Ulrike Schacht

Dr Ulrike Schacht

Grant-Funded Researcher (C)

School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Ulrike is the Chevron Senior Research Fellow in Carbon Storage Science and workgroup lead for subsurface gas storage. She has an extensive expertise in the geochemical aspects of subsurface gas storage, with 15+ years of experience in conducting laboratory and field-scale investigations into (gas-)water-rock interaction processes. Her contributions in this field of expertise include a detailed understanding of how these processes can impact on the storage and sealing capacity of reservoir rocks and seals, the impacts of leakage on near subsurface environments such as fresh water aquifers, as well as the development and implementation of assurance monitoring programs for CO2 storage sites.

Since 2020 she has been applying her expertise to the newly emerging field of underground hydrogen storage (UHS). In this field her main focus is on the geochemical impact of UHS on the deeper sitting porous formations of Australian sedimentary basins, and thus the feasibility assessment of UHS in Australia (and elsewhere).

  • Carbon Storage
  • Underground Hydrogen Storage
  • Geochemistry of Gas-Water-Rock Interactions (CO2 and H2)
  • Sandstone Petrology and Diagenesis
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2023 - 2024 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2022 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2019 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2012 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2006 Research Officer University of Hanover
    2002 - 2005 Research Assistant Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (LG), Kiel
    1999 - 2001 Research Associate OSRAM (Germany), Berlin
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish - Latin American Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 Kiel University, Kiel Germany PhD Geology and Palaeontology - Marine Geochemistry
    2001 Technical University of Berlin, Berlin Germany MSc Geoengineering Sciences and Applied Geosciences - Ore Petrology and Applied Geochemistry
    1999 Technical University of Berlin, Berlin Germany BSc Geoengineering Sciences and Applied Geosciences - Ore Petrology and Applied Geochemistry
  • Research Interests

  • 01/2007 - 06/2015 CO2CRC (Researcher)
  • 07/2015 - 03/2020 CO2CRC Ltd (Project Lead)
  • 09/2011 CAGS Grant ($10k)
  • 09/2012 ECMS Faculty Overseas Travel Grant
  • 05/2012 - 04/2014 Anlec R&D (Researcher)
  • 03/2016 EIF Grant ($180k laboratory equipment )
  • 12/2016 ECMS Faculty Grant (<$5k laboratory equipment)
  • 09/2021 COVID-19 Recognition fund ($10k)
  • 01/2022 12/2024 Chevron (Senior Research Fellowship in Carbon Storage Science)
  • 10/2022 ARC LIEF Grant ($100k laboratory equipment)
  • 03/2023 ISER Grant ($10k)

Ulrike teaches into and/or coordinates the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Energy Geosciences (PetroGeo 4010, 7010) - Lecturer
  • Advanced Petroleum Geosciences (PetroGeo 7020) - Lecturer
  • Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences and the Oil Industry (PetroEng 1005) - Lecturer
  • Sedimentolology and Stratigraphy for Petroleum Engineers (PetroEng 2005) - Lecturer and Course Coordinator
  • Decision Making and Risk Analysis - Course Coordinator
  • Reservoirs, Resources and Reserves (PetroEng 4035) - Course Coordinator

Her teaching interests are:

  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Underground Storage of Hydrogen (UHS)
  • Sandstone Petrology and Diagenesis
  • Reservoir Quality
  • Petroleum Geochemistry
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (C)
  • Phone: 83138032
  • Email: ulrike.schacht@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134345
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Santos
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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