An automatic approach for analyses of Raman spectra of dispersed organic matter in diagenesis is proposed in this work. The need for a reproducible method of thermal maturity assessment by means of Raman spectroscopic analyses on the organic matter is essential for the development of this technique as a robust support in organic petrographical analyses. The new method was tested on concentrated kerogen derived from a set of 33 samples that originated from cuttings from a 5000 m-thick section drilled in offshore Angola. The proposed method can be applied separately in the D and G bands regions of the Raman spectra, and uses a fitting approach based on asymmetrical Gaussian deconvolution and on the measurement of the integrated area. Results from this work demonstrate that Raman parameters carried out by the new methods reflect the increase in aromaticity in kerogen in diagenesis. Finally, two parametric equations have been proposed to correlate Raman parameters and thermal maturity: the first is for the thermal maturity interval between 0.3 and 1.5% Ro; and the second has a higher precision of between 1.0 and 1.5% Ro. The two equations are the result of a multi-linear regression based on robust correlations between Raman parameters and vitrinite reflectance (Ro%).
Schito, A., Corrado, S. (2018). An automatic approach for characterization of the thermal maturity of dispersed organic matter Raman spectra at low diagenetic stages. In Application of Analytical Techniques to Petroleum Systems (pp. SP484.5) [10.1144/SP484.5].