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Martin O. Saar

Associate Professor,
Gibson Chair of
Hydrogeology & Geofluids,
2009-2011 McKnight
Land-Grant Professor



Contact Info:
Dept. of Geology and Geophysics
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0219

Office:
612-625-7332

Computer Lab:
612-625-3928

Wet Lab:
612-626-4164

Fax:
612-625-3819

Email: saar@...
(replace ... with umn.edu)

   

 

Geofluids Home Page

Our Research in the News

Nov. 4, 2009: MinnPost.com article on geothermal energy funding.
Nov. 16, 2009: MIT Technology Review: Saar et al. receive $1.5M from DOE for geothermal energy research.
Dec. 29, 2009: Discovery News article on geothermal energy research.
May 24, 2011: Ars Technica article on CPG.
June 3, 2011: UMN Press release on CPG.
June 3, 2011: IonE Press release on CPG
June 6, 2011: Huffington Post article on CPG
June 6, 2011: Science Daily article on CPG
June 6, 2011: R&D Magazine article on CPG.
June 6, 2011: Eureka Science News article on CPG
June 6, 2011: Midwest Energy News article on CPG
June 6, 2011: Physorg.com article on CPG
June 6, 2011: iStockAnalyst article on CPG
June 6, 2011: Gamut News article on CPG
June 6, 2011: dalje.com article on CPG
June 6, 2011: UPI.com article on CPG
June 7, 2011: Coneco blog on R&D article on CPG
June 7, 2011: SmartPlanet article on CPG
June 8, 2011: Eco Seed article on CPG
June 9, 2011: Gizmag article on CPG
June 9, 2011: New Energy and Fuel article on CPG
June 15, 2011: The Line article on CPG
June 17, 2011: Felix article on CPG
July 12, 2011: Finance and Commerce article on CPG
Aug. 6, 2011: Enviro News and Business article on CPG
Sep., 2011: Conservation Magazine article on CPG
Feb. 21, 2012: Institute on the Environment article on CPG

Other News

LBHydra has been released (Oct. 7, 2010). LBHydra is a modular, extensible Lattice-Boltzmann simulation package capable of modeling a wide array of fluid mechanical behavior.

Recent/Upcoming Talks

September 25, 2009: Joe Myre at ICPP in Vienna, Austria; Title: Accelerating Lattice Boltzmann Fluid Flow Simulations Using Graphics Processors.
October 18, 2009: Martin Saar at GSA; Title: Coupling carbon dioxide sequestration with geopthermal energy capture
October 18, 2009: Martin Saar at GSA; Title: Hydraulic parameters and groundwater flow patterns in the Oregon Cascades, determined using numerical models that are constrained by diverse data sets
October 22, 2009: Martin Saar at University of British Columbia, Canada; Title: Combining CO2 sequestration with geothermal energy capture.
November 12, 2009: Martin Saar at Minnesota Groundwater Association; Title: Preferred groundwater flow paths.
November 17, 2009: Martin Saar at the IREE conference, Title: Can CO2 sequestration and geothermal energy capture be combined?
December 4, 2009: Martin Saar at the University of Wisconsin - Madison; Title: Combining CO2 sequestration with geothermal energy capture.
December 13, 2009: Martin Saar at the Hubbert Quorum, USGS-Menlo Park; Title: Combining CO2 sequestration with geothermal energy capture.
Feb. 11, 2010: Matt Covington at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota; Title: A Physicist's View of Karst Hydrology: what can we learn from simple models of these complex systems? (see Seminar-List)
Feb. 17, 2010: Martin Saar at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota; Title: Two birds - one stone: Reducing CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel-based power plants while producing geothermal electricity. (see Seminar-List)
Feb. 25, 2010: Stuart Walsh at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota; Title: TBA (see Seminar-List)
April 7, 2010: Martin Saar at MIT; Title: Two birds - one stone: Reducing CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel-based power plants while producing geothermal electricity.
Sep. 30, 2010: Po-Hao Kao at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota; Title: TBA.
Oct. 7, 2010: Martin Saar at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota; Title: The fluid- and thermodynamics of combining CO2 sequestration with geothermal energy capture.
Oct. 20, 2010: Martin Saar at the Institute on the Environment (IonE), University of Minnesota; Frontiers in the Environment Talk Series; Title: CO2 - Use It Or Lose It!
Feb. 18, 2011: Martin Saar at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Title: Increasing geothermal heat extraction efficiency through CO2 sequestration.
Apr. 11, 2011: Martin Saar at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota; Title: Putting CO2 to work - Turning an environmental liability into a commodity that makes money.

 

Geofluids Research Group People

upper row from left: Martin Saar (prof, chair), Scott Alexander (researcher), Po-Hao Kao (postdoc), Kong XiangZhao (postdoc)
lower row from left: Maria Davis (Ph.D.-track), Jimmy Randolph (Ph.D.-track), Joe Myre (Ph.D.-track), Ben Tutolo (Ph.D.-track).

Please click on people for more information.

Prospective Students and Postdocs

Currently the Geofluids Research Group is quite full (see people). However, anybody interested in the kind of research we are doing, should feel free to contact me anyway to discuss possible openings and projects. We can also talk about your own project ideas. Students with strong math, physics and/or computing skills are encouraged to apply (how? - click here), including students of diverse educational training (e.g., majors in physics, math, engineering, and computer science).

Ph.D. candidates/graduates with similar backgrounds are also encouraged to contact me and to apply here for a postdoc position. See also Postdoctoral Associate position to the left.

Undergraduate students and summer internship (REU) students who would like to do a senior/honors thesis, a UROP project, or a summer internship project are of course also encouraged to contact me with their (preliminary) project ideas.

- Martin

 

Recent Funding

(click here for more funding information)
2010-2013: DOE (PI) An integrated experimental and numerical study: Developing a reaction transport model that couples chemical reactions of mineral dissolution/precipitation with spatial and temporal flow variations in CO2/brine/rock systems
2009-2012: NSF (PI): CDI-Type 1: A science and engineering programming and inverse modeling environment for massively parallel heterogeneous computing systems.

2009-2012: NSF (co-PI): Field and numerical analyses of the thermal, mechanical, and fluid evolution of extensional detachment zones.

2007-2010: NSF (PI): Multiscale multiphase flow simulations of dense vesicular particle suspensions.

2005-2010: NSF (PI): Determining Large-Scale Permeability of Magma From its Bubble and Crystal Microstructure - A Multiphase Percolation Theory Approach.

2009-2012: IREE (Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment) (PI): Renewable Energy and the Environment): Combining geothermal energy extraction and CO2 sequestration to produce clean, renewable, carbon negative electricity.
2005-2011: Endowment from Orpha and George Gibson for the chair of the Hydrogeology and Geofluids Research Group in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota.
Ongoing, multi-year support from the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) for advanced computational research is also greatly acknowledged.

Thank you!

 

Research Approach

We combine field work, lab experiments, analytical studies, and computer simulations to solve fluid-mechanical problems in the geosciences. Thus, we analyze field data (heat flow, seismicity, ...) and the components as well as microstructures of rocks (e.g., pumice, basalt) and fluids (e.g., water, lava, suspensions) to construct conceptual, laboratory, and/or numerical models investigating geologic processes that act on scales much larger than the samples.

For more information, please click on Research and/or Publications.


 
 
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