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.
September 7, 2016, New Students! Jianzhou He and Yike Shen joined our lab as doctoral students. Welcome, Jianzhou and Yike!
August 23, 2016, Invited Presentation! Wei
gave an invited talk in Chemistry of Environmental Sorptive &
Oxidative Processes: Symposium in honor of Joseph J. Pignatello at
252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 23. Thank
the symposium organizers (Drs. Feng Xiao, Allison MacKay, Dongye Zhao,
Michael Sander, and Baoshan Xing) for a well-attended and exciting
symposium, which is a testament of Dr. Pignatello's contribution to the
August 11, 2016, New Publication! Our lab published a paper on transport and retention of plant pathogen Phytophthora capsici zoospores in porous media at Environmental Science & Technology. Doctoral student Sangho Jeon is the leading author. Congratualtions to Sangho!
July 1, 2016, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reporting a novel biochar-plant tandem approach for remediating soils contaminated with volatile/semi-volatile organic compounds.
February 27, 2016, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Water Research, reporting a new HPLC-ICP-MS method for determining organotin pesticides, and their sorption, desorption, and transformation in freshwater sediments.
February 8, 2016, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Journal of Hazardous Materials, showing that black carbon in sediments speeds up abiotic reduction of dinitroaniline herbicides.
January 29, 2016, New publication! Manure-derived biochars offer long-term sequestration of antibiotics, reported by a paper from our lab published in Journal of Environmental Quality. Doctoral student Cheng-Hua Liu is the leading author. Congratualtions, Cheng-Hua.
January 20, 2016, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper on the effect of wildfire ash on soil pore clogging and infiltration in International Journal of Widland Fire.
July 14, 2015, former high school researcher Yi-Jiao Song in our lab is going to Cornell for her undergraduate study. Congratulations, Yi-Jiao!
June 9, 2015, New Publication! Our lab published a paper on binding mechanisms of arsenic on magnetite nanoparticles in Environmental Science & Technology. Doctoral student Cheng-Hua Liu is the leading author. Congratualtions to Cheng-Hua!
May 21, 2015, New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper on a quick and effective method for measuring pharmaceuticals in vegetables published in Journal of Chromatography A.
April 2, 2015, Our doctoral student Cheng-Hua Liu won the Best Poster by a Graduate Student in the 2015 Fate of Earth Symposium. His poster title was "Long-term sorption kinetics of lincomycin by biochars from water". Congratulations, Cheng-Hua!
March 25, 2015, Dr. Wenjun Gui from Zhejiang University joined our lab as an visiting scholar. Welcome, Dr. Gui!
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.