Investigation of the Molecular Structure of Turkish Asphaltenes

Yasar M., Akmaz S., Gurkaynak M. A.

PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.27, no.10, pp.1044-1061, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10916460802455913
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1044-1061
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Molecular structure of asphaltenes prepared from four Turkish crude oils with different origin were characterized by elemental analysis, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The X-ray diffraction method was used to investigate the crystallite and aromaticity parameters of the asphaltenes. Average distance between the aromatic sheets, average distance between the aliphatic chains, average diameter of the cluster, and average number of aromatic sheets per stack parameters were calculated for the asphaltenes. The combined NMR, FTIR, molecular weight, elemental content, and XRD results have been used to calculate hypothetical structure of the Turkish asphaltenes.