A coupling of thin layer chromatography with laser ablation ICP SF MS was developed for the fractionation of Ni, V, Fe and S in crude oil and its fractions (saturate, aromatic, resin and asphaltene). The detection limits were 18 ng g-1 and 23 ng g-1 for nickel and vanadium, respectively, and a sample could be characterized in terms of the metal distribution as a function of species polarity within 10 min. The method was used to characterize the metal distribution in crude oils of different origins and their different fractions.
- Crude oil
- LA ICP SF MS