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Brian Ellis

Principal Investigator

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Brian returned to UM after finishing his Ph.D. at Princeton University where he studied brine acidification and its impact on caprock integrity during CO2 sequestration 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 homebrew.
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Saikat Das

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dow Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr. Das received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2015. He is currently studying the role of surfactants used hydraulic fracturing fluids in altering natural gas production and water imbibition in shale gas reservoirs.


Wenjia Fan

Ph.D. Candidate

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Wenjia 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 Michigan. Her 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. Candidate

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Ivan joined the 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.


Jubilee Adeoye

Ph.D. Candidate

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Jubilee 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 Menefee

Ph.D. Candidate

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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 fractured basalt reservoirs.







Past Group Members:

Master's Students (year graduated, current position)

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)

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 (brellis@umich.edu) to inquire about open research positions!