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Introduction to Petroleum Chemistry

Course ID: t61

Focuses on characteristics and chemical makeup of petroleum, tracing maturation of organic matter to petroleum. Emphasizes development of kerogen and bitumen as transitional steps, and explains modification of intermediate materials during diagenesis, catagenesis, and metagenesis in response to increasing subsurface temperature. Presents examples of source-rock studies, crude-oil correlations and crude oil-source rock parings.

Total Number of Subtopics: 12

  • Petroleum
  • Hydrocarbon Groups
  • Resins
  • Asphaltenes
  • Organic Matter: Progenitor of Petroleum
  • Organic Matter Maturation
  • Geochemical Evaluation Overview
  • Source Potential (Inherent)
  • Source Potential (Realized): Kerogen Evaluation
  • Source Potential (Realized): Bitumen/ Petroleum Evaluation
  • Correlation Studies
  • Introduction to Petroleum Chemistry: References and Additional Information
Estimated Time: 4 hours on a full time basis