Dr. rer. nat.

Max Kewel

Senior Scientist

Chair of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology


Building: 1540

Room: 103

Lochnerstraße 4-20

52056 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 96776
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92280

Research Interests

I am a geoscientist performing laboratory experiments to investigate the hydro-mechanical behaviour of fractured rocks. I particularly studied the evolution of transport properties, permeability and specific storage capacity, of fractured rocks in response to increasing normal and shear load as well as during frictional sliding. The spatio-temporal distribution of subsurface transport properties governs pressure diffusion in the subsurface and hence local effective pressure, which is an important parameter in research on Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Earthquakes.

Current Projects

Stress Profiling in EGS - SPINE | since 2020 | ERC Grant | PI’s: Domenico Giardine (ETH Zurich), Florian Amann (RWTH Aachen), Massimo Cocco (INGV), Stefan Wiemer (ETH Zurich)

Fault Activation and Earthquake Rupture - FEAR | since 2020 | Horizon 2020 Grant | PI’s: Florian Amann (RWTH Aachen), Yves Guglielmi (LBNL), Gerd Klee (Solexperts), Benoit Valley (UniNe), Andres Acolea Rodriguez (GES) | More information

Past Projects

Hydromechanical reservoir characterization of the drill hole Horstberg | 2017-2019 | BMWi | PhD-Project | PI: Torsten Tischner (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources)

Professional Experience

Since 2020 Post-Doc, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University
2017-2020 PhD student, Experimental Geophysics working group, Ruhr-University Bochum
2016 Student Research Assistant, Experimental Geophysics working group, Ruhr University Bochum
2015-2016 Student Research Assistant, International Geothermal Centre, Bochum
2013-2014 Student Research Assistant, ecoprog GmbH, Köln


2017-2020 PhD Geophysics, Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2014-2016 MSc Geosciences (specialization Geophysics), Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2011-2014 BSc Geosciences, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne, Germany