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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Abstract

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
Volume54
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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