Brian Ellis, Ph.D.
UM after finishing his Ph.D. at Princeton University where he
studied brine acidification and its impact on caprock integrity during
in deep saline aquifers. Since joining the UM CEE faculty he has
expanded his research interests to other
emerging energy activities, most notably to examining the environmental
ramifications of natural gas extraction from unconventional reservoirs.
When not thinking about shale gas extraction or storing CO2 in the
subsurface, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, working on home
improvement and gardening projects, fly fishing
with his Father and Father-in-law, or brewing another batch of
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Duo Zhang, Ph.D.
Zhang received his B.S. and M.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Southwest
Jiaotong University, China and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from McGill
University, Canada. His work is focused on developing novel
cementitious composites through CO2 mineral carbonation and waste
received his B.S. from the University of Ibadan and his M.S.E. from the
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Most recently he completed
a research assistanceship at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dabi. He is
studying the use of novel cementitious materials for enhanced wellbore
sealing in the context of geologic sequestation of CO2.
Anne received her B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering
from the University of Viginia.
Her reserach is focused on improving our knowledge of fluid transport
and geochemical controls for enhancing CO2 mineral carbonation in
received her BA and BE in Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering
from Dartmouth College in 2013. She worked in industry before joining
the group in 2017. She is studying geochemical systems for sustainable
Past Group Members:
Wenjia Fan, Ph.D. (2018)
has a B.S.E
in Chemical Engineering from Dailin Technical University in
China and a M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from the University of
thesis work is focused on understanding the impact of hydraulic
fracturing fluid-shale interactions in controlling water quality of
flowback and produced brine from shale gas wells in Northern Michigan.
Ivan Jayawan, Ph.D. (2018)
group to pursue his Ph.D. studies after finishing his B.S.E. from
Nanyang Technological University and his M.S.E. in
Environmental Engineering at UM. His research
examines groundwater-stream interactions to assess the impact of
short-term high-volume groundwater withdrawals on stream flow in
shallow headwater streams.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Dow Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2018)
Das received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of
Kentucky in 2015. While at UM he studied the role of surfactants used
hydraulic fracturing fluids in altering natural gas production and
water imbibition in shale gas reservoirs. Dr. Das is now a postdoctoral associate at the University of Cincinnati.
Master's Students (year graduated, current position)
Zixian Wang, 2017, reseaerch assistant at University of Michigan
Lu Chen, 2016 (co-advised w/ S.A. Miller), engineer at AECOM
Peiyuan Li, 2016, Ph.D. student at Arizona State University
Minmeng Tang, 2016, Ph.D. student at University of California - Davis
Letian Zhou, 2016, engineer at Zhejian Onero Valve Co.
Hui Zhang, 2015 (co-advised w/ K.F. Hayes), Ph.D. student at University of Michigan
Vidya Ramalingam, 2013, Ph.D student at Michigan State University
Tianshu Zhang, 2013 (co-advised w/ K.F. Hayes) engineer at CP&Y, Inc.
Qi Zhang, 2013, engineer at DC Water
Undergraduate Students (year graduated)
Cameron Beversluis (2018)
Alessandra Murphy (2017)
Maria DeMuri (2017)
Yuecheng Liu (2017)
Leyi (Yukie) Yin (2017)
Megan Bushlow (2017)
Marie St. Peter (2015)
Interesting in joining the group?
We are always looking for motivated students and postdoctoral
associates, so if you are interested in learning more about
opportunities to work in our group please feel free to contact
Professor Ellis through email (email@example.com)
to inquire about open research positions!