Dr. Haibing Shao

Staff Scientist (Tenure-Track)
Leader of the Group
Geothermal System Analysis


Department Environmental Informatics
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49 341 235 1884
Email: haibing(dot)shao(at)ufz(dot)de
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General Research Topics

  • Shallow Geothermal

    - Numerical modeling of heat transfer between Borehole Heat Exchangers and surrounding subsurface

    - Analysis and optimization of long-term performance of Ground Source Heat Pump System (GSHP)
    - Application of shallow subsurface for thermal storage

  • Deep Geothermal

    - Geothermal reservoir numerical model construction and analysis
    - Analysis of coupled processes in the vicinity of wellbore
    - Modelling partially saturated and multiphase flow process in the subsurface, with particular focus on the non-isothermal phase change behavior.
    - Scaling and corrosion issues in high-temperature geothermal reservoirs

  • Reactive Transport Modeling

    - Numerical modeling of water-rock interactions
    - Geochemical processes under high temperature high pressure environment
    - Geochemically coupled processes in the context of nuclear waste repository

  • Software Development

    - Implementation of relevant numerical schemes and features for the scientific software OpenGeoSys.

Current Research Projects

Featured Recent Publications
* Corresponding author

  • Boyan Meng, Yan Yang, Yonghui Huang, Olaf Kolditz, Haibing Shao* (2021) Remediation potential of borehole thermal energy storage for chlorinated hydrocarbon plumes: Numerical modeling in a variably-saturated aquifer, Front. Earth Sci. 9 , art. 790315. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2021.790315
  • Renchao Lu, Chaojie Cheng, Thomas Nagel, Harald Milsch, Hideaki Yasuhara, Olaf Kolditz, Haibing Shao* (2021) What process causes the slowdown of pressure solution creep, Geomech. Geophys. Geo-Energy Geo-Resour. 7 (3), art. 57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40948-021-00247-4
  • Wanlong Cai, Fenghao Wang, Shuang Chen, Chaofan Chen, Jun Liu, Jiewen Deng, Olaf Kolditz, Haibing Shao* (2021) Analysis of heat extraction performance and long-term sustainability for multiple deep borehole heat exchanger array: A project-based study, Applied Energy 289: 116590. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116590 
  • Chaofan Chen, Wanlong Cai, Dmitri Naumov, Kun Tu, Hongwei Zhou, Yuping Zhang, Olaf Kolditz, Haibing Shao* (2021) Numerical investigation on the capacity and efficiency of a deep enhanced U-tube borehole heat exchanger system for building heating, Renewable Energy 169: 557-572. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2021.01.033
  • Shuang Chen, Wanlong Cai, Francesco Witte, Xuerui Wang, Fenghao Wang, Olaf Kolditz, Haibing Shao* (2021) Long-term thermal imbalance in large borehole heat exchangers array – A numerical study based on the Leicester project, Energy and Buildings 231: 110518. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110518

Summary of publications and citations

ISI listed journal publications as of 12.2021: 50,
with 1429 citations and an h-index of 19
For the detailed publication list, please refer to my profile on the following websites:
ResearcherID, ResearchGate, ORCID

Teaching Experience

  • Winter Semester 2014 - 2019
    Lecture, exercise and practice: Geoströmungsmodellierung (Geo-Fluid Modeling)
    3 SWS, TU Bergakamedie Freiberg (TUBAF)
  • Winter Semester 2015 - 2019
    Lecture: Hydrogeological Flow and Transport Modelling for GW-Management
    4 SWS together with Dr. Nils Hothe, TU Bergakamedie Freiberg (TUBAF)


since 08.2018
Staff Scientist (Tenure-Track), Group Leader
Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany;

05.2014 -04.2020
W1-Junior Professor “Geothermal System Analysis”
in the Faculty of Geoscience, Geotechnics and Mining,
TU Bergakamedie Freiberg (TUBAF)

04.2010 – 10.2010
Earth Science Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.,
visiting researcher on the topic of numerical modeling of CO2 geological sequestration process.

08.2009 - 07.2018
PostDoc Research Assistant, Staff Scientist.
Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany;


PhD: 06.2007 – 07.2010
Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden)
Grade: magna cum laude (sehr gut)

Master: 09.2005 – 05.2007
Applied Environmental Geosciences,
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
Grade: 1.2/5 (excellent)

Bachelor: 09. 2001 – 08. 2005
Environmental Engineering,
Tongji University, Shanghai, China