Sergey Stanchits

Sergey graduated from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, USSR (now Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia) in 1978. Right after graduation, for almost two decades Sergey worked in the Laboratory of Physics of Fracture, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia), where he has got his PhD in Physics and Mathematics in 1990. Later, Sergey continued his scientific career abroad. At first, for almost four years he worked in the US Geological Survey (Menlo Park, USA), then, for almost ten years – in the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Potsdam, Germany). In 2010, Sergey joined Schlumberger, TerraTek, in Salt Lake City, USA as a Head of Acoustic Technology, and in 2017 he continued working in Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratory (Houston, USA) as a Principal Rock Analysis Scientist. In 2018, Dr. Stanchits joined Skoltech as Full Professor.

Sergey has a wide area of research interests in Rock Mechanics and Petroleum Engineering, including the study of the dynamics of fracturing process during advanced geomechanical testing, laboratory study of hydraulic fracturing, laboratory verification of theoretical models, and others. Dr. Stanchits authored 72 peer-reviewed publications. He has an h-index of 27 (Scopus) and overall citations over 2700.

Dr. Stanchits’s teaching experience includes mentoring trainees, MS, PhD students, and Post-Docs, lecturing on 6 ECTS-credit “Applied Geomechanics” course at Skoltech.

  1. V.Oye, S.Stanchits, O.Babarinde, R.Bauer, A.Dichiarante, N.Langet, B.Goertz-Allmann & S.Frailey, Cubic-meter scale laboratory fault re-activation experiments to improve the understanding of induced seismicity risks, Scientific Reports 12, 8015, (2022).
  2. Shevtsova, A.; Stanchits, S.; Bobrova, M.; Filev, E.; Borodin, S.; Stukachev, V.; Magadova, L. (2022) Laboratory Study of the Influence of Fluid Rheology on the Characteristics of Created Hydraulic Fracture. Energies 2022, 15, 3858.
  3. Sabitova, A., V.Yarushina, S. Stanchits, V. Stukachev, L. Khakimova, A. Myasnikov. (2021) Experimental Compaction and Dilation of Porous Rocks During Triaxial Creep and Stress Relaxation. Rock Mech Rock Eng 54, 5781–5805 (2021).
  4. Davidsen, J., T. Goebel, G. Kwiatek, S. Stanchits, J. Baró, and G. Dresen G (2021) What Controls the Presence and Characteristics of Aftershocks in Rock Fracture in the Lab? Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126 (10), e2021JB022539,
  5. Bobrova, M.; Stanchits, S.; Shevtsova, A.; Filev, E.; Stukachev, V.; Shayahmetov, T. (2021) Laboratory Investigation of Hydraulic Fracture Behavior of Unconventional Reservoir Rocks. Geosciences 2021, 11, 292.
  6. Smirnov, V., A.Ponomarev, S.Stanchits, M.Potanina, A.Patonin, G.Dresen, C.Narteau, P.Bernard, S. Stroganova (2019) Laboratory Modeling of Aftershock Sequences: Stress Dependences of the Omori and Gutenberg–Richter Parameters. Izv., Phys. Solid Earth 55, 124–137 (2019).
  7. Cerasi, P., Stroisz, A., Sønstebø, E., Stanchits, S., Oye, V. and Bauer, R. (2018) Experimental investigation of injection pressure effects on fault reactivation for CO2 storage, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control: 78, 218-227, ISSN 1750-5836,
  8. Vera Rodriguez, I. and Stanchits, S., (2017). Spatial and temporal variation of seismic attenuation during hydraulic fracturing of a sandstone block subjected to triaxial stress, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122, 9012-9030; DOI: 10.1002/2017JB014602
  9. Davidsen, J., Kwiatek, G., Charalampidou, E., Goebel, T., Stanchits, S., Rück, M., Dresen, G. (2017). Triggering Process in Rock Fracture. Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 068501, DOI:
  10. Vera Rodriguez, I., Stanchits, S. and Burghardt, J., (2017). Data-driven, in-situ, relative sensor calibration based on waveform fitting moment tensor inversion, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 50, 891-911; DOI 10.1007/s00603-016-1144-4
  11. Vera Rodriguez, I. and Stanchits, S., (2017). Non-double couple microseismic events: evidence from the laboratory, 79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France. DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201700538
  12. Charalampidou EM., Stanchits S., Dresen G. (2017). Compaction Bands in a Porous Sandstone Sample with Pre-induced Shear Bands. In: Papamichos E., Papanastasiou P., Pasternak E., Dyskin A. (eds) Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials with Engineering Applications. IWBDG 2017. Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. Springer, Cham; DOI:
  13. Burghardt, J., J. Desroches, B. Lecampion, S. Stanchits, A. Surdi, N. Whitney, and M. Houston (2015). Laboratory Study of the Effect of Well Orientation, Completion Design, and Rock Fabric on Near-wellbore Hydraulic Fracture Geometry in Shales; 13th ISRM International Congress of Rock Mechanics, 10-13 May, 2015, Montreal, Canada.
