Solvated-electron production using cyanocuprates is compatible with the UV-environment on a Hadean-Archaean Earth

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List of Authors: Todd ZR, Fahrenbach AC, Magnani CJ, Ranjan S, Björkbom A, Szostak JW, Sasselov DD
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Chemical Communications
Journal acronym: CHEM COMMUN
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 9
Start page: 1121
End page: 1124
Number of pages: 4
ISSN: 1359-7345


UV-driven photoredox processing of cyanocuprates can generate simple sugars necessary for prebiotic synthesis. We investigate the wavelength dependence of this process from 215 to 295 nm and generally observe faster rates at shorter wavelengths. The most efficient wavelengths are accessible to a range of potential prebiotic atmospheres, supporting the potential role of cyanocuprate photochemistry in prebiotic synthesis on the early Earth.

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