Dr. Brian R. Strazisar joined RJ Lee Group’s expert team in 2014 and has applied his considerable expertise and experience in cement chemistry to the fields of concrete and construction materials. He has made significant contributions to projects related to concrete service lifetime estimation, forensic failure analysis of concrete, soil stabilization, and concrete/mortar characterization. He was recently retained as an expert on wellbore integrity and environmental impacts of shale gas development. Prior to RJ Lee Group, Dr. Strazisar worked for 14 years with the U.S. Department of Energy at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) solving a wide range of scientific problems related to minimizing environmental and climate impacts of fossil energy production. He is well recognized as an expert and leader in the fields of wellbore integrity and cement chemistry. His benchmark work, which identified the process by which hydrated cement reacts with carbonated water in the deep subsurface, has been cited over 200 times in technical journals and has been used by the EPA to help shape regulations for CO2 storage wells. His research was the first to reveal self-healing of cement fractures under CO2 storage conditions.
Previously, Dr. Strazisar was the technical lead on a large and diverse portfolio of research projects on the geologic storage of CO2 for greenhouse gas mitigation. He received an R&D 100 Award for his part in developing a method for monitoring CO2 leakage to the near-surface. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University, and his dissertation work was featured on the cover of Science Magazine, the world’s highest impact scientific journal. Dr. Strazisar is a charter member of the National Academies’ Science Ambassadors program and a firm advocate for decision-making based on sound science.
• Co-author of over 30 peer reviewed scientific journal articles.
• Technical lead for a portfolio of projected related to geologic storage of CO2.
• Group lead for risk assessment related to oil and gas wellbore integrity.
• Made significant contributions to projects related to concrete service lifetime estimation, forensic failure analysis of concrete, soil stabilization, and concrete/mortar characterization.
• Charter member of the National Academies’ Science Ambassador Program.
• Recipient of the 2009 R&D 100 Award.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Environmental Risk Assessment
• Cement and Concrete Chemistry
• Oil and Gas Wellbore Integrity
• Physical Chemistry
• Science Communications
• Construction Materials Characterization and Analysis
• Energy Science
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Reconstruction & Safety
- Analytical Testing Labs
- Consumer Products
- Failure Analysis
- Materials Engineering
- Oil & Gas
- Products Liability
References upon request.