Reactivity of organic compounds in hot water: geochemical and technological implications.

@article{Siskin1991ReactivityOO,
  title={Reactivity of organic compounds in hot water: geochemical and technological implications.},
  author={M Siskin and Alan R. Katritzky},
  journal={Science},
  year={1991},
  volume={254 5029},
  pages={231-7}
}
Understanding of the reactivity of organic molecules in hot water is developing from studies aimed at explaining how organic matter (kerogen) forms in natural environments and then breaks down into energy source materials. In natural systems where kerogens are depolymerized, hot water is ubiquitous and usually contains salt and minerals. Reactions such as ionic condensation, cleavage, and hydrolysis are facilitated by changes in the chemical and physical properties of water as temperature… CONTINUE READING
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