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Refereed Journals


34.      I. Markale, M. Carrel, D.L. Kurz, V.L. Morales, M. Holzner, J. Jiménez-Martínez. Internal Biofilm Heterogeneities Enhance

           Solute Mixing and Chemical Reactions in Porous Media. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2023, 57, 21, 8065–8074.

33.      J.E. Patiño, W.P. Johnson, V.L. Morales. 2023. Reconciling Mechanisms of Retention with Fate of Silver Colloids in

           Saturated Granular Media in the Presence of Chemical Heterogeneity. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 641, 666-674.

32.      J.E. Patiño, F.J. Pérez-Reche, V.L. Morales. 2022. Retention Site Contribution Toward Silver Particle Immobilization in         

           Porous Media. Water Resour. Res. e2021WR031807. (*Featured in 'La Voz de Galicia', **Featured in 'Diario da Universidad

           de Vigo')

31.      Z. Kanavas, F.J. Pérez-Reche, F. Arns, V.L. Morales. 2021. Flow Path Resistance in Heterogeneous Porous Media Recast                  Into a Graph-Theory Problem. Transp. Porous Media. 1-16.

30.     J.E. Patiño, T.L. Kuhl, V.L. Morales. 2020. Direct Measurements of the Forces Between Silver and Mica in Humic Substance-

          Rich Solutions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 23, 15076–15085.

​29.     A.J. Perez, J.E. Patiño, M. Soos, V.L. Morales. 2020. Morphology of Shear-Induced Colloidal Aggregates in Porous Media:

          Consequences for Transport, Deposition and Reentrainment. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 9, 5813-5821. (*Featured on ES&T

          front cover)

28.     D. Bolster, K. Roche, V.L. Morales. 2019. Recent Advances in Anomalous Transport Models for Predicting Contaminants in

          Natural Groundwater Systems. Curr. Opin. Chem. Eng., 26, 72-80.

27.     M. Carrel, V.L. Morales, M. Dentz, N. Derlon, E. Morgenroth, M. Holzner. 2018. Pore-Scale Hydrodynamics in a  

          Progressively Bioclogged Three-Dimensional Porous Medium: 3-D Particle Tracking Experiments and Stochastic

          Transport Modeling. Water Resour. Res., 54, WR021726.

26.     M. Carrel, V.L. Morales, M.A. Beltran, N. Derlon, R. Kaufmann, E. Morgenroth, M. Holzner. 2018. Biofilms in 3D Porous

          Media: Influence of the Pore Network Geometry, Glow and Mass Transfer on Biofilm Development. Water Res., 134, 280-


25.     V.L. Morales, M. Dentz, M. Willmann, M. Holzner. 2017. Stochastic Dynamics of Intermittent Pore-Scale Particle Motion in

          Three-Dimensional Porous Media: Experiments and Theory. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 9361-9371.

24.     M. Carrel, M.A. Beltran, V.L. Morales, N. Derlon, E. Morgenroth, R. Kaufmann, M. Holzner. 2017. Biofilm Imaging in Porous

          Media by X-ray Tomography: Combining a Non-Destructive Contrast Agent with Propagation-Based Phase-Contrast    

          Imaging Tools. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0180374.

23.     C.R. Stoof, A.I. Gevaert, C. Baver, B. Hassanpour, V.L. Morales, W. Zhang, D. Martin, S.K. Giri, T.S. Steenhuis. 2016. Can

          Pore-Clogging by Ash Explain Post-Fire Runoff? Int. J. Wildland Fire, 25, 294-305.

22.     M. Holzner, V.L. Morales, M. Willmann, M. Dentz. 2015. Intermittent Lagrangian Velocity and Acceleration in a Three-
          Dimensional Porous Medium Flow. Phys. Rev. E, 92, 013015. (*Featured in PRE Spotlight)

21.     V.L. Morales, F.J. Pérez-Reche, S. Hapca, C.J. Lehmann, K.L. Hanley, W. Zhang. 2015. Reverse Engineering of Biochar.

          Bioresour. Technol., 183, 163-174.

20.     Z. Ding, X. Hu, V.L. Morales, B. Gao. 2014. Filtration and Transport of Heavy Metals in Graphene Oxide Enabled Sand

          Columns. Chem. Eng. J., 257, 248-252.


