The PROMETHEUS webcomic is to be presented in Paris

The PROMETHEUS webcomic  is to be presented in Paris

Once, life conquered Earth and now, four billion years later, SOMETHING IN THE WATER, the PROMETHEUS based webcomic is to be presented in Paris. Come see us if you can! Each ERC comic is the result of close cooperation between the researchers, the ERCcOMICS team and a comic-book artist.  On SOMETHING IN THE WATER, Till Lukat’s drawings and imagination accompany a Professor and his team on a research trip to find the remains of a…

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Three large ERC projects are holding their annual meeting

Three large ERC projects are holding their annual meeting

Three large 5-year ERC projects: ERC Traces, ERC Earthbloom, and ERC Prometheus are holding their annual meeting in Brest, France. All three projects look at silicification and silica macro/micro-structures in one way or another, These annual workshops are extremely useful to discuss our science openly. We share technologies, methodologies, and results in an attempt to trigger further collaboration. This year Mark Van Zuilen from the CNRS / Institut de Physique de Globe de Paris, Stefan…

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2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table

2019, 150 years since the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev became famous for discovering the pattern behind what we now know as the periodic table of elements, has been declared #IYPT2019, the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. For this reason, Descubre, the Andalusian Foundation for the Dissemination of Innovation and Knowledge, asked us to reveal our favorite element. Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, Principal Investigator of PROMETHEUS, reveals his own from the Laboratory of…

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Temperature can control the growth of biomorphs

Temperature can control the growth of biomorphs

Biomorphs are silica and carbonate materials capable of assembling themselves to create symmetries, forms and structures similar to those of living organisms. The results of this CSIC study have been published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. Calcium carbonate is the mineral most used by living organisms to build complex structures with excellent mechanical properties that they use as exoskeletons. To make them, they only need calcium from sea or river water, carbon dioxide from the…

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Silica Metal Oxide Vesicles Catalyze Comprehensive Prebiotic Chemistry

Silica Metal Oxide Vesicles Catalyze Comprehensive Prebiotic Chemistry

Mattia Bizzarri, B.; Botta, L.; Perez-Valverde, M. I.; Saladino, R.; Di Mauro, E.; Garcia-Ruiz, J. M., Silica Metal Oxide Vesicles Catalyze Comprehensive Prebiotic Chemistry. Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 2018, 24 (32), 8126-8132. Download paper. It has recently been demonstrated that mineral self‐assembled structures catalyzing prebiotic chemical reactions may form in natural waters derived from serpentinization, a geological process widespread in the early stages of Earth‐like planets. We have synthesized self‐assembled membranes by mixing…

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PROMETHEUS-TRACES Meeting June 2018

PROMETHEUS-TRACES Meeting June 2018

Our annual ERC Advanced Project PROMETHEUS meeting has been held from the 18th to the 21st of June 2018 at the facilities of Hotel Martin Alonso Pinzon in Mazagón (Huelva), close to the extremely acidic landscapes of the mines of Rio Tinto. We have organised the meeting jointly with ERC Consolidator project ‘TRACES’ led by Dr. Mark van Zuilen, from the Institut du Physique du Globe in Paris. We shared four intense and fruitful days…

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