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Sumit Mukhopadhyay

Sumit Mukhopadhyay

Hydrology Department
Earth Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Sumit Mukhopadhyay is a member of the scientific staff in the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Sumit received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1995. After a stint of about three years at Purdue University as Research Associate, he joined LBNL in 1998 as a scientist. In 2004, Sumit was made a career member of the scientific staff. Sumit has over 60 scientific publications, about 25 of which are in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to numerous laboratory and research reports. Sumit’s area of expertise is numerical model development and applications for coupled subsurface flow and transport processes. He has worked in coupled fluid and heat transport processes associated with radioactive waste disposal in the unsaturated zone, numerical modeling study of reductive bioimmobilzation of Cr(VI) in groundwater, reactive transport modeling of plume mobility using a reactive facies approach, reactive transport of natural isotopic tracers in geothermal reservoirs, and subsurface sequestration of supercritical carbon dioxide. Sumit has developed methodologies for estimating the transport properties of unsaturated fractured rock from flowing fluid temperature logging (FFTL) using multiphase inverse modeling. Sumit’s research interest also includes investigation of feedback effects of reactive transport on flow in the unsaturated zone and analysis of multiphase transport processes in air-gap membrane distillation for purification of seawater.


Analytical and numerical modeling of non-isothernal, multiphase and multicomponent flow in synthetic and natural porous medium. Investigation of the physical phenomena involved in heat-driven coupled processes. Analysis of simultaneous flow of heat, water, and water-vapor in disordered media. Development and application of conceptual and mathematical models to advance our understanding of fluid flow, and of transport of chemical, biological and radioactive contaminants by groundwater in an unsaturated medium. Mathematical modeling of spreading of non-aqueous phase liquids from underground storage tanks into soils. Designing and performing flow and transport field tests in unsaturated porous media, and development of interpretation methods. Modeling of drying and transport of moisture in porous solids including food materials. Modeling of flow of leachates and gases in municipal solid waste landfills (in proposal development stage)