcome! Undergraduate researcher Dimitri Innis will join our lab to study effect of surfactants on aggregation and transport of engineered nanoparticles. He was awarded with CANR Undergraduate Research Fund. Congratulations, Dimitri!
January 7, 2013, Welcome! Undergraduate researcher Alexandra Delannoy will join our lab to study attachment of engineered nanoparticles to fresh produce surface. She was awarded with CANR Undergraduate Research Fund. Congratulations, Alex!
December 18, 2012, New publication! Wei is a co-author of the paper on biochar particle transport in saturated porous media, as influenced by pyrolysis temperature and particle size, published in Environmental Science & Technology.
December 13, 2012, New publication! Our review paper on transport and fate of microbial pathogen is published in Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.
23, 2012, New
publication! Our paper on
a rapid screening technique for nanoparticle transport in porous media is published in Water Research.
September 13, 2012, Undergraduate researcher Caitlin Kirby was awarded Lyman Briggs Undergraduate Research Award for fall 2012. She will study the transport of phytophthora zoospore in saturated porous media. Congratulations, Caitlin!
September 1, 2012, Dr. Yuan Tian joined us as a research associate. Dr. Tian graduated from University of Florida. His expertise is in environmental chemistry, environmental nanotechnology, and contaminant transport experimentation and modeling. Welcome, Yuan!
August, 2012, Cheng-Hua Liu joined our lab as a PhD student. Welcome, Cheng-hua!
July 2, 2012, the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Department of Plant Pathology merged into the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, effective July 1, 2012.