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Title: Methods for estimating properties of hydrocarbons comprising asphaltenes based on their solubility

Disclosed herein is a method of estimating a property of a hydrocarbon comprising the steps of: preparing a liquid sample of a hydrocarbon, the hydrocarbon having asphaltene fractions therein; precipitating at least some of the asphaltenes of a hydrocarbon from the liquid sample with one or more precipitants in a chromatographic column; dissolving at least two of the different asphaltene fractions from the precipitated asphaltenes during a successive dissolution protocol; eluting the at least two different dissolved asphaltene fractions from the chromatographic column; monitoring the amount of the fractions eluted from the chromatographic column; using detected signals to calculate a percentage of a peak area for a first of the asphaltene fractions and a peak area for a second of the asphaltene fractions relative to the total peak areas, to determine a parameter that relates to the property of the hydrocarbon; and estimating the property of the hydrocarbon.
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The University of Wyoming Research Corporation (Laramie, WY) NETL
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Patent File Date: 2014 Jan 10
Research Org:
The University of Wyoming Research Corporation, Laramie, WY (United States)
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United States

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journal, February 2008

TLC–FID (Iatroscan) analysis of heavy oil and tar sand samples
journal, August 2008

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journal, March 1991
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  • Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 142, Issue 2, p. 497-502
  • DOI: 10.1016/0021-9797(91)90079-N

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journal, September 2000
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  • DOI: 10.1016/S0920-4105(00)00052-8

Initial studies using ultrasonic spectroscopy for monitoring changes in residua with pyrolysis
journal, October 2006

Kinetic models for the thermal cracking of Athabasca bitumen
journal, May 1985

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