Efficient Formation Pathway of Methyl Formate: The Role of OH Radicals on Ice Dust

  title={Efficient Formation Pathway of Methyl Formate: The Role of OH Radicals on Ice Dust},
  author={Aoi Ishibashi and Hisao Hidaka and Yasuhiro Oba and Akira Kouchi and Naoki Watanabe},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
Three structural isomers of the C2H4O2 molecule, namely, methyl formate (MF; HCOOCH3), acetic acid (CH3COOH), and glycolaldehyde (HOCH2CHO), have attracted considerable attention as targets for understanding pathways toward molecular complexity in the interstellar medium (ISM). Among these isomers, MF is decisively abundant in various astronomical objects. For various formation pathways of MF, surface reactions on cosmic dust would play an important role. However, when compared to observations… 


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