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Brian Ellis, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Brian’s research is focused on geologic carbon sequestration in deep saline formations as a means to mitigate carbon emissions to the atmosphere. He is interested in understanding the complex geochemical reactions that will occur after carbon dioxide injection. In particular, he is interested in how these reactions will impact the sealing ability of caprocks and the long-term flow characteristics of the injection formation. His research combines geochemical modeling and experimental work to investigate these CO2-water-rock interactions.

Relevant Publications

Ellis, B.R., Crandell, L.E., Peters, C.A., 2010. Limitations for brine acidification due to SO2 co-injection in geologic carbon sequestration. Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control, 4 (3), pp 575-582 doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2009.11.006

Crandell, L.A., Ellis, B.R., Peters, C.A., 2010. Dissolution potential of SO2 co-injected with CO2 in geologic sequestration. Environ. Sci. Technol., 44 (1), pp 349–355. doi:10.1021/es902612m

Castro, M.C., Hall, C.M., Patriarche, D., Goblet, P., Ellis, B.R., 2007. A noble gas paleoclimate record in Texas - Basic assumptions revisited. Earth Planet Sc. Lett. 257, 170-187.