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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 synthesis within hydrocarbon reservoirs (Project supported by RSF)
  • 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.


Recent selected publications

  • Desmond Batsa Dorhjie, Elena Mukhina, Anton Kasyanenko and Alexey Cheremisin. Tight and Shale Oil Exploration: A Review of the Global Experience and a Case of West Siberia, Energies, 2023, https://doi.org/10.3390/en16186475
  • Alexandra Scerbacova, Elena Mukhina, et al. Water- and surfactant-based huff-n-puff injection into unconventional liquid hydrocarbon reservoirs: experimental and modeling study, Energy & Fuels, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.3c01344
  • Maria Subbotina, Elena Mukhina, et al. The evolution of reservoir properties of oil shale rocks under hydro-thermal treatment: investigations from micro- to macro-scale, Geoenergy Science and Engineering, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoen.2023.211972
  • Askarova, A. Mukhametdinova, S. Markovic, G. Khayrullina, P. Afanasev, E. Popov, E. Mukhina, An overview of geological CO2 sequestration in oil and gas reservoirs, Energies, 2023, https://doi.org/10.3390/en16062821
  • Мухина Е.Д., Черемисин А.Н., Ушакова А.С., Прочухан К.Ю., Касьяненко А.А. Химические, газовые и тепловые МУН для баженовской свиты, Neftegaz.RU, 2022
  • Yunusov, T.I.; Smirnov, A.V.; Mukhina, E.D.; Potapenko, D.I.; Bukharov, D.F.; Baluev, A.A.; Cheremisin, A.N. Experimental Setup for Evaluating Rock Volume Alteration and Its Application for Studying Shale Rock Swelling in Various Fluids. Minerals, 2022, https://doi.org/10.3390/min12060714
  • Mukhina, D. Bakulin, T. Unusov, A. Kasyanenko, A. Ushakova, A. Cheremisin. Confined Core Flooding Test for Tight Rock with Hydrocarbon Gas as an EOR Agent, EAGE GeoTech, 2022, https://doi.org/10.3997/2214-4609.20224013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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;
  • 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