Special Issue "Prebiotic Chemistry: Chemical Evolution of Organics on the Primitive Earth"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)
Prof. Dr. Vera M. Kolb
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141-2000, USA
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Interests: origins of life; prebiotic chemistry; chemical evolution of organics; prebiotic organic reactions in water and in the solid state; astrobiology; definitions of life
Chemical evolution that led to life on the primitive Earth is intrinsically linked to the sources of the organic materials that were delivered to the Earth. These sources include comets, meteoroids and the resulting meteorites, among others. The basic organic materials are spread throughout the Universe. Any aspect of the cosmic chemical evolution is intrinsically linked to the chemical evolution on Earth. Various reactions for building chemicals that served as precursors of life typically include gas-phase reactions, reactions in the aqueous systems and in the solid state. Energy sources include electrical discharge, heat, and light, among others. Catalysis by the minerals is especially important. Emergence of the chiral selection is particularly relevant to life. Any aspect of these and related topics is relevant for this special issue. Submission of the scientific perspective and the literature review on this topic is also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Vera M. Kolb
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- chemical evolution
- prebiotic organic reactions
- gas-phase prebiotic reactions
- prebiotic reactions in the aqueous phase
- prebiotic reactions in the solid state
- energy sources on the primitive earth
- electrical discharge as a source of energy
- mineral catalysis
- chemicals from meteorites
- chiral selection