University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Balhoff

Bank of America Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

Professor Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Research Interests

Computational Mechanics


Dr. Balhoff earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2005.

The overall goal of his research is to model, understand, and validate fundamental flow and transport behavior of subsurface fluids with applications to hydrocarbon recovery, carbon sequestration, groundwater remediation, and nuclear waste storage. He performs his research using advanced mathematical and computational tools (pore-scale models and reservoir simulation), but also conducts experiments. The goals of his research are categorized into four specific areas: (1) Develop unique methods to simulate multiscale flow and transport processes in subsurface media, (2) Predict and quantify nonlinear flow behavior in porous media at the pore scale, (3) Model, characterize, and validate non-Newtonian fluid flow in hydrocarbon recovery processes, and (4) Discover breakthroughs in recovering unconventional hydrocarbons. Dr. Balhoff’s expertise is in pore-scale modeling, multiscale modeling, reservoir simulation, and enhanced oil recovery.