Photo-production of lactate from glyoxylate: How minerals can facilitate energy storage in a prebiotic world

Marcelo I. Guzman, Scot T. Martin

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Abstract

The reaction of glyoxylate with carbon dioxide to produce lactate is promoted when zinc sulfide is irradiated by ultraviolet light. These results, representing a model for the action of colloidal mineral semiconductors on early Earth, complete a consecutive series that culminates in entry-point molecules of the reductive tricarboxylic acid cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2265-2267
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Volume46
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Catalysis

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