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2012 Annual Science Report

Montana State University Reporting  |  SEP 2011 – AUG 2012

Nitrate and Nitrate Conversion to Ammonia on Iron-Sulfur Minerals

Project Summary

Conversion of nitrate and nitrite may have contributed to the formation of ammonia—a key reagent in the formation of amino acids—on the prebiotic Earth. Results suggest that the presence of iron mono sulfide facilitates the conversion of nitrate and nitrite. Nitrite conversion is, however, much faster than the conversion of nitrate.

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    Martin Schoonen Martin Schoonen
    Project Investigator
    Daniel Strongin Daniel Strongin
    Project Investigator
    Alex Gordon
    Doctoral Student

    Alexander Smirnov
    Doctoral Student

    Soujanya Singireddy
    Unspecified Role

    Objective 3.1
    Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts

    Objective 3.2
    Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules

    Objective 3.3
    Origins of energy transduction

    Objective 7.1
    Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials

    Objective 7.2
    Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems