Alberta Soils Network Lunch & Learn
30-Mar-2017 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
250 Karl Clark Rd NW,
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Alberta T6N 1E4
Alberta Soils Network and Alberta Innovates

Identification of Terpenoid Compounds in Soils by GCMS as a Remediation Tool to Separate Petrogenic and Biogenic Hydrocarbons. 

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, March 30, 2017.

Location: Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Auditorium, 250 Karl Clark Rd NW Edmonton or Weblink

The event, which is sponsored by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, will be held in Edmonton at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Auditorium and broadcast across Alberta via weblink. Weblink participants will be sent the weblink access information via email 24 hours prior to the event. Please ensure that your email information registered with the AIA is correct.

Terpenes are an abundant biogenic class of organics produced by plants and animals. They are built up from five carbon isoprenoid units forming volatile and semivolatile compounds. The chemistry of terpenes touches us in every aspect of our lives. From aromas and taste, cleaning products, favorite coffees, beers and scotches, allergies, cosmetics to vitamins and hormones these compounds affect our environment. In forensic petrochemistry, the heavier hopanes and steranes (C25-C35) are retained in crude oil genesis and these compounds can be used to fingerprint different hydrocarbon sources. They form the “biogenic hydrocarbon pattern” found in the F3 region of CCME GC chromatograms. We will review the GCMS spectra of these compounds and how we can use the GCMS analysis of the F2-F4 extract can be used to chemically identify this biogenic pattern in remediation work by separating biogenic and petrogenic sources.

Mahyar is an environmental chemist/organic geochemist who work for Petroleum Testing Services in AGAT Laboratories in Calgary, Alberta. He joined Environmental Forensic Chemistry Centre in Malaysia in 2005 where he worked on petroleum biomarkers. Mahyar has focused on the application of alkanes, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and pentacyclic triterpanes (in particular hopanes) to track petrogenic/pyrogenic pollutants in various environmental compartments, fingerprinting oil types, evaluate remediation, track transboundry hydrocarbon movements and differentiating anthropogenic from biogenic hydrocarbons. In 2009, Mahyar joined EKOMAR in Malaysia to employ radio isotopes in fingerprinting and biomarker studies in which has helped Mahyar to reconstruct historical deposition of hydrocarbons in the sedimentary environment of Malaysia and Singapore. Mahyar presented some of his results in several conferences as presenter and keynote speaker, published several papers in journals and chapters in books. His paper on hopane compounds’ vulnerability in combustion engines that was presented in Cambridge, UK in 2011 was welcomed by majority of biomarker scientists of Forensic Chemistry Association. He continues working with scientists in AGAT Laboratories to develop the application of petroleum biomarkers in Alberta and possibly to commercialize and enhance this service across the country. Mahyar is a member of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Forensic Chemistry Association (US) since 2009.

Members and non-members should register online. Registration closes at 4:00 pm on March 28, 2017. Please note that for group registration for the weblink; each individual attending must register. Only individuals that have registered qualify for AIA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Should you have questions regarding the event, please contact the ASN at, Katrina Sharko at 780-983-3057 or Ted Furler at 780-660-4889.

Event Schedule:
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 13:00 Presentation
13:00 – 13:30 Questions & Answers

Date: March 30, 2017
Location: Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Auditorium, 250 Karl Clark Rd NW Edmonton or Weblink
Fee: $20.00 for attendance or $12 for weblink plus gst
Contact: Ted Furler 780-660-4889; Katrina Sharko 780-983-3057

: 250 Karl Clark Rd NW, , Edmonton, Alberta, T6N 1E4, Canada
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