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Evelyne Delbos

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Head of Electron Microscopy
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Evelyne is a petroleum geologist by training. She studied for her DEA (MSc equivalent) at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, and subsequently furthered her education at the ENSPM school of the French Petroleum Institute in Paris where she gained an engineering degree in Petroleum Geology.

Over her career in the Oil and Gas Industry she has developed a particular interest in the understanding of minerals relationships at microscopic level. For this, she makes extensive use of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and associated techniques to obtain detailed visualisation of minerals morphology and their reciprocal relationships, an essential tool to understand how minerals control petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks. She works closely with her colleagues in the X-ray powder diffraction section to characterise clay minerals in particular, and regularly contributes to the delivery of a Clay Mineralogy course.

Current research interests

One of her current interests is the development of an automated SEM method to be used as an advanced surveillance tool to control oilfield scaling during oil production phase. The method was piloted in 2010 to survey the presence of volcanic ash in rain water over Scotland following the Icelandic volcanic eruptions.


  • Watson, H.A.; Delbos, E.M.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Monteith, D. (2012) Volcanic ash deposition across the UK: Evidence from Environmental Change Network sites., In: Proceedings of the 2011 INEF Conference, Cambridge, UK, 25-27 July 2011. Environmental Forensics, pp181-193.

  • Hillier, S.; Pendlowski, H.; Fraser, T.; Robertson, J.; Delbos, E.; Phillips, I.; Gray, N.; Wilson, I. (2013) Tubular halloysite., Minerals for Life, Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, 17-19 June 2013.
  • Delbos, E.M.; Thornton, A.R.; Kolnes, K.; Sjursather, K. (2012) Post-squeeze particle mobilisation in a high temperature North Sea chalk well: a study performed via advanced particle classification scanning electron microscopy., 23rd International Oilfield Chemistry Symposium, Geilo, Norway, 18-21 March 2012.
  • Watson, H.A.; Delbos, E.M.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Monteith, D. (2011) Volcanic ash in the UK: Evidence from Environmental Change Network sites., Presented at the 2nd International Network of Environmental Forensics Conference on Advances in Environmental Forensics at St. John's College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 25-27 July 2011.
  • Delbos, E.; Dawson, L.A.; Hillier, S.; Robertson, J.; Ross, J.; Thornton, B. (2008) Traces of soil from archaeological artefacts: a multidisciplinary approach., International Crime Science Conference 2008, London, 17-18 July 2008.
  • Robertson, J.; Delbos, E.; Dawson, L.; Angus, K.; Morrisson, A. (2007) In situ FTIR analysis of soil evidence on clothing., Soil Forensics International Conference, Edinburgh, 30 October - 1 November 2007.
  • Hillier, S.; Dawson, L.A.; Robertson, J, Delbos, E.; Shiels, J.; Campbell, S.; Mayes, R.W.; Ross, J.M. (2007) Provenancing archaeological objects using traces of soil., Conference Proceedings, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 30 October - 1 November 2007.

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