8th ICCP Course: Organic Petrology for Industrial Applications
|December 17, 2015
|Filled under Courses
The ICCP Training Course on Organic Petrology for Industrial Applications was held successfully at the Geolab in the Great Refractor Building on Telegraphenberg in Potsdam.
The International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP), in conjunction with Geolab, DGGV, Teichmüller Foundation and GFZ (the German Research Centre for Geosciences), organised this training course, which was centred on the petrology of a wide variety of coals. Practical applications and technological importance were stressed. While a basic geological understanding was assumed, the course was designed for those with little or no knowledge of coal. It was therefore suitable for undergraduate or post graduate students as well as established professionals who require a more thorough understanding of petrological aspects of coals.
General Outline Theory:
- Genesis (geology and geochemistry)
- Coal Coal Composition: Lithotypes, Macerals and Microlithotypes
- Coal rank and rank parameters.
- Petrographic analyses: maceral and microlithotype analyses, vitrinite reflectance analysis and the use of fluorescence.
- Basic factors controlling quality and technological behavior of coal.
Organic petrology applied to:
- Coal Mining and beneficiation
- Coal carbonization
- Coal combustion and co-combustion
- Coal gasification
- Coal liquefaction
- Coal derived carbon materials
- Environmental issues
Practical session on petrographic techniques: The use of the reflected light microscope, identification of coal components, point-counting analysis, reflectance measurements, fluorescence analysis (all by pre scanned analyses on a screen with the group) on coals of different type and rank, coal blends, residues from coal utilization…. Practical session facilities will be provided by Hilgers Technisches Büro, using a microscope with FOSSIL software for reflectance measuement, documentation and training.
Presenters Isabel Suárez-Ruiz, Spain & Walter Pickel, Australia
Isabel Suárez Ruiz is a geologist and a scientific researcher at the Instituto Nacional del Carbon (INCAR-CSIC, Spain) working in the field of fundamental and applied organic petrology. She received her PhD in 1988 from the University of Oviedo (Spain) for her doctoral thesis in oil shales and source rocks. She has spent extensive periods of time carrying out research in petrology and organic geochemistry on rocks containing dispersed organic matter, coals, and solid residues from coal utilization, in well-known laboratories in France (Orléans, post-doctoral studies) and in United States (Carbondale in Illinois, as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geology; and Lexington in Kentucky as Visiting Scientist). She also spent shorter periods of time in the Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (Mexico DF in Mexico) and in the Instituto Colombiano del Petroleo, ICP-ECOPETROL (Bucaramanga in Colombia) working in organic petrology applied to conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon systems exploration. Moreover, she also developed multiple international collaborations with USA, France, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Brazil, and national with Oviedo, Salamanca, Barcelona, Huelva, Almeria, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Sevilla Universities and Research Institutions in Spain. Nowadays, she is the manager of the Organic Petrography Laboratory at the INCAR-CSIC, she is also member of Scientific International Committees, Chair of the Commission III of the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) and she was Vice-president and President of The Society of Organic Petrology (TSOP). She is author and co-author of a significant number of papers (about one hundred), book chapters, a book and two ATLAS always focused on topics of coal and organic petrology. In the last years she has received several international Awards recognizing her scientific and research work and contributions to the science).
Walter Pickel received his PhD from the Rheinish Westfaelische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany in 1991. He taught and worked at RWTH until 1998. Afterwards he joined CSIRO Petroleum in Sydney, Australia as a senior research scientist. In 2003 he joined Harold Read & Associates and co-founded Coal & Organic Petrology Services P/L in Sydney in 2004, a company of which he is the managing director. Apart from teaching at Aachen University, he has been giving classes and workshops at Cologne University, in Chile, Indonesia and Australia. He was appointed visiting professor at the Instituto de Geologia Economica Aplicada –GEA at the University of Concepcion, Chile in 2000. He is author/co-author of some 80 reviewed papers and abstracts. He is a member of the ICCP since 1991.
Company/Professional € 1300
Government/non-profit € 700
Student € 250
Cost for the course excludes travel, accommodation and meals except where stated. Costs include course notes, lunches and coffee, and course dinner.
Course language is English. Space is limited and will be on a first come basis. A detailed course outline will become available in June 2015. If you want to register for the course, please use the online registration from. After registration, you will receive a confirmation and an invoice from the ICCP treasurer Jen Pearson.
For technical information, please contact the ICCP Vice President Peter Crosdale at email@example.com, for logistical information, please contact Ms. Antje Treutler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training is given at Building A27/ Big Refractor, Geolab at the Telegraphenberg in Potsdam
Please book the hotel of your choice in time, because September is a busy months in Potsdam.
This hotel is closest to the train station and the meeting venue.
Please make your own reservations.
Prices: Room incl. breakfast: ca. 100-120 €
Lange Brücke 1 14467 Potsdam,
Germany Tel.: + 49 331 27 22
Fax: + 49 331 27 20 233
Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci
Find more information at the hotel website. Prices: € 100-150.
There are several other hotels in Potsdam in all price ranges. Please check the internet.
A field trip will be organised to the East German Lignite Mines on Saturday, 5 September 2015 together with participants of the 67th ICCP meeting. The field trip will visit the open cast mine Welzow Süd and the power station ‘Schwarze Pumpe’. The costs for the field trip are € 80. Costs include travel, field trip guide, lunch and beverages. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to participate in the field trip.