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Kenton Rod

Kenton Rod

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Kenton Rod is a soil scientist with expertise in soil hydrology, soil chemistry, and pedology. His research involves investigating changes to the mineralogy and architecture of porous media and the resultant influence on the fate and transport of solutes and colloids. His research has included investigations of natural soils and sediments, as well as engineered materials both in the laboratory and in the field. This work has been conducted to answer questions in the energy, forestry, and agriculture sectors. Kenton has also been an Adjunct Professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University since 2014.

Research Interests

  • Soil mineralogy and architecture control on solute fate
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Radionuclide and metal fate under water saturated and unsaturated conditions
  • Soil organic matter fate and transport
  • Geochemical adsorption/desorption reactions

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Soil Science, Washington State University
  • M.Sc., Water and Land Resources, University of Alberta
  • B.Sc., Geography, University of Calgary

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geochemical Society
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist (#205000)

PNNL Publications


  • Childers MI, MT Nguyen, KA Rod, PK Koech, W Um, J Chun, VA Glezakou, DT Linn, TJ Roosendaal, TW Wietsma, NJ Huerta, B Kutchko, and CA Fernandez. 2017. "Polymer-Cement Composites with Self-Healing Ability for Geothermal and Fossil Energy Applications." Chemistry of Materials 29(11):4708-4718.  doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00344


  • Neeway JJ, N Qafoku, BD Williams, KA Rod, ME Bowden, CF Brown, and EM Pierce. 2014. "Performance of the Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming Product Under Hydraulically Unsaturated Conditions." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 131:119-128.  doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2013.10.008


  • Rod KA, DM Wellman, M Flury, EM Pierce, and JB Harsh. 2012. "Diffusive release of uranium from contaminated sediments into capillary fringe pore water." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 140-141:164-172.  doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2012.09.002
  • Rod KA, DM Wellman, M Flury, EM Pierce, and JB Harsh. 2012. "Diffusive Release of Uranium from Contaminated Sediments into Capillary Fringe Pore Water." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 140-141:164-172.  doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2012.09.002


  • Chang HS, W Um, KA Rod, RJ Serne, A Thompson, N Perdrial, CI Steefel, and J Chorover. 2011. "Strontium and cesium release mechanisms during unsaturated flow through waste-weathered Hanford sediments ." Environmental Science & Technology 45(19):8313-9320.  doi:10.1021/es2010368
  • Hess NJ, M Oostrom, MA Celia, M Hilpert, Q Kang, LJ Pyrak-Nolte, TD Scheibe, AM Tartakovsky, CJ Werth, D Wildenschild, C Zhang, SE Bialkowski, TA Ghezzehei, G Tang, F Doster, J Kumar, R Parashar, R Gerlach, H Yoon, GD Redden, T Zhang, H Huang, J Nogues, W Deng, H Resat, KA Rod, DR Baer, RT Kelly, W Um, G Wang, MC Richmond, DR Rector, ML Stewart, HB Jung, and C Plata. 2011. EMSL Pore Scale Modeling Challenge/WorkshopPNNL-21086, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Rod KA, W Um, and M Flury. 2010. "Transport of Strontium and Cesium in Simulated Hanford Tank Waste Leachate through Quartz Sand under Saturated and Unsaturated Flow ." Environmental Science & Technology 44(21):8089-8094.  doi:10.1021/es903223x
  • Um W, JM Zachara, C Liu, DA Moore, and KA Rod. 2010. "Resupply Mechanism to a Contaminated Aquifer: A Laboratory Study of U(VI) Desorption from Capillary Fringe Sediments." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74(18):5155-5170. 


  • Um W, RJ Serne, CF Brown, and KA Rod. 2008. "Uranium (VI) sorption on iron oxides in Hanford Site sediment: Application of a surface complexation model ." Applied Geochemistry 23(9): 2649-2657.  doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2008.05.013


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