Solvated-electron production using cyanocuprates is compatible with the UV-environment on a Hadean-Archaean Earth

Citation:

Todd, Zoe R., Albert C Fahrenbach, Christopher J. Magnani, Sukrit Ranjan, Anders Bjorkbom, Jack W. Szostak, and Dimitar D. Sasselov. 2018. “Solvated-electron production using cyanocuprates is compatible with the UV-environment on a Hadean-Archaean Earth.” Chemical Communications 54: 1121-1124.
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Abstract:

UV-driven photoredox processing of cyanocuprates can generate simple sugars necessary for prebiotic synthesis. We investigate the wavelength dependence of this process from 215 to 295 nm and generally observe faster rates at shorter wavelengths. The most efficient wavelengths are accessible to a range of potential prebiotic atmospheres, supporting the potential role of cyanocuprate photochemistry in prebiotic synthesis on the early Earth.

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Press: Harvard Gazette.

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