Applied Geochemistry in Petroleum Exploration

Lecturers: Christian Hallmann, Florence Schubotz

Contact: Christian Hallmann


This course can be taken as an alternative to "advanced geophysical exploration methods"

This course will introduce the students to applied concepts of petroleum exploration using the hydrocarbon composition (including biomarkers) in oils. Using practical examples, the students will learn how to interpret petroleum geochemical data in order to determine (i) the origin and correlation of source rocks, oils and condensates, (ii) oil maturities, (iii) biodegradation and (iv) controls on the gas-oil ratio in a petroleum accumulation.

By the lecturer: Lecture, Written handout
By the students: Practical exercise, Seminar presentation, Written final report.


- To obtain a good overview on advanced geochemical exploration methods
- To understand oil and gas formation, migration and in-reservoir alteration
- To gain practical experience in solving exploration problems: e.g. establishing oil-source correlations and alteration histories using petroleum geochemical data.


Requirements: Marine Resources and Geotechnology I

90 hours / 3 CP
- 30 h presence in course Applied Geochemistry in Petroleum Exploration
- 60 h homework and self-revision of the given and additional, complementary material (textbooks, regional papers, preparation of oral presentations, etc.).


written report


To be provided in the individual classes.