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Faculty and Staff / Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 4039
    Building:Canal Building, Room 7101
    Department:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Degrees:B.Sc.(Eng.) Queen’s University; M.Sc., Ph.D. University of Alberta


    Matt heads the Energy & Emissions Research Lab (EERL), who conduct internationally renowned research quantifying and mitigating methane and black carbon emissions in the upstream energy sector.  Matt is also Scientific Director of the NSERC FlareNet Strategic Network, a collaboration of five Canadian Universities and several national and international partners to quantify and mitigate flaring in the oil and gas sector.

    Matt’s current research interests include:

    • Aerial quantification of methane emissions and application to create measurement-based inventories
    • Quantification and mitigation of emissions from gas flaring including large-scale windtunnel experiments and field work
    • Optical diagnostics, including EERL’s novel “VentX” technology for measuring methane flux from unsteady sources like storage tanks and “sky-LOSA” technology for quantifying black carbon emissions in plumes
    • Technical analysis to support evidence-based methane regulations and standards
    • Alternate approaches to methane detection including characterization of satellite systems and applications of UAV-based techniques
    • Field measurement work to enable translation of lab-based research to practical outcomes
    • Techno-economic analysis of greenhouse gas mitigation potential in the upstream energy sector