Geothermal Energy Utilization

Associated with Oil & Gas Development


Karsten Pruess


Dr. Karsten Pruess of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory is the 2006 O.E. Meinzer Award recipient. For more than 25 years, Dr. Pruess has been at the forefront of scientific studies of complex problems involving fluid flow in natural porous media. His work has strong scientific content, important practical value, and has impacted and involved many other researchers. Pruess earned his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1972 University of Frankfurt, Germany and arrived at LBL in 1975 as a Research Fellow in the Nuclear Theory Group. In 1977, he joined the Earth Sciences Division at LBL where he is currently employed. He has authored more than 125 journal papers across a range of important topics and he authored the TOUGH2 family of computer codes. Most recently, he has been working on the problem of injection of supercritical CO2 for the purpose of carbon mitigation. Dr. Pruess has taken a leading role in the scientific investigations of the hydrogeological aspects of this issue. Dr. Pruess embodies the best in research and scientific study: he produces outstanding science, he works on problems that have tremendous societal impacts, and he does so with humility, grace, and quiet confidence.


Contact Information:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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