Molecular size of asphaltene solubility fractions

Henning Groenzin, Oliver C. Mullins, Semih Eser, Jonathan P. Mathews, Ming Gang Yang, Daniel Jones

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A fluorescence depolarization technique was used to determine the molecular size of asphaltene solubility fractions of a petroleum resid asphaltene. The molecular size was determined at different emission wavelengths for each solubility fraction. For each subfraction the range of molecular size was found to vary considerably. However, at a given emission wavelength, the molecular sizes for the different asphaltene solubility subfractions are very similar, that is the subfractions differ from each other by different population distributions of the same set of molecules. The size variation among the different subfractions is due to the different molecular population distributions of the constituent components. The population distribution was estimated from published LDMS results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-503
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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