Special Issue "Marine Mineral Resource Mining"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Dr. Mehdi Ostadhassan
Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, United States
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Interests: material characterization, petroleum system evaluation, organic geochemistry, force spectroscopy, analytical methods in rock characterization, application of 3D printing in geosciences, rock mechanics
Solid organic matter in sedimentary rocks produces petroleum and bitumen when undergoes thermal maturation. Solid OM is a ‘geomacromolecule’, representing a mixture of various organisms with distinct biogenic origins: terrestrial, marine, lacustrine or mixed also known as kerogen type. Solid OM can be very heterogeneous regarding chemical composition in a single particle. Programmed pyrolysis is a common method to reveal bulk geochemical characteristics of the dominant organic matter while detailed organic petrography is required to reveal biogenic origin of contributing macerals. Despite advantages of pyrolysis, it misses the heterogeneity of chemical compositions in the individual OM which varies with maturity. Therefore, other analytical techniques such as Raman, GC-MS and infrared spectroscopy, are necessary to elevate our understanding from individual organic particle in smaller scale. This becomes more important in shale plays where source and reservoir are adjacent to reveal migration pathways. The focus of this special issue is to compare various analytical techniques on different source rocks that can provide insight to petroleum system evaluation of unconventional shale plays. This special issue is aiming to signify the potential of alternative methods to the conventional (pseudo) Van Krevelen diagram, by revealing the underlying chemical changes in source rocks during thermal advance.
Dr. Mehdi Ostadhassan
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- Solid Bitumen
- Infrared Spectroscopy
- Raman Spectroscopy
- Programmed Pyrolysis
- Organic Petrography
- Source Rock
- Unconventional Shale Plays
- Petroleum System