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Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


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 (
  • Mineral carbon dioxide sequestration into basalt - The CarbFix Project, Iceland (
  • 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

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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