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Graduate of Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI), Dr Popov obtained his Candidate of Sciences degree from Russian Technological Institute in 1975. In 1987, he received the Doctor of Sciences degree in Geophysics from the Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr Popov’s fields of expertise include basic and applied geothermics, petrophysics and thermal methods of enhanced oil recovery. He has led and participated in a number of national and international projects on development of advanced experimental methods and equipment in geothermics and thermal petrophysics, experimental investigations of geothermal parameters in super-deep and deep continental wells (USSR, Germany, Russia, USA, Mexico), thermal methods of enhanced oil recovery, basin and petroleum system modeling, to name just a few. His research career features senior research, advisory and management positions at the Research Laboratory of Geothermic Problems of the Russian State Geological Prospecting University (RSGPU), the Schlumberger Moscow Research Center, the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI), the E.ON Energy Research Center among others.

In 2001, Dr Popov was elected a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He was awarded the title of Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation in 2009. Dr Popov authored more than 200 articles, 45 patents and invention certificates. Apart from being a well-established scholar in the field of geophysics, Dr Popov has considerable teaching and student supervising experience. Beginning as Assistant Professor at RSGPU in 1976, Dr Popov went all the way up to Full Professor in 1987, and continues teaching actively.  He developed a number of courses in the areas of applied geothermics and petrophysics. In 1994-2014 Dr Popov gave lectures in many universities and research centers abroad, including Universities in Berlin, Aachen, Karlsruhe, Muenchen, Freiberg, Kiel in Germany, Ann-Arbor in USA,  Adelaida in Australia,  Research centers GFZ-Potsdam, USGS, Geoscience Australia, SKK in Japan, etc.

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

The faculty invented and implemented widely in the world science and industry (1981-2019) the qualitatively new optical scanning technique for solid thermal property measurements that provided essential evolution in applied and fundamental petrophysics and geothermics. In 1985-2019 he leaded geothermal investigations, based on the new invented measuring technique, in continental deep and super-deep drilling programs in USSR, Russia, Germany, USA, Mexico, Ukraine, Azgherbaidzhan, Uzbekistan. He developed new approaches to the heat flow determinations and obtained the vast experimental data on the planet thermal regime that changed cardinally the knowledge on the planet thermal regime. New technologies and instruments for thermal petrophysics and geothermics developed in Skoltech in 2015-2019 are widely introduced in oil-gas industry in cooperation with leading Russian companies Gazprom Neft’, LukOil-Engineering, Rosneft’, Zarubezhneft’, Innopractica, NOVATEK.  

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


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