Chapter 4

Chemical Fingerprints of Crude Oils and Petroleum Products

C. Yang, C.E. Brown, B. Hollebone, Z. Yang, P. Lambert, B. Fieldhouse, M. Landriault, and Z. Wang     Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada


The characterization, identification, and correlation of oils are comprehensive and challenging tasks due to the wide variability in petroleum products. Forensic oil fingerprinting analysis becomes even more complicated once oil is released into the environment and subjected to various weatherings. It is extremely important to collect reliable evidence for each specific case. The most important criteria from quantitative chromatographic analyses are concentrations, distribution profiles, and diagnostic ratios of ...

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