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Jeff Burghardt

Jeff Burghardt

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 375-2278


Jeff Burghardt has over 8 years of experience in experimental and computational geomechanics. Since joining PNNL in 2016, his/her work has focused primarily on geologic carbon sequestration and enhanced geothermal systems.

Research Interests

  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Induced seismicity
  • Subsurface stress measurement and estimation
  • Chemical/mechanical coupling
  • Rock mechanics
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Multiphysics modeling

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • American Rock Mechanics Association

PNNL Publications


  • Jian G., C.A. Fernandez, J.A. Burghardt, A.H. Bonneville, V. Gupta, and G. Garrison. 2020. "Foot-scale Evaluation of CO2-Responsive Polymer and CO2 Binary Fluid as an Alternative Fracturing Fluid for Enhanced Geothermal Systems." In Proceedings of the 45th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, February 10-12, 2020, Stanford, California. Stanford, California:Stanford University. PNNL-SA-151707.


  • Fernandez C.A., V. Gupta, G.L. Dai, A.P. Kuprat, A.H. Bonneville, D. Appriou, and J.A. Horner, et al. 2019. "Insights into a Greener Stimuli-Responsive Fracturing Fluid for Geothermal Applications." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7, no. 14:19660-19668. PNNL-SA-144518. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04802
  • Miller Q., H.T. Schaef, S.K. Nune, K. Jung, J.A. Burghardt, P.F. Martin, and M.S. Prowant, et al. 2019. "Geophysical Monitoring with Seismic Metamaterial Contrast Agents." In Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC 2019), July 22-24, 2019, Denver, CO, Paper No 1123. Richardson, Texas:Society of Petroleum Engineers. PNNL-SA-148890. doi:10.15530/urtec-2019-1123


  • Burghardt J.A. 2018. "Geomechanical risk assessment for subsurface fluid disposal operations." Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering 51, no. 7:2265-2288. PNNL-SA-123422. doi:10.1007/s00603-018-1409-1


  • Knox H., P. Fu, J. Morris, Y. Guglielmi, V.R. Vermeul, J. Ajo-Franklin, and C.E. Strickland, et al. 2017. "Fracture and Flow Designs for the Collab/SIGMA-V Project." Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council 41. PNNL-SA-128292.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas