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Dr. Bettina Strauch

Dr. Bettina Strauch
Building B, Room 320 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:


Research Interests:

  • CO2 monitoring in karst systems
  • membrane-based He extraction from geothermal brines
  • experimental simulation of H2 diffusion in potential natural storage rocks
  • fluid migration and related processes in salt rock link
  • lab-based gas hydrate research
  • analysis and microthermometry of fluid inclusions and in magmatic and sedimentary rock
  • membrane based gas-water separation for gas capturing and monitoring purposes
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • low-temperature calorimetry
  • X-ray diffraction analysis coupled to freezing stage or humidity chamber
  • gas analytics in lab and field


Köpfe der Zukunft- fasziniert vom Untergrund

MDPI Minerals Special Issue Editor: "Salt Rocks: Processes, Fluid Migration and Mineralogy"


  • 2002- 2007        PhD at Kingston University, UK
  • 1998-2002         Study of Geosciences, Diploma, University Potsdam      
  • 1993-1998         Technical Assistant, AWI Potsdam
  • 1991-1993         Qualification as Technician of Environmental Protection, BV Ecology Borkheide
  • 1990-1992         Chemical Assistent, VEB-Mikroelektronik-Stahnsdorf, Stahnsdorf
  • 1988-1990         Apprenticeship Chemical Assistant, VEB Berlin-Chemie


CO-KaGe (GFZ Innovation Fund 2023) "Development of a remotely operated subsea system for CO2 mapping in water"

  • Construction of a combination of subsea drone and CO2 sensor system
  • Mapping CO2-exhalation in the Laacher See(r

CRM-Geothermal (EU-funded, 2022 - 2026) "...combining extraction of raw materials and geothermal heat - renewable resource from the ground that is available 24 hours a day"

  • Investigation of Helium content in geothermal fluids
  • Test and development of Helium enrichment and extraction unit for the incorporation in geothermal power plants

NERO (DFG funded, 2023 - 2025) "Experimental and numerical investigations on density-driven dissolution of CO2 and related carbonate dissolution in karst water"

  • Investigation of the relevance of density-driven CO2 movement in Karst systems and the interplay of CO2-water-limestone

MEGA (GFZ Innovation Fund 2022) "Development of a membrane-supported gas sensor system for spatially and temporally resolved CO2 measurements in water"

  • Adaptation of CO2-in-air sensors by means of polymer membrane coating and adapted calibration to enable maintenance-free spatial gas monitoring in water over long periods of time

H2React2 (BMBF) „Transport of hydrogen in rocks considering biotic, chemical and microbial redox reactions

  • determination of hydrogen transport parameters in reservoir- and cap rocks using diffusion cells

COSa (GFZ Innovation Fund 2021) „Experimental simulations of energy production using CO2 phase transitions in salt mines“

  • design and set up of a lab-scale apparatus fort the test of an energy production concept using CO2 phase transitions

COMet (GFZ Smart Grant 2021) „CO2 Messungen im Tiefbrunnen“

  • development and test of membrane-covered CO2 sensors in water

ProSalz (BMBF Grant 2017-2021) “Process understanding, scalability and transferability of reactive multiphase transport in salt deposits

  • project coordination
  • fluid, rock and gas geochemical monitoring and analyses
  • fluid inclusion analyses
  • in situ and lab-based experimental simulations

SUGAR I and II (BMWi, 2007-2017) “Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs”

  • usage of silicone membranes as tools for gas extraction and monitoring in the course of hydrate formation and dissociation
  • lab based simulations on CO2 – CH4 exchange in gas hydrates

ASA project (Carl von Duisberg Foundation of development cooperation)

  • public campaign focusing on water pollution and waste in in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

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