Dr. Oshri Borgman

Dr. Oshri Borgman
Research Group Leader

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I am a researcher in environmental hydrology and soil science, mainly interested in fundamental processes and mechanisms controlling water flow and solute transport and mixing in environmental porous media.

Solute mixing processes can control mineral dissolution and precipitation, solutes' migration and pollutants'  fate in soils and aquifers, bacterial activity, and more.

Porous media structural heterogeneity can alter water flow patterns, especially in unsaturated porous media like soils in the field, and impact solute mixing rates.

To study this fascinating topic, I utilize numerical modeling for detailed simulations and laboratory experiments for high-resolution direct visualization of solute transport processes.

With my research group, I aim to use the knowledge gained from small-scale experiments and modeling to improve our understanding of large-scale environmental phenomena.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Sep. 2019–Sep. 2022, Géosciences Rennes, Université de Rennes 1

Project title: Impact of structural heterogeneity on solute transport and mixing in unsaturated porous media. 

Supervisors: Dr. Yves Méheust and Dr. Tanguy Le Borgne

Aug. 2018–Aug. 2019, The Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Project title: Colloid facilitated transport of radionuclides through fractures in carbonate rocks: A micro-scale study

Supervisors: Prof. Noam Weisbrod and Prof. Avraham Be'er



2012-2018, Ph.D. The Department of Soil and Water Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Thesis title: A pore-scale study of the effects of heterogeneity and deformation on fluid displacement in granular media 

Supervisor: Dr. Ran Holtzman


2009-2012, M.Sc.Agr. Soil and Water Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, magna cum laude

Thesis title: Mobility of pharmaceutical compounds in an agricultural soil: Effects of biosolids application and solution chemistry. 

Supervisor: Prof. Benny Chefetz


2006-2009, B.Sc.Agr. Soil and Water Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem magna cum laude

Awards and Honors
2019-2021: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions IF, European Commission. Project: Impact of structural heterogeneity on solute transport and mixing in unsaturated porous media (UnsatPorMix – 843594) Supervisor: Yves Méheust | Mentor: Tanguy Le Borgne
2018-2019: Marcus Postdoctoral Fellowships in Water Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Supervisor: Prof. Noam Weisbrod
2014-2016: The Robert H. Smith Prizes for Excellence in Agriculture

Scientific Publications

Direct visualization of colloid transport over natural heterogeneous and artificial smooth rock surfaces

Oshri Borgman, Avraham Be'er, Noam Weisbrod.
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Volume 251, 104067

Impact of matrix deformations on drying of granular materials

Oshri Borgman and Ran Holtzman
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 153:119634

Immiscible fluid displacement in porous media with spatially correlated particle sizes

Oshri Borgman, Thomas Darwent, Enrico Segre, Lucas Goehring, and Ran Holtzman
Advances in Water Resources, 128:158–167

Drying and percolation in correlated porous media

Soumyajyoti Biswas, Paolo Fantinel, Oshri Borgman, Ran Holtzman, and Lucas Goehring
Physical Review Fluids, 3:1243

Impact of spatially correlated pore-scale heterogeneity on drying porous media

Oshri Borgman, Paolo Fantinel, Wieland Lühder, Lucas Goehring, and Ran Holtzman
Water Resources Research, 53(7):5645–5658

Drying in a microfluidic chip: Experiments and simulations

Paolo Fantinel, Oshri Borgman, Ran Holtzman, and Lucas Goehring
Scientific Reports, 7:15572

Combined effects of biosolids application and irrigation with reclaimed wastewater on transport of pharmaceutical compounds in arable soils

Oshri Borgman and Benny Chefetz
Water Research, 47(10):3443–3431