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Reference Number NER/T/S/2000/01366
Title Establishing the potential of hydropyrolysis to provide reliable molecular fingerprints for biodegraded crude oils and contaminated sediment cores...
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
No email address given
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type R&D
Funding Source NERC
Start Date 01 June 2001
End Date 28 February 2002
Duration 9 months
Total Grant Value £33,202
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region East Midlands
Programme Ocean Margins (LINK)
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C (Colin ) Snape , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr G (Gordon ) Love , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
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Abstract The aim is to demonstrate the potential of hydropyrolysis (pyrolysis assisted by high hydrogen gas pressures) as a novel means to provide reliable molecular fingerprints for biodegraded oils and contaminated cores where conventional biomarker approaches fail. This will then facilitate accurate and rapid oil-source and oil-oil correlations to be determined for the first time in these situations. New experimental protocols for conducting hydropyrolysis on asphaltenes will be developed. The study will establish a firm base to exploit the commercial potential of hydropyrolysis, both in oil exploration and for characterising sedimentary organic matter as a far superior technique to pyrolysis-GC-MS through a larger industrial partnership.
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