Special Issue "Organic Chemical Evolution regarding the Origin(s) of Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.
2. Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, 80539 Munich, Germany
Interests: astrochemistry; astrobiology; analytical chemistry; computational chemistry; data analysis
Interests: origin of homochirality; autocatalysis; self-amplification; molecular evolution
A great challenge in Origin(s) of Life research is to identify the transition between inanimate molecules and prebiotic/biotic material. With increasing technology, including space-based telescopes or laboratory instruments, the molecular complexity in space is steadily being unraveled in greater detail. However, a single molecule does not represent life (e.g., no storage of information or emergent functions), but understanding the molecule's evolution through space enables one to probe the emergence of prebiotic chemistry in principle.
This Special Issue is split into two parts:
(i) Astrochemistry --> "Organic Chemical Evolution"
(ii) Prebiotic Chemistry --> "Regarding the Origin(s) of Life"
We will address the evolution of organic molecules along the astronomical timeline, and we will discuss the processes from individual molecules to prebiotic functions. Thus, we have teamed up to combine expertise from Astrochemistry (Louis d'Hendecourt), Prebiotic Chemistry (Oliver Trapp) and respective state-of-the-art (data) analysis (Alexander Ruf).
With respect to Astrochemistry, we will address three topics: (i) Organic Chemistry in Our Galaxy (Molecular Clouds, Protoplanetary Disks); (ii) Organic Chemistry in Our Solar System (Mars, Asteroids/Meteorites, Titan, Comets); (iii) Organic Delivery to Early Earth.
The Prebiotic Chemistry Section will focus on the formation of the first molecules of life. The appearance of complexity and self-organization, the oligomerization of nucleotides, amino acids and sugars leading to functional polymers and building of potential metabolic networks will be addressed. An important aspect here is the fundamental understanding of processes leading to the formation of homochirality.
Chemical (data) analysis has become an increasingly important topic in Origin(s) of Life research, using more powerful instruments and data analytical methods. Here, we will address strategies that target both observational and laboratory data.
Research or review articles are encouraged for submission.
Dr. Alexander Ruf
Prof. Dr. Oliver Trapp
Dr. Louis B. Le Sergeant D'Hendecourt
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- prebiotic chemistry
- data analysis
- origin(s) of life