Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 413–417 | Cite as

Sedimentary environment indicators: Benzothiazole and its derivatives

  • Yuan Li
  • Renwei Li
  • Shixin Zhou
  • Binjie Luo


Benzothiazoles distributional characteristics of crude oils and non-hydrocarbon fractions of source rocks in Mangya depression of the Qaidam Basin, Lunnan oil field in the Tarim Basin, Kelamayi oil field in the Junggar Basin and the Tulufan Basin oil field were analyzed. It was found that the distributions of benzothiazole are remarkable diversity in different sedimentary environmental oils. The swamp crude oils contain high quantity of benzothiazole and relatively high quantity of alkylthio-benzothiazole and 2(3H)-benzothiazolone. But the quantity of the 2,2′-dithiobisbenzothiazole is relatively low. The abundance of benzothiazole and 2,2′-dithiobis-benzothiazole are relatively high in semi-brackish water lacustrine crude oils, but the quantity of alkylthio-benzothiazole and 2(3H)-benzothiazolone are relatively low. The benzothiazoles belong to weak acid and mild base compound, and their stabilization conditions relate to their environmental medium. The nitrogenous bases are in favor of alkalescence environment, while weak acid nitrogenous compounds are the main stable products under the weak acid environment. Benzothiazoles have great significance in identifying the oil- and gas-formed environment and the geochemistry study of non-hydrocarbon fraction in the future.


crude oils source rock non-hydrocarbon fraction benzothiazoles sedimentary environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Li
    • 1
  • Renwei Li
    • 1
  • Shixin Zhou
    • 2
  • Binjie Luo
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Geology and GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Lanzhou Institute of GeologyChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina

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