Research Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Room: E430 Engineering Quad
Dr. Fitts' research combines numerical, experimental, and material structure probes to study chemical reactions at interfaces that drive the evolution of environmental systems. The aim is to advance the Geochemical Science and Engineering needed to develop increasingly robust quantitative projections of the human health, environmental and climatic costs of energy technologies. Synchrotron-based x-ray probes are often applied to study dissolution, precipitation and contaminant speciation at mineral-water interfaces. Current projects aim to assess contaminant mobility during shale gas extraction, permeability evolution of leakage pathways through caprocks of geologic CO2 storage reservoirs, stability of encapsulated nuclear waste, and activity of catalysts for wastewater treatment.
For more details on research interests and publications visit Dr. Fitts' webpage.
- Environmental geochemistry
- Chemistry of interfaces and colloids
- Relating material structure to function, reactivity and stability
- Reactive flow in fractured and porous media
- X-ray microspectroscopy imaging
- Life cycle assessments of energy technologies
- Environmental risks of shale gas extraction
- Geologic CO2 Storage leakage risk
- Groundwater and wastewater treatment
- Contaminant immobilization in soils, sediments and wasteforms
Updated: March 3, 2014