Chemical investigation of Titan and Triton tholins.

@article{McDonald1994ChemicalIO,
  title={Chemical investigation of Titan and Triton tholins.},
  author={Gene D McDonald and W. R. Thompson and Micheline Heinrich and Bishun N. Khare and Carl Sagan},
  journal={Icarus},
  year={1994},
  volume={108},
  pages={137-45}
}
We report chromatographic and spectroscopic analyses of both Titan and Triton tholins, organic solids made from the plasma irradiation of 0.9:0.1 and 0.999:0.001 N2/CH4 gas mixtures, respectively. The lower CH4 mixing ratio leads to a nitrogen-richer tholin (N/C > 1), probably including nitrogen heterocyclic compounds. Unlike Titan tholin, bulk Triton tholin is poor in nitriles. From high-pressure liquid chromatography, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, and molecular weight estimation by… CONTINUE READING

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