Martin Saar Education and Professional Career Old

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.

Education and Professional Career

2003 Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Adviser: Dr.
Michael Manga; Dissertation: Geological Fluid Mechanics Models at Various Scales
1998 M.S. in Geology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Adviser: Dr. Michael Manga; Thesis: The Relationship Between Permeability, Porosity, and Microstructure in Vesicular Basalts
1995 Vordiplom (~B.S.) in Geology, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
Professional Career – Academic
(UMN=Univ. of Minnesota-Minneapolis, ETH=Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
2015-present Endowed* Chair and Professor for Geothermal Energy and Geofluids, Institute of Geophysics, Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH-Zürich, CH; (*by Werner Siemens Foundation)
2015-present Adjunct Professor of Hydrogeology and Geofluids, Dept. of Earth Sciences, UMN, USA
2014 Professor (Fall, 2014), Dept. of Earth Sciences, UMN, USA
2011-present Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow, UMN, USA
2011-2014 Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, UMN, USA
2009-2011 McKnight Land-Grant Chair & Professor, College of Science & Engineering, UMN, USA
2008-present Affiliated Member of the Graduate Faculty, Computer Science and Engineering, UMN, USA
2006-present Member of the Graduate Faculty, Water Resources Sciences, UMN, USA
2005-2014 Gibson Chair of Hydrogeology and Geofluids, UMN, USA
2005-2011 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics (later Earth Sciences), UMN, USA
2003-2004 Turner Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Earth and Environm. Sci., U. of Michigan, MI, USA
Professional Career – Industry
2014-present Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, TerraCOH, a COH-Geothermal Co., Mpls., MN, USA
2012-present Founder & Chief Manager, Geofluids LLC, a geofluids consulting firm, St. Paul, MN, USA
2011-present Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Heat Mining Company LLC, Rapid City, SD, USA