What is Abelsonite?

ABELSONITE IS A NICKEL PORPHYRIN MINERAL WITH CHEMICAL FORMULA C31H32N4NI

Abelsonite is a nickel porphyrin mineral with chemical formula C31H32N4Ni

Abelsonite is a secondary mineral that formed in fractures, vugs, and bedding planes of oil shale
Abelsonite is a secondary mineral that formed in fractures, vugs, and bedding planes of oil shale

Abelsonite is a nickel porphyrin mineral with chemical formula C31H32N4Ni. It was discovered in 1969 in the U.S. State of Utah and described in 1975. The mineral is named after geochemist Philip H. Abelson. It is the only known crystalline geoporphyrin. The crystals are soft, with a Mohs scale rating is 2 to 3. 

It has a low specific gravity of 1.45. Removal of the nickel by treatment with methanesulfonic acid permitted confirmation of the structure on the free base porphyrin and demonstrated structural integrity under the conditions required for demetallation. The structure is best accounted for geochemically by the hypothesis that Abelsonite is derived from a chlorophyll.

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