Quantitative analysis of the pore structure of premature-to-postmature organic rich mudrocks using small angle neutron scattering

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  • Timo Seemann
  • Amirsaman Rezaeyan
  • Vitaliy Pipich
  • Pieter Bertier
  • Leon Leu
  • Niko Kampman
  • Artem feoktystov
  • Lester Barnsley
  • Andreas Busch

Institutes & Expert groups

  • HW - Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • FZJ - Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • RWTH - Aachen University
  • Imperial College London
  • Shell Global Solutions International B.V

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The pore structure of organic rich mudrocks is associated with both inorganic and organic constituents. The contribution of organic matter to the pore structure has been investigated on Posidonia and Bossier Shale samples having different organic carbon content and thermal maturity. Development and distribution of organic matter pores were studied by using small angle neutron scattering technique at a broad pore scale size investigation, from 2 nm to 2 μm. The pore structure of the mudrocks studied is highly complicated at which total pore volume and specific surface area are not significantly affected by thermal maturation, however, the maturity attribute contributes to different pore size distribution on meso- and macro-pores. Thermal maturation is likely to be the factor of amalgamating small organic matter pores into larger pores in overmature organic rich mudrocks, potentially causing an increase in pore volume at macroscale pores. Although not considerably, the increased macroporosity can enhance the permeability of pore network for viscous gas flow in organic rich mudrocks.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSixth EAGE Shale Workshop
PublisherEAGE Publications BV
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Event6th EAGE Shale Workshop 2019 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 28 Apr 20191 May 2019

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings
PublisherEAGE - European Association of Geoscientist & Engineers
ISSN (Print)2214-4609


Workshop6th EAGE Shale Workshop 2019
Internet address


  • Biochemistry, Biological materials, Flow of gases, Organic carbon, Pore size, Pore structure, Shale

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