In the field of Petroleomics, researchers face the challenge of the analysis of very complex mixtures of organic compounds with various elemental compositions and chemical structures. An important analytical task in the oil industry is to quickly identify compounds from crude oils as well as SARA oil fractions that could potentially harm the production plant. In this field the analysis of asphaltenes on the molecular level is of major interest. Detailed and quantitative information about the compound types of hydrocarbons as well as polar compounds is of high interest for a molecular-based management of the refining process.
These complex mixtures of tens of thousands of different compounds cannot be separated by classical liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis or other separation methods. Therefore, only ultrahigh-resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry with a resolving power of more than 600000 can provide this separation in mass. Even higher mass resolution of more that one million can be achieved by continuous accumulation of selected ion (CASI).
The complete instrumentation for Petroleomics applications is availbale from Bruker
- The solarix FTMS mass spectrometer with ESI-, APCI- and APPI-sources
- Dedicated software for data processing (DataAnalysis)