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Marcel Frehner



Geological Institute
Department of Earth Sciences
ETH Zurich


Marcel Frehner
Geological Institute
ETH Zurich
Room NO E3
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 632 54 68
E-Mail: marcel.frehner - at -

Short CV

Marcel Frehner is a senior researcher/lecturer, whose main scientific aim is the mechanical understanding of geological and geophysical phenomena. He developed various numerical modeling codes, but also integrates his theoretical and numerical work with field and laboratory data.

His first main research branch can be summarized as Computational Structural Geology, for which he combines detailed structural field studies with dynamical numerical modeling of geological structures to better understand the mechanical behavior of rocks and the development of the observed structures.

For the second of his two main research fields, Digital Rock Physics, he closely collaborates with the Seismic Attenuation and Rock Deformation Laboratory. The aim is to measure seismic properties in partially fluid-saturated porous or fractured rocks both in real rocks and numerically in digital rock samples.

Marcel Frehner received his PhD degree from ETH Zurich in 2009 before he spent two years at the University of Vienna (Austria) as a research and teaching associate. At the ETH Zurich he is now teaching two numerical modeling graduate courses and is leading several field courses and geological excursions. In 2016, Marcel received his Venia Legendi (Habilitation).


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