Lawrence C. Murdoch

PHONE: 864-356-8349

Work Experience

 3/94-Present: FRx, Inc.

Principle and founder of the company, which commercially provides new and recently developed technology for contaminated subsurface remediation. Additionally serves as Chief Technology Officer and Director of Research.

2/97-Present: Clemson University
Professor, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Murdoch’s teaching and research interests are in hydrogeology. He teaches an introductory course in applied hydrogeology, and advanced courses in the hydrogeology of U.S. aquifers and fractured rock hydrology. He also teaches a course in methods for analyzing geological processes, and he organizes the hydro field camp. Dr. Murdoch’s recent research activities have included projects in environmental remediation, aquifer characterization, interaction between ground water and surface water, and effects of changing land use. He developed techniques for creating and applying hydraulic c fractures for environmental applications, and more recently he has been developing hydromechanical techniques for characterizing rock aquifers. Many of his projects involve innovative field or laboratory techniques with modeling coupled processes of flow, transport, and deformation.

8/86 – 12/96: University of Cincinnati
Director of Research, Center for Geoenvironmental Science and Technology
Associate Research Professor. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Geohydrology Group Leader, Center for GeoEnvironmental Science and Technology
Research Associate

Conceived the idea of using hydraulic fracturing as a soil remediation tool. Designed and executed experiments to prove the concept, identified potential applications, built equipment to perform the methods, and demonstrated technology at multiple contaminated sites. Directed the efforts of up to 40 people in support of US EPA contracts to the University to operate the Center Hill Laboratory. Published several articles and papers documenting the results.


Ph.D., Geology, University of Cincinnati
M.S., Environmental Science, University of Cincinnati
M.S., Geology, University of Cincinnati
B.S., Geology, Penn State University

Professional Qualifications

Professional Geologist, Indiana, No. 1421


Hazardous Waste Site Worker (40 hr HAZWPR)
US DOE Radiological Worker I & II


National Groundwater Association
Affiliate Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Member, National Water Well Association
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, Association of Engineering Geologists
Affiliate Member, Society of Civil Engineers
Member, Professional Geologists of Indiana


Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 2008
Visiting Scientist, Geological Survey of Denmark, Copenhagen, Spring 2005
Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 2003
Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 2001
NSF CAREER Award, 1999
Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 1999

Courses Taught

Geol 850, Site Assessment and Remediation
Geol 408/608, Applied Hydrogeology
Geol 415/615, Method of Analyzing Geological Processes
Geol 816, Aquifer Systems
Geol 475/675, Hydrogeology Field Camp
Geol 818, Hydrology and Mechanics of Fractured Media

Selected Publications/Presentations

Murdoch, L.C. and others. Remediation of organic chemicals in the vadose zone, in Vadose Zone, Science and Technology Solutions. Chapter 7. pp 948-1247. R.Falta and B. Looney eds. Battelle Press, 2000.

Murdoch, L.C., D. Wilson, K. Savage, W. Slack, and J. Uber. Alternative Methods for Fluid Delivery and Recovery. USEPA/625/R-94/003, 1995.

Murdoch, L.C. Hydraulic and impulse fracturing for low permeability soils, Chapter in Petroleum Contaminated Low Permeability Soil, American Petroleum Institute Publication 4631, 1995.

Beljin, M. and L.C. Murdoch. Analytical solutions to the performance of interceptor trenches And drains, 1995. International Ground Water Modeling Center, Golden, CO.

Murdoch, L.C. and W.W. Slack. Forms of hydraulic fractures in shallow, fine-grained Formations. Journal of Geoenvironmental and Geotechnical Engineering. v. 128, no. 6, p. 479-487.

Murdoch, L.C. Mechanical analysis of an idealized hydraulic fracture at shallow depths. Journal of Geoenvironmental and Geotechnical Engineering. v. 128, no. 6, p. 488-495.

Roulier, Mike, Mark Kemper, Souhail Al-Abed, Larry Murdoch, and Wendy Davis-Hoover. Feasibility of electrokinetic soil remediation in horizontal Lasagna cells, Journal of Hazardous Materials, B77, 161-176. 2000.

Murdoch, L.C., W.W. Slack, W.G. Harrar, R.L. Siegrist. Embedded sidewall samplers and sensors to monitor the subsurface. Ground Water , v.38, n. 5. p. 657-664, 2000.

Uber, J.G. and L.C. Murdoch. Evaluation of hopscotch method for transient groundwater flow. J. Hydrau. Eng., ASCE, v. 126, n. 8, August 2000, p. 615-626.

Murdoch, L.C., W.W. Slack, W. Harrar, B. Nilsson, and R. Siegrist. Sidewall sensors for monitoring fractured clay till. Journal of Nordic Hydrology, 30, no. 4/5, 1999.

Chen, J-L, Al-Abed, Bryndzia, and Murdoch, L.C. Effects of cation transport and partitioning During a field test of electroosmosis. Water Resources Research, v. 35, no. 2, pg. 3841-3851, Dec. 1999.

Siegrist R.L., K. S. Lowe , L.C. Murdoch, T.L. Case, and D. A. Pickering. In situ oxidization by Fracture emplaced reactive solids. Jour of Environ. Eng. ,v. 125, n. 5, 429-440. 1999.

Chen, J-L. and Murdoch, L.C. In-situ electroosmosis between horizontal electrodes: a field test. J. Geotech. And Geoenviron. Eng., v. 125, no. 12, 1090-1100. 1999.

Murdoch, L.C. and J-L. Chen. Effects of conductive fractures during in situ electroosmosis: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 55, 239-262, 1997.

Chen, J-L. and Murdoch, L.C. In-situ electroosmosis between horizontal electrodes: a field test. J. Geotech. And Geoenviron. Eng., v. 125, no. 12, 1090-1100. 1999.

Murdoch, L.C. Forms of hydraulic fractures created during a field test in fine-grained glacial drift, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, 28, 23-35, 1995.

Murdoch, L.C. and J. Franco. Analysis of constant head wells using instantaneous source functions, Water Resources Research v. 30, (1) 117-124, 1994.

Murdoch, L.C. Transient analysis of an interceptor trench, Water Resources Research, 30(11), 3023-3032, 1994.

Vesper, S. L.C. Murdoch, S. Hayes, and W. Davis-Hoover. Slow-release oxygen sources for bioremediation in soils. Journal Hazardous Materials, 36, 265-274, 1994.

Murdoch, L.C. Hydraulic fracturing of soil during laboratory experiments: methods and observations, Geotechnique, 43(2), 255-265, 1993.

Murdoch, L.C. Hydraulic fracturing of soil during laboratory experiments: propagation, Geotechnique, 43(2), 266-276, 1993.

Murdoch, L.C. Hydraulic fracturing of soil during laboratory experiments: theoretical analysis, Geotechnique, 43(2), 277-287, 1993.