Published: Jan 2011
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NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) SPECTROSCOPY HASbeen applied to petroleum chemistry since the first days of its commercial existence. Petroleum companies such as Texaco and Marathon were among the first to use 1H NMR to provide detailed information on the hydrocarbon chemistry of raw petroleum and its various products. The literature associated with almost 60 years of applications is large and cannot be accommodated in a single book chapter. However, there have been numerous reviews of petroleum NMR applications as well as a number of excellent articles and book chapters that cover the literature up to the early 1990s [1–6]. Since then, there have been no definitive books or review chapters published, though the use of NMR throughout the petroleum chemistry research arena has been widespread. In this chapter we concentrate on the applications that have been developed over the past two decades and how NMR technology has developed to encompass the entire scope of petroleum chemistry from down-hole exploration tools to online refinery process analysis.
Edwards, John C.
Process NMR Associates, LLC, Danbury, Connecticut