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Mikhail Spasennykh

Professor of the Practice, Director, Skoltech Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery
Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery

After graduating from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1983 in the field of molecular physics, Mikhail joined Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences, where he defended his candidate of science thesis in 1990 in the area of isotope geochemistry and computer simulation of geochemical processes. In 1991-1993 Mikhail was a member of international research team at US-Russia Centre for Contaminant Transport Study in Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He participated in the study of radionuclide transport in soils, groundwater and bottom sediments of contaminated reservoirs in South Ural region, including Lake Karachay the most radioactive place in the world. In 1993-1995 Mikhail served as a panel secretary of the Earth Sciences Division at the International Science Foundation, established by George Soros to support fundamental science in Russia. Mikhail was responsible for co-ordination of more than 1500 proposals and grants in geology, geophysics and geochemistry.

After obtaining his second degree in Technology Management from the RF Academy of National Economy in 1999, Mikhail effectively combined his research experience with management skills. In 2002-2007 as Mikhail participated in creation of Yukos Research and Development Center. As a head of R&D department and later as a director of the Center he was responsible for development of Yukos R&D program and launch of international research projects in collaboration with world leading technological companies and universities in the area of hydrocarbon production, oil refining and petrochemistry. In 2007-2014 Mikhail was involved in corporate research in Schlumberger and Gazpromneft. As a business development manager of Schlumberger Moscow Research Center, Mikhail initiated a number of joint research projects with RF oil and gas companies focused on development of new technological solutions for exploration and production of unconventional hydrocarbons. As a head of department of innovation and technological policy of Gazpromneft, Mikhail developed and defended the program of innovation development of the Company and launched more than 15 research projects focused on technology for deep refining of hydrocarbons and catalyst production.

Before taking over the directorship of the SCHR at the end of 2014, Mikhail worked as a consultant with Skoltech Vice-President for Public Programs and Industrial Cooperation Alexey Ponomarev on building business connections with the Russian and international industry in oil, gas and energy areas. With a very strong background in these fields, Mikhail has brought with him a wealth of experience in developing and managing R&D projects, business development, industrial cooperation and innovation facilitation to Skoltech.

Mikhail is an author of more than 80 publications and patents in the area of isotope geochemistry, radioecology, reactive transport modeling, petrophysics, unconventional hydrocarbons, research project management.

Unconventional hydrocarbons;

  • Advanced petrophysics;
  • Isotope geochemistry;
  • Enhanced oil recovery;
  • Reactive transport modeling;

Petroleum petrophyscis and geochemistry

Vasiliev, A.L. Pichkur E.B., Mikhutkin A.A. Spasennykh M.Yu, Bogdanovich N.N., et all. “The study of pore space morphology in kerogen from bazhenov shale formation”, Oil Industry, 2015, v.10. p.28-32 (in Russian).

Popov E., Kalmykov G., Stenin V., Popov Yu., Spasennykh M. “Thermal properties of bazhenov shales”. Oil Industry, 2015, v.10. p.32-37 (in Russian).

Popov E., Кalmykov G., Popov Yu., Spasennykh M., et all. “Thermal conductivity as indicator of total organic carbon for bazhen formation”. Proceedings the 17-th conference «Geomodel», 2015, 4 p. (in Russian).

Popov Yu., Pissarenko D., Parshin A., Chekhonin E., Safonov S., Spasennylh M., et all. ”New Workflow of Reservoir Thermal Property Investigations in Application to Thermal Methods of Heavy Oil Production and Basin Modeling”. Abstracts of 21st World Petroleum Congress. 2014. Moscow, Russia.

Popov, Yu., Chekhonin, E., Parshin, A., Law, D.H.-S., Pissarenko, D., Miklashevskiy, D., Popov, E., Spasennykh, M., Safonov, et al   “Experimental Investigations of Spatial and Temporal Variations in Rock Thermal Properties as Necessary Stage in Thermal EOR”. SPE Heavy Oil Conference Canada 2013. SPE 165474-MS. V 2, 1135-1153.

