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Markus Flury

Markus Flury


Puyallup Research & Extension Center
2606 West Pioneer Ave.
Puyallup WA 98371-4922 USA
Phone 253-445-4522


M.S. University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1989
Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, 1993

Curriculum Vita (pdf)


My principal research interest is in the area of flow and transport in porous media, particularly in the vadose zone. Specific areas include: (1) Colloids and nanoparticles in the environment; (2) characterization of water flow and solute transport in the vadose zone, (2) colloid and colloid-facilitated contaminant transport through the vadose zone, (3) soil physical instrumentation and their applications, (4) sustainable use of soil resources.

In the past years my group has focused on fate and transport of radionuclides in the subsurface, with special emphasis on clean-up of nuclear waste at the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Recently, we have started to work on micro- and nanoplastics in terrestrial systems, focusing on extraction methods for biosolids and soils, accumulation in and transport through soil, and biodegradable plastics as alternative for polyethylene plastic mulch films.

Learn about fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface here.

Learn about biodegradable plastic mulch film research here.

Learn about vadose zone hydrology at WSU here.

See the Soil Physics/Vadose Zone Hydrology Group Members here.


Google Scholar

Wang, D., N. B. Saleh, A. Byro, R. Zepp, E. Sahle-Demessis, T. P. Luxton, K. T. Ho, R. M. Burgess, M. Flury, J. C. White, and C. Su. 2022. Nano-enabled pesticides for sustainable agriculture and global food security, Nature Nanotechnol., 17, 347-360.

Lyu, X., F. Xiao, C. Shen, J. Chen, C. M. Park, Y. Sun, M. Flury, and D. Wang. 2022. Per- and polyuoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in subsurface environments: Occurrence, fate, transport, and research prospect, Rev. Geophys., 60, e2021RG000765, doi:10.1029/2021RG000765.

Yu, Y., H. Y. Sintim, A. F. Astner, D. G. Hayes, A. I. Bary, A. Zelenyuk, O. Qafoku, L. Kovarik, and M. Flury. 2022. Enhanced transport of TiO2 in unsaturated sand and soil after release from biodegradable plastic during composting, Environ. Sci. Technol., 56, 2398-2406.

Strand, S. E., L. Zhang, and M. Flury. 2022. A theoretical analysis of engineered plants for control of atmospheric nitrous oxide and methane by modification of the mitochondrial proteome, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 10, 5441-5452.

Wismeth, C., M. Flury, and T. Baumann. 2022. Experimental quantification of interfacial convections at the water-nonaqueous-phase liquid interface in microuidic systems, Vadose Zone J., 21, e20209, doi:10.1002/vzj2.20209.

Li, S., F. Ding, M. Flury, Z. Wang, L. Xu, S. Li, D. Jones, and J. Wang. 2022. Macro- and microplastic accumulation in soil from 32 years of plastic film mulching, Environ. Pollut., 300, 118945,

Griffin-LaHue, D., S. Ghimire, Y. Yu, E.J. Scheenstra, C.A. Miles, and M. Flury. 2022. In-field degradation of soil-biodegradable plastic mulch films in a Mediterranean climate. Sci. Total Environ., 806, 150238.

Madrid, B., S. Wortman, D. G. Hayes, J. M. DeBruyn, C. Miles, M. Flury, T. L. Marsh, S. P. Galinato, K. Englund, S. Agehara, and L. W. DeVetter. 2022.  End-of-life management options for agricultural mulch films in the United States. A review, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 6, 921496, doi:10.3389/fsufs.2022.921496.

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