Brian Ellis

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Affiliations

The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Education Programs
    • Dow Programs
      • Postdoctoral Advisor
    • Reviewer
  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Integrated Assessments
      • Hydrofracking IA
        • PI
  • Planet Blue
    • Michigan Journal of Sustainability
      • MJS Contributor
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • U-M Leveraging Grants
        • Grant Recipient
    • Event Participant
      • WC Lunches

 

Assistant Professor
  • Engineering
    • Civil & Environmental Eng.
734-763-5470

My research interests cover topics related to the sustainable and safe development of emerging energy technologies. Included among these activities are geologic storage of CO2 and large-scale hydrualic fracturing of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs. We examine important water-rock interactions that occur in these subsurface systems through a combination of experimental studies (bench-scale high-pressure flow-through and batch reactors), imaging techniques (computed micro-tomography, SEM, XRF, XANES), and geochemical modeling. Specific topics of interest: permeability evolution in fractured geologic media, release/transport of groundwater contaminants from shale gas reservoirs, development of regulatory policy pertaining to hydraulic fracturing activities.

Current sustainability courses taught