  14. Vera Rodriguez, I., Stanchits, S. and Burghardt, J. (2016). Insights on the robustness of event location algorithms from the analysis of acoustic emissions observed during a triaxial laboratory experiment, 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201601605.
  15. Stroisz, A., S. Pradhan, M. Jordan, P. Cerasi, L. Walle, A. Bauer, J. Stenebråten, S. Stanchits, R. Will (2016). Monitoring of fracture reopening in sandstone; 50th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium; 26-29 June, Houston, Texas, USA; Paper ARMA-2016-492
  16. Stanchits, S., J. Burghardt, and A. Surdi (2015). Hydraulic Fracturing of Heterogeneous Rock Monitored by Acoustic Emission. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 2513-2527; DOI: 10.1007/s00603-015-0848-1
  17. Fortin, J., Stanchits, S. (2015). What Can we Learn from Ultrasonic Velocities Monitoring During Hydraulic Fracturing of a Tight Shale; 49th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium; 28 June-1 July, San Francisco, California, USA; Paper ARMA-2015-134
  18. Charalampidou, E., Stanchits, S., Kwiatek, G. & Dresen, G. (2014). Brittle failure and fracture reactivation in sandstone by fluid injection, European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering, 19:5, 564-579, DOI: 10.1080/19648189.2014.896752
  19. Stanchits, S., J. Desroches, J. Burghardt, A. Surdi, and N. Whitney (2015). Rock Fabric Influence on Hydraulic Fracture Propagation. 77th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2015, Madrid, Spain, 1-4 June 2015. Conference Paper Tu-N107-01.
  20. Kwiatek, G., Charalampidou, E.M., Dresen, G., Stanchits, S., (2014). An improved method for seismic moment tensor inversion of acoustic emissions through assessment of sensor coupling and sensitivity to incidence angle. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Volume 65, Elsevier, pp. 153-161. DOI:10.1016/j.ijrmms.2013.11.005
  21. Stanchits, S., Burghardt, J., Surdi, A., Edelman, E. and Suarez-Rivera, R. (2014). Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Heterogeneous Rock Hydraulic Fracturing. Proceedings of 48th U.S. Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, ARMA-2014, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 1-4 June 2014. Paper ARMA-14-7775.
  22. Charalampidou, E.M., Hall, S.A., Stanchits, S., Viggiani, G., Lewis, H., (2014). Shear-enhanced compaction band identification at the laboratory scale using acoustic and full-field methods. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Volume 67, Elsevier, pp. 240-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2013.05.006
  23. Stanchits, S., Surdi, A., Gathogo, P., Edelman, E. and Suarez-Rivera, R. (2014). Onset of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation Monitored by Acoustic Emission and Volumetric Deformation Measurements. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Volume 47, pp 1521–1532, doi: 10.1007/s00603-014-0584-y.
  24. Stanchits, S., Surdi, A., Gathogo, P., Edelman, E. and Suarez-Rivera, R. (2013). Monitoring the Early Onset of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation by Acoustic Emission and Volumetric Deformation Measurements. Proceeding of 47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, ARMA-2013, San Francisco, CA, USA, 23-26 June 2013. Paper ARMA-13-664.
