Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: George J. Moridis

George Moridis

George J. Moridis

Staff Scientist

Deputy Program Lead for Energy Resources

Hydrogeology Department

 

Phone: 510-486-4746

Fax: 510-486-5686

Email: GJMoridis@lbl.gov

Biographical Summary

George Moridis has been a Staff Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division of LBNL since 1991, where he is the Deputy Program Lead for Energy Resources, is in charge of the LBNL research programs on hydrates and tight/shale gas, and leads the development of the new generation of LBNL simulation codes. Moridis is a visiting professor in the Petroleum Engineering Dept. at Texas A&M University, and in the Guangzhou Center for Gas Hydrate Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; he is also an adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept. at the Colorado School of Mines, and in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Dept. of the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He holds MS and PhD degrees from Texas A&M University and BS and ME degrees in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Moridis is the author or coauthor of over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, more than 170 LBNL reports, paper presentations and book articles, and three patents. He was a SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Distinguished Lecturer for 2009–10, and was elected a SPE Distinguished Member (fellow grade) in 2010.  He is the recipient of a 2011 Secretarial Honor Award of the U.S. Department of Energy. He is an Associate Editor of four scientific journals, and a reviewer for 26 scientific publications.

Education

Graduate

  • Jan. 1983 - 1987, Ph.D. in Reservoir Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
  • 1980 - Dec. 1982, M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
  • 1979 - 1980, M.E. in Chemical Engineering, National Metsovion Technical University, Athens 10233, GREECE

Undergraduate

  • 1975 - 1979, B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering, National Metsovion Technical University, Athens 10233, GREECE

Research Grants and Awards

Career total:  $17,442,000 (April 1989- March 5, 2012)

  • FY 2012 Awards (October 1, 2011 – March 5, 2012):

    • TOTAL = $457,000 ($375K from the U.S. DOE (hydrate studies) + $100K from KIGAM, South Korea)
  • FY 2011 Awards (October 1, 2010 – Oct 10, 2011):

    • TOTAL = $1,167,000 ($80K from Taisei Corporation, Japan + $627K from Statoil, Norway + 450K from US EPA +$10K from the U.S. DOE)
  • FY 2010 Awards (October 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010):

    • TOTAL = $965,000 (165,000+$445,000+305,000 from DOE; $50,000 from KIGAM, Korea)
  • FY 2009 Awards (October 1, 2008 - May 1, 2009):

    • $4,375,000 ($175,000+480,000+360,000 from DOE; $35,000+405,000 from ConocoPhillips; $15,000 from CUG – China; $2,900,000 from RPSEA)
  • FY 2008 Awards:

    • TOTAL = $3,647,000 ($1,010,000 from DOE, $1,837,000 from RPSEA)

Honors, Recognitions & Awards

  • 2012:  34th International Geology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, August 5-10, 2012: Keynote Speaker (2 subjects)
  • 2012:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, May 2012: LBNL Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement
  • 2011:  Institute for Advanced Sustainability (Germany): Invited Speaker, conference on “Energy from clathrate hydrates”
  • 2011:  U.S. Department of Energy: 2011 Secretarial Honor Award
  • 2010:  Society of Petroleum Engineers: Distinguished Member (Fellow Grade)
  • 2010:  Fiery Ice 2010: 7th International Workshop on Methane Hydrate Research & Development, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, May 10 - 12: Keynote Speaker
  • 2009-2010:  Society of Petroleum Engineers: Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2009:  Goldschmidt Conference, June 21-26, Davos, Switzerland: Keynote Speaker
  • 2009:  Western Regional Meeting, March-24-26, San Joe, California, Society of Petroleum Engineers: Keynote Speaker
  • 2007:  Editorial Board of Water Resources Research: Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 2006:  International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, 5-7 December, Beijing, Society of Petroleum Engineers: Invited Speaker
  • 2006:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Outstanding Performance Award for contributions to the establishment and development of a hydrate research program at LBNL.
  • 2006:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Excellence in Technology Transfer award, for the development of the TOUGH+ family of codes.
  • 2005:  Editorial Board of Water Resources Research: Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 1996:  Popular Science magazine: Best of What’s New award (which honors the 100 most promising new technologies), for the development of the subsurface barrier technology.
  • 1995:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Outstanding Performance Award for contributions to the establishment and development of a subsurface barrier research program.

Other Professional Activities

  • Long-term appointments to Program Committees of Conferences of Professional Organizations:
    • Offshore Technology Conference (OTC): Member of advisory board to the SME member of the OTC Program Committee
    • Arctic Technology Conference (ATC): Program Committee Member, representing SME to the ATC
  • Organizing/Program Committees (member), Conferences of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and/or the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME):
    • 2014 SPE 7th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Doha, Qatar, 20-22 January
    • 2012 SPE 6th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Beijing, China, 5-7 December
    • 2012 SPE Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference (CURC), Calgary, Canada, 30 October - 1 November
    • 2012 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC), Mexico City, Mexico, 16-18 April (Chair of 2 sessions)
    • 2011 SPE Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference (CURC), Calgary, Canada, 15-17 November (Session chair)
    • 2011 SPE 5th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Bangkok, Thailand, 15-17 November (Chair of 4 sessions)
    • 2011 SPE Advanced Technology Workshop (IPTC), “Overcoming Difficulties in Conventional & Unconventional Gas Development”, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, 10-13 July  
    • 2011 Arctic Technology Conference (ATC), Houston, Texas, 7-9 February (Session organizer)
    • 2010 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC), Lima, Peru, 30 November – 3 December (session chair of 2 sessions)
    • 2010 Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference (CURIPC), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 19-21 October
    • 2010 SPE Unconventional Gas Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 23-25 February
    • 2010 SPE Western Regional Meeting, Anaheim, California, 27-29 May
    • 2010 Ninth International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition in China (IOGCE), Beijing, China, 8-10 June (Session Chair, Unconventional Resources)
    • 2009 International Conference on CO2 Capture, Storage, and Utilization, San Diego, California, 2–4 November
    • 2009 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC), Cartagena, Colombia, 31 May – 3 June
    • 2008 SPE Tight Gas Development and Planning Workshop, Hangzhou, China, 15-18 June
  • Organizer and Conference Chair:
    • 2012 TOUGH Symposium, September 2012, Berkeley, California
    • 2009 TOUGH Symposium, 14–16 September, Berkeley, California
  • Organizer and Session Chair:
    • 2010 Offshore Technology Conference, 3–6 May, Houston, Texas (4 sessions)
    • 2008 Offshore Technology Conference, 4–8 May, Houston, Texas (4 sessions)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Agricultural Engineers
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers,
  • American Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, NWWA
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (OTC Board Member)

Reviewing/Editing

  • Transport in Porous Media (Member of the Editorial Board; Associate Editor; Guest Editor of Special Issues)
  • Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (Associate Editor)
  • Journals of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (Associate Editor, SPE Journal)
  • Computers & Geosciences (Guest Editor of Special Issues)
  • Nuclear Technology (Guest Editor of Special Issues)
  • Water Resources Research
  • Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Geophysical Review
  • Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology 
  • Journal of Geological Research
  • Journals of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
  • Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
  • Journal of Canadian Petroleum
Technology
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • American Mineralogist
  • ChemSusChem
  • Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Chemical Engineering & Technology
  • Chemical Engineering Science
  • Energies
  • Energy and Fuels (American Chemical Society)
  • Energy Conversion and Management
  • International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow