Born in China in 1979, after receiving his Bachelor and Master degrees in Thermal Science & Energy Engineering at the University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei, China, Xiangzhao Kong earned his doctorate in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota, USA. Then he joined the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland as a Research Fellow (Level B) in Brisbane, Australia. In 2015, he moved back to Zurich and joined the Institute of geophysics in ETH Zurich as a senior research associate in the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids Group.
Xiangzhao Kong is leading the laboratory of the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids Group, aiming at understanding the relevant processes during the utilization of deep geothermal energy. His main interests are fluid, solute, and heat transport processes in saturated and unsaturated (fractured) porous media, reactive transport in (fractured) porous media, and upscaling flow and transport parameters from pore or core scale to reservoir scale, using laboratory experiments and numerical modelling.