  25. Suarez-Rivera, R., Burghardt, J., Edelman, E., Stanchits, S., Surdi, A. (2013). Geomechanics considerations for hydraulic fracture productivity. Proceeding of 47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, ARMA-2013, San Francisco, CA, USA, 23-26 June 2013, pp. 1140-1148, Paper ARMA-13-666
  26. Suarez-Rivera, R., Behrmann, L., Burghardt, J., Stanchits, S., Edelman, E., Surdi, A., Green, S. (2013). Defining three regions of hydraulic fracture connectivity, in unconventional reservoirs, help designing completions with improved long-term productivity. Proceedings – SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 7, Conference Paper, pp. 5049-5062. 166505-MS SPE.
  27. Suarez-Rivera, R., Burghardt, J., Stanchits, S., Edelman, E., Surdi, A. (2013). Understanding the effect of rock fabric on fracture complexity for improving completion design and well performance. Society of Petroleum Engineers – International Petroleum Technology Conference 2013, IPTC 2013: Challenging Technology and Economic Limits to Meet the Global Energy Demand, 6, pp. 4518-4526.
  28. Reinicke, A., Blocher, G., Zimmermann, G., Huenges, E., Dresen, G., Stanchits, S., Legarth, B. A., Makurat, A. (2013). Mechanically induced fracture-face skin: Insights from laboratory testing and modeling approaches. – SPE Production & Operations, 28, 1, p. 26-35. DOI:
  29. Stanchits, S., Surdi, A., Edelman, E. and Suarez-Rivera, R. (2012). Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Transmission Monitoring of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation in Heterogeneous Rock Samples. Proceedings of 46th U.S. Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, ARMA-2012, Chicago, June 24-27, Chicago, IL, USA. Paper ARMA-12-257.
  30. Goebel, T. H. W., T. W. Becker, D. Schorlemmer, S. Stanchits, C. Sammis, E. Rybacki, and G. Dresen (2012). Identifying fault heterogeneity through mapping spatial anomalies in acoustic emission statistics, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B03310, doi:10.1029/2011JB008763.
  31. Stanchits, S.; Mayr, S.; Shapiro, S.; Dresen, G. (2011). Fracturing of porous rock induced by fluid injection, Tectonophysics, 503, (1-2), 129-145, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2010.09.022
  32. Fortin, J.; Stanchits, S.; Vinciguerra, S. and Gueguen, Y. (2011). Influence of thermal and mechanical cracks on permeability and elastic wave velocities in a basalt from Mt. Etna volcano subjected to elevated pressure, Tectonophysics, 503, (1-2), 60-74, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2010.09.028
  33. Mayr, S. I.; Stanchits, S.; Langenbruch, C.; Dresen, G. and Shapiro, S. A. (2011). Acoustic emission induced by pore-pressure changes in sandstone samples, Geophysics, 76, MA21, doi:10.1190/1.3569579
  34. Pons, A.; David, C.; Fortin, J.; Stanchits, S.; Menendez, B. and Mengus, J.-M. (2011). X-ray imaging of water motion during capillary imbibition: A study on how compaction bands impact fluid flow in Bentheim sandstone, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B03205,doi:10.1029/2010JB007973
  35. Charalampidou, E. M.; Hall, S. A.; Stanchits, S.; Lewis, H.; Viggiani, G. (2011). Characterization of shear and compaction bands in a porous sandstone deformed under triaxial compression, Tectonophysics, 503, (1-2), 8-17, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2010.09.032
  36. Ponomarev, A., D. Lockner, S. Stroganova, S. Stanchits and V. Smirnov (2010). Oscillating Load-Induced Acoustic Emission in Laboratory Experiment. V. de Rubeis et al. (eds.), Synchronization and Triggering: from Fracture to Earthquake Processes, Geoplanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2010, Volume 1, Part 2, 165-177, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12300-9_9.
  37. Reinicke, A.; Rybacki, E.; Stanchits, S.; Huenges, E. and Dresen, G. (2010). Hydraulic fracturing stimulation techniques and formation damage mechanisms-Implications from laboratory testing of tight sandstone-proppant systems, Chemie der Erde – Geochemistry, 70, (3), 107-117, doi:10.1016/j.chemer.2010.05.016
  38. Dresen, G., S. Stanchits, and E.Rybacki. (2010). Borehole breakout evolution through acoustic emission location analysis, International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 47 (3), p. 426-435, doi: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2009.12.010.
