Volume 94 Issue 6 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 8, 2016

Methanol Reactions May Form Interstellar Hydrocarbons

Space chemistry: Study suggests methanol’s chemistry could be an important player in outer space
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Organic SCENE
Keywords: methanol, methane, interstellar space, hydrocarbons

The radiation-induced conversion of methanol may be an important pathway for the production of hydrocarbons in the interstellar environment, according to a new study (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b00343). University of Southern California chemistry professor George A. Olah, who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and colleagues proposed this reaction pathway, noting that methanol is more . . .

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