Speciation of organosulfur compounds in carbonaceous chondritesOPEN ACCESS 

Alexander Zherebker, Yury Kostyukevich, Dmitry S. Volkov, Ratibor G. Chumakov, Lukas Friederici, Christopher P. Rüger, Alexey Kononikhin, Oleg Kharybin, Alexander Korochantsev, Ralf Zimmermann, Irina V. Perminova & Eugene Nikolaev

Scientific Reports 11 , 1–13


“Despite broad application of different analytical techniques for studies on organic matter of chondrite meteorites, information about composition and structure of individual compounds is still very limited due to extreme molecular diversity of extraterrestrial organic matter. Here we present the first application of isotopic exchange assisted Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR MS) for analysis of alkali extractable fraction of insoluble organic matter (IOM) of the Murchison and Allende meteorites. This allowed us to determine the individual S-containing ions with different types of sulfur atoms in IOM. Thiols, thiophenes, sulfoxides, sulfonyls and sulfonates were identified in both samples but with different proportions, which contribution corroborated with the hydrothermal and thermal history of the meteorites. The results were supported by XPS and thermogravimetric analysis coupled to FTICR MS. The latter was applied for the first time for analysis of chondritic IOM. To emphasize the peculiar extraterrestrial origin of IOM we have compared it with coal kerogen, which is characterized by the comparable complexity of molecular composition but its aromatic nature and low oxygen content can be ascribed almost exclusively to degradation of biomacromolecules.”