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Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kempka

Group Leader
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kempka
Building C 4, Room 1.26 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

  •     Geological underground utilization
  •     Numerical simulation of coupled processes
  •     Reservoir engineering
  •     Reservoir geomechanics
  •     Hydrogeology


since 2009: Senior Research Scientist and Leader of Working Group Process Simulation, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam

2005 - 2009: Research Associate, RWTH Aachen University, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology


2014: Helmholtz Management Academy

2008: Doctorate, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University

2005: Diploma (Waste Management Engineering), Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering, RWTH Aachen University


2014: Itasca Teaching Partnership, Itasca Int., Inc.

2010: Borchers Badge of Honour bestowed by the Vice-Chancellor of the RWTH Aachen University

2009: Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld Award for outstanding dissertation awarded by the Professor Dr. Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld Foundation

2009: Friedrich-Wilhelm Award for outstanding scientific achievements bestowed by the Friedrich-Wilhelm Foundation

2007: 1st awardee of the Forum für Junge Ingenieurgeologen (outstanding oral presentation), 16. Tagung Ingenieurgeologie der Fachsektion Ingenieurgeologie der DGGT & DGG

Invited presentations:

School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle/UK, 20 June 2016, Integration of modelling with monitoring and experimenting for efficient and sustainable utilization of the geological subsurface

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science & Technology Symposium, Bad Neuenahr/Germany, 10-13 September 2015 (not participated)

2nd International UCG Benchmarking Workshop, Calgary/Canada, 21. August 2012 (not participated)

IGMC-Kolloquium „Neue Ideen und Konzepte in der Geoinformatik und Fernerkundung“  WS 2010/2011, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, 3 February 2011, Potentials and challenges of Underground  Coal Gasification (in German)

International UCG Benchmarking Workshop, Calgary/Canada, 29-30 October 2010, Modeling of UCG economics, pollutant generation and CO2 storage in gasification cavities

1st Brazilian Symposium on Non-Conventional Energy Generation from Coal and Gas Hydrates, PortoAlegre/Brazil, 28-30 July 2010, One-day UCG course

1st Humboldt-Kolleg International Conference, Dhaka/Bangladesh, 19-21 November 2009, Sustainable and economical application of UCG-CCS for energy and feedstock production from conventionally not developable coal deposits

Global UCG Summit, London/UK, 5-7 October 2009, The evaluation of the economical features and environmental impacts of UCG-CCS

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