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Petroleum & Petrochemical

Biofuels can be analyzed by Raman spectroscopy (characterizing the feedstock and composition), as can gasoline, for which octane number and presence of sulfur additives are key parameters. Raman can also rapidly identify various fuels, as well as characterize diesel fuel composition, and identify the presence of additives, oxygenates, and taggants (which are important in identifying the source and utility of fuel for particular applications). Gasoline blending processes can be monitored in real-time, removing the need for costly and time-consuming measurements made with knock engines (which also require large amounts of product!). The mixtures of hydrocarbons and aromatics in petroleum streams can be quantified by Raman spectroscopy.