Ongoing research on the coalbed methane potential in Indiana and the Illinois Basin is conducted in cooperation with the local mining industry. The research involves field core description, coal sample collection, canister desorption, coal characterization, gas-in-place calculations, and composition and isotopic characteristics of gases. The main emphasis is microbial gas generation, the type that prevails in the eastern part of the basin. Both field and laboratory studies are conducted.

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Publications

Mastalerz, M., 2014. Coalbed methane: Reserves, Production, and Future Outlook.
In: T. Letcher, Ed. Future Energy, second edition, 145-158.

Gao. L., Mastalerz, M., Schimmelmann, A. 2014. The origin of coal bed gas.
In: P. Thakur and K. Aminian (Eds) Coal bed methane: From prospect to pipeline. Coal Bed Methane. Elsevier. 2014, 2-29.

Mardon, S.M., Eble, C.F., Hower, J.C., Takacs, K., Mastalerz, M., Bustin, R.M., 2014. Organic petrology, geochemistry, gas content and gas composition of Middle Pennsylvanian age coal beds in the Eastern Interior (Illinois) Basin: Implications for CBM development and carbon sequestration. International Journal of Coal Geology 127, 56-74.
Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2014.02.002

He, L., Melnichenko, Y.B., Mastalerz, M., Sakurovs, R., Radlinski, A.P., Blach, T., 2012. Pore accessibility by methane and carbon dioxide in coal as determined by neutron scattering. Energy & Fuels 26 (3), 1975-1983.
Link: dx.doi.org/10.1021/ef201704t

Melnichenko, Y.B., He, L., Sakurovs, R., Kholodenko, A.L., Blach, T., Mastalerz, M., Radlinski, A.P., Cheng, G., Mildner, D.F.R., 2011. Accessibility of pores in coal to greenhouse gases. Fuel 91, 200-208.
Link:
dx.doi.org.scopeesprx.elsevier.com/10.1016/j.fuel.2011.06.026

Mastalerz, M., Solano-Acosta, W., Schimmelmann, A., Drobniak, A., 2009. Effects of coal storage in air on physical and chemical properties of coal and on gas adsorption. International Journal of Coal Geology 79, 167-174.
Link: doi:10.1016/j.coal.2009.07.001

Mastalerz, M., Drobniak, A., Strapoc, D., Solano Acosta, W., Rupp, J., 2008. Variations in pore characteristics in high volatile bituminous coals; Implications for coalbed gas content. International Journal of Coal Geology 76, 205-216.
Link: doi:10.1016/j.coal.2008.07.006

Strapoc, D., Mastalerz, M., Eble, C. and Schimmelmann, A., 2007. Characterization
of the origin of coalbed gases from the southwestern Illinois Basin by compound-specific carbon and hydrogen stable isotope ratios. Organic Geochemistry 38, 267-287.
Link: doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2006.09.005

Solano-Acosta, W., Mastalerz, M., and Schimmelmann, A., 2007. Cleats and their relation to geologic lineaments and coalbed methane potential in Pennsylvanian coals in Indiana. International Journal of Coal Geology 72, 187-208.
Link: doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2007.02.004