19.     W. Sang, C.R. Stoof, W. Zhang, V.L. Morales, B. Gao, R.W.Kay, L. Liu, Y. Zhang, T.S. Steenhuis. 2014. Effect of Hydrofracking

          Fluid on Colloid Transport in the Unsaturated Zone. Environ. Sci. Technol., 48(14), 8266-8274. (*ACS Editors' Choice,    

           **Featured in ACS News PresPac, ***Featured in Cornell Media Relations Office)

18.     W. Sang, V.L. Morales, W. Zhang, T.S. Steenhuis. 2013. Quantification of Colloid Retention and Release by Straining and

          Energy Minima in Variably Saturated Porous Media. Environ. Sci. Technol., 47(15), 8256-8264.


17.     L. Liu, B. Gao, L. Wu, V.L. Morales, Z. Zhou, H. Wang. 2013. Deposition and Transport of Graphene Oxide in Unsaturated

          Porous Media. Chem. Eng. J., 229, 444-449.


16.     Y. Tian, B. Gao, V.L. Morales, H. Chen, Y. Wang, H. Li. 2013. Removal of Sulfamethoxazole and Sulfapyridine Antibiotics by

          Carbon Nanotubes in Fixed-Bed Columns. Chemosphere, 90(10), 2597-2605.


15.     S.A. Bradford, V.L. Morales, W. Zhang, R.W. Harvey, A.I. Packman, A. Mohanram, C. Welty. 2013. Transport and Fate of

          Microbial Pathogens in Agricultural Settings. Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol., 43(8), 775-893.


14.     V.L. Morales, J.-Y. Parlange, M. Wu, F.J. Pérez-Reche, W. Zhang, W. Sang, T.S. Steenhuis. 2013. Surfactant-Mediated  

          Control of Colloid Pattern Assembly and Attachment Strength in Evaporating Droplets. Langmuir, 29(6), 1831-1840.


13.     Y. Tian, B. Gao, V.L. Morales, L. Wu, Y. Wang, R. Muñoz-Carpena, C. Cao, Q. Huang, L. Yang. 2012. Methods of Using Carbon

          Nanotubes as Filter Media to Remove Aqueous Heavy Metals. Chem. Eng. J., 210, 557-563.


12.     Y. Tian, B. Gao, V.L. Morales, Y. Wang, L. Wu. 2012. Effect of Surface Modifications on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube

          Retention and Transport in Granular Porous Media. J. Hazard. Mater., 239(240), 333-339.


11.     Y. Wang, B. Gao, V.L. Morales, Y. Tian, L. Wu, J. Gao, W. Bai, L. Yang. 2012. Transport of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in

          Saturated Porous Media Under Various Solution Chemistry Conditions. J. Nanopart. Res., 14, 1095.


10.     Y.Tian, B. Gao, Y. Wang, V.L. Morales, R. Muñoz-Carpena, Q. Huang, L. Yang. 2012. Deposition of Functionalized Carbon

          Nanotubes in Natural Sand Columns. J. Hazard. Mater., 213-214, 265-272.


9.       Y. Zevi, B. Gao, W. Zhang, V.L. Morales, M.E. Çakmak, E.A. Medrano, W. Sang, T.S. Steenhuis. 2012. Colloid Retention at the

          Meniscus-Wall Contact Line in an Open Microchannel. Water Res., 46(2), 295-306.


8.       V.L. Morales, W. Sang, L.W. Lion, D.R. Fuka, B. Gao, T.S. Steenhuis. 2011. Correlation Equation for Predicting Attachment

          Coefficient (α) of Organic Matter-Colloid Complexes in Unsaturated Porous Media. Environ. Sci. Technol., 45(23), 10096-



7.       V.L. Morales, W. Zhang, B. Gao, L.W. Lion, J.J. Bisogni, B.A. McDonough, T.S. Steenhuis. 2010. Impact of Dissolved Organic

          Matter on Colloid Transport in the Vadose Zone: Deterministic Approximation of Transport Deposition Coefficients from

          Polymer Coating Characteristics. Water Res., 45(4), 1691-1701.


