Stability conditions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at high pressures and temperatures

A. D. Chanyshev, K. D. Litasov, A. F. Shatskiy, J. Furukawa, E. Ohtani

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The first results of study of stability of diverse polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at around 7 GPa and 773-1073 K are reported. Experiments were carried out in hydraulic multi-anvil presses. The run products after quenching were analyzed using a method of matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization (MALDI). The formation of polymers of starting matters was determined at 7 GPa and 773-883 K. The polymers are characterized by atomic masses up to 5000 Da, that are multiple by masses of starting matters. At higher temperatures (873-1073 K), the selected PAHs and their polymers become unstable. The decomposition temperature of PAHs and their polymers exclude their stability under Earth's mantle conditions. The studies could be of great significance for the low-temperature near-surface geodynamics of small and large planetary bodies, which supposedly contain hydrocarbon compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-772
Number of pages6
JournalGeochemistry International
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sept


  • high pressures
  • matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons


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