Vanadyl porphyrins in sedimentary kerogens/asphaltenes: Estimation of the concentration
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A new, rapid method for determining the concentration of vanadyl porphyrins (VO2+-P) associated with the kerogen of bituminous sedimentary rocks, using electron spin resonance (ESR) is described. The method is simple, straightforward and inexpensive. Several concentrations of a vanadyl (VO2+) standard dissolved in glycerol/lignite mixture were prepared. The VO2+ concentrations ranged from 100-1000 ppm. The anisotropic ESR spectra of both the standards and kerogen samples were recorded at room temperature and the integrated areas of the pre-selected ESR line (attributed to nuclear spin m(I) = -5/2) were computed. The concentrations of VO2+ found in the kerogen samples were calculated using the relative ratio of the integrated areas for the standards and the kerogen samples. The VO2+-P concentrations of the kerogen materials were then calculated using 450 as the mean molecular weight of these species. The quantitative determination of VO2+-P in the kerogen fractions in the range 800 ppm ...and 8000 ppm and higher is feasible by the method reported. The method of analysis was also extended to asphaltene samples (enriched with VO2+-P) and a coal sample containing associated with its organic fraction.