Juerg M. Matter

Lamont Associate Research Professor
Juerg M. Matter
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
205 Comer
61 Route 9W


(845) 365-8543


(845) 365-8155

Fields of interest: 

Carbon Sequestration, Hydrogeophysics, Flow and Transport in Saturated Media

Research Statement: 

I have several research interests in the intersection between geology, climate change and energy.I am especially interested in geologic carbon sequestration and how fluid-gas-rock reactions can lead to secure and permanent sequestration of industrial carbon dioxide., Currently, I am working in three overlapping areas:, • CO2-water-rock interactions and reactive flow in deep aquifers, • Fluid flow and solute transport in saturated media, • Subsurface fluid injection and geomechanical stability of reservoir rocks.

Some of my projects include:

  • Secure and long-term sequestration of industrial carbon dioxide in calcium-magnesium silicate rocks
  • Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (www.bigskyco2.org)
  • Mineral carbon dioxide sequestration into basalt - The CarbFix Project, Iceland (www.carbfix.com)
  • Natural carbon sequestration in ophiolite peridotites - Rates and mechanism of serpentinization and carbonation
  • Permanent carbon dioxide sequestration in ocean sediments: flow-through reactor studies
List of Degrees from highest to lowest
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
Diploma in Earth Sciences
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
Diana Ferandez de la Reguera Taya
Jonathan Levine
Selected Publications:
Rates and Mechanisms of Mineral Carbonation in Peridotite: Natural Processes and Recipes for Enhanced, in situ CO2 Capture and Storage, Kelemen, P.B.; Matter, J.; Streit, E.E.; Rudge, J.F.; Curry, W.B.; Blusztajn, J. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Volume: 39 p.: 93 (2011)
Mineral sequestration of carbon dioxide in basalt: the CarbFix project, Gislason, S R; Wolff-Boenisch, D; Stefansson, A; Oelkers, E; Gunnlaugsson, E; Sigurdardottir, H; Sigfusson, B; Broecker, W; Matter, J; Stute, M; Axelsson, G; Fridriksson, T International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (2010)
The CarbFix Pilot Project - storing carbon dioxide in basalt, Matter, J M; Broecker, W; Gislason, S R; Gunnlaugsson, E; Oelkers, E; Stute, M; Sigurdardottir, H; Wolff-Boenisch, D; Axelsson, G; Sigfusson, B Energy Procedia (2010)
Permanent storage of carbon dioxide in geological reservoirs by mineral carbonation, Matter, J M; Kelemen, P B Nature Geoscience, Volume: 2 p.: 837-841 (2009)
Water-rock interaction during a CO2 field injection tests: implications on host rock dissolution and alternation effects, Assayag, N; Matter, J; Ader, M; Goldberg, D; Agrinier, P Chemical Geology, Volume: 265 p.: 227-235 (2009)
In situ carbonation of peridotite for CO2 storage, Kelemen, P. B.; Matter, J. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 11/2008, Volume: 105, Issue: 45 p.: 17295-17300 (2008)
Mineral carbonation of CO2, Oelkers, E. H., Gislason, S. R., Matter, J. Elements, Volume: 4 p.: 333-337 (2008)
Experimental evaluation of in situ CO2-water-rock reactions during CO2 injection in basaltic rocks: Implications for geological CO2 sequestration, Matter, J. M.; Takahashi, T.; Goldberg, D. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems Feb 6, Volume: 8 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2006gc001427
Gravitational trapping of carbon dioxide in deep sea sediments: Permeability, buoyancy, and geomechanical analysis, Levine, J. S.; Matter, J. M.; Goldberg, D.; Cook, A.; Lackner, K. S. Geophysical Research Letters Dec 21, Volume: 34, Issue: 24 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2007gl031560
Contact zone permeability at intrusion boundaries: new results from hydraulic testing and geophysical logging in the Newark Rift Basin, New York, USA, Matter, J. M.; Goldberg, D. S.; Morin, R. H.; Stute, M. Hydrogeology Journal Jun, Volume: 14, Issue: 5 p.: 689-699 (2006) DOI 10.1007/s10040-005-0456-3
Recharge areas and geochemical evolution of groundwater in an alluvial aquifer system in the Sultanate of Oman, Matter, J. M.; Waber, H. N.; Loew, S.; Matter, A. Hydrogeology Journal Jan, Volume: 14, Issue: 1-2 p.: 203-224 (2006) DOI 10.1007/s10040-004-0425-2