Dr Nils Lenhardt

A Senior Lecturer in sedimentology and physical volcanology at the University of Pretoria. He received his MSc (2004) and PhD (2009) from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. Nils’ PhD focused on volcaniclastic successions along the southern edge of the Transmexican Volcanic Belt and their implications for the Miocene plate reorganisation in Central America. Since then, he has worked on a variety of different projects focusing on physical volcanology of ancient and active volcanic complexes, and reservoir characterization (with respect to hydrocarbon exploration as well as the use of geothermal energy) of sediments in volcano-sedimentary basins. As part of CIMERA, Nils currently focuses on the pre-Drakensberg volcanism and sill intrusions of the Karoo and their significance for basin evolution and shale gas formation.  

Selected Publications:

Humbert, F., de Kock, M.O., Altermann, W., Elburg, M.A., Lenhardt, N., Smith, A.J.B. & Masango, S. (2018) Petrology, physical volcanology and geochemistry of a Paleoproterozoic large igneous province: The Hekpoort Formation in the southern Transvaal sub-basin (Kaapvaal craton). Precambrian Research, 315, 232-256. doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2018.07.022

Lenhardt, N., Borah, S.B., Lenhardt, S.Z., Bumby, A.J., Ibinoof, M.A. & Salih, S.A. (2018) The monogenetic Bayuda Volcanic Field, Sudan – New insights into geology and volcanic morphology. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 356, 211-224. doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2018.03.010

Wang, Y., Yang, R., Song, M., Lenhardt, N., Wang, X., Zhang, X., Yang, S., Wang, J. & Cao, H. (2018) Characteristics, controls and geological models of hydrocarbon accumulation in the Carboniferous volcanic reservoirs of the Chunfeng Oilfield, Junggar Basin, northwestern China. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 94, 65-79. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.04.001

Lenhardt, N., Masango, S.M., Jolayemi, O.O., Lenhardt, S.Z., Peeters, G.-J. & Eriksson, P.G (2017) The Palaeoproterozoic (~2.06 Ga) Rooiberg Group, South Africa: Dominated by high-grade lava-like and rheomorphic ignimbrites? New observations and lithofacies analysis. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 131, 213-232. doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2017.03.030.

Lenhardt, N.& Götz, A.E. (2015) Geothermal reservoir potential of volcaniclastic settings: The Valley of Mexico, Central Mexico. Renewable Energy, 77, 423-429. doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.12.034

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