Characterization of macromolecular structure elements from a Green River oil shale-(I. extracts)

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Publication Type journal article
Author Solum, Mark; Mayne, Charles; Orendt, Anita; Pugmire, Ronald; Hall, Trent; Fletcher, Thomas; Adams, Jacob
Title Characterization of macromolecular structure elements from a Green River oil shale-(I. extracts)
Date 2013
Description This paper is the first of two connected papers describing the structural details of three sections of an oil shale core taken at the Skyline 16 mine in the Utah Uinta Basin. Bitumen was extracted from the shale using methanol/toluene. Kerogen was isolated from the shale using a 9- step extraction procedure using HCl and HF. Bitumen samples from the three cores were analyzed using high resolution 13C NMR liquid state spectroscopy, showing carbon aromaticities of 7 to 11%. Aliphatic carbons were dominated by methylene structures, with average aliphatic chain lengths of 24 carbons. The three parent shales and the demineralized kerogens were each analyzed with solid state 13C NMR spectroscopy. Analysis of the carbon structure in the shale was hindered by the large amount of carbonates present, but the organic structure of the shale was shown to be almost identical to the structure of the demineralized kerogen. Carbon aromaticity of the kerogen was 23-24%, with 10-12 aromatic carbons per cluster and estimated molecular weights of 776 to 946, side chain molecular weights of 131 to 148, and side chain lengths of 11-13 carbons.
Publisher American Chemical Society
Subject macromolecular structure elements; Green River oil shale; oil shale; shale oil
Language eng
Format application/pdf
Identifier ir-eua/id/3711
ARK ark:/87278/s6dr5tmq
Setname ir_euar
Date Created 2015-04-27
Date Modified 2015-05-13
ID 214668
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dr5tmq
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