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Global Chemical Kinetics of Fossil Fuels

How to Model Maturation and Pyrolysis


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 1-24
  3. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 25-74
  4. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 75-105
  5. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 107-169
  6. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 171-203
  7. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 205-272
  8. Alan K. Burnham
    Pages 273-312
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 313-315

About this book


This book covers the origin and chemical structure of sedimentary organic matter, how that structure relates to appropriate chemical reaction models, how to obtain reaction data uncontaminated by heat and mass transfer, and how to convert that data into global kinetic models that extrapolate over wide temperature ranges. It also shows applications for in-situ and above-ground processing of oil shale, coal and other heavy fossil fuels. 
It is essential reading for anyone who wants to develop and apply reliable chemical kinetic models for natural petroleum formation and fossil fuel processing and is designed for course use in petroleum systems modelling. Problem sets, examples and case studies are included to aid in teaching and learning. It presents original work and contains an extensive reanalysis of data from the literature.


Global chemical kinetics Petroleum geochemistry and sedimentary organic material Petroleum Systems Modeling Oil Shale Retorting Coal Pyrolysis Fundamentals and applications in fossil energy recovery Processing of heavy fossil fuels in-site or above ground Chemical kinetics textbook

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LivermoreUSA

About the authors

Alan Burnham is currently a consultant for Total E&P Research on a source rock modeling project at Stanford University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He also continues in a partnership with GeoIsoChem improving Kinetics2015, a chemical kinetics analysis program. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer for American Shale Oil, LLC, (AMSO) which had its technical headquarters in Rifle CO to test in-situ oil shale extraction technology in the Piceance Basin. Prior to becoming CTO for AMSO in 2008, Dr. Burnham worked for more than 30 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the areas of oil shale processing, petroleum geochemistry, laser fusion targets, large optics for the National Ignition Facility, and energetic materials. Dr. Burnham has approximately 10 patents and 250 journal articles, conference proceedings, and publicly available LLNL technical reports. He has been active in numerous professional societies, received an Outstanding Chemistry Alumni Award from Iowa State University in 2014, and won a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for excellence in technology transfer in 1990.  

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