A proposed chemical structure of Tiberium is given in this post.
Tiberium Chemical Structure
By Doug Grosser
Different forms of Tiberium -
For the most part, Tiberium resembles a structure similar to Ekanite. Ekanite is part of the Steacyite group, a class of crystals which has a tetragonal geometry [(d) in the example]. This would allow for more elements to be infused into the Tiberium crystal as it expands, while still maintaining a pseudo-stable structure. The composition of Tiberium is as follows:
Formula: Ca2(???)Cu4Si4O20 (Empirical Formula)
Molecular weight:1066.68 g/mol
- Ca - 40.078 g/mol (7.51%)
- Si - 28.0855 g/mol (10.53 %)
- Cu - 63.546 g/mol (23.82 %)
- O - 15.994 g/mol (29.999 %)
- ??? - (300) g/mol (28.12 %) [See below for potential name]
Red Tiberium - Red Tiberium (also known as ⍴-Tiberium and Kókkinos Tiberium) comes from the inclusion of chemicals such as Barium and Chromium in the crystal structure. When the % of these within the Tiberium is > than that of the Copper, is begins to take on a reddish hue, looking ruby red at 3x % composition compared to copper.
Formula: Ca2(???)Sr4Si4O20 (Empirical Formula)
Molecular weight:1162.976 g/mol
- Ca - 40.078 g/mol (6.89 %)
- Si - 28.0855 g/mol (9.66 %)
- Sr - 87.62 g/mol (30.1 %)
- O - 15.994 g/mol (27.51 %)
- ??? - (300) g/mol (25.8 %)
Black Tiberium - Black Tiberium (also known as Ω-Tiberium and Mávros Tiberium) comes from the inclusion of 2 major components: (1) a significant source of the base element for Tiberium (yet to be identified), along with reactive Alkaline Earth Metals and Alkali metals such as Potassium and Cesium, and (2) Tiberium must be in the presence of a supercritical carbon dioxide catalyst to form (similar to that of Gregorite in the lab). It is similar to the mineral Arapovite, another member of this class of crystal, and Black Tiberium, has a similar, unstable structure. The Tiberium composition changes thusly:
Formula: [(???3+)2Ca2K0.5Cs0.5]Si8O20 (Empirical Formula)
Molecular weight: 1310.722 g/mol
- Ca - 40.078 g/mol (6.11 %)
- K - 39.0983 g/mol (1.49%)
- Cs - 132.9054519 g/mol (5.07%)
- Si - 28.0855 g/mol (17.14 %)
- O - 15.994 g/mol (24.4 %)
- ??? - (300) g/mol (45.77 %)
- ??? could be Graviasium or Gravisium (Gr) (Gravias = latin for “Heavy” Aka “Heavy element”)
Because of this polymorphous crystal, it has the ability to migrate within the organic mass, causing cellular death as the mass creates radicals and destroys the mass from within.
Final solution: though there may be compounds that can inhibit the spread of Tiberium, the only way to lock it up is by infecting the host with a Xenophyophore, a large rare protist cell (thousands of times bigger than human cells) to absorb it. The protist has the unique ability for absorbing metals into a shell it creates to protect itself that can isolate most materials, including radioactive materials like uranium and radon.