Sterling Vanderzee, MSc
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.