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Standard Operating Procedures

Kerogen Extraction

Introduction

This method describes how to separate kerogen from siliciclastic rocks and was originally written by Eva Stuëken. The silicate fraction is dissolved and removed, such that the kerogen remains as a solid for further analysis.

Safety

Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is extremely corrosive. You must take the EH&S HF course before conducting this procedure. Review the HF Spill Procedure before continuing.

Materials

Weighing out the powder

Optional: remove excess carbonate with HCl

Dissolution of silicates with HF

Dissolution of fluoride precipitates with BF3

Washing the Teflon bottles

Notes

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Last updated: 2020-09-08 16:41:12