Applications of FTICR-MS in Oil Spill Studies

  • Jagoš R. RadovićEmail author
  • Aprami Jaggi
  • Renzo C. Silva
  • Ryan Snowdon
  • Derek C. Waggoner
  • Patrick G. Hatcher
  • Stephen R. Larter
  • Thomas B. P. Oldenburg


During the past decade, Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) has been established as a technique of choice for the comprehensive chemical assessment of some of the most complex organic mixtures, such as petroleum, or dissolved organic matter. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout, FTICR-MS demonstrated its applicability for the characterization of oil spill residues produced by abiotic weathering, such as photooxidation, and/or microbial processes and interactions, for example, marine oil snow aggregation. Such residues are abundant in high molecular weight, polar, and heteroatom-bearing chemical species, which cannot be analyzed by the typical oil spill forensics tools such as gas chromatography. Therefore, the expansion of the analytical window afforded by FTICR-MS is crucial for the monitoring and understanding of long-term oil spill fate. Furthermore, capability of FTICR-MS to characterize non-hydrocarbon petroleum fractions will be very important in the case of potential future spills of heavy, unconventional oils, such as bitumen.


FTICR-MS Oil spills Deepwater Horizon Biomarkers MOSSFA 



This research was made possible in part by a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative through the Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE) and in part from CFI, NSERC, the University of Calgary, and the Canada Research Chairs. Data are publicly available through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) at (doi: 10.7266/N71R6NGQ).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jagoš R. Radović
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aprami Jaggi
    • 1
  • Renzo C. Silva
    • 1
  • Ryan Snowdon
    • 1
  • Derek C. Waggoner
    • 2
  • Patrick G. Hatcher
    • 2
  • Stephen R. Larter
    • 1
  • Thomas B. P. Oldenburg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeoscienceUniversity of Calgary, PRGCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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