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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.

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

Skoltech Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery (SCHR) has been created by decision of the Skoltech Board of Trustees in Q2 2014. Main goal of SCHR is to provide a world class research, education and innovations in the area of exploration and production of unconventional and hard-to-recover hydrocarbons. Main areas of SCHR activity in research, education and innovation are geomechanics, enhanced oil recovery, geophysics & petrophysics of unconventional reservoirs, thermal petrophysics, gas hydrates and advanced reservoir simulations and data science in application to oil and gas industry. We focus our research efforts on development of new technological solutions in exploration and production of hydrocarbons at such geological objects as brown fields, tight oil, heavy oil, shale oil, oil fields in polar regions and Arctic shelf. Following Skoltech strategy, SCHR develops collaboration with world leading universities including University of Calgary, Canada, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland and others. Among our university partners are famous Russian universities such as Moscow state university, Bashkir state university, Russian state university of oil and gas, and the institutes of Russian academy of sciences. MSc education program has been developed in collaboration with university partners, adapted for the needs of RF industry and accredited following RF legal procedures. Research facilities of SCHR include unique not only for Russia experimental laboratories focused on research in the areas of advanced petrophysics and geochemistry, geomechanics, enhanced oil recovery gas hydrates and permafrost. SCHR actively develops collaboration with industry in different forms, including R&D and service contracts, research consortia, joint grants with government and other. Our main industry partners are the leaders Russian oil and gas sector including GazpromNeft, Gazprom, Lukoil, Rosneft, Tatneft, Novatek and other oil and gas producers and service companies. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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