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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Phone:
(023) 8059 3042
Email:
J.Matter@southampton.ac.uk

Professor Juerg Michael Matter MSc, PhD

Professor of Geoengineering and Carbon Management

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Juerg Matter is Professor of Geoengineering and Carbon Management within the School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Current major roles:

Programme Lead Environmental Geoscience
Co-Lead PI and Project Director ICDP Oman Drilling Project

Academic qualifications and employment history:

2020-present: Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
2013-present: Adjunct Senior Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA
2013-2019: Associate Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
2010-2013: Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, USA
2010-2012: Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA
2005-2009: Lamont-Doherty Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA
2002-2004: Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA
2001: PhD in Natural Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
1997: Diploma (MSc) Earth Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

Research interests

Field of interest: Carbon dioxide capture and storage via in situ mineral carbonation in basalt and peridotite; monitoring and accounting techniques for carbon management; climate change mitigation; solute and reactive transport in saturated media; tracer hydrology.

My recent research interests in carbon capture and storage as a climate change mitigation technolgy. Much of my current research effort is focused on developing in situ mineral carbonation. The process transforms carbon dioxide into solid, inert and environmentally benign carbonate minerals. I am focusing on understanding mineral carbonation processes in natural systems, such as in basaltic and peridotitic rocks with particular focus on CO2-water-rock interactions. This is not only important with regard to geologic carbon capture and storage but also to waste storage, extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons, and groundwater contamination. The data for this research are obtained by field and laboratory based research. There are amazing field areas (e.g. Sultanate of Oman) where active, ongoing natural mineral carbonation can be studied. Back in the laboratory, fluid and rock samples are physically and chemically analysed to understand key processes that control mineral carbonation, and to find ways to engineer them for CO2 capture and storage.

I am involved in a wide range of field trials of carbon capture and storage, testing the feasibility of permanent CO2 storage in geologic reservoirs and enhanced weathering, and developing strategies and techniques for CO2 leakage monitoring.

Research group

Geochemistry

Affiliate research group

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Research project(s)

GGREW - Greenhouse Gas Removal by Enhanced Weathering

CHIMNEY

STEMM-CCS – Strategies for the Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage

Oman Drilling Project

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Professor Juerg Michael Matter
School of Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
UK

Room Number: NOCS/186/11

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3059

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