Module 5: Petroleum Geochemistry: Applications of Biomarkers

Provide 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
Biomarker - sterane
The APT GC-MS instrument

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