Biomarkers and Carbon Isotopes in Hydrocarbon Exploration


The course is primarily aimed at geologists and geophysicists with little previous knowledge of petroleum geochemistry, biomarkers and carbon isotopes.


- General principles of Oil-Source Correlation
- Environmental controls on source rock deposition
- Basic oil and source rock chemistry, fluid analysis, extraction, fractionation
- Gas chromatography, simple biomarkers
- Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS), geochemical fossils, complex biomarkers
- Evaluation of GCMS fragmentograms
- Application of biomarkers to maturity studies, oil-source correlation and Principal Component Analysis
- Carbon isotopes, principles and methods
- Carbon isotopes of petroleum fluids (source rocks and oils) in correlation studies Carbon isotopes of petroleum gases

Learning Objectives

- Gain an understanding of key petroleum geochemistry concepts, source rocks and their depositional environments
- Understand the principles of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, it interpretation and application to petroleum exploration
- Learn about stable carbon isotope (CIR) analysis
- Correlate petroleum-source rocks using biomarkers and CIR



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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