Ph.D., Princeton University
M.S., Princeton University
B.S., 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.
Teaching Areas: Water quality, Environmental Hydrology, Soil Biogeochemistry
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 Resources 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 wellbeing. 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.
Feriancikova, L., S. Xu, Deposition and Remobilization of Graphene Oxide within Saturated Sand Packs, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2012, doi: 10.1016/j. jhazmat.2012.07.041.
Johanson, J. J., L. Feriancikova, S. Xu, Influence of Enterococcal Surface Protein (esp) on the Transport of Enterococcus faecium within Saturated Quartz Sands, Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46 (3), pp 1511–1518, doi: 10.1021/es203265m.
Wang, L., S. Xu, J. Li, Influence of Phosphate on the Transport of Escherichia coli O157:H7 within Saturated Sand Packs, Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, doi: 10.1021/es201132s.
Walczak, J., S. L. Bardy, L. Feriancikova, S. Xu, Influence of Tetracycline Susceptibility on the Transport of Manure-derived Escherichia coli in Saturated Porous Media, Water Research, 2011, 45(4): 1681-1690
Walczak, J., S. Xu, Dairy Manure as a Source of Antibiotic Resistant Escherichia coli and Enterococci: A case study of a Wisconsin, USA family dairy farm, Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 2011, 219(1-4): 579-589, doi: 10.1007/s11270-010-0729-x.
Walczak, J., L. Wang, L. Feriancikova, J. Li, S. Xu, Influence of desiccation on the transport of Escherichia coli through saturated sand packs, Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 2011, doi: 10.1007/s11270-011-0950-2.
Walczak, J., S. L. Bardy, L. Feriancikova, S. Xu, Comparison of the Transport of Tetracycline-Resistant and Tetracycline-Susceptible Escherichia coli Isolated from Lake Michigan, Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 2011, doi: 10.1007/s11270-011-0825-6.
Porubcan, A., S. Xu, Colloid Straining within Saturated Heterogeneous Porous Media, Water Research, 2011, 45(4): 1796-1806.