# Detection of a branched alkyl molecule in the interstellar medium: iso-propyl cyanide

@article{Belloche2014DetectionOA,
title={Detection of a branched alkyl molecule in the interstellar medium: iso-propyl cyanide},
author={Arnaud Belloche and Robin T. Garrod and Holger S. P. M{\"u}ller and Karl M. Menten},
journal={Science},
year={2014},
volume={345},
pages={1584 - 1587}
}
• Published 26 September 2014
• Physics
• Science
Carbon chains branch out on space dust Meteorites found on Earth contain a wide range of complex constituent molecules, including amino acids. Astrochemists proposed the existence of these molecules in interstellar space in the 1980s, but detections have been elusive. Belloche et al. used the ALMA telescope array in Chile to observe the massive star-forming region Sgr B2. There, the vast quantities of gas enabled detection of even sparsely distributed species such as iso-propyl cyanide. Despite…
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