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Thermodynamic Inversion

Origin of Living Systems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Life and a Principal Way of Its Origin in the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Vladimir N. Kompanichenko
      Pages 17-55
    3. Vladimir N. Kompanichenko
      Pages 57-92
    4. Vladimir N. Kompanichenko
      Pages 93-118
  3. Origin of Initial Living Systems on Early Earth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Vladimir N. Kompanichenko
      Pages 121-158
    3. Vladimir N. Kompanichenko
      Pages 159-177
  4. Kamchatka Geothermal Region as a Testing Ground for Investigation of the Origin-of-Life Process

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-275

About this book


This book discusses the theory, general principles, and energy source conditions allowing for the emergence of life in planetary systems. The author examines the material conditions found in natural hydrothermal sites, the appropriate analogs of prebiotic environments on early Earth. He provides an overview of current laboratory experiments in prebiotic materials chemistry and substantiation of a new direction for the experiments in the origin of life field.

  • Describes thermodynamic inversion and how it relates to the living cell;
  • Examines the current direction of experiments on prebiotic materials chemistry;
  • Introduces and substantiates necessary conditions for the emergence of life.


Entropy Geothermal Regions Hydrochemical Composition Hydrothermal Ecosystems Joule-Thomson Effect Life Systems Liquefaction of Gases Liquification of Gases Prebiotic Chemistry Thermal Energy Thermodynamic Inversion Thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Complex Analysis of Regional Problems FEB RASBirobidzhanRussia

About the authors

Vladimir N. Kompanichenko, Ph.D. (Geology) is a leading research scientist at the Institute for Complex Analysis of Regional Problems (the Russian Academy of Science) in Birobidzhan. He carries out the interdisciplinary research in Astrobiology that includes the theoretical elaboration of the inversion concept of life origin in fluctuating hydrothermal medium (on Earth and beyond), and the experimental exploration of hydrothermal systems aimed to detection of organic compounds and describing of pressure-temperature oscillations. He worked as a visiting scientist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Biochemistry (2001), and at University of California at Santa Cruz, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2004-2006). For the period of 1997-2004 he took a part-time position Professor at the two Universities in Khabarovsk (Russia) teaching Natural Science and the special course in Astrobiology.

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