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Metals, Nitrogen and Sulfur in Petroleum Residue, Analysis of

Petroleum and Liquid Fossil Fuels Analysis

  1. W.K. Robbins

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a1826

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

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Robbins, W. 2006. Metals, Nitrogen and Sulfur in Petroleum Residue, Analysis of. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

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  1. ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, Annandale, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


When petroleum (i.e. crude oil) is distilled, a residual fraction containing molecules that do not volatilize is drawn off the bottom. This “resid” has an increased concentration of minor impurities, including sulfur-, nitrogen-, and oxygen-bearing heterocyclics, soluble nickel and vanadium compounds and a variety of trace metals. These impurities both dominate the unique properties of the resid and play a major role in determining the refining processes necessary for its conversion to marketable products. This article introduces the common analytical techniques for the measurement of sulfur, nitrogen, nickel, vanadium, and trace metals in this challenging organic matrix.