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Astrobiological relevance of phenols and their silicates
Author(s): Vera M. Kolb; Patrick J. Liesch
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Paper Abstract

We have prepared solid silicates of various phenols and have studied them by the IR (infra-red) spectroscopy. Phenols are organic compounds that are important in biology. Only very recently phenols have been synthesized in prebiotic manner. They are formed under the hydrothermal conditions and also under the simulated conditions of the interstellar space. Solid phenol silicates, which we have prepared, are ideally suited for the preservation of phenols on prebiotic Earth and in space, and for their transportation in space. The reflectance IR spectra of phenol silicates were taken and are currently being analyzed. Our goal is to determine if phenols are entombed, covalently bound, or both, in respect to the silicate matrix. We have also prepared fluorescent phenol silicates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7097, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XI, 709706 (28 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792665
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Vera M. Kolb, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)
Patrick J. Liesch, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7097:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XI
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert Victor Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Paul C.W. Davies, Editor(s)

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