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New Professorship at D-ERDW

Welcome Martin Saar, Professor of Geothermal Energy and Geofluids!

Prof. Martin O. Saar
Martin Saar obtained his Ph.D. in Earth & Planetary Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003, later conducting research as the Turner Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. From 2005 to 2014, he worked as Assistant, Associate, and recently Full Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA, where he remains as adjunct professor.

Martin Saar specializes in studying the interactions between fluids, energy, and rocks in the Earth's crust, and carries out numerical modeling studies, laboratory experiments, and field work on this topic. His scientific work spans from fundamental research (e.g., percolation theory, numerical methods, reactive transport simulations, rheology of complex fluids) to applied investigations. His applied research covers most aspects of geothermal energy production including that from Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), and deep and shallow resources. He also uses geophysical fluid dynamics methods to investigate enhanced oil recovery, groundwater flow and availability, and volcano hydrology. He is the co-inventer of a new technology entitled CO2-Plume Geothermal (CPG) that looks at combining CO2, produced by power plants, chemical or cement manufacturers, and other CO2 emitters, and combining it with extraction of geothermal energy, resulting in a CO2-sequestering geothermal power plant that has a negative carbon footprint, contributing to the reduction in global climate change.

The appointment of Professor Saar will strengthen the Department of Earth Sciences' focus on researching the geotechnically exploitable subsurface in Switzerland and worldwide. The Chair will assume a key role in the "Swiss Competence Center on Energy Research (SCCER) – Supply of Electricity" and make an important contribution to the country's energy supply.

The chair was made possible, in part, by the generous support by the Werner Siemens Foundation.


Events in the next 7 days

Date Time Title Speaker Location
Mo, 30.03.15 12:15 Lacustrine sediments as archives of Early Human Impacts »
Human use of land has altered ecosystems, soils and climate to the point of threatening the future viability of civilized society.
Nathalie Dubois, EAWAG NO D45
Mo, 30.03.15 11:00 - 11:45 Seminar »
Offshore mud volcanism and material cycling within overriding plate wedges
Arata Kioka, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, The University of Tokyo NO D69
Mi, 01.04.15 10:30 Towards large-scale modelling of fluid flow in fractured porous media »
Dr. Hamid Nick, University of Dwelt NO D 69

complete events calendar


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