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

Geological Senior Scientist

Hydrocarbon Resource Program Head

Hydrogeology Department

 

Phone: 510-486-4746

Fax: 510-486-5686

Email: GJMoridis@lbl.gov

Biographical Summary

George Moridis is a Senior Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division of LBNL, where he is the Head of the Hydrocarbon Resource Program, is in charge of the LBNL research programs on unconventional resources (hydrates, tight/shale gas and oil), and leads the development of the new generation of LBNL simulation codes of coupled flow, thermal, geomechanical and geophysical processes. 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 75 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, 3 book chapters, and more than 200 LBNL reports, paper presentations and book articles. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for 2009–10, and a SPE Distinguished Member since 2010.  He is the recipient of a 2011 Secretarial Honor Award – the highest non-monetary award of the U.S. Department of Energy – for work on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Flow Rate Technical Group. He is on the editorial board of three scientific journals, 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:  $19,803,000 (April 1989- July 31, 2014)

  • FY 2014 Awards (October 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014):

    • TOTAL = $1,461,000 ($497K from Chevron + $75K from U.S. EPA + 340K from U.S. DOE (hydrates) + $120K from KIGAM, South Korea + $429K from U.S. DOE (shales))
  • FY 2013 Awards (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013):

    • TOTAL = $870,000 ($450K from U.S. EPA + $200K from RPSEA + $100K from U.S. DOE + $120K from KIGAM, South Korea)
  • FY 2012 Awards (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012):

    • TOTAL = $505,000 ($375K from U.S. DOE (hydrate studies) + $100K from KIGAM, South Korea + $30K from the University of Bergen)
  • FY 2011 Awards (October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011):

    • TOTAL = $1,167,000 ($80K from Taisei Corporation, Japan + $627K from Statoil, Norway + 450K from U.S. EPA +$10K from U.S. DOE)
  • FY 2010 Awards (October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010):

    • TOTAL = $965,000 (165,000+$445,000+305,000 from U.S. DOE + $50,000 from KIGAM, Korea)
  • FY 2009 Awards (October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009):

    • $4,375,000 ($175,000+480,000+360,000 from U.S. DOE + $35,000+405,000 from ConocoPhillips + $15,000 from CUG – China + $2,900,000 from RPSEA)
  • FY 2008 Awards (October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008):

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

Honors, Recognitions & Awards

  • 2014: 2014 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Workshop - Building on the Past to Create the Future, Singapore, April 27-30, 2014: Session Chair and Discussion Leader (Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing)
  • 2013: Appointment to the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee
  • 2013: 2013 SPE Unconventional Resources Conference, Houston, Texas, April 10-12, 2013: Keynote Speaker (Emerging challenges/Opportunities of UR Systems)
  • 2013: 2013 International Conference on Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources: Exploration and Production, Chennai, India, March 1-3, 2013: Keynote Speaker
  • 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

  • Kavala Institute of Technology, Greece: Member of the Board of Regents
  • 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):
    • 2015 SPE 9th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Doha, Qatar, 6-9 December
    • 2014 SPE 8th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10-12 December
    • 2014 International Conference on coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical (THMC) Processes in Geosystems (GeoProc 2014), Houston, Texas, June
    • 2014 SPE 7th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Doha, Qatar, 20-22 January
    • 2013 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC), Maracaibo, Venezuela, 3-5 December
    • 2013 SPE 6th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Beijing, China, 26-28 March
    • 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)
    • 2012 SPE 5th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 February (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:
    • 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, 5-8 May, Houston, Texas (4 sessions)
    • 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 (Member of the Editorial Board; 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