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Laboratory simulation studies of steroid aromatisation and alkane isomerisation

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Laboratory heating experiments have been carried out using a mixture of isomeric C27 monoaromatic steroid hydrocarbons and 6(R), 10(S) pristane as organic substrate, each on a different sediment matrix. Under free radical conditions in the presence of elemental sulphur triaromatic steroid hydrocarbons and the 6(R), 10(R) and 6(S), 10(S) isomers of pristane were formed, respectively. Both the aromatisation and isomerisation reactions follow pseudo-first-order kinetics and rate constants have been measured. A qualitative investigation of the isomerisation of 5α(H)-cholestane shows that a complex mixture of C27 isomeric steranes is formed.

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Author(s): Abbott GD, Lewis CA, Maxwell JR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic Geochemistry

Year: 1984

Volume: 6

Pages: 31-38

ISSN (print): 0146-6380

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290


DOI: 10.1016/0146-6380(84)90024-X


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