A study of the pyrolysis of Athabasca bitumen has been made using the pyrolysis-gas chromatographic technique. At temperatures below 500°C the evolution of volatile products from bitumen is dominated by a distillation process. Pyrolysis becomes more important in the higher temperature regions; by 950°C deep-seated degradation to gases and light ends is dominant. The apparent activation energy of the low-temperature process is reported. © 1978 American Chemical Society.
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|Published - 1978