Prof. Hou Zhengmeng, a senior foreign teacher of Sichuan University and concurrently a distinguished expert under “the Recruitment Program of Global Experts”, was elected as an academician of German Academy of Geo-sciences and Geo-technological Engineering (Mitglied der Akademie für Geowissenschaften und Geotechnologien e. V.) several days ago.
Prof. Hou has been engaging in scientific research and teaching of geo-mechanics and geo-environmental engineering for more than 3 decades, covering exploitation of underground clean energy resources; hydraulic fracturing technology for unconventional natural gas and deep geothermal resources; large-scale underground storage of natural gas, compressed air, strategic petroleum and renewable energy resources (power to X and storage); comprehensive utilization of underground space; underground storage and utilization of CO2; underground repository of radioactive nuclear wastes; rock salt damage and dynamics; real-time stability of borehole; geothermal, multiphase geohydraulic, geomechanical and geochemical and other coupled processes in deep underground as well as their numerical modeling.
Prof. Hou took charge of and participated in more than 90 research projects of Germany and China. At present, he is responsible for multiple significant scientific research projects concerning long-term secure and stable underground repository of high-level nuclear wastes, exploitation of tight gas and deep geothermal resources, enhanced gas recovery by CO2-injection, and others, which are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Science Research Foundation of Germany (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other organizations. He has been also collaborating with Academician Xie Heping of SCU on three international cooperation projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of PRC (MOST), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Science Research Foundation of Germany (DFG). With his research achievements at international advanced level, he is a frontrunner of theoretical research and engineering practice in the field of mechanics of rock salt with large-deformation and low-permeability, a major founder of modern design theory for underground storage of natural gas and oil; a pioneer engaging in the research on long-term safety and tightness of geological CO2-sequestration and new well sealing technology, and also a senior expert of rock mechanics of petroleum and reservoir engineering. Particularly, he emphasizes basic and applied research as well as technology transfer, and practices very well the combination of applying available research results and further developing theories based on such applications.
Prof. Hou Zhengmeng, male, 1963 born in Sichuan Province of China, is Director of Institute of Environmental Energy Technology at the College of Architecture & Environment of Sichuan University, Head of Rock Mechanics at Clausthal University of Technology and Energy Research Center of Lower Saxony in Germany, Chief German Scientist of Sino-German Energy Research Center, the Chinese Affairs Commissioner of Clausthal University of Technology, a Chair Professor of SCU (“985 Program” platform) and Visiting Professor of China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing). He boasts fruitful academic achievements: Among others, he initiated and chaired eight international academic conferences, edited as chief-editor two proceedings of international conferences, published six monographs and nearly 100 SCI and EI indexed papers; furthermore, he was the editor-in-chief for three thematic issues of two SCI magazines, and has been an editorial board member of three EI magazines and a invited peer reviewer of more than 20 SCI magazines.