Study of organic matter of unconventional reservoirs by ir spectroscopy and ir microscopy

Natalya Tanykova, Yuliya Petrova, Julia Kostina, Elena Kozlova, Evgenia Leushina, Mikhail Spasennykh

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The study of organic matter content and composition in source rocks using the methods of organic geochemistry is an important part of unconventional reservoir characterization. The aim of this work was the structural group analysis of organic matter directly in the source rock in combination with a quantitative assessment and surface distribution analysis of the rock sample by FTIR spectroscopy and FTIR microscopy. We have developed new experimental procedures for semi-quantitative assessment of the organic matter content, composition and distribution in the source rocks and applied these procedures for the study of the samples from the Bazhenov shale formation (West Siberia, Russia). The results have been verified using the data from the study of organic matter obtained by Rock-Eval pyrolysis and differential thermal analysis. The obtained results demonstrate the prospects of FTIR spectroscopy and FTIR microscopy application for non-destructive and express analysis of the chemical structure and distribution of organic matter in rocks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number277
JournalGeosciences (Switzerland)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • FTIR microscopy
  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • Kerogen
  • Oil shale
  • Organic matter
  • Rock


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