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Synthesis of heavy hydrocarbons at the core-mantle boundary
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7531-3210
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory. KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA. AlbaNova University Center, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2076-5911
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2015 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 5, 18382Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The synthesis of complex organic molecules with C-C bonds is possible under conditions of reduced activity of oxygen. We have found performing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of the C-O-H- Fe system that such conditions exist at the core-mantle boundary (CMB). H2O and CO2 delivered to the CMB by subducting slabs provide a source for hydrogen and carbon. The mixture of H2O and CO2 subjected to high pressure (130 GPa) and temperature (4000 to 4500 K) does not lead to synthesis of complex hydrocarbons. However, when Fe is added to the system, C-C bonds emerge. It means that oil might be a more abundant mineral than previously thought.

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Nature Publishing Group, 2015. Vol. 5, 18382
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Mineral and Mine Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180487DOI: 10.1038/srep18382ISI: 000366571400001PubMedID: 26675747ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84950349897OAI: diva2:894521

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1. Computer simulation of materialsunder extreme conditions
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Extreme conditions allow us to reveal unusual material properties. At the same time an experimental approach is di-cult under such conditions. Capabilities of a theoretical approach based on simplied models are limited. This explainsa wide application of computer simulations at extreme conditions. My thesis is concerned with computer simulations undersuch a conditions. I address such problems as melting, solidsolid phase transitions, shockwave impact on material properties and chemical reactions under extreme conditions. We addressed these problems to facilitate simulations of phase transitions to provide some interpretation of experimental data andexplain enigmatic phenomena in interior of the Earth.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. ix, 83 p.
TRITA-FYS, ISSN 0280-316X ; 2016:27
ab initio, molecular dynamics, phase transition, metadynamics
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Condensed Matter Physics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-188146 (URN)9789177290353 (ISBN)
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2016-06-15, FB52, Albanova Universitetscentrum, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

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Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

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