TSOP SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS


Research Committee objectives include:
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Developing research in organic petrology through national and international collaboration
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Promoting research in organic petrology
3.
Developing acceptable classifications of sedimentary organic matter
4.
Establishing and recommending sample preparation and analysis procedures
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Promoting new technologies for applications in organic petrology

Benefits from TSOP sponsorship:
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An international network of colleagues to consult and assist with the project
2.
Prestige of having the project officially sponsored by an international scientific society
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Potential to receive grants from TSOP of up to $US1,000 per year to pursue the research


CURRENT TSOP SPONSORED PROJECTS:

Assessing the quality of pellet fuels (wood pellets, lump charcoal, and charcoal briquettes) for grilling: A novel application for reflected light microscopy.
Leaders: Agnieszka Drobniak, Maria Mastalerz, Zbigniew Jelonek and Iwona Jelonek
July 2020 - July 2022

Objectives:
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Develop a novel application of organic petrology techniques focusing on identification of impurities in pellet fuels used for grilling. Through the analysis of numerous wood pellets, lump charcoal and charcoal pellets, the subcommittee members intend to propose pellet fuels impurities classification and to demonstrate that optical microscopy is an effective tool for assessing the purity of grilling fuels.

This information has the potential to help producers to enhance the quality of their products and to help policy makers and consumers better understand how the quality of the grilling fuel not only translates into the quality of the grilled food, but how it also affects human safety and impacts the environment.

B)



Subcommittee members plan to publish 2 manuscripts in high impact factor journals and make 2 presentations during TSOP Annual Meetings focusing on using reflected light microscopy techniques in quality determination of grilling fuels.

C)


Following the objectives of TSOP bylaws, the subcommittee hopes that this project will promote new research in organic petrology and expends collaboration among Society's members through research, publishing and presentation of results.
 
Atlas of Dispersed Organic Matter.
Leaders: Carolyn Thompson-Rizer, Lavern Stasiuk and others

Objectives:
A)



Create a standardized nomenclature for dispersed organic matter in sedimentary rocks. The list is understood to have already been approved by both TSOP and ICCP

B)



Document that nomenclature by photomicrographs, based on various sample preparations and microscope lighting conditions, of samples of known maturity and hydrocarbon generating potential

C)


Distribute that documentation via CD or web download, similar to the CD for "A Petrographic Atlas of Canadian Macerals and Dispersed Organic Matter" (2000-2001), eds. J. Potter, L. Stasiuk, and A. Cameron.
 


STARTING NEW PROJECT:

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New research subcommittees can be initiated at any time. A research proposal application should be submitted to Isabel Suárez-Ruiz, Research Committee Chairman who will then forward it to TSOP Research Committee members for evaluation. Their recommendation will be submitted to TSOP Council for final consideration and approval.

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Monetary grants of up to $US1,000 per year for up to 2 years (maximum of $US2,000 in total) are available to pursue subcommittee activities.

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Subcommittee is required to submit a research update report two times a year, before TSOP Council meetings in March and in September. The reports should be sent to the Research Committee Chair.

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Project funds of $US1,000 are disburse to the subcommittee after the successful proposal approval. Project funds for the second year (in case of 2-year project) are transferred to the subcommittee only if the Research Committee Chair and TSOP Council are satisfied with the project progress report after the first year.

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Please note that if the Research Committee Chair and TSOP Council are not satisfied with the research progress the subcommittee might be asked to return the money to TSOP.



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