Sterling Vanderzee, MSc

PhD Candidate

MSc and BSc, Queen’s University

My research at the CarbMin Lab involves developing methods to enhance CO2 sequestration in nickel and diamond mine tailings at low-cost, while exploring possible engineering co-benefits.  This involves “treasure hunting” for certain types of highly reactive ore that are ideal for use as feedstock for CO2 sequestration.  I also use reactive transport modeling to design and optimize new tailings management practices to further accelerate CO2 capture.  Through collaboration with geotechnical engineers, I aim to help determine how CO2 sequestration can be used to improve the safety of tailings storage facilities.