Primordial carbonylated iron-sulfur compounds and the synthesis of pyruvate.

  title={Primordial carbonylated iron-sulfur compounds and the synthesis of pyruvate.},
  author={George D. Cody and Nabil Z. Boctor and Timothy R. Filley and Robert M. Hazen and J. H. Scott and A. Sharma and Hatten S. Yoder},
  volume={289 5483},
Experiments exploring the potential catalytic role of iron sulfide at 250 degrees C and elevated pressures (50, 100, and 200 megapascals) revealed a facile, pressure-enhanced synthesis of organometallic phases formed through the reaction of alkyl thiols and carbon monoxide with iron sulfide. A suite of organometallic compounds were characterized with ultraviolet-visible and Raman spectroscopy. The natural synthesis of such compounds is anticipated in present-day and ancient environments… 
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