  39. Graham, C., S. Stanchits, I. G. Main, and G. Dresen (2010). Comparison of polarity and moment tensor inversion methods for source analysis of acoustic emission data, International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 47 (1), 161-169, doi:10.1016/j.ijrmms.2009.05.002
  40. Stanchits, S.; Fortin, J.; Gueguen, Y. and Dresen, G. (2009). Initiation and Propagation of Compaction Bands in Dry and Wet Bentheim Sandstone, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166, (5-7), 843-868, doi:10.1007/s00024-009-0478-1
  41. Hamiel, Y., V. Lyakhovsky, S. Stanchits, G. Dresen, Y. Ben-Zion (2009). Brittle deformation and damage-induced seismic wave anisotropy in rocks, Geophysical Journal International, 178 (2), 901-909, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04200.x
  42. Fortin, J., Stanchits, S., Dresen, G. and Gueguen, Y. (2009). Acoustic Emissions Monitoring during Inelastic Deformation of Porous Sandstone: Comparison of Three Modes of Deformation. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166, (5-7), 823-841, DOI 10.1007/s00024-009-0479-0.
  43. Stanchits, S. (2008). Acoustic Emission Analysis of Initiation and Propagation of Faults in Brittle Rock and Compaction Bands in Porous Rock. In: Y. Potvin, J. Carter, A. Dyskin, R. Jeffrey (eds), Proceedings of the First Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium, Perth, Vol.2, p. 69-84, ISBN 978-0-9804185-5-2.
  44. Becker, K., S. A. Shapiro, S. Stanchits, G. Dresen, and S. Vinciguerra (2007). Stress induced elastic anisotropy of the Etnean basalt: Theoretical and laboratory examination, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L11307, doi:10.1029/2007GL030013.
  45. J. Davidsen, S. Stanchits, and G. Dresen (2007). Scaling and universality in rock fracture, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 125502 (2007), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.125502.
  46. Stanchits, S., Vinciguerra, S., Dresen, G. (2006). Ultrasonic Velocities, Acoustic Emission Characteristics and Crack Damage of Basalt and Granite, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 163 (5 -6), 975 – 994, doi: 10.1007/s00024-006-0059-5.
  47. Fortin, J., S. Stanchits, G. Dresen, and Y. Gueguen (2006). Acoustic emission and velocities associated with the formation of compaction bands in sandstone, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 111, B10203, doi:10.1029/2005JB003854.
  48. Backers, T., Stanchits, S., Dresen, G. (2005). Tensile fracture propagation and acoustic emission activity in sandstone: The effect of loading rate, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 42, 7-8, 1094-1101
  49. Estrin, Y., Dyskin, A.V., Pasternak, E., Schaare, S., Stanchits, S., and Kanel-Belov, A. J. (2004). Negative Stiffness of a Layer with Topologically Interlocked Elements. Scripta Materialia, 2004, 50 (2), p. 291-294.
  50. Stanchits, S., Lockner, D., and Ponomarev, A. (2003). Anisotropic Changes in P-Wave Velocity and Attenuation During Deformation and Fluid Infiltration of Granite. Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, 2003, 93 (4), p.1803-1822.
  51. Lockner, D., and Stanchits, S. (2002). Undrained Poroelastic Response of Sandstones to Deviatoric Stress Change. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 107(B12), 2353, doi:10.1029/2001JB001460
  52. Zang, A., Stanchits, S., and Dresen, G. (2002). Acoustic Emission Controlled Triaxial Rock Fracture and Friction Tests, In: Dyskin, A.V., X.Z. Hu and E. Sahouryeh (Eds), Structural Integrity and Fracture. (Proceedings of the International Conference on Structural Integrity and Fracture, Perth, Australia), Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, p.289-294.
  53. Zang, A., Wagner, F.C., Stanchits, S., Janssen, C., and Dresen, G. (2000). Fracture Process Zone in Granite. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 105 (B10), 23651-23661, 2000.
  54. Zang, A., Wagner, C., Stanchits, S., Dresen, G., Andersen, R., and Haidekker, M. (1998). Source analysis of acoustic emission in Aue granite cores under symmetric and asymmetric loads. Geophysical Journal International, 135, 1113-1130, 1998.
