Shangping Xu

Associate Professor
 Lapham Hall 352



PhD, Princeton University
MS, Princeton University
BS, Peking University, Beijing China

Key Areas of Interest

Contaminant Transport within the soil-groundwater system, Novel techniques for contaminant removal and remediation, Effects of global climate change on groundwater resources.

Research Interests:

My current research focuses on the protection and sustainable use of groundwater resources. Globally, about 1.7 billion people rely on groundwater as the primary source of drinking water. Within the United States, groundwater is the main water source for about 40% of the population. Both the quality and quantity of groundwater have profound implications for public health and well being.

The research projects that I am currently working on can be divided into three research themes. In the first research theme, I seek the understanding and prediction of the transport of contaminants such as bacteria and nanoparticles within the groundwater systems. Policy makers, scientists, engineers and concerned citizens can use the information to develop management, protection and remediation plans. The second theme of my research focuses on the development of novel and inexpensive geosorbents (e.g., modified zeolite) to remove contaminants from water. Finally, I am studying how global climate change could potentially influence groundwater resources.

Teaching Areas:

Water quality, Environmental Hydrology, Soil Biogeochemistry

Selected Publications:

Feriancikova, Lucia, Bardy, Sonia L., Wang, Lixia, Li, Jin, and Xu, Shangping. “Effects of Outer Membrane Protein TolC on the Transport of Escherichia coli within Saturated Quartz Sands” Environmental Science & Technology 47.11 (2013): 5720–5728.
Walczak, Jacob J., Wang, Lixia, Feriancikova, Lucia, Li, Jin, and Xu, Shangping. “Influence of Desiccation on the Transport of Escherichia coli through Saturated Sand Packs” Water, Air and Soil Pollution 223.3 (2012): 1353-1362.
Walczak, Jacob J., Bardy, Sonia L., Feriancikova , Lucia, and Xu, Shangping. “Influence of Tetracycline Susceptibility on the Transport of Manure-derived Escherichia coli in Saturated Porous Media” Water Research 45.4 (2011): 1681-1690.
Porubcan, Alexis A., and Xu, Shangping. “Colloid Straining within Saturated Heterogeneous Porous Media” Water Research 45.4 (2010): 1796-1806 .