Xueya Lu, MSc
MSc Geochemistry, University of British Columbia
I am from China, Xinjiang province and completed my Masters degree in the CarbMin Lab in 2020, and am now pursuing my PhD. My masters thesis project focused on characterizing the reactivity of ultramafic mine tailings for low-cost carbon capture utilization and storage. I conduct laboratory-scale kinetic dissolution experiments and geochemical numerical models to quantify the amount of magnesium cations that can be easily leached from ultramafic tailings under atmospheric conditions. I aim to establish an applicable testing protocol to quickly and easily assess tailings’ reactivity for carbon mineralization, and plan to progress in the field of carbon capture, help support the fight for climate change and support innovative research as a scientist.