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Isis Fukai

Environmental and Climate Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Dr. Terry Hazen

Hazen lab: 

My research areas and interests include: geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrophysics, resource assessment, CO2 storage, CO2-enhanced oil recovery, unconventional resources, and biogeochemistry.

Before joining the Bredesen Center in 2019, I conducted energy-related research as a geoscience researcher at Battelle, and as an intern and research fellow for DOE. I’m interested in STEM outreach and entrepreneurship/business development. I’m currently a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee as part of the Graduate Student Senate.


Master of Science, Geology, Louisiana State University (2013)

Bachelor of Arts, Geology, Oberlin College (2009)

Awards and Recognitions

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship - U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy

Post-Masters Research Fellow – Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education


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Fukai, I., Keister, L., Ganesh P. R., Cumming, L., Fortin, W., Gupta, N. 2020. Carbon dioxide storage resource assessment of Cretaceous- and Jurassic-age sandstones in the Atlantic offshore region of the northeastern United States. Environmental Geosciences 27, 25-47. <>

Fukai, I., Mishra, S., Scharenberg, M., Jimenez, J., Glier, J., and Peterson, R. 2019. Techno-Economic Assessment of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage for Coal-Fired Power Generation and CO2- Enhanced Oil Recovery in the USA: An Ohio Case Study. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 1-19. <>

Sanguinito, S., Goodman, A., Tkach, M., Kutchko, B., Culp, J., Natesakhawat, S., Fazio, J., Fukai, I., Crandall, D. 2018. Quantifying Dry Supercritical CO2-Induced Changes of the Utica Shale. Fuel, 226, 54- 64. <>

Fukai, I., and Dutrow, B. 2017. High-grade calcareous metasediments from the Sawtooth Metamorphic Complex, Idaho, USA: evidence for passive margin strata and polymetamorphism within the Idaho batholith. International Geology Review 59, 753-778. <>

Fukai, I., Mishra, S., Moody, M. 2016. Economic analysis of CO2-enhanced oil recovery in Ohio: Implications for carbon capture, utilization, and storage in the Appalachian Basin region. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 52, 357 - 377. <>

Levin, J., Fukai, I., Soeder, D., Bromhal, G., Dilmore, R., Guthrie, G., Rodosta, T., Sanguinito, S., Frailey, S., Gorecki, C., Peck, W., Goodman, A. 2016. U.S. DOE NETL methodology for estimating the prospective CO2 storage resource of shales at the national and regional scale. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 51, 81-94. <>

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