My research interests lie in understanding the principles controlling the distribution, accumulation and preservation of organic matter in organic-rich mudstones and its transformation through the cycle of burial and uplift. I apply the methods of organic petrology to provide new insights into the formation of potential Mesozoic hydrocarbon source rocks.
In order to provide a comprehensive characterisation of the organic matter I incorporate the integrated results of organic geochemistry. The use of organic petrography in conjunction with organic geochemistry sheds light on the origin of the different type of amorphous organic matter, which provides the high generation properties of hydrocarbon source rocks.
Previous research work
I received a PhD from University of Tübingen. This project concerned the petrographic investigation of the Toarcian Posidonia Shale. The main objectives of this study were to identify the organic microfacies from three sedimentary basins (the West Netherlands, Lower Saxony Basin and southwestern German Basin), to assess the generation properties of the source rocks and to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental conditions, in which these organic-rich sediments were accumulated.
Gorbanenko, O., Ligouis, B., 2014. Changes in optical properties of liptinite macerals from early mature to post mature stage in Posidonia Shale (Lower Toarcian, NW Germany). Int. J. Coal Geol. 133, 47-59
Gorbanenko, O., Ligouis, B., 2015.Variations of organic microfacies of Posidonia Shale from the Lower Saxony Basin and the West Netherlands Basin: Application to paleoenvironmental reconstruction (accepted for publication in Int. J. Coal Geol.)
Gorbanenko, O. 2015. High-resolution organic petrography of the Toarcian Posidonia Shale of Germany and the western Netherlands: Study of the organo-mineral microfacies variations, reconstruction of the depositional environments and construction of a depositional model. PhD thesis. Tübingen University, 268 p