Redox Processes and Generation of Abiogenic Hydrocarbon Project uri icon

DCO ID 11121/6009-6372-2352-9373-CC


  • Evidence for production of abiogenic hydrocarbon in hydrothermal fluids emanating from the seafloor has been difficult to find. We are undertaking hydrothermal experiments at high pressure and temperature, under reducing conditions, attempting to synthesize solid C compounds without biological assistance. We are also studying stable isotopic fractionations that occur as the result of interactions between thermophilic microorganisms and basaltic/peridotitic host rocks to determine the extent of non-equilibrium isotope fractionations.

date/time interval

  • April 1, 2011 -