Origins of life

, Volume 14, Issue 1–4, pp 151–156 | Cite as

Aminomalononitrile: Some new data of prebiotic interest

  • François Raulin
  • Frederic Fonsalas
  • Michel Wolny


Malonic nitriles are of great interest in prebiotic chemistry, because of the various organic reactions they can give in aqueous solutions. Among those, aminomalononitrile (AMN) plays a key role, as the trimer of HCN. In order to determine some of the thermodynamical data (pKA),...) and kinetic data relating to AMN in water, kinetic studies of the behaviour of AMN in aqueous solutions has been carried out at various pH.

The preliminary results are reported concerning the determination of:

Acid-base dissociation constants and U.V. and

absorption coefficients


Aqueous Solution Organic Chemistry Absorption Coefficient Geochemistry Nitrile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • François Raulin
    • 1
  • Frederic Fonsalas
    • 1
  • Michel Wolny
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l'EnvironmentUniversité Paris Val de MarneCreteil CedexFrance

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