Kerogen is isolated from the rock and directly studied under the microscope, using techniques for optical kerogen analysis from academic research (palynology / palynofacies). Optical quantification of palynologically defined kerogen groups and transformation to kerogen types. Highly sensitive quantification of each kerogen type seperately in each sample, improving evaluation of primary generated types of hydrocarbons.
Identification of mixed kerogen, regarding mixed composition, preservation & maturation. Quantification of productive vs. unproductive proportions of the total kerogen data can be implemented directly into organo-facies based HC system modeling. Optical kerogen analysis is a strong improvement to chemical kerogen analysis (Rock Eval, Biomarker), based on bulk rock analysis, which is unable to identify mixed kerogen and its effect on chemical parameters and can mislead interpretation of chemical analysis of HC potential.