Martin Saar Awards and Patents

Prof. Dr. Martin O. Saar

Chair for Geothermal Energy and Geofluids


Mailing Address
Prof. Dr. Martin O. Saar
Geothermal Energy & Geofluids
Institute of Geophysics
NO F 51.2
Sonneggstrasse 5
CH-8092 Zurich Switzerland

Phone +41 44 632 3465
Email saarm(at)

Dominique Ballarin Dolfin
Phone +41 44 632 3465
Email ballarin(at)

My research interests are in geophysical fluid dynamics of subsurface multiscale, multiphase, multicomponent, reactive fluid (groundwater, hydrocarbon, CO2) and energy (heat, pressure) transport, such as water- and CO2-based geothermal energy utilization, geologic CO2 storage, grid-scale energy storage, enhanced oil recovery, and groundwater flow. Methods include computer simulations, laboratory experiments, and field analyses.

This professorship and the associated Geothermal Energy and Geofluids (GEG) Group is generously endowed by the Werner Siemens Foundation, which is hereby gratefully acknowledged.

Awards and Patents

2014-present Saar, M.O., Randolph, J.B., Kuehn, T.H., the Regents of the University of Minnesota, and Heat Mining Company LLC, Geothermal energy generation system comprises injection wells for accessing reservoir containing native fluid comprising hydrocarbon, production wells, non-water based working fluid supply apparatus, and energy recovery apparatus, Pending Patent No. WO2014015307-A1.
2012-2015 Saar, M.O., Randolph, J.B., Kuehn, T.H., & the Regents of the University of Minnesota, Carbon dioxide-based geothermal energy generation systems and methods related thereto, U.S. Patent No. US8,316,955 B2 (issued 2012); Canada Patent No. 2.753.393 (issued 2013); Europe Patent No. 2406562 (issued 2014); Australia Patent No. 2010223059 (issued 2015).
2012 U.S. Patent Application for CPG with Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), i.e., CPG-EOR (continuation-in-part of CPG parent patent; patent application number: 13/554,868; pending)
2011 George W. Taylor Career Development Award for top tenure candidate in the College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
2011 Editor’s Choice Award for 2011 Hydrogeology Journal article (see publications: Saar, 2011)
2009 Awarded 2009-2011 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship and Chair position, UMN
2005 Awarded endowed Gibson Chair position, University of Minnesota
2004 Awarded Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan
2000 Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union
1997 Awarded: Staples Fellowship for Outstanding Scholastic Achievements, University of Oregon