Montanuniversitaet Leoben is a technical university covering the field of mineral resources, metallurgy and material sciences. The research and education profile is set along the value chain from mineral deposits to production processes, to product design and recycling of end of life products. In total 4500 students are enrolled in the BSc, MSc and PhD programs, out of which 25% are female students and 15 % are international students. Montanuniversitaet Leoben employs in total 1200 people, comprising senior and junior researchers and technical and administrative staff.
The total budget of Montanuniversitaet Leoben is around 80 million € per year, out of which 50 million € are provided by the state. 30 million € are coming from domestic, European and International research contracts. Montanuniversitaet has been developing a strong network with many Raw Materials oriented universities throughout Europe and worldwide. Network activities comprise students exchange programs, international joint and multiple degree programs and common research and development activities. A special feature of Montanuniversitaet Leoben is its very big network to Universities and companies in Central, East and South East Europe.
Montanuniversitaet Leoben has a big research group (Department of Applied Geosciences and Geophysics) focusing on minerals resources, their exploration, evaluation, modelling, and sustainable management. The Department of Applied Geosciences and Geophysics consists of four chairs (Applied Geophysics, Mineral Deposits, Resource Mineralogy, Petroleum Geology). Amongst these, the Chair of Petroleum Geology is involved in the project “Mineral”.
Profile of the Chair of Petroleum Geology
The Chair of Petroleum Geology was established in 2011 with the help of OMV oil company and forms part of the Department Applied Geosciences and Geophysics. Currently the chair comprises six scientists supervising eight PhD students, one technician and one secretary. In addition, two visiting researchers from China are currently working at the chair using its lab facilities.
The Chair of Petroleum Geology is involved in teaching within the frame of the BSc and MSc programs “Applied Geosciences” and “Petroleum Engineering”. MSc students of the study program “Applied Geosciences” have the opportunity to specialize in the field of “Petroleum Geosciences”. With the exception of the BSc program “Applied Geosciences”, all study programs are provided in English. The successful participation of student teams (master level) in the European contest of the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (one 1st and one 2nd place) documents the high quality of education offered by Montanuniversitaet in the field of petroleum geology.
The research activities of the chair aim at a better understanding of the generation and distribution of oil and gas deposits. Coal geology forms an additional research focus. These research activities may be classified into four thematic areas:
In addition, studies concerning geothermics, environmental geology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy are also performed.
The chair has a strong regional focus, which includes Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and China. A high number of studies have been performed in the successor states of the Soviet Union including Russia (e.g. Maikop Shales in the Precaucasus area), Ukraine, Georgia, and Kazachstan.
Current research projects include the investigation of petroleum source rocks in the Paratethys, a project, which is performed in close cooperation with scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The research activities are made possible by a research lab („Fritz-Ebner“ Lab), which has been established during the last years and which is unique in Central Europe. It includes instruments for biomarker and isotope investigations on solid, liquid and gaseous materials.