Very low temperature formaldehyde reactions and the build-up of organic molecules in comets and interstellar ices.

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We have investigated thermally promoted reactions of formaldehyde (H2CO) in very low temperature ices. No such reactions occurred in ices of pure formaldehyde. However, addition of trace amounts of ammonia (NH3) were sufficient to catalyze reactions at temperatures as low as 40 K. Similar reactions could take place in interstellar ices and in Comets and… (More)

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@article{Schutte1995VeryLT, title={Very low temperature formaldehyde reactions and the build-up of organic molecules in comets and interstellar ices.}, author={Willem A. Schutte and Louis J. Allamandola and Scott A. Sandford}, journal={Advances in space research : the official journal of the Committee on Space Research}, year={1995}, volume={15 3}, pages={401-6} }