Maxim Yutkin, PhD

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



B5/L3 - 3216-WS17

Research Interests

Maxim is fully or partially involved in most of the experimental activities of the group. His main working directions are calcium carbonate bulk and surface chemistry and its effect on calcite wettability; mechanisms of crude oil interaction with mineral surfaces; fundamentals of two-phase capillary flow; and high-resolution imaging of carbonate rocks. The application focus of Maxim's work is incremental oil recovery from carbonates by low salinity water flood.

Selected Publications

  • Controlled Inhomogeneous Proppant Aggregate Formation 
    S. V. Semenov, M. K. R. Panga, G. H. Szabo, M. P. Yutkin, K. M. Kaprielova, N. B. Gorshkov...
    US/2015/0144339/A1, (2015)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Expected and Unexpected Topologies of Homochiral Porous Metal(II)... 
    M. P. Yutkin, M. S. Zavakhina, D. G. Samsonenko, D. N. Dybtsev, V. P. Fedin
    Inorg. Cheim. Acta, 2013, 394, 367, doi: 10.1016/j.ica.2012.08.012, (2013)
  • Enantioselective Sorption of Alcohols in a Homochiral Metal–Organic Framework 
    K. Suh, M. P. Yutkin, D. N. Dybtsev, V. P. Fedin, K. Kim
    Chem. Comm., 2012, 48, 513, doi: 10.1039/c1cc16209h, (2012)
  • Homochiral Porous Metal–Organic Coordination Polymers: Synthesis, Structure and Functional Properties (Review) 
    M. P. Yutkin, D. N. Dybtsev, V. P. Fedin
    Russ. Chem. Rev., , 80, 1009, doi: 10.1070/rc2011v080n11abeh004193, (2011)
  • Modular, Homochiral, Porous Coordination Polymers: Rational Design, Enantioselective Guest Exchange Sorption ... 
    D. N. Dybtsev, M. P. Yutkin, D. G. Samsonenko, V. P. Fedin, A. L. Nuzhdin, A. A. Bezrukov...
    Chem. Eur. J., 2010, 16, 10348, doi: 10.1002/chem.201000522 , (2010)
  • Isoreticular Homochiral Porous Metal–Organic Structures with Tunable Pore Sizes 
    D. N. Dybtsev, M. P. Yutkin, E. V. Peresypkina, A. V. Virovets, C. Serre, G. Férey, V P. F...
    Inorg. Chem., 2007, 46, 6843, doi: 10.1021/ic7009226, (2007)


  • PhD, Chemistry, Novosibirks State University, 2011
  • BS, Chemistry, Novosibirsk State University, 200

Professional Profile

● In 2007 Maxim Yutkin graduated from Novosibirsk State University with diploma in Chemistry.  He stayed under the supervision of prof. Fedin to pursue his doctoral degree.  In 2011, after successful defense of his PhD thesis, Yutkin joined Division of Advanced Materials Science at Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, as a Post-doctoral Fellow.

● After Post-doctodal appointment Yutkin joined Technology and Engineering Center of one of the world's leading Oil and Gas service companies. In 2015 having become focused on chemistry and surface interactions of fracturing fluids with reservoir he joined UPERC at KAUST as a Research Scientist.


​2008-2010 Award from Russian Foundation for Small Business Development (“Participant of the Youth Science and Innovation Contest”)

KAUST Affiliations

Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​

Research Interests Keywords

Unconventional Oil and Gas Fracturing Fluids Proppant Placement Porosity Metal-organic Frameworks Coordination Chemistry