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Web Date: December 18, 2017

Low-energy electrons may spark some space chemistry

Bonds and chemical groups found in biomolecules form in ices bombarded by the electrons
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Astrochemistry, space, prebiotic chemistry, low-energy electrons

When scientists think about what drives chemistry in space, high-energy radiation, such as X-rays, gamma rays, and ions, gets most of the attention. But a new study suggests that low-energy electrons may actually do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to forming bonds and making compounds that could be precursors to complex organic molecules.

Michael A. Huels, Léon Sanche and their groups at the University of Sherbrooke observed these reactions . . .

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