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A highly reactive precursor in the iron sulfide system

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05493-x DOI Help

Authors: Adriana Matamoros-veloza (University of Leeds) , Oscar Cespedes (University of Leeds) , Benjamin R. G. Johnson (University of Leeds) , Tomasz M. Stawski (German Research Centre for Geosciences; University of Leeds) , Umberto Terranova (University College London (UCL)) , Nora H. De Leeuw (University College London; Utrecht University) , Liane G. Benning (University of Leeds; German Research Centre for Geosciences; Free University of Berlin)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Nature Communications , VOL 9

State: Published (Approved)
Published: August 2018

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Abstract: Iron sulfur (Fe–S) phases have been implicated in the emergence of life on early Earth due to their catalytic role in the synthesis of prebiotic molecules. Similarly, Fe–S phases are currently of high interest in the development of green catalysts and energy storage. Here we report the synthesis and structure of a nanoparticulate phase (FeSnano) that is a necessary solid-phase precursor to the conventionally assumed initial precipitate in the iron sulfide system, mackinawite. The structure of FeSnano contains tetrahedral iron, which is compensated by monosulfide and polysulfide sulfur species. These together dramatically affect the stability and enhance the reactivity of FeSnano.

Journal Keywords: Element cycles; Nanoparticles; Synthesis and processing

Subject Areas: Chemistry


Instruments: I18-Microfocus Spectroscopy

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