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Synthesis in prebiotic clay environments induced by radiation

  • A. Negron-Mendoza (a1), S. Ramos-Bernal (a1) and F.G. Mosqueira (a2)


In this paper we exemplify a biased synthesis that can be relevant in primitive scenarios. We perform experiments simulating a possible prebiotic environment, in which an organic compound is adsorbed in soil and exposed to an energy source. To this end, carboxylic acids were adsorbed in a clay mineral and the systems were exposed to radiation. We observed that radiation decomposition in solution changes drastically if the system contains a clay mineral. Both solid surfaces and radiation play an important role.


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International Journal of Astrobiology
  • ISSN: 1473-5504
  • EISSN: 1475-3006
  • URL: /core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology
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