Anne Menefee

Cofunded Faculty Member
Titles and Affiliations
Assistant Professor, John and Willie Leone Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering (EME)

Research Summary

Anne Menefee's research is broadly focused on advancing sustainable energy and carbon management systems. Much of this work targets subsurface systems that can be engineered for low-carbon energy production and carbon sequestration, which are indispensable to avert the worst impacts of climate change. At a fundamental level, she is working to understand how geochemical reactions impact fracture stability and propagation in stressed geologic systems, with applications to mineral scale prevention and emerging CO2-enhanced energy recovery technologies in tight reservoirs. At a systems level, her work evaluates the life cycle environmental implications of emerging technologies that can both curb net emissions and prove self-sustaining in the market. In combination, the results of this work advance our understanding of complex subsurface phenomena and inform optimal approaches to decarbonize the energy sector.

In the News

Recent Publications

Rapid Mineral Precipitation During Shear Fracturing of Carbonate-Rich Shales

Menefee, A. H., Welch, N. J., Frash, L. P., Hicks, W., Carey, J. W. & Ellis, B. R., Jun 1 2020, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 125, 6, e2019JB018864.

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Regional-Scale Greenhouse Gas Utilization Strategies for Enhanced Shale Oil Recovery and Carbon Management

Menefee, A. H. & Ellis, B. R., May 21 2020, In: Energy and Fuels. 34, 5, p. 6136-6147 12 p.

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Wastewater management strategies for sustained shale gas production

Menefee, A. H. & Ellis, B. R., Jan 20 2020, In: Environmental Research Letters. 15, 2, 024001.

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The geospatial and economic viability of CO2 storage in hydrocarbon depleted fractured shale formations

Bielicki, J. M., Langenfeld, J. K., Tao, Z., Middleton, R. S., Menefee, A. H. & Clarens, A. F., Aug 2018, In: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 75, p. 8-23 16 p.

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Permanent CO2 Trapping through Localized and Chemical Gradient-Driven Basalt Carbonation

Menefee, A. H., Giammar, D. E. & Ellis, B. R., Aug 7 2018, In: Environmental Science and Technology. 52, 15, p. 8954-8964 11 p.

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Effect of transport limitations and fluid properties on reaction products in fractures of unaltered and serpentinized basalt exposed to high PCO2 fluids

Adeoye, J. T., Menefee, A. H., Xiong, W., Wells, R. K., Skemer, P., Giammar, D. E. & Ellis, B. R., Aug 2017, In: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 63, p. 310-320 11 p.

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Response of Integrated CO2 Capture and Storage Systems in Saline Aquifers and Fractured Shale Formations to Changes in CO2 Capture Costs

Langenfeld, J. K., Bielicki, J. M., Tao, Z., Middleton, R. S., Menefee, A. H. & Clarens, A. F., 2017, In: Energy Procedia. 114, p. 4099-4105 7 p.

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Roles of Transport Limitations and Mineral Heterogeneity in Carbonation of Fractured Basalts

Menefee, A. H., Li, P., Giammar, D. E. & Ellis, B. R., Aug 15 2017, In: Environmental Science and Technology. 51, 16, p. 9352-9362 11 p.

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