Student

Jenna Luek

Graduate Research Assistant
Student
Jenna Luek
Graduate Research Assistant
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Bio

My dissertation focuses on understanding the organic composition and reactivity of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in shale gas development. I use ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry to understand the formation and removal of organics from this diverse pool as the fracturing fluids are injected, treated with breakers, return to the surface, and undergo treatment. Thus far I have focused on halogenated organics and surfactants, but plan to expand to other compound classes. My research is currently funded by NSF award #1604475 to Michael Gonsior, "Ultrahigh-Resolution Analyses of Organic Constituents in Shale Well Fluids and their Environmental Persistence."  I am broadly interested in understanding energy and water issues, and use analytical chemistry tools to answer diverse questions in environmental chemistry.