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
HaibingShao Snapshot

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

  • Randow, J., Chen, S., Lubashevsky, K., Thiel, S., Reinhardt, T., Rink, K., Grimm, R., Bucher, A., Kolditz, O., Shao, H.*, (2022): Modeling neighborhood-scale shallow geothermal energy utilization: a case study in Berlin, Geotherm. Energy 10 , art. 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-022-00211-9
  • Cai, W., Wang, F., Chen, S., Chen, C., Zhang, Y., Kolditz, O., Shao, H.*, (2022): Importance of long-term ground-loop temperature variation in performance optimization of Ground Source Heat Pump system
    Appl. Therm. Eng. 204 , art. 117945. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2021.117945
  • Chen, C., Witte, F., Tuschy, I., Kolditz, O., Shao, H.*, (2022): Parametric optimization and comparative study of an organic Rankine cycle power plant for two-phase geothermal sources, Energy 252 , art. 123910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2022.123910
  • Lu, R., Nagel, T., Poonoosamy, J., Naumov, D., Fischer, T., Montoya, V., Kolditz, O., Shao, H.*, (2022): A new operator-splitting finite element scheme for reactive transport modeling in saturated porous media, Comput. Geosci. 163 , art. 105106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2022.105106
  • Cai, W., Wang, F., Chen, C.-F., Chen, S., Liu, J., Ren, Z., Shao, H.*, (2022): Long-term performance evaluation for deep borehole heat exchanger array under different soil thermal properties and system layouts, Energy 241, art. 122937. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2021.122937

Summary of publications and citations

ISI listed journal publications as of 06.2022: 53,
with 1700+ citations and an h-index of 22
For the detailed publication list, please refer to my profile on the following websites:
Web of Science, 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