Chekhonin E., Parshin A., Pissarenko D., Popov Y., Romushkevich R., Safonov S., Spasennykh M., Chertenkov M., Stenin V. “When rocks get hot: Thermal properties of reservoir rocks”. Oilfield Review. 2012, 24(3), 20-37.

Popov Yu., Chertenkov M., Stenin V., Konoplev Y., Gerasimov I., Spasennykh M., Parshin A. “Experimental investigations of Rock Thermal Properties Using New Methods and Equipment in the Yarega Heavy Oilfield”. Proceedings of the World Heavy Oil Congress, Aberdeen, 2012. September 10-13, 2012, WHOC 12-292, 6 p.

Popov Yu., Spasennykh M., Pissarenko D., Bogdanovich N., Stenin V., Chertenkov M. “Thermal and acoustic properties of Yarega heavy oil field reservoir”. Karotazhnik (Logging), 2011, 7 (205), 27-36 (in Russian).

Popov Y.A., Spasennykh M.Y., Miklashevskiy D.E., Parshin A.V., Stenin V.P., Chertenkov M.V., Novikov S.V., Tarelko N.F. “Thermal properties of formations from core analysis: Evolution in measurement methods, equipment, and experimental data in relation to thermal EOR”. Society of Petroleum Engineers – Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference 2010. V.3, 1860-1870

Pimenov V., Popov yu., Klemin D., Spasennykh M. 2009. “Estimate of reservoir thermal property influence on oil recovery results at SAGD application”. Geologiya i Razvedka (Geology and Prospecting), 4, 59-62 (in Russian).

Patent  RF 2386025; US 20110073309; CA 2681646,  Method of hydraulic breaknof oil or gas stratum with usage proppant M.Yu.Spasennykh, E.A.Borisova, 30/09/2008

Patent RU2381350; US 20100139918; CA 2681527; Method to prevent well sanding using gravel packing M.Yu.Spasennykh, E.A.Borisova, 30/09/2008 Fluid-rock interaction, isotope geochemistry of hydrothermal systems

Fluid-rock interaction, isotope geochemistry of hydrothermal systems

Spasennykh M.Yu., Matveeva S.S., and Sushchevskaya T.M., “Fluid–rock Interaction near Large Vein Bodies: Isotopic Evidence,” Geokhimiya, 2005, No. 12, 1322– 1332, Geochemistry International 43 , 1217–1227.

Matveeva S.S., Spasennykh M.Y., Sushchevskaya T.M., Bychkov A.Y., Ignat’ev A.V. “Geochemical model of the formation of the Spokoininskoye tungsten deposit (Eastern Transbaikal Region, Russia)”, Geology of Ore Deposits, 2002, том 44, № 2, с. 111-131(in Russian)

Spasennykh M.Yu, Shmonov V.M., Sushchevskaya T.M., and Ignat’ev A.V., “Transport of hydrothermal fluids in Iultin hydrothermal system, Chukot Peninsula: from the results on isotope and permeability study,” Geokhimiya, 2002, No. 4, 626–638, Geochemistry international 40 , 564–575.

Sushchevskaya T.M., Spasennykh M.Yu., Ignat’ev A.V., Devirts A.L., and Erokhin A.M. Genesis of mineral-forming fluids of the Svetloe deposit, Chukotka, Russia: oxygen and hydrogen isotopic data // Geochem. Int., V. 38, Suppl. 2, P. 23-30, 2000

Sushchevskaya T.M, Matveyeva S.S., Spasennykh M.Yu., et all. “Water-Rock interaction in ore zones of Iultin (Sn-W) and Akchatau (W) deposits based on oxygen isotope data.” Experiment in Geosciences, 1996, v5, n1, p.73-75

Sushchevskaya T.M., M.Yu.Spasennykh, A.V.Ignatiev, “The Iultin tin-tungsten deposit: nature of ore-forming fluids based on oxygen isotope data.” in Mineral Deposits: From Their Origin to Their Environmental Impacts, Edited by Jan Pasva, et al., A.A.Balkema, 1995, p.543-546.

Bannikova L., Suschevskaya T., Spasennykh M, Barsukov V “Isotopic and geochemical study of the conditions of tin ore formation of Solnechnoye deposit (Far East of Russia)”,Geochemical Journal, 1994, vol.28, p.411-428.

