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Brian R. Strazisar, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Brian Strazisar is a Principal Investigator at RJ Lee Group, applying his considerable expertise and experience in cement chemistry to the fields of concrete and construction materials. His projects have included forensic failure analysis of concrete, concrete/mortar characterization, chemical failure mechanisms, service lifetime estimation, and soil stabilization. His has worked on materials from a wide variety of structures including pavement, railroad ties, sewage mains, bridges, port structures, building facades, fireproofing material, and mine seals.  He has also been 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 390 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 two R&D 100 Awards for his part in developing a toolset for assessing risk for underground CO2 storage and 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 was a charter member of the National Academies’ Science Ambassadors program and a firm advocate for decision-making based on sound science.


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Education History

  1. 2000

    Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

    Cornell University
  2. 1995

    B.S., Chemistry

    University of Pittsburgh

Professional Experience

  1. 2014 - Present
    Principal Investigator
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 2001 - 2014
    Principal Investigator
    National Energy Technology Laboratory
  3. 2000 - 2001
    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    National Research Council (NETL)

Memberships & Awards

  • R&D 100 for Innovation - Toolset Development for Assessing Risk for Underground CO2 Storage
    R&D Magazine
  • R&D 100 for Innovation - Method for Monitoring CO2 leakage to the near-surface
    R&D Magazine
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Graduate Fellowship
    Eastman Kodak
  • Science Ambassador
    National Academies
  • Member
    American Geophysical Union
  • Member
    American Chemistry Society