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Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114, 2819-2824 (2017)
The rich diversity and complexity of organic matter found in meteorites is rapidly expanding our knowledge and understanding of extreme environments from which the early solar system emerged and evolved. Here, we report the discovery of a hitherto unknown chemical class, dihydroxymagnesium carboxylates [(OH)2MgO2CR]-, in meteoritic soluble organic matter. High collision energies, which are required for fragmentation, suggest substantial thermal stability of these Mg-metalorganics (CHOMg compounds). This was corroborated by their higher abundance in thermally processed meteorites. CHOMg compounds were found to be present in a set of 61 meteorites of diverse petrological classes. The appearance of this CHOMg chemical class extends the previously investigated, diverse set of CHNOS molecules. A connection between the evolution of organic compounds and minerals is made, as Mg released from minerals gets trapped into organic compounds. These CHOMg metalorganic compounds and their relation to thermal processing in meteorites might shed new light on our understanding of carbon speciation at a molecular level in meteorite parent bodies.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry; astrochemistry; metalorganic chemistry; meteorites; organic evolution; Extraterrestrial Amino-acids; Organic-matter; Murchison Meteorite; Carbonaceous Meteorites; Mass-spectrometry; Parent Body; Magnesium; Chemistry; Chondrite; Fall
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0027-8424
Quellenangaben Band: 114, Heft: 11, Seiten: 2819-2824
Verlag National Academy of Sciences
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed
Institut(e) Research Unit Analytical BioGeoChemistry (BGC)