Metalorganic compounds in meteorites

Researchers report the discovery of a previously unreported class of chemical compounds, dihydroxymagnesium carboxylates, in soluble organic matter from a set of 61 meteorites, and that these compounds may have substantial thermal stability as suggested by their high collision energies from mass spectrometry dissociation experiments and their high abundance in thermally processed meteorites, findings that may shed light on the stabilization of organic molecules in meteorites across geologic time. - Read at PNAS

Article #16-16019: “Previously unknown class of metalorganic compounds revealed in meteorites,” by Alexander Ruf et al.