C-O-H Fluid-Rock Interaction and the Role of Serpentine Project uri icon

DCO ID 11121/8798-8704-1719-6321-CC


  • The crustal environments where abiotic synthesis of organic compounds is thought to occur are largely inaccessible to direct sampling, making laboratory simulations and theoretical models a critical component in understanding the origin of these compounds. This work will involve a series of experimental and theoretical studies to investigate the reactions responsible for abiotic organic synthesis within Earth’s crust, focusing on serpentinization processes. Specifically, the hydrothermal autoclave experiments will explore the evolution of solution and gas species associated with the alteration of olivine to serpentine minerals. The objective of this project is to quantify, using molecular simulations and complementary NMR and neutron spectroscopy, how such effects could be manifested in the thermodynamics and kinetics of the Fisher-Tropsch-type reactions.

date/time interval

  • July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015