SYNTHESIS AND CORROSION OF SCHREIBERSITE AND NICKEL PHOSPHIDE AND POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR ORIGIN OF LIFE
We also present the results of corrosion experiments of the synthesized mineral in prebiotically relevant solutions seawater and sulfidic water under both air and argon. After corrosion, the solutions were analyzed using P-31 NMR spectroscopy and high performance liquid chromatography attached to an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HPLC-ICP-MS) to determine phosphorus speciation as well as concentrations of phosphorus present in solution. As expected from previous studies, the NMR and HPLC-ICP-MS results indicated the presence of orthophosphate, phosphite, pyrophosphate and hypophosphate in the corrosion solutions (Pasek and Lauretta, 2005). The HPLC-ICP-MS results indicate that the extent of corrosion of the mineral, measured by the concentration of phosphorus released, depends on the ionic strength of the solution, as well as the presence or absence of the chelating agent.
Finally, we report the successful phosphorylation of prebiotic molecules, such as choline, using synthesized schreibersite.