HOUSTON – The University of Houston and Agilent Technologies Inc. have agreed to cooperate in research about the geology and composition of crude oil.
Agilent will provide $1 million in instruments to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to further research projects. The technology includes microwave plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (MP-AES), inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), gas chromatography-triple quadrupole mass spectroscopy (GC-QQQ), and gas chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectroscopy (GC-QTOF).
The instruments will be used to identify and measure the constituents in geological specimens or to separate, identify and measure the thousands of compounds found in crude oil samples. These studies aid in understanding the geology of oil-bearing formations, which is useful in exploration and in assessing the potential for development of proven reserves.