Mineral Identification and Elemental Analysis

For example, due to chemical attractions and repulsions, some fluids may easily wet the surface of a certain mineral, while other fluids may not. Understanding this affinity of different phases (oil, brine or gas) to different types of rock helps in determining how fluids occupy the pores within the rocks. This understanding of fluid occupancy… Read More

Nano-Resolution Imaging

The high-resolutions obtained with this instrument allow researchers to investigate petrophysical properties along with fluid flow behavior at the nanometer scale. To obtain critical rock properties such as porosity, pore structure and pore-size distribution as well as the necessary flow parameters, including but not limited to, permeability and three-dimensional fluid occupancy maps, non-destructive X-ray computed… Read More

Atomic Resolution Imaging

Understanding can be gleaned by visually observing atomic interactions with a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Although TEM instruments are commonly used to view rock surfaces for porosity quantification and mineral identification, they are rarely used to study rock-fluid interactions. Such a study requires a TEM outfitted with the unique ability to operate under conditions of… Read More