Short training course on Organic Matter Characterization

Program of the SHORT TRAINING COURSE on Organic matter characterization
September 9th 2018, Coimbra (Portugal)

Post-congress SHORT TRAINING COURSE “Organic matter characterization in anoxic marine facies: palynofacies and organic geochemistry approaches” by João Graciano Mendonça Filho (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Organic Matter: Concepts and Definitions

Organic Matter Production

Sedimentary Organic Matter

Origin and Characterization of the Sedimentary Organic Matter

Organic Carbon Budget and the Organic Content of Sediments

Organic Matter Evolution and Chemical Composition of Biomass

Organic Matter Processing, Sedimentation, Accumulation, and Transformation

Kerogen: Composition and Classification

Kerogen: Type and Classification

Techniques used in the Kerogen Study

Microscopy: Transmitted Light Microscopy and Ultraviolet Light Microscopy

Organic Composition (Palynofacies Analysis)

Kerogen Groups

Trends in the Kerogen Groups distribution (Palynofacies Parameters)

Organic Composition (Geochemical Analysis)

Total Organic Carbon (TOC)

Rock-Eval Pyrolysis and Hydrous Pyrolysis


Biogeochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Case Studies

Deposition and preservation behavior of organic matter of oceans and seas during OAEs of global significance such as the early Toarcian (T-OAE, ~ 183 Ma), early Albian (OAE, ~120 Ma), and Cenomanian-Turonian (OAE2, ~93 Ma).

Photomicrographs of particulate organic components from the Tenuicostatum chronozone of Asturian Basin (left) and from the Levisoni chronozone of Lusitanian Basin (right).

Gas chromatograms (m/z 85) and (m/z 191) of saturated fractions showing the distribution of n-alkanes, acyclic isoprenoids and terpanes of samples from the base of Levisoni chronozone of Lusitanian Basin.


Dr. João Graciano Mendonça Filho (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Dr. João Graciano Mendonça Filho is Full Professor of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and currently he occupies the position of Dean of the Mathematical amd Natural Sciences Center. He is one of Brazilian’s leaders in the field of the Organic Petrology and Geochemistry related to Oil Exploration, including Petroleum Geochemistry, Palynofacies and Organic Facies, and Environmental Organic Geochemistry. He is the coordinator of the Palynofacies and Organic Facies (LAFO) and Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry (LAGEPA) Laboratories at UFRJ, Brazil. The laboratories execute projects as well as services to oil and coal industries. Besides this, he also coordinates research groups of the Petroleum and Environmental Organic Geochemistry and Palynofacies and Organic Facies at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), which is an agency linked to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT), entity dedicated to foster scientific and technological research, and the formation of human resources for research in the Country. He is classified as Level 1A Researcher from CNPq. He is a member of several scientific societies such as International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP), where he is the Convener of several Working Groups and of the Dispersed Organic Matter Vitrinite Reflectance Accreditation Program (DOMVR), and one of the Instructors of the ICCP Training Course in Dispersed Organic Matter. He is the author and co-author of a large number of peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and the editor of Scientific journals focused on topics of geochemistry and organic petrology. In recent years he has received several international awards in recognition of his scientific and research work and contributions to science, among them The Organic Petrology Award from ICCP in 2012.