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Article Dans Une Revue Magnetic Resonance Année : 2022

Magnetic expression in kerogen reveals impact on fluid transport


How can the transport of fluids in a confined and complex mixed organic/inorganic matrix be far below the expected value from a topological aspect? A good example of this situation is oil shales. Oil and gas shales are source rocks in which organic matter has matured to form hydrocarbons. They exhibit a dual porous network formed by the intertwining of mineral and organic pores that leads to very low permeability. Still, the exact origin of this extremely low permeability remains somehow unclear. The present communication addresses this important question and provides novel insights on the mechanisms that strongly hinder fluid diffusion in such materials. By combining nuclear and electronic magnetic resonance techniques with SEM imaging, we show evidence that magnetic interaction occurs in kerogen. This results from a magnetic coupling between vanadyl present in porphyrins and the organic matrix. We demonstrate that such coupling retards fluid diffusion and is reversible. This key dynamical feature explains the extremely low mobility of oil in shale rocks. This phenomenon may be a more general feature occurring in several systems where fluids are confined in a complex hierarchical matrix that embeds both organic and inorganic radicals resulting from the aging process.
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hal-03759485 , version 1 (24-08-2022)




Benjamin Nicot, Jean-Pierre Korb, Isabelle Jolivet, Herve Vezin, Didier Gourier, et al.. Magnetic expression in kerogen reveals impact on fluid transport. Magnetic Resonance, 2022, 3 (2), pp.125-136. ⟨10.5194/mr-3-125-2022⟩. ⟨hal-03759485⟩
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