Organic matter formed from hydrolysis of metal carbides of the iron peak of cosmic elemental abundance

  title={Organic matter formed from hydrolysis of metal carbides of the iron peak of cosmic elemental abundance},
  author={Franco Cataldo},
  journal={International Journal of Astrobiology},
  pages={51 - 63}
  • F. Cataldo
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Chemistry
  • International Journal of Astrobiology
This work is a modern revisitation of an old idea of great chemists of the past such as Berthelot, Mendeleev, Cloez and Moissan: the formation of organic matter under pre-biotic conditions starting from the hydrolysis of metal carbides. This idea was originally proposed for the formation of petroleum in the Earth and was extended to other bodies of the solar system by Sokolov at the end of the 19th century. The reason for this revisitation lies in the fact that complex organic matter resembling… Expand
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