Carbon molecules in space: from astrochemistry to astrobiology.

  title={Carbon molecules in space: from astrochemistry to astrobiology.},
  author={Pascale Ehrenfreund and Mark A. Sephton},
  journal={Faraday discussions},
  pages={277-88; discussion 347-74, 449-52}
How complex carbonaceous molecules in space are, what their abundance is and on what timescales they form are crucial questions within cosmochemistry. Despite the large heterogeneity of galactic and interstellar regions the organic chemistry in the universe seems to follow common pathways. The largest fraction of carbon in the universe is incorporated into aromatic molecules (gaseous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon as well as solid macromolecular aromatic structures). Macromolecular carbon… CONTINUE READING


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