Module 5: Petroleum Geochemistry

Petroleum Geochemistry: Applications of Biomarkers

Module 5 provides an understanding of what biomarkers are, where they come from and what they can be used for.

Learning Objectives:

  • What are biomarkers?
  • Analysis of biomarkers
  • Types of biomarkers
  • Applications of biomarkers
    - Indicators of depositional environments and age (i.e. as fossils)
    - Thermal maturity indicators
    - Correlation
    - Biodegradation
    - Environmental applications
    - Production geochemistry

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Biomarker - sterane
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The APT GC-MS instrument