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Reference Number NE/C507002/1
Title Developing hydropyrolysis and allied innovative high-pressure techniques for applications in oil exploration and detection of steroid abuse.
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 75%;
Not Energy Related 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C (Colin ) Snape
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Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type R&D
Funding Source NERC
Start Date 01 November 2004
End Date 30 April 2006
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £51,068
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region East Midlands
Programme Follow on Fund
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C (Colin ) Snape , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Prof M (Mark ) Sephton , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
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Abstract Hydropyrolysis (hypy) is a special analytical pyrolysis technique that solves key problem areas in oil exploration where conventional analysis of biomarkers (hydrocarbons with known biological precursors) fails. In particular, the chemically bound biomarkers released via hypy provide extremely reliable molecular fingerprints for severely biodegraded oils, contaminated cores, oil-field solids (tarmats and pyrobitumens) and this new informationhas real value in enabling correlations between oils and source rocks that were simply not possible previously. In addition, allied high-pressure techniques are being established for predicting the timing of oil generation under the overpressured conditions often encountered in basins, again being of enormous benefit in oil exploration. We have established recently that hypy has other major potential applications, particularly in steroid drug detection. The overall aim of the follow-on project is to conduct further scientific and technical development of hypy and an allied high-pressure pyrolysis procedure where "proof of concept" is required to expand the commercial possibilities for a business venture based on hypy and thus bridgethe pre-seed funding gap between the completion of the NERC award and the lead-in time before new funding can be secured to further advance the R&D.
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