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Associate professor, Université de Rennes 1

(Physicien-adjoint - Corps National des Astronomes et Physiciens)

Research interests

The research topics that I develop, with PhD students and collaborators, focus on the experimental characterization and modeling of flow and transport processes in porous and fractured media. We investigate in particular the effective behaviors that emerge from the flow heterogeneity, with an emphasis on effective transport behaviors, including solute dispersion, mixing and chemical reactions.

These fundamental studies are relevant to a range of important applications, including water resources management, contaminant transport and remediation, Carbon sequestration, subsurface energy recovery (oil, gas, mining, geothermal energy) and the assessment of associated environmental risks.

The approaches that we have taken for studying this topic include : numerical simulation of flow and transport in heterogeneous media, theoretical development of effective reactive transport models, inverse methods for imaging the flow heterogeneity with hydro-geophysical methods, conservative and reactive tracer tests for investigating transport processes in the laboratory and in the field.

Research topics

Coordinator of the H+ network of hydrogeological observatories

Contact : tanguy.le-borgne@univ-rennes1.fr

curriculum vitae

Phd Students :

- Olivier Bochet, Development of experimental methods for in situ reactive tracer tests (co-funded by ADEME)
- Regis Turuban, Experimental investigation of mixing in porous media
- Jérome de la Bernardie, Field characterization and modeling of heat transfer in fractured media

Alumni :

- Pietro de Anna, PhD student 2009-2012, Mixing and reactions in porous media, now postdoc at MIT (USA).
- Maria Klepikova, PhD student 2010-2013, Imaging of fractured rock properties from flow and heat transport : field experiment and inverse modelling, now research associate at ETH Zurich (Swizterland)
- Nicolas Guiheneuf, Investigation of transport properties of fractured crystalline rocks in India, now research associate at Géosciences Rennes (France)
- Pascal Goderniaux, postdoctoral fellow 2011-2013, Large scale flow processes under climate change, now Associate Professor at Mons University (Belgium)
- [Joaquin Jimenez- 2010-2014>https://sites.google.com/site/jimen...], Transport in multiphase flows, now research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA)


- Marco Dentz, Jesus Carrera, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
- Niklas Linde, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
- Tom Read, Victor Bense, University of East Anglia, UK
- Diogo Bolster, Notre Dame University, USA
- Pietro de Anna, Peter Kang, Ruben Juanes, MIT, Boston, USA
- Emmanuel Villermaux, University of Provence, Marseille, France
- Alexandre Tartakovsky, PNNL, USA
- Pascal Goderniaux, University of Mons, Belgium
- David Benson, Colorado School of Mines, USA
- Olivier Bour, Philippe Davy, Jean-Raynald de Dreuzy, Yves Méheust, Hervé Tabuteau, Luc Aquilina, University of Rennes, France


- Master H3 - Hydrogéologie Hydrobiogéochimie Hydropédologie
- Master systèmes complexes



Kang P., M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne, R. Juanes (2015) Anomalous transport on regular fracture networks : Impact of conductivity heterogeneity and mixing at fracture intersections, Phys. Rev. E, Vol. 92, 2, 022148

Dentz M., T. Le Borgne, D. Lester, F. de Barros (2015) Scaling forms of particle densities for Levy walks and strong anomalous diffusion, Phys. Rev. E Vol. 92, 3, 032128

Jimenez-Martinez J., P. de Anna, H. Tabuteau, R. Turuban, T. Le Borgne, Y. Méheust (2015) Pore-scale mechanisms for the enhancement of mixing in unsaturated porous media and implications for chemical reactions, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 42, 13, p. 5316–5324

Jamin, P., Goderniaux, P., Bour, 0., Le Borgne, T. , Englert, A., Longuevergne, L., Brouyere, S. (2015) Contribution of the finite volume point dilution method for measurement of groundwater fluxes in a fractured aquifer, J. of Contam. Hydrol. Vol. 182, p. 244-255

Dentz M., P. K. Kang, T. Le Borgne (2015) Continuous time random walks for non-local radial solute transport Adv. in Water Resour., Vol. 82, 16-26

Read T., V. F. Bense, O. Bour, T. Le Borgne, N. Lavenant, R. Hochreutener, and J. S. Selker (2015) Thermal-Plume fiber Optic Tracking (T-POT) test for flow velocity measurement in groundwater boreholes, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst. Discuss., 5, 161-175

