1 item with the tag “organic-mineral surface interactions

  • Project 4: Geochemical Steps Leading to the Origins of Life
    NAI 2013 Carnegie Institution of Washington Annual Report

    We investigate the geochemical steps that may have lead to the origin of life, focusing on identifying and characterizing mineral catalyzed organic reaction networks that lead from simple volatiles, e.g., CO2, NH3, and H2, up to greater molecular complexity. We continue to explore the role of minerals to enhance molecular selection, both isomeric and chiral selection, as well as molecular organization on mineral surfaces. We continue to refine our understanding of the evolution of mineralogical complexity in the context of planetary evolution.