Research group in August 2017

Research group in August 2017


The Alessi Research Group is curious, engaged, and active in furthering our understanding of the water cycle in unconventional energy recovery and the surface chemistry of materials including biochar, microbes, minerals, and sediments.

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Driving Questions

How can the water cycle of unconventional energy development be improved to minimize environmental impacts and responsibly manage development?

 What are the underlying mechanisms by which environmental surfaces, including minerals and bacteria, control the mobility of nutrients and contaminants in the subsurface and water bodies?

Can biochar play a role in water treatment technologies, soil amendment, and carbon sequestration?

Recent News

April 10, 2018 - E3 Metals Receives Federal Government Grant for Expanded Lithium Extraction Technology Research with the University of Alberta. - FSCWire

June 19, 2017 - E3 Metals Corp Signs Collaboration Agreement with the University of Alberta to Develop Technologies for Lithium Extraction. - FSCWire

February 9, 2017 - "Our purpose is to generate that data and interpret it and (present) it to the government and our industry partners so that they can make regulations or changes to their process." - Daily Herald-Tribune

January 25, 2017 - "We are only just starting to examine these effects and examine some of the other characteristics of spills.  From here, we hope to inform industry, government and the public alike about the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing, on our water and the animals who live there." -