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

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
Lamont Projects: 
Lamont/DEES Student List: 
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)

Water-rock interactions during a CO2 injection field-test: implications on host rock dissolution and alteration effects, Assayag, N., Matter, J., Ader, M., Goldberg, D., Agrinier, P. , Chemical Geology, Volume 265, p.227-235, (2009)

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)

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