Development of Modified Gas Chromatograph for Experimental Studies on Hydrocarbons Project uri icon

DCO ID 11121/4647-3779-1953-4194-CC


  • A modified gas chromatograph was developed with partial DCO support to help determine thermodynamic and chemical conditions required for abiogenic synthesis of complex hydrocarbons in the upper mantle, to investigate deep hydrocarbon synthesis and migration, and to explore the reaction mechanisms of hydrocarbon synthesis at high pressure. DCO funding for this instrument served as a catalyst to establish a new laboratory at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas with Principal investigator Vladimir Kutcherov heading the lab. The Russian Ministry of Higher Education and Science supported the development of additional high-pressure equipment for the lab. Furthermore, Gubkin University provided support for lab salaries, computers, and lab supplies. The gas chromatograph itself is being used to analyze the reaction products from experiments conducted with the other new high-pressure equipment.

    The chromatograph was installed in the new high-pressure laboratory at Gubkin University in October 2011 and tested afterwards. Dr. Kutcherov began the first series of experiments using the chromatograph in January 2012. The equipment will be available to others in the DCO community this year.