Spasennykh M.Yu. Mathematical model of isotope water-rock interaction in hydrothermal systems. Geochemistry, 1991, N2, c.205-2015

Spasennykh M.Yu and Bannikova L.A., “Model of isotope exchange coupling with fluid transport in permeable rock: application to the interpretation of oxygen isotope variations in hydrothermal systems” Geokhimiya, No. 10, 1389–1401 (1986).

Ryzhenko B.N., Bryzgalin O.V. Artamkina I.Y. Spasennykh M.Yu. Shapkin A.I. (1985) An electrostatic model for the electrolytic dissociation of inorganic substances dissolved in water. Geochemistry International 22(9), 138-144.

Transport of radionuclides in groundwater

Spasennykh M.Yu. Effect of water-rock interaction on migration of radionuclides in water saturated rocks and bottom sediments, Geokhimia,  , 1997 N2 1997, с.218-226

Spasennykh M.Yu., Apps J.A. Radionuclide behavior in water saturated porous media: diffusion and infiltration coupling of thermodynamically and kinetically controlled radionuclide water – mineral interactions, 1995, LBL-367380, UC-603, Berkeley, California, 25 p.

Mironenko M.V; Spasennykh M.Yu., et al, The cascade reservoirs of the “Mayak” plant: case history and the first version of a computer simulation, 1994, LBL36212, UC603, Berkeley, California, 83p;

Khodakovsky I.L., Mironenko M.V.,Spasennykh M.Yu., Polyakov V.B. Smirnov A.B. Bannikova L.A. «Mathematical model of hydro-chemical regime of technological reservoirs heavy contaminated by radionuclides (South Ural)” Moscow, Institute of geochemistry and analytical chemistry RAS, 1992

Isotope geochemistry of magmatic processes

Spasennykh M.Yu. Transport and isotope fractionation during phase convection in the melt-solid phase system, Geokhimia, 1999, N4, 227-23/ Geochemistry International, 1999, V 37, N 3.

Spasennykh M.Yu. Transport and fractionation of isotopes in magama chamber. Experiment in Geosciences, 1997, V6, N2, p74-75.

Spasennykh M.Yu, Tolstikhin I.N. “Noble Gas Fractionation During Degasing of melts”, Geochemical Journal 1993, vol 27, p.213-217.

Botkunov I., Garanin A.I, Galimov E.M., Spasennykh M.Yu., et al, Carbon containing fluid inclusions in olivine and pyrop from the Udachnaya Kimberlite Pipe, Geochemistry,1989, N7, с. 1011-1015;

Research project management

Spasennykh M.Yu. “Innovative business. Corporate R&D management”. 2010. Academy of National Economy, Delo publishing house, Moscow, 148 pages. ISBN: 978-5-7749-0603-1

Spasennykh M.Yu. “Technology innovations and corporate R&D management”, textbook, Academy of National Economy under Government of Russian Federation, 2009.


Vladimir Istomin
Principal Research Scientist
Natalia Bogdanovich
Leading Research Scientist
Evgeny Chekhonin
Leading Research Scientist
Evgeny Chuvilin
Leading Research Scientist
Andrey Kazak
Leading Research Scientist
Stanislav Ursegov
Leading Research Scientist
Svyatoslav Chugunov
Senior Research Scientist
Elena Kozlova
Senior Research Scientist
Denis Sabitov
Senior Research Scientist
Boris Bukhanov
Research Scientist

ФИО: Спасенных Михаил Юрьевич
Занимаемая должность (должности): Профессор, Директор Центра добычи углеводородов Сколтеха
Ученая степень: кандидат наук, Институт геохимии и аналитической химии им. В.И.Вернадского РАН, 1990 г.
Наименование направления подготовки и/или специальности: изотопная геохимия и аналитическая химия
Данные о повышении квалификации и/или профессиональной переподготовке: магистр управления, Академия народного хозяйства при Правительстве Российской Федерации
Общий стаж работы: 32 лет
Стаж работы по специальности: 32 лет