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Hydrocarbons have been produced in Kansas since the 1860s, however, the properties and characteristics of the produced oil are still poorly understood.

An oil-oil correlation analysis has been conducted on twelve hydrocarbon samples from three subbasins and from five producing intervals within the State of Kansas. Fourier Transform Infrared Radiation (FTIR) was used to characterize the organic functional groups present within the samples and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) was used to assess the hydrocarbon fractions in the samples. The FTIR spectrum of all the samples exhibit similar peaks implying similar functionally groups were present in all the samples. The TLC analysis showed all the samples were composed of two fractions with a mean retention factor of 0.82 ± 0.02 for the aliphatic fractions. This is interpreted to illustrate similarity in the aliphatic fractions found in all the samples.

Faculty Advisor

Henry Agbogun



Submission Type

in-person poster




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