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Course name:
Organic Geochemistry and Petroleum Pollutants

Academic year:


Attendance requirements:

There are no requirements.



Study level:

graduate academic studies, integrated basic and graduate academic studies

Study programmes:

Chemical Education: 5. year, winter semester, elective (E5AP1) course

Chemistry: 1. year, winter semester, elective (E51H1) course

Environmental Chemistry: 1. year, winter semester, elective (E51S1) course


Branimir S. Jovančićević, Ph.D.
full professor, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentski trg 12-16, Beograd


Gordana Đ. Gajica, Ph.D.
graduate researcher, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Njegoševa 12, Beograd

Hours of instruction:

Weekly: four hours of lectures + two hours of exercises + three hours of labwork (4+2+3)


A student has the possibility to meet the origin of fossil fuels and their composition. He meets transformation of organic substances in geosfere, and he has formed the full picture concerning the organic carbon cycle. A student meets the fate of oil type pollutants in all segments of the environment.


These knowledges are necessary in the case of student employment in petroleum companies. Also, knowledge of oil pollutants is very important because the oil and oil products are the main source of pollution in the period of last 100 years.

Teaching methods:

Lectures, exercises with colloquies.

Extracurricular activities:


  1. D. Vitorović, B. Jovančićević (2005) Organic Geochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, 249 pp.
  2. B. Jovančićević (1999) Practice in Organic Geochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, 50 pp.
  3. B. Jovančićević: Scientific papers

Additional material:

Course activities and grading method


10 points (4 hours a week)


  1. Origin of the sediment organic matter. The organic carbon cycle.
  2. Diagenesis. fulvic and humic acids, humin, kerogen formation.
  3. Catagenesis:. bitumen formation, migration, accumulation, metagenesis.
  4. Kerogen: definition, isolation, structure determination.
  5. Oil composition, biological markers.
  6. Gas.
  7. Origin of coal. Coal-oil differences. Coal composition.
  8. Oil shale formation.
  9. Identification of oil type pollution.
  10. Migration of oil type pollutants.
  11. Microbiological degradation in water (normal alkanes and isoprenoids).
  12. Microbiological degradation (polycyclic alkanes).
  13. Microbiological degradation (aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids).
  14. Microbiological degradation in soil.
  15. Bioremediation.


0 points (2 hours a week)


10 points (3 hours a week)


20 points

Oral exam:

60 points

Tue Dec 18 12:29:37 2018

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