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Roman Makhnenko

Roman Makhnenko
Roman Makhnenko
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-4587
2221 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2013
  • Master of Science, Geological Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2009
  • Specialist degree, Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2007


Roman Makhnenko is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roman received his undergraduate degree in mechanics and applied mathematics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, in 2007. He then obtained his MS (2009) and PhD (2013) degrees in geological and civil engineering from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Makhnenko worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) on the project related to assessment of geological storage of CO2. Currently, Prof. Makhnenko is developing a rock mechanics program at Illinois that involves modern high-pressure high-temperature rock testing facilities and new graduate courses on the topic.

Prof. Makhnenko teaches CEE 380 Geotechnical Engineering and CEE 586 Rock Mechanics and Behavior.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 12/2016 - present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), 07/2013 - 11/2016

Research Statement

Prof. Makhnenko's research area is experimental geomechanics and development of novel methods in laboratory characterization of fluid-saturated geomaterials with applications to deep carbon dioxide (CO2) and nuclear waste storage, geothermal energy exploration, gas shales, and hydraulic fracturing.

Graduate Research Opportunities

- Poromechanical and flow properties of tight rock

- Novel experimental approaches to characterize rock fracture

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

- promoting recycling on campus

- video vignettes to promote learning geotechnical engineering principles

- characterization of the temperature effect on hydro-mechanical properties of clayey soils

Research Interests

  • Rock-fluid interaction: poroelasticity, thermo-poro-visco-elasticity, plasticity, permeability
  • Fracturing of rock: size effect, process zone, hydraulic fracturing, failure criteria, induced seismicity
  • Geo-energy applications: deep CO2 storage, nuclear waste storage, gas shales, geothermal energy
  • Novel testing methods for geomaterials: optical, ultrasonic, X-ray CT, acoustic emission

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Makhnenko, R.Y., N. Bondarenko, K. Kim, and S. Whittaker. 2020. Laboratory simulation of induced seismicity in Illinois Basin. In Proceedings of the 54th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Golden, CO, 28 June - 1 July 2020, paper No. 2040 (8 pages).
  • Baser, T., K. Kim, E. Tarpey, R. Makhnenko, and A. Stumpf. 2020. Experimental investigation of coupled thermo-hydraulic properties of glacial tills. In Proceedings of Geo-Congress, Minneapolis, MN, 25-28 February 2020 (10 pages).
  • Vilarrasa, V., D. Rebscher, R.Y. Makhnenko, and C. Nussbaum. 2019. Modeling a long-term CO2 injection experiment at the underground rock laboratory of Mont Terri. In Proceedings of the 11th Workshop of CODE_BRIGHT Users, Barcelona, Spain 16 May 2019 (6 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., and A. Tarokh. 2018. Anisotropy in the undrained pore pressure response of rock. In Proceedings of the 52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, Seattle, WA 17-20 June 2018, paper No. 1300 (7 pages).
  • Vilarrasa, V., R.Y. Makhnenko, and F. Parisio. 2018. Modeling the reactivation of a ductile fault. In Proceedings of the 10th Workshop of CODE_BRIGHT Users, Barcelona, Spain 3 May 2018 (6 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., A. Tarokh, and Y. Podladchikov. 2017. On the unjacketed moduli of sedimentary rock. Poromechanics VI – Proceedings of the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, pp. 897 – 904 (8 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., and V. Vilarrasa. 2017. Clay-rich rocks as barriers for geologic CO2 storage. In Proceedings of the 51st U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA 25-28 June 2017, paper No. 199 (7 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., and J.F. Labuz. 2017. Localization in plane strain compression of fluid-saturated rock. In: E. Papamichos et al. (eds.), Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials with Engineering Applications, Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, pp 33-38 (6 pages).
  • Cassini, E., D. Mylnikov, and Makhnenko. 2017. Chemical influence of pore pressure on brine flow in clay-rich material. In: A. Ferrari and L. Laloui (eds), Advances in Laboratory Testing and Modelling of Soils and Shales (ATMSS), Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, pp 273-280 (8 pages).
  • Labuz, J.F., R.Y. Makhnenko, and J.T. Harvieux. 2016. Failure criterion with intermediate stress and two friction angles. In Proceedings of the 50th U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, Houston, TX 26-29 June 2016, paper No. 620 (5 pages).
  • Vilarrasa, V., Makhnenko, and L. Laloui. 2015. Influence of poromechanical and thermal properties of the caprock on the safety of CO2 storage. In Proceedings of Second EAGE Workshop on Geomechanics and Energy, Celle, Germany 13-15 October 2015 (5 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., and J. Labuz. 2014. Calcarenite as a possible host rock for geologic CO2. In Proceedings of the 48th U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, Minneapolis, MN 1-4 June 2014, paper No. 7559 (6 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., and J. Labuz. 2013. Unjacketed bulk compressibility of sandstone in laboratory experiments. Poromechanics V – Proceedings of the 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, 481-488 (8 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., and J.F. Labuz. 2013. Saturation of porous rock and measurement of the B-coefficient. In Proceedings of the 47th U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA 23-26 June 2013, paper No. 468, Vol. 1, 679-684 (6 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R., and J. Labuz. 2012. Drained and undrained plane strain compression of porous rock. In Proceedings of the XXIII International Congress on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Beijing, China, 19-24 August 2012, paper No. FS10-020 (2 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., G. Ge, and J.F. Labuz. 2012. AE from undrained and unjacketed tests on sandstone. In Proceedings of the 46th U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, Chicago, IL 24-27 June 2012, paper No. 581, Vol. 1, 596-601 (6 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., J.J. Riedel, and J.F. Labuz. 2011. Undrained plane strain compression of shale. In Proceedings of the 45th U.S. Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA 26-29 June 2011, paper No. 420, Vol. 3, 2109-2115 (7 pages).
  • Makhnenko, R.Y., A.P. Bunger, and E. Detournay. 2010. Deviation from linear elastic fracture in near-surface hydraulic fracturing experiments with rock. In Proceedings of the 44th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT 27-30 June 2010, paper No. 237, Vol. 1, 22-30 (9 pages).

Journal Editorships

  • Co-editor, ASCE Geo-Congress Technical Publications, 2020
  • Co-editor, Geofluids, 2019. Special issue on "Geomechanics and fluid flow in geothermal systems".

Professional Societies

  • Member of International Society for Porous Media
  • Member of American Geophysical Union
  • Member of American Rock Mechanics Association
  • Member of "Geo Institute Rock mechanics" committee in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member of commission on "Coupled Thermal-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Processes in Fractured Rock" in the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM)

Service on Department Committees

  • Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability seminar coordinator, 2019/2020
  • Geotechnical Enginnering seminar coordinator, 2017-2019
  • CEE Faculty Search Committee, 2018/2019
  • Geotechnical Engineering Admission and Fellowship Committee, 2018
  • Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability Admission and Fellowship Committee, 2017-2019

Courses Taught

  • CEE 380 - Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEE 586 - Rock Mechanics and Behavior
  • CEE 595 - Energy Wtr Environment Sustain
  • CEE 595 - EWES Seminar

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