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Prebiotic reactions in superheated water
Author(s): Vera M. Kolb
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Paper Abstract

Various organic reactions have been studied under simulated hydrothermal conditions, but the prebiotic potential of this medium has not been systematically explored. In this paper we show that organic reactions in water under high pressure and temperature are not only possible, but offer clear prebiotic advantages. This is true especially for supercritical water. We present examples of organic reactions in superheated water which have prebiotic significance.

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Date Published: 11 September 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII, 96060D (11 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180606
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Vera M. Kolb, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9606:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Nalin C. Wickramasinghe, Editor(s)

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