Brian Ellis

Brian Ellis
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
(734) 763-5470
Biography: 
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2012
  • M.A., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2009
  • B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006
Research Interests: 
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.