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A highly reactive precursor in the iron sulfide system

Matamoros-Veloza, Adriana, Cespedes, Oscar, Johnson, Benjamin R. G., Stawski, Tomasz M., Terranova, Umberto, de Leeuw, Nora H. ORCID: and Benning, Liane G. 2018. A highly reactive precursor in the iron sulfide system. Nature Communications 9 (1) , 3125. 10.1038/s41467-018-05493-x

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Nature Research
ISSN: 2041-1723
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 3 July 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 10:15

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