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?

What role can biochar play in water treatment technologies, soil amendment, and carbon sequestration?

Recent News

September 26, 2019 - Recycling salty water could help control detrimental microbes in Alberta drill sites. - University of Alberta

March 2019 - Old oilfields offer new prospects. - Chemical Institute of Canada

January 16, 2019 - The bright future of purpose-built biochar. - University of Alberta

December 4, 2018 - Development of E3 Metals’ extraction technology improves lithium concentration and recovery. - Newswire

September 26, 2018 - E3 Metals Corp. begins development of a field pilot plant to test its rapid lithium extraction. - Newswire