School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Structure and function of asphaltenes

Structure and function of asphaltenes

Asphaltenes are well known to be one of the most important components causing blockages in oil pipelines and fouling in refineries which lead to enormous costs.

Project Leader: Dr Geoff Abbott
Sponsors: Delta State Government (Nigeria)
Professor M.J.W Povey (Leeds University); Dr N. Parker (Newcastle University)
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Project Details

They are also responsible for the formation of tar mats in petroleum reservoirs, which can impede crude oil recovery. This project focusses on the structure and function of asphaltenes, as based on the Yen-Mullins model, where the recent application of acoustic spectroscopy has been particularly exciting.

Informal enquires by email from all prospective PhD students are very welcome.


  • Abbott, G.D., Povey, M.J.W. Structure and function of asphaltenes: a geochemical and ultrasound study. In: Chemistry in the Oil Industry XII - Innovative Chemistry - Value, Risks and Rewards. 2011, Welwyn Garden City: Royal Society of Chemistry.

Academic Staff

  • Dr Geoff Abbott