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Ben Tayeb Karima

Catalysis 2021
Ben Tayeb Karima, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
University of Lille, France
Title : Characterization of petroleum fractions by in situ EPR spectroscopy


The behavior and the structural properties of organic radical species (ORs) in their native hydrocarbon environment as a function of temperature was investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR). Five petroleum fractions derived from the same initial crude oil were studied in the temperature range of 293-673K. Results from continuous wave (CW) and pulsed EPR spectroscopy show petroleum fractions behave differently under thermal activation. The inverse of the normalized area versus the temperature gave us different slopes changes in accordance with the generation and the recombination of ORs. The EPR experimental parameters (lineshape, linewidth) highlighted that during the thermal treatment, no conformational change occurred but impact the organic matter maturity with the breaking of sulfur chains.


Dr. Ben Tayeb studied Chemistry at the Lille University, France and graduated as MS in 2006. She then joined the research group of Prof. Fournier and Lamonier at the catalysis unit and solid-state chemistry (UCCS) in France. She received her PhD degree in 2009 at the same institution. After two-year postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dr Pinard at the Institute of Chemistry (IC2MP) in France, she obtained the position of an Associate Professor at the LASIR, in Lille University.