Tracesa has built a strong IP portfolio that has secured a unique market position:

  • A strong IP position where encapsulated identifiable DNA is used as an O&G fluid identification system.
  • IP protection on the methods of using the DNA signature to identify the time, location and other important information of use for any O&G fluid.
  • In addition, methods of the particle manufacture, application and DNA extraction are equally protected.
  • Tracesa IP also protects apparatus and methods of nano-particle deployment and capture for any O&G application.

Fluid Identification System for any O&G application e.g.

• EOR, Fraccing, Cementing, Transportation ... etc.

• Using DNA signatures to monitor and control operations.

• Using huge number signatures to provide greater understanding of processes, e.g., time stamp fluid injection profiles, trace origin & transit of fluids with high resolution, Calibration of Reservoir Models etc. 


A fluid identification system comprising particles encapsulating a tracer material having an identifiable DNA.

A method of identifying a fluid by:

    • Adding particles encapsulating identifiable DNA with                        known characteristics, at least a 1st provides a time stamp and        a 2nd identifies the usage location.

    • Store/Database unique signatures.

A method of producing a fluid identification system by:

    • Providing a tracer material having identifiable DNA

    • Polymerising in a liquid to form particles                                           encapsulating tracer material

A method of identifying a fluid for use in O&G E&P and transportation operations by entraining with:

    • Particles encapsulating a tracer material having an                            identifiable DNA, using a cross-linked polymer 

Intellectual Property

  • Coat (1 or more layers) proppant, gravel, sand with DNA nanoparticles that are released when hydrocarbon flows and/or water flows from well

  • Functionalise the surface of DNA nanoparticles so that they chemically stick to a 'tab' in order to capture particles as they leave the well; also, determine particle loading on tab by physical (e.g., colour), electrical (e.g. resistance) Etc. changes as number of particles on tab increases.

  • Systems to control injection and capture DNA nanoparticles, e.g., controlled pulses into injection wells -> detect pulses in production well -> determine information related to transit through reservoir from different wells/horizons Etc.

  • Methods to detect particles in outflow to initiate sample collection: for example, detect carrier marker, e.g., dye or detect particles through spectroscopic methods etc. 

Projected Scope

Tracesa has granted patents in the UK, US and Europe and applications in process in other countries worldwide