  55. Sobolev, G.A., O.V.Babich, V.F.Los’, A.V.Kol’tsov, A.V.Ponomarev, V.I.Ponyatovskaya, A.O.Rozanov, S.A.Stanchits, A.A.Khromov, D.I.Frolov, Lu Yangquan, Zhao Jialiu, Qian Jiadong and Li Shiyu (1996). Precursors of the destruction of water-containing blocks of mountain rock. Journal of Earthquake Prediction Research, 1996, N 1, 63-91.
  56. Rozanov, A.O., V.S.Kuksenko, V.N.Savel’ev, S.A.Stanchits (1994). Elastic-energy spectra produced in a solid by a pulsed radiation source. Phys. Solid State, 1994, v36 (11), p.1797-1802
  57. Petrov, V.A., V.A.Piculin, A.O.Rozanov, V.N.Saveliev, S.A.Stanchits (1993). Method for estimation of the energy of acoustic emission signals in solids. Patent of Russia N 5056107, 1993.
  58. Rozanov, A.O., V.S.Kuksenko, V.N.Savel’ev, S.A.Stanchits, V.A.Pikulin (1993). Estimation the energy of a source of elastic waves from the acoustic emission parameters. Tech. Phys.Lett., 1993, v.19 (2), p.113-114.
  59. Kuksenko, V.S., V.A.Mansurov, B.C.Manzhikov, S.A.Stanchits, N.G.Tomilin, D.I.Frolov (1990). Similarity in Rock Destruction Process at different scale levels. Izv. Acad. of Sci., USSR, Phys. of the Solid Earth, 1990, v.26, N.6, p.498-501.
  60. Stanchits, S.A. (1990). Radiation of elastic wave by growing cracks. Ph.D. Thesis in Physics and Mathematics. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute Academy of Sciences of USSR, Leningrad, 1990. (In Russian)
  61. Stanchits, S.A., F.M.Boler, V.N.Savel’ev. Recording Stresses and Strains Created by Elastic Waves (1987). Izv. Acad. of Sci., USSR, Phys. of the Solid Earth, 1987, vol. 23, N 3, p.258-261.
  62. Kuksenko, V.S., I.E.Inzhevatkin, B.C.Manzhikov, S.A.Stanchits, N.G.Tomilin (1987). Physical and methodical basis for rock burst prediction. Phys. Tech. Problems of Mining, 1987, N 1, p.9-21. (In Russian)
  63. Kuksenko, V.S., B.C.Manzhikov, V.A.Mansurov, S.A.Stanchits (1986). Estimation the rockburst-hazard in mines by using the parameters of energy release. Phys. Tech. Problems of Mining, 1986, N 4, p.28-32. (In Russian)
  64. Stanchits, S.A., and N.G.Tomilin (1983). Investigation of the time parameters of acoustic signals from brittle cracks. In: Earthquake prediction, Dushanbe-Moscow, Donish, N 4, 1983, p.31-45. (In Russian).
  65. Kuksenko, V.S., S.A.Stanchits, N.G.Tomilin (1983). Estimation of the size of growing cracks and size of stress release regions by using the parameters of acoustic emission signals. Mech.Compos. Materials, 1983, N 3, p. 536-543.
  66. Kuksenko, V.S., A.I.Ljashkov, M.M.Mirzoev, S.H.Negmatullaev, S.A.Stanchits, D.I.Frolov (1982). Relationship between sizes of cracks appearing under load conditions and duration of elastic energy release. Reports of Acad. Sci. of USSR, 1982, N 4, p. 264-266.


Guido Bonarelli Award by European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers for the best oral presentation at the 80th EAGE Annual Conference, Copenhagen, June 2018, entitled “Dynamics of Stick-Slip Sliding Induced by Fluid Injection in Large Sandstone Block


Award by American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) for the best paper at the 53rd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, New York, USA, June 2019, entitled “Laboratory Study of Hydraulic Fracturing Behavior of Weakly-consolidated Sediments under True-Triaxial Regimes


Louis Cagniard Award by European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers for the best poster presentation at the 74th EAGE Annual Conference, Copenhagen, June 2012, entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing of Tight Shale Monitored by Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Transmission