Prof. Dr. Arno Zang

Arno Zang
Prof. Dr. Arno Zang
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, Room 210
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1325
+49 331 288-1127

Function and Responsibilities:

Professor for Geophysics and Rock Mechanics

Research Interests:


  • 2016 - apl. Professor for Geophysics and Rock Mechanics at Potsdam University, Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2010 - GFZ, Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics, responsible for fracture mechanical applications in stressed rock mass, geothermal and geologic reservoirs. Design of in situ experiments in underground research laboratories
  • 2006 - Privatdozent in Geophysics at Potsdam University
  • 1993-2010 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Section 3.2 Geomechanics and Rheology, responsible for Rock Physics laboratory, uniaxial and triaxial core testing
  • 1992-1993 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rock Mechanics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA responsible for investigating the effect of cementing agents on elastic and transport properties of diagenetically consolidated sandstones
  • 1987-1992 Geophysicist, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB), responsible for stress measurement from ultra-deep drill cores

current PhD Students

2017 Peter Niemz, Dipl.-Geophys., Acoustic emission waveform analysis of underground hydraulic fracture experiments
2015 Marton Pal Farkas, MSc, Hydraulic, mechanical and thermal fracturing in energy technologies
2014 Moritz Ziegler, MSc, The 3D in situ stress field and its changes in geothermal reservoirs, PhD defended 2017-10-10


  • 1998 Habilitation Geophysics, Dr. rer. nat. habil., Potsdam University
  • 1991 Dissertation Geophysics, Dr. phil. nat., J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
  • 1987 Diploma Geophysics, Dipl.-Geophys., J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main


Research Boards and Committees:

2014-2015, acatech Energiesysteme der Zukunft, Working group Geothermische Stromerzeugung
2017-today, Editorial Board, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering


  • 2012 Visiting Associate Professor of Kumamoto University, Japan
  • 1993 German Geophysical Society (DGG), 1. Price presentation Leipzig
  • 1992 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), postdoctoral scholarship, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • 1987 Herrmann-Willkomm-Stiftung, CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA