Roman Makhnenko

Biographical Summary

Roman Makhnenko was born in Moscow region, Russia in 1985. He got his undergraduate degree with honors in Mechanics and Applied Mathematics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2007. In 2009, Roman received his MSc degree in Geological Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and in 2013 he completed his PhD there. The thesis of his doctoral thesis is "Deformation of fluid-saturated porous rock". Since July 2013, Roman is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
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SCCER-SoE Responsibilities

Dr. Makhnenko's work mostly aims at establishing experimental techniques related to understanding and predicting mechanical and chemical changes in geomaterials during CO2 injection and storage. The EPFL facilities are utilized for conducting the tests to characterize the thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of sandstones, limestones, and shales in contact with water, brine, and carbon dioxide. Macroscopical effect of liquid and supercritical CO2 on poromechanical response of of host and cap rocks is measured in a series of triaxial and oedometric compression tests. Additionally, X-ray Computed Tomography, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry techniques are used to investigate the micro-structural transformations of the materials.

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