Le Borgne T., M. Dentz and E. Villermaux (2015) The lamellar description of mixing in porous media, submitted to J. Fluid Mech. vol. 770, pp. 458-498. doi:10.1017/jfm.2015.117 PDF

Ferrari, A., J. Jimenez-Martinez, T. L. Borgne, Y. Méheust, and I. Lunati (2015), Challenges in modeling unstable two-phase flow experiments in porous micromodels, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016384. PDF

Kang, P. K., T. Le Borgne, M. Dentz, O. Bour, and R. Juanes (2015), Impact of velocity correlation and distribution on transport in fractured media : Field evidence and theoretical model, Water Resour. Res., 51, 940–959, doi:10.1002/ 2014WR015799 PDF


Le Borgne T., T. Ginn and M. Dentz (2014) Impact of Fluid Deformation on Mixing-Induced Chemical Reactions in Heterogeneous Flows, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 41, 22, p. 7898–7906 PDF

de Anna, P., M. Dentz, A. Tartakovsky, and T. Le Borgne (2014) The filamentary structure of mixing fronts and its control on reaction kinetics in porousmedia flows, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 41, 13, p. 4586-4593. PDF

de Anna, P., J. Jimenez-Martinez, H. Tabuteau, R. Turuban, T. Le Borgne, M. Derrien, and Y. Méheust, Mixing and reaction kinetics in porous media : an experimental pore scale quantification, Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (1), pp 508–516 PDF

Klepikova M.V., T. Le Borgne, O. Bour, K. Gallagher, R. Hochreutener, N. Lavenant (2014) Passive temperature tomography experiments to characterize transmissivity and connectivity of preferential flow paths in fractured media, J. of Hydrol., Vol. 512, 549-562

Read, T., O. Bour, J. Selker, V. Bense, T. Le Borgne, R. Hochreutener, N. Lavenant (2014) Active-Distributed Temperature Sensing to continuously quantify vertical flow in boreholes, Water Resour. Res., Vol. 50, 5 p. 3706-3713 PDF

Bolster D., Y. Meheust, T. Le Borgne, J. Bouquain, P. Davy (2014) Modeling preasymptotic transport in flows with significant inertial and trapping effects - the importance of correlation and a spatial Markov modeling approach, Adv. In Water Resour., Vol. 70 p. 89-103 PDF

Leray S., de Dreuzy J. R., Aquilina L., Vergnaud-Ayraud V., Labasque T., Bour O., Le Borgne T. (2014) Temporal evolution of age data under transient pumping conditions, J. of Hydrol., Vol. 511, p. 555–566 PDF

Roques, C., O. Bour, L. Aquilina, B. Dewandel, S. Leray, J.H. Schroetter, L. Longuevergne, T. Le Borgne, R. Hochreutener, T. Labasque, N. Lavenant, V. Vergnaud-Ayraud, Hydrological behavior of a deep sub-vertical fault in crystalline basement and relationships with surrounding reservoirs, J. of Hydrol. 509 (2014) 42–54 PDF


Le Borgne, T., M. Dentz, E. Villermaux, Stretching, coalescence and mixing in porous media, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 204501 (2013) PDF

de Anna-, P., T. Le Borgne, M. Dentz, A. M. Tartakovsky, D. Bolster, P. Davy Flow Intermittency, Dispersion and Correlated Continuous Time Random Walks in Porous Media, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 184502 (2013) PDF

Russian, A., M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne, J. Carrera and J. Jimenez-Martinez Temporal Scaling of Groundwater Discharge in Dual and Multi-Continuum Catchment Models, Water Resour. Res. Vol. 49, 12p. 8552-8564 PDF

Dorn, C., Linde, N., Le Borgne, T., Bour, O., de Dreuzy, J. R. Conditioning of stochastic 3-D fracture networks to hydrological and geophysical data, Adv. in Water Resour., 62 (2013) 79–89 PDF

Klepikova, M. V., Le Borgne, T., Bour, O., de Dreuzy J. R, Inverse modelling of flow tomography experiments in fractured media, Water Resour. Res., 49, 7255–7265 (2013) PDF

Read, T. O. Bour, V. Bense, T. Le Borgne, P. Goderniaux, M.V., Klepikova, R. Hochreutener, N. Lavenant, and V. Boschero, Characterizing groundwater flow and heat transport in fractured rock using Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing, Geophys. Res. Lett., VOL. 40, 1–5, doi:10.1002/grl.50397, 2013 PDF

