Organic Geochemistry Laboratorium

In the Organic Geochemistry Lab we analyse organic components in oils and environmental samples. The lab has over the years served as a research laboratory for several masters and PhD students in petroleum and environmental geosciences. The lab does not offer analyses, but the lab's instruments may by appointment be used by students and academic staff under the supervison of the lab personell.

The Thermo TSQ 8000 (gas chromatograph - triple quadrupole mass spectrometer) is the main instrument in the lab, and provides sensitive analyses for example of biomarkers in petroleum. Photo: Gunn K Tjoflot, UiO

The Thermo TSQ 8000 (gas chromatograph - triple quadrupole mass spectrometer) is the main instrument in the lab, and provides sensitive analyses for example of biomarkers in petroleum. Photo: Gunn K Tjoflot, UiO

Booking and prices

Prices: Contact Facility Manager

Booking: Contact Facility Manager


Contact information:

Facility Manager: Kristian Backer-Owe
Location: Sem Sælands vei 1
0371 OSLO
Norway

Instruments:

  • Thermo TSQ 8000 (gas chromatograph - triple quadrupole mass spectrometer), instrument acquired in 2013 with industrial financing
  • Iatroscan MK-5 TLC-FID (thin layer chromatograph w/flame ionisation detector), acquired in 2002
  • Varian 3800 GC-FID m/autosampler, acquired in 2002
  • Varian 3380 GC-FID, acquired in 2000
  • ST 243 Soxtec solvent extraction system

Description of services:

  • We do not offer services like analyses of samples, but the instruments may be used by students and researchers for doing analyses. These activities are done under supervison of the lab personell.

What is organic geochemistry?

Samples of petroleum extracts which have been analysed in the Organic Geochemistry Lab. Chemical analyses can reveal information about the source, maturity and age of the organic matter. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO
Samples of petroleum extracts which have been analysed in the Organic Geochemistry Lab. Chemical analyses can reveal information about the source, maturity and age of the organic matter. Photo: G.K. Tjoflot, UiO

Organic geochemistry deals with chemical analysis of organic compounds in the geosphere.

The field of organic geochemistry is sub-divided into many disciplines like:

  • petroleum and coal geochemistry
  • biogeochemistry
  • environmental
  • and soil geochemistry

At the organic geochemistry laboratory at the Department of Geosciences, we use gas- and liquid-chromatographic techniques to separate organic compounds at group and molecular levels and flame-ionisation detection (FID) and mass-spectrometry (MS) for detection of the separate compounds.

The laboratory can by appointment be used for research activities and/or to assist students at the Department of Geosciences.

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Published May 12, 2019 10:03 AM - Last modified June 15, 2020 6:13 PM