Kennesaw State University

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Exploring the chemistry of a meteoritic mineral

The meteoritic mineral schreibersite is believed to have played an important role in the phosphorylation of the first biologically important molecules formed on the Early Earth. Using surface sensitive methods (i.e., infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry), students in the Abbott-Lyon lab will determine how active phosphorus species are released from schreibersite surfaces through corrosion.

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