Jiménez-Martínez, J., L. Longuevergne,T. Le Borgne, P. Davy, A. Russian, O. Bour, Temporal and spatial scaling of hydraulic response to recharge in fractured aquifers : insights from a frequency domain analysis, Water Resour. Res., VOL. 49, 1–17, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20260, 2013 PDF

Goderniaux, P., P. Davy, E. Bresciani, J.-R. de Dreuzy1, T. Le Borgne, Partitioning a regional groundwater flow system into shallow local and deep regional flow compartments, Water Resour. Res., VOL. 49, 1–13, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20186, 2013 PDF

Boisson, A., P. de Anna, O. Bour, T. Le Borgne, T. Labasque, L. Aquilina,Reaction chain modeling of denitrification reactions during a push–pull test. J. of Contam. Hydrol., 148 (2013) 1–11 PDF


Dorn, C., Linde, N., Le Borgne, T., Bour, O. and Klepikova, M. (2012) Inferring transport characteristics in a fractured rock aquifer by combining single-hole GPR reflection monitoring and tracer test data, Water Resour. Res., Vol. 48, W11521, doi:10.1029/2011WR011739, 2012 PDF

de Dreuzy J.-R. , J. Carrera, M. Dentz, and T. Le Borgne (2012) Time evolution of mixing in heterogeneous porous media, Water Resour. Res. Vol. 48, W06511, doi:10.1029/2011WR011360, 2012 PDF

Dorn, C., Linde, N., Doetsch, J., Le Borgne, T., Bour, O. (2012) Fracture imaging within a granitic rock aquifer using multiple-offset single-hole and cross-hole GPR reflection data, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 78, 123-132 PDF

Tartakovsky, A. M. ; de Anna, P. ; Le Borgne, T. ; Balter, A. ; Bolster, D. (2012) Effect of spatial concentration fluctuations on effective kinetics in diffusion-reaction systems, Water Resour. Res., 48, W02526 PDF

de Dreuzy, J-R. ; Carrera, J. ; Dentz, M. ; Le Borgne, T. (2012) Asymptotic dispersion for two-dimensional highly heterogeneous permeability fields under temporally fluctuating flow, Water Resour. Res., 48, W01532 PDF


Le Borgne, T. D. Bolster, M. Dentz, P. de Anna, and A. Tartakovsky (2011) Effective pore-scale dispersion upscaling with a correlated continuous time random walk approach. Water Resour. Res ; Vol. 47, W12538, doi:10.1029/2011WR010457 PDF

Le Borgne T., Dentz M., Davy P., Bolster D., de Dreuzy, J. R. and Bour O. (2011) Persistence of incomplete mixing : A key to anomalous transport Phys. Rev. E, 84, 1 PDF

P. Kang, M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne and R. Juanes (2011) Spatial Markov model of anomalous transport through random lattice networks. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 180602 (2011) PDF

Dorn C., Linde N., Le Borgne T., O. Bour and L. Baron (2011) Single-hole GPR reflection imaging of solute transport in a granitic aquifer Geophys. Res. Lett. Vol.38, L08401 PDF

de Anna, P., T. Le Borgne, M. Dentz, D. Bolster and P. Davy (2011) Anomalous kinetics in diffusion limited reactions linked to non-Gaussian concentration probability distribution funcion. J. of Chem. Phys. 135, 174104 (2011) PDF

Klepikova, M., T. Le Borgne, O. Bour and P. Davy, A methodology for using borehole temperature-depth profiles under ambient, single and cross-borehole pumping conditions to estimate fracture hydraulic properties, J. of Hydrol. 407, 145–152 (2011) PDF

Dentz M., T. Le Borgne, A. Englert, B. Bijeljic (2011) Mixing, spreading and reaction in heterogeneous media : A brief review, Review Article Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 120-121, 1–17 PDF

Bolster, D., Valdés-Parada, F. J., Le Borgne, T., Dentz, M., Carrera, J. (2011) Mixing in confined stratified aquifers, J. Contam. Hydrol. , Volumes 120-121, 1 March 2011, Pages 198-212, doi:10.1016/j. jconhyd.2010.02.003 PDF

Bolster, D., M. Dentz and T. Le Borgne (2011) Hypermixing in linear shear flow Water Resour. Res., 47, W09602 PDF


Bolster D., D.A. Benson, T. Le Borgne, M. dentz (2010) Anomalous mixing and reaction induced by superdiffusive nonlocal transport, Phys. Rev. E, 82, 2.

