The occurrence of unusual hopenes in hydropyrolysates generated from severely biodegraded oil seep asphaltenes

Will Meredith, Colin E. Snape, Andrew D. Carr, Hans P. Nytoft, Gordon D. Love

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Catalytic hydropyrolysis has been used to generate pristine biomarker profiles from the asphaltenes isolated from a West African oil seep, which had been subjected to such severe biodegradation that it contained no recognisable free biomarkers. In addition to the expected hopanes, the m/z 191 mass chromatogram contained four peaks, which appeared to be hopenes; 22,29,30-trisnorhop-17(21)-ene is relatively common in hydropyrolysates, but the other three have only been encountered in a few samples. After isolation using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), hydrogenation and isomerisation experiments, the two C 30 compounds were tentatively assigned as 17α(H)-hop-20(21)-ene and 17β(H)-hop-20(21)-ene, and the C 27 compound as 22,29,30-trisnorhop-16(17)-ene.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)1243-1248
Antal sider6
TidsskriftOrganic Geochemistry
Vol/bind39
Udgave nummer8
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2008

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