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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Keni Zhang

Keni Zhang

Keni Zhang


Hydrogeology Department



Phone: 510-486-7312

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Dr. Keni Zhang, Geological scientist at LBNL, is the primary developer of the TOUGH2-MP codes at LBNL (Zhang et al. 2008) and a known expert in parallel reservoir simulation. He has led numerous projects for parallel reservoir simulator development involving complex mathematical computational modeling in both the unsaturated and saturated zones, on both a small and large scale. Since 2000, Dr. Zhang has been involved in a variety of research projects that have focused on computing techniques to simulate multi-component and multiphase fluid flow in the fields of nuclear waste disposal, CO2 geologic sequestration, gas-hydrate research, and groundwater hydrology.

Research Interests

  • Developing parallel computing codes for large-scale, multi component, multiphase fluid and heat flow simulation.
  • Large-scale (multi-million-gridblock model) modeling studies for groundwater flow and contaminant transport in saturated or unsaturated porous and fractured media.
  • Numerical modeling studies for CO2 geological sequestration, nuclear waste disposal and geothermal reservoir investigation.
  • Investigations of gas production potential from gas hydrate deposits.


  • PhD, 2000, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, Groundwater hydrology.
  • M.Sc., 1996, International Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Delft, Netherlands, Hydrological Engineering.
  • B.Eng., 1985, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China,  Geophysics.

Professional Experience

  • Geological Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, November 2002-present.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, February 2000-October 2002.
  • Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Geological Engineering, The University of Manitoba, September1996 to February 2000
  • Intern Hydrogeologist, Water Supply Company of Drenthe Province, The Netherlands, September 1995-September 1996
  • Consulting Engineer, Dasheng S&T Engineering Co. Ltd., Shenzhen, China, January 1993-September 1994
  • Assistant Engineer and Engineer, Yellow River Conservancy Commission, the Ministry of Water Conservancy, China, August 1985-December 1992.


  • NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Program) fellowship by the Netherlands Government from Oct. 1994 to Sep. 1995.  
  • Petro-Canada Environmental Issue Engineering Graduate Fellowship,
  • 1998-1999 Neil Burgess Memorial Scholarship, 1999-2000
  • Spot Award, ESD-LBNL, 2003
  • Outstanding Performance Award, LBNL,2007
  • Couplex-Gaz Benchmark, First Prize (Shared with AF-Colenco Ltd), French National Agency for Nuclear Waste Management, 2008.

Software Productions

  • TOUGH2-MP (including 13 EOS modules), the parallel version of general purpose multiphase simulator TOUGH2.
  • TMVOC-MP, a parallel numerical simulator for three-phase non-isothermal flows of multicomponent hydrocarbon mixtures in porous/fractured media.
  • pT+H, the parallel version of TOUGH+HYDRATE, a gas-hydrate reservoir simulator.
  • TOUGH+CO2, the new generation of TOUGH family code for simulation CO2 sequestration in saline aquifer.
  • MSFLOW-MP, the parallel version of MSFLOW, a gas and oil reservoir simulator.