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Prof. Dr. Arno Zang

Arno Zang
Prof. Dr. Arno Zang
Building A 70, Room 106 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Professor of Geophysics and Rock Mechanics

Research Interests:


  • 2016 - Professor of Geophysics and Rock Mechanics at Potsdam University (apl. Prof.), Institute of Geosciences
  • 2010 - GFZ, Section "Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics", responsible for fracture mechanical applications in stressed rock mass, geothermal and geologic reservoirs. In-situ experiments at underground research laboratories
  • 1993-2010 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Section "Geomechanics and Rheology", responsible for Rock Physics laboratory, uniaxial and tri-axial core testing with acoustic emission and deformation monitoring
  • 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

2020 Gergö Hutka. MSc, Numerical investgation of induced seismicity in geothermal reservoirs and recommendation for risk mitigation
2015 Marton Pal Farkas, MSc, Hydraulic fracturing in hard rock across scales. PhD defended 2022-05-02
2014 Moritz Ziegler, MSc, The 3D in situ stress field and its changes in geothermal reservoirs, PhD defended 2017-10-10
2013 Julia Wolf, Dipl.-Geophys., Detection of crack propagation in concrete with embedded ultrasonic sensors, PhD defended 2017-03-31


  • 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:

2020-2022, Associate Editor, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
2017-today, Editorial Board, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
2014-2015, acatech Energiesysteme der Zukunft, Working group Geothermische Stromerzeugung


  • 2012 Visiting Associate Professor at 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, Scholarship CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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