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Chemical Analysis in the Petrochemicals Sector

A worker looks at a pressure gauge on green pipes.
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In the petrochemical refinement process, crude oil is transformed into gasses, fuels, solvents and lubricants. During refinement, gasoline, olefins and other petrochemical feedstocks are produced. Catalytic reforming is also used to process low-octane high-boiling point gasolines and naphthas into high-octane aromatics.

To ensure that these aromatics, olefins and petrochemical feedstocks are of a consistent quality and purity, a wide range of analysis methodologies are currently employed by the petrochemicals sector.

Download this listicle to discover the need for petrochemical analysis and how safety and quality standards are maintained using:

  • Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
  • Gas chromatography paired with mass spectrometry
  • Fourier transform infrared, X-ray fluorescence and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy