Klaus Regenauer-Lieb

Professor, MSc Kiel , PhD Auck. , DrHabil J.Gutenberg Mainz

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2750 Citations
  • 28 h-Index
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Personal profile


The Western Australian Premier’s Research Fellow Prof Klaus Regenauer-Lieb is the founder of the new WA Geothermal Centre of Excellence in Perth (2008) and co-founder of the Institute for Geothermal Resource Management in Mainz/Bingen, Germany(2004). He has 17 years of postdoctoral research and training in international research organizations.

He obtained a PhD at the Geothermal Institute in Auckland New Zealand (1992) leading to the reward of a Mitsubishi Fellowship. His international contributions are reported in Nature and Science, delivering recent breakthroughs in computational geodynamics applied to explore the link between Earth's heat, its chemistry and its mechanical behavior.

Roles and responsibilities

Premiers Research Fellow, “Multi-scale Earth System Dynamics” University of Western Australia and CSIRO Exploration and Mining.

Director of the “ Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence” University of Western Australia, CSIRO Exploration and Mining, Curtin University

Previous positions

Professor in Earth & Environment, The University of Western Australia, Perth (2006-present);

Professor of Geophysics and Geodynamics, Johannes Gutenberg University , Mainz (2004-2007);

Research Scientist CSIRO Exploration and Mining & pmd*CRC, Perth (2003-2004);

Assistant Professor , Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich (1999-2003);

Research Scientist, Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1998-1999);

Habilitation Fellow of the German Research Council DFG, Geothermal Institute, Auckland (1995-1998);

Graduate School Coordinator, Institute for Marine Geosciences GEOMAR, Kiel (1992-1995).


Klaus is at the forefront of the field of mathematical geophysics and computational geodynamics, developing new ways of exploration and finding mineral deposits.

Spending his time between the CSIRO and UWA, his collaborative method is yielding results. Combining geology with geodynamics, the Professor's work involves looking back four billion years into the planet's history to understand where the earth's deposits of various valuable minerals were formed. This allows exploration companies to intelligently predict where to best look for a particular mineral. His work is exceedingly complicated with numerical codes often taking days to calculate even on the supercomputers around the world, but to this state's economic longevity his efforts are invaluable resources in themselves.


  • Geodynamic modelling
  • Geothermal energy

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Research Output 2001 2018

Thermo-poro-mechanics Modelling of Gypsum Dehydration

Karrech, A., Fusseis, F., Schrank, C. E. & Regenauer-Lieb, K., 2018, Advances in Characterization and Analysis of Expansive Soils and Rocks: Proceedings of the 1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition. Hoyos, L. R. & McCartney, J. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 177-188

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Phase transitions

A comparative study of Maxwell viscoelasticity at large strains and rotationsl

Schrank, C. E., Karrech, A., Boutelier, D. A. & Regenauer-Lieb, K., Oct 2017, In : Geophysical Journal International. 211, 1, p. 252-262 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)
Dynamic response
Transfer matrix method
Structural members
Defect structures
Elastic moduli
10 Citations (Scopus)
Modal analysis
Stiffness matrix
Nonlinear systems
11 Citations (Scopus)

Techno-economic analysis of geothermal desalination using Hot Sedimentary Aquifers: A pre-feasibility study for Western Australia

Christ, A., Rahimi, B., Regenauer-Lieb, K. & Chua, H. T., 17 Feb 2017, In : Desalination. 404, p. 167-181 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Economic analysis
feasibility study
economic analysis

Projects 2006 2014