6.       W. Zhang, J. Niu, V.L. Morales, X. Chen, A.G. Hay, J. Lehmann, T.S. Steenhuis. 2010. Transport and Retention of Biochar

          Particles in Porous Media: Effect of pH, Ionic Strength, and Particle Size. Ecohydrol., 3, 497-508.


5.       W. Zhang, V.L. Morales, M.E. Çakmak, A.E. Salvucci, L.D. Geohring, A.G. Hay, J.-Y. Parlange, T.S. Steenhuis. 2010. Colloid

          Transport and Retention in Unsaturated Porous Media: Effect of Colloid Input Concentration. Environ. Sci. Technol., 44(13),



4.       V.L. Morales, J.-Y. Parlange, T.S. Steenhuis. 2010. Are Preferential Flow Paths Perpetuated by Microbial Activity in the Soil

          Matrix? J. Hydrol., 393(1-2), 29-36.


3.       A.E. Salvucci, W. Zhang, V.L. Morales, M.E. Çakmak, A.G. Hay, T.S. Steenhuis. 2009. The Impact of Biofilm-Forming

          Potential and Tafi Production on Transport of Environmental Salmonella Through Unsaturated Porous Media. Biologia

          64(3), 460-464.


2.       V.L. Morales, B. Gao, T.S. Steenhuis. 2009. Grain Surface-Roughness Effects on Colloidal Retention in the Vadose Zone.                   Vadose Zone J., 8(1), 11-20.


1.       B. Gao, T.S. Steenhuis, Y. Zevi, V.L. Morales, J.L. Nieber, B.K. Richards, J.F. McCarthy, J.Y. Parlange, 2008. Capillary

          Retention of Colloids in Unsaturated Porous Media. Water Resour. Res., 44, W04504.

Manuscripts Under Review/In Preparation

8.       J.E. PatiñoF. Miele, A.J. PerezZ. KanavasM. Dughi, V.L. Morales. Soil Analogues Created by 3D Printing for Controlled

          Transport Experiments: Assessing Accuracy and Reproducibility of the Undisturbed Pore Structure. (Under review).

7.       Z. Kanavas, J. Jimenez-Martinez, J. Weldon, J.R. Nimmo, V.L. Morales. Flow Heterogeneity Controls Dissolution Reaction

          Behavior in Geologic Porous Media. (In preparation).

6.       G. Hoang, J.D. Herman, V.L. Morales. Attachment Efficiency of Colloids in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids. (In preparation).

5.       Z. Kanavas, F. MieleL. Ray, F. Zabaleta, F. Bombardelli, V.L. Morales. Evolution of Flow and Transport under Uniform       

          Erosion. (In preparation).

4.       F. Miele, V.L. Morales. Nanoparticle Filtration in Structurally Heterogeneous Soils - Experiments and Model. (In


3.       J. Zhou, K.R. Roche, J. Peña, V.L. Morales. Intermittent Shifting of Preferential Flow Paths in Bioclogged Porous Media

          Enhances Mixing-Driven Reactions. (In preparation).

2.       J. Weldon, F. MieleM. Dughi, J.P. Pereira Nunes, F. Zabaleta, V.L. Morales. Anomalous Transport in Structurally

          Heterogeneous Agricultural Soils. (In preparation). 

1.       V.L. Morales, F. Miele, M. Holzner. Pore-Scale Dynamics of Colloid Re-entrainment in Porous Media. (In preparation). 

Book & Technical Report Contributions

3.       V.L. Morales, M.E. Çakmak, A.E. Salvucci, W. Zhang, T.S. Steenhuis. 2011. Biocolloids: Transport and Retention in Soils.  

          Encyclopedia of Agrophysics. Springer.

2.       National Synthesis Workshop Participants. May 2010. Pathogens in Rural and Agricultural Water and Watersheds: State

          of Knowledge and Future Directions. USDA-NIFA Workshop Report.


1.       T.S. Steenhuis, M.E. Çakmak, L. Cathles, et al.. June, 2006. A Historical and Technical Review and Analysis of TCE

          Contamination in the South Hill Area of Ithaca, NY. 2008 - 2011. (*Featured in 'Cornell Engineering Magazine', **Interview

          in '92 WICB-Ithaca College Radio')      

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