Le Borgne T., M. Dentz, D. Bolster, J. Carrera, J.-R. de Dreuzy, P. Davy (2010) Non-Fickian mixing : Temporal evolution of the scalar dissipation rate in porous media, Advances in Water Resources, Volume 33, Issue 12, December 2010, Pages 1468-1475, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2010.08.006 PDF


Dentz M, Bolster D, Le Borgne T (2009) Concentration statistics for transport in random media, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 80, 1, 010101,Part 1

Dentz M, Carrera J, Bolster D, Le Borgne T. (2009) Multipoint concentration statistics for transport in stratified random velocity fields, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 80, 3, 036306, Part 2

Bolster D., Dentz M., Le Borgne T. (2009) Solute dispersion in channels with periodically varying apertures. Physics of Fluids 21, 056601 PDF

Pezard PA, Gautier S, Le Borgne T, et al. (2009) MuSET : A multiparameter and high precision sensor for downhole spontaneous electrical potential measurements COMPTES RENDUS GEOSCIENCE, 341, 10-11, 957-964

Gouze P, Leprovost R, Poidras T, et al. (2009) CoFIS and TELog : New downhole tools for characterizing dispersion processes in aquifers by single-well injection-withdrawal tracer tests, COMPTES RENDUS GEOSCIENCE, 341, 10-11, 965-975


Le Borgne T., Dentz M., and Carrera J. (2008) Lagrangian Statistical Model for Transport in Highly Heterogeneous Velocity Fields. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 090601 PDF

Le Borgne T., Dentz M., and Carrera J. (2008). Spatial Markov processes for modeling Lagrangian particle dynamics in heterogeneous porous media. Phys. Rev. E 78, 026308 PDF

Dentz M., Le Borgne T., and Carrera J. (2008) Effective transport in random shear flows. Phys. Rev. E 77, 020101 Rapid Communication PDF

Gouze P., T. Le Borgne, R. Leprovost, G. Lods, T. Poidras, P. Pezard (2008), Non-Fickian dispersion in porous media : 1. Multiscale measurements using single-well injection withdrawal tracer tests, Water Resour. Res., 44, W06426 PDF

Le Borgne T., P. Gouze (2008), Non-Fickian dispersion in porous media : 2. Model validation from measurements at different scales, Water Resour. Res., 44, W06427 PDF

Gouze, P., Y. Melean, T. Le Borgne, M. Dentz, and J. Carrera (2008), Non-Fickian dispersion in porous media explained by heterogeneous microscale matrix diffusion, Water Resour. Res., 44, W11416 PDF


Le Borgne T., Bour O, Riley MS, Gouze P, Pezard PA, Belghoul A, Lods G, Le Provost R, Greswell RB, Ellis PA, Isakov E, Last BJ (2007). Comparison of alternative methodologies for identifying and characterizing preferential flow paths in heterogeneous aquifers. J. of hydrol. 345 (3-4) : 134-148 PDF

Le Borgne, T., J.-R. de Dreuzy, P. Davy, and O. Bour (2007), Characterization of the velocity field organization in heterogeneous media by conditional correlation, Water Resour. Res., 43, W02419, doi:10.1029/2006WR004875 PDF


Le Borgne T., Bour O., Paillet F.L. and Caudal J-P. (2006). Assessment of preferential flow path connectivity and hydraulic properties at single-borehole and cross-borehole scales in a fractured aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, Volume 328, Issues 1-2, 30 August 2006, Pages 347-359 PDF

Le Borgne, T., F. Paillet, L, O. Bour and Caudal J-P. (2006). Cross borehole flowmeter tests for transient heads in heterogeneous aquifers. Volume 44, Issue 3, Page 444-452, Ground Water PDF

Le Borgne T., O Bour., J-R. De Dreuzy, P. Davy (2006) Characterizing flow in natural fracture networks : Comparison of the discrete and continuous descriptions. IAH-SP Volume “groundwater in fractured rocks”.


Le Borgne T., O Bour., J-R. De Dreuzy, P. Davy, F. Touchard (2004) Equivalent mean flow models relevant for fractured aquifers : Insights from a pumping tests scaling interpretation, Water Resour. Res., 40, WO5112, doi:10.1029/2003WR002436 PDF