This paper reports the findings of a preliminary study into the molecular structure and properties of asphaltenes extracted from an Indonesian oil sand, Buton Oil Sand. The molecular structural parameters of the asphaltenes were determined using liquid 13C NMR spectrum in combination with DEPT. The molecular weight distribution of the asphaltenes was measured using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer. The results indicated that the representative molecular structure of the asphaltenes from Buton Oil Sand predominately contained only one PAH core of 6 rings with an average molecular weight around 800 Da. The results also showed that the use of 13C NMR spectrum/DEPT provided a powerful tool and useful method for characterising and predicting the molecular structures of asphaltenes.
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||7th International Conference on Applied Energy 2015 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
Duration: 28 Mar 2015 → 31 Mar 2015
Conference number: 114863