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Elena Mukhina

Senior research scientist at Skoltech Center for Petroleum Science and Engineering.
Has a PhD degree in Energy Technology from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (Stockholm, Sweden).
Works in studying and developing different enhanced oil recovery technologies for conventional and unconventional oil reserves.
Studies in-situ hydrogen generation within hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Main research area:

Experimental and numerical simulation of different enhanced oil recovery processes in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

R&D Projects:

  • The development of unconventional reserves of Bazhenov formation with the use of different EOR technologies (thermal, gas and chemical)
  • In-situ hydrogen synthsis within hydrocarbon reservoirs
  • Alternative well stimulation, non-hydraulic fracturing, fluid studies and geomechanics
  • PVT and special PVT studies for oils of conventional and unconventional fields
  • Thermal EOR for Bazhenov Field, numerical simulation of hot water flow in a well
  • Oil-gas diffusion coefficient study
  • etc.


  • Alexandra Ushakova, Elena Mukhina, Alexandra Scerbacova et al. A Comprehensive Project of Thermal, Gas and Chemical EOR Method Application for Bazhenov Shale Formation, SPE, 2021, https://doi.org/2118/206424-MS
  • Alexandra Scerbacova, Anastasia Ivanova, Elena Mukhina et al. Screening of Surfactants for Huff-N-Puff Injection into Unconventional Reservoirs, SPE, 2021, https://doi.org/2118/206431-MS
  • Shilov Е.D., Dorhjie D.B., Mukhina E.D. et al. Experimental and Numerical Studies of Rich Gas Huff-n-Puff Injection in Shale, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2021, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.109420
  • Mukhina E.D., Cheremisin A.N., Khakimova L.A. et al. Enhanced Oil Recovery Technique Selection for Oil Shales Based on Numerical Simulation, ACS Omega, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.1c01779
  • Turakhanov A., Tsyshkova A., Mukhina E. et al., Cyclic Subcritical Water Injection into Bazhenov Oil Shale: Geochemical and Petrophysical Properties Evolution Due to Hydrothermal Exposure, Energies, 2021, https://doi.org/10.3390/en14154570
  • Khmelenko, E. Mukhina, A. Mukhametdinova, V. Lompik, A. Ushakova, M. Zvada and A. Cheremisin. Approaches to Studying of Associated Gas Diffusion in Oil Saturated Shale Core Samples, EAGE/SPE Workshop on Shale Science 2021, 2021, https://doi.org/10.3997/2214-4609.202151015
  • Mukhina and A. Cheremisin. Development of a Successful Scenario of Hot Water Enhanced Oil Recovery Method for Oil Shale, 82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2020, https://doi.org/10.3997/2214-4609.202011655
  • Askarova A.G., Turakhanov A., Mukhina E.D., Cheremisin A.N., Cheremisin A.N. Unconventional Reservoirs: Methodological Approach for Thermal EOR Simulation, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, 2020, https://doi.org/10.15530/urtec-2020-2112
  • Kutcherov V.G., Ivanov K.S., Mukhina E.D., Serovaisky A.Yu. Deep Hydrocarbon Cycle: An Experimental Simulation, a chapter in AGU Books: Special Edition “Carbon in Earth’s Interior”, 2020, https://deepcarbon.net/project/carbon-earths-interior
  • Afanasev P., Tsyshkova A., Scerbacova A., Mukhina E. et al. Compositions of anionic and non-ionic surfactants within a hybrid EOR technology for shale oil reservoirs, SPE, 196759, 2019, https://doi.org/10.2118/196759-MS
  • Mukhina E.D., Askarova A.G., Kalacheva D.Yu. et al. Hydrocarbon saturation for an unconventional reservoir in details, SPE, 196743, 2019, https://doi.org/10.2118/196743-MS
  • Serovaisky A., Mukhina E.D. et al. Fate of hydrocarbons in iron-bearing mineral environments during subduction, MDPI: Minerals, 2019, https://doi.org/10.3390/min9110651
  • Mukhina E.D. et al. The lower pT limit of deep hydrocarbon synthesis by CaCO3 aqueous reduction, Nature: Scientific Reports, 2017, https://doi.org/11038/s41598-017-06155-6;
  • Koudryavtsev D., Serovaisky A., Mukhina E.D. et al. Raman and IR Spectroscopy Studies on Propane at Pressures of Up to 40 GPa, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.7b05492;
  • Mukhina E.D. et al. Experimental modeling of hydrocarbon migration processes, Journal of Physics: CS, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/950/4/042040;
  • Serovaisky A., Mukhina E.D. et al. The photochemical reaction of hydrocarbons under extreme thermobaric conditions, Journal of Physics: CS, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/950/4/042056;
  • Mukhina E.D. et al. Lab practicum in the course of physics, chemistry and geology of processes under extreme conditions. Part I, The Collection of works ХIII of International educational conference, 2014;
  • Mukhina E.D. Experimental investigations of hydrocarbons behavior at high PT-parameters, BGI Annual report 2015, Bayreuth, Germany, 2015;
  • Mukhina E.D. Formation of hydrocarbons under the conditions of the Earth’s upper mantle, Collection of scientific papers, Gubkin RSU, 2018;
  • PhD in Energy Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Postgraduate Research in Physics, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia
  • Master’s in Chemical technology of natural energy resources and carbon materials, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia
  • Gas and thermal EOR for unconventional reservoirs
  • Hydrogen generation within hydrocarbon reservoirs
  • Hydraulic fracturing, non-aqueous hydraulic fracturing
  • PVT fluid studies
  • Energy technology, gas hydrates, natural gas, LNG technologies.
  • Dynamic reservoir simulations
  • Geology, high-pressure and -temperature experiments, origin of hydrocarbon systems, interdisciplinary approach.
  • High-pressure physics and chemistry