Research Interests

  • Molecular modelling of chemical reactions related to homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • Validation of contemporary quantum chemistry methods (Density Functional Theory and "Ab Initio")
  • Gas phase electron diffraction (GED)
  • Theoretical solvation thermodynamics
  • Interpretation of experimental data using theoretical chemistry

Selected Publications

  • Metal−phosphine bond strengths of the transition metals: a challenge for DFT
    Y. Minenkov, G. Occhipinti and V.R. Jensen
    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 113, 1183311844, (2009)
  • The accuracy of DFT-optimized geometries of functional transition metal compounds: a validation study of catalysts ...
    Y. Minenkov, Å. Singstad, G. Occhipinti and V.R. Jensen
    Dalton Transactions 41, 55265541, (2012)
  • Complete reaction pathway of ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis of ethyl vinyl ether: kinetics and mechanistic i...
    Y. Minenkov, G. Occhipinti and V.R. Jensen
    Organometallics 32, 20992111, (2013)
  • The nature of the barrier to phosphane dissociation from Grubbs olefin metathesis catalysts
    Y. Minenkov, G. Occhipinti, W. Heyndrickx and V.R. Jensen
    European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Issue 9, 15071516, (2012)
  • Accuracy of DLPNO–CCSD(T) method for noncovalent bond dissociation enthalpies from coinage metal cation complexes
    Y. Minenkov, E. Chermak, and L. Cavallo
    Journal of Chemical Theory and Computations , DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00584, (2015)
  • N-heterocyclic carbene copper(I) catalysed N-methylation of amines using CO2
    O. Santoro, F. Lazreg, Y. Minenkov, L. Cavallo and C. S. J. Cazin
    Dalton Transactions,DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03506F , (2015)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Computational Chemistry, UiB, Bergen, Norway, 2013
  • M.Sc., Physical Chemistry, ISUCT, Ivanovo, Russia, 2007
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, ISUCT, Ivanovo, Russia, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Postdoctoral research fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)