Alkanes in Natural and Synthetic Petroleums: Comparison of Calculated and Actual Compositions

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Science  22 Mar 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3560, pp. 1203-1205
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3560.1203


A similarity exists between the low molecular weight alkane isomers in crude oil and Fischer-Tropsch catalytic synthesis products. The composition of the C4 through C7 alkane isomers in a crude oil was calculated quantitatively with the equations previously used to calculate the alkane isomers in Fischer-Tropsch products. These results may have significance in ascertaining the origin of the volatile hydrocarbons in crude oils.