Course Information

Duration (hours)   
Instructor(s)Prof. Nikos Pasadakis



Hydrocarbons chemistry. Origin of oil and Gas. Organic matter, carbon cycle. Generation of petroleum, source rocks, migration and reservoir geochemistry. Biomarkers. Chemical analysis. Petroleum and the environment.




1st  Lecture

Introduction, world energy, global supply and demand of oil and natural gas, perspectives

2nd Lecture

Hydrocarbons chemistry, physicochemical properties, composition of oil and gas

3rd  Lecture

Origin of fossil fuels, carbon cycle, chemical composition of biomass

4th  Lecture

Organic matter in sediments, accumulation, preservation, transformation, formation of kerogene

5th  Lecture

Formation of oil and gas, abiogenic petroleum concept

6th  Lecture

Non-conventional fossil fuels, shales, tar-sands, hydrates

7th  Lecture

Analytical methods in petroleum geochemistry

8th  Lecture

Geochemical evaluation of analytical data

9th  Lecture

Biomarkers geochemistry I


Biomarkers geochemistry II


Fate and transport of hydrocarbons in the subsurface, applications of reservoir geochemistry


Basics of petroleum refining


Environmental aspects of petroleum production, fingerprinting


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Petroleum Engineering postgraduate program of the Technical University of Crete is a one-year, full-time program, designed to provide students with a scientific background in hydrocarbon exploration and skills in the practical aspects of petroleum engineering. The program begins in October, and leads to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. The program is run by the School of Mineral Resources Engineering.