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

ZR Todd, AC Fahrenbach, CJ Magnani, S Ranjan, Anders Björkbom, JW Szostak, DD Sasselov

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    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.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)1121–1124
    Number of pages4
    JournalChemical Communications
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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