The Michigan Engineer News Center

Professor Ellis discusses fracturing in Scientific American

A recent article in Scientific American entitled, “Secrets of Fracking Fluids Pave Way for Cleaner Recipe,” referenced Professor Brian Ellis.| Short Read

The article states that Ellis will “mix different chemicals into oil- and gas-rich shale rock inside a pair of high-pressure chambers that he is building. This will allow him to explore the reactions that occur when these ‘fracking’ fluids are injected deep underground.”

The article explains that the disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing could empower green chemistry, as some researchers hope to look at the mixtures used at oil and gas wells and narrow them down to a group of environmentally acceptable ones.

To read the full article, click here.

The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read