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Astrochemistry and Astrobiology

  • Outlines principles of physical chemistry needed for the fields of astrochemistry and astrobiology

  • Contributions from international experts in astrochemistry and astrobiology

  • Suitable for researchers from interdisciplinary fields

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Physical Chemistry in Action (PCIA)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Aspects of Physical Chemistry

    • Ian W. M. Smith
    Pages 1-33
  3. The Molecular Universe

    • Maryvonne Gerin
    Pages 35-72
  4. Chemical Processes in the Interstellar Medium

    • Michael J. Pilling
    Pages 73-113
  5. Astrochemistry: Synthesis and Modelling

    • Valentine Wakelam, Herma M. Cuppen, Eric Herbst
    Pages 115-143
  6. The Importance of Water

    • Philip Ball
    Pages 169-210
  7. The Boundaries of Life

    • Charles S. Cockell, Sophie Nixon
    Pages 211-241
  8. Life, Metabolism and Energy

    • Robert Pascal
    Pages 243-269
  9. Life: The Physical Underpinnings of Replication

    • Rebecca Turk-MacLeod, Ulrich Gerland, Irene Chen
    Pages 271-306
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 343-349

About this book

Astrochemistry and Astrobiology is the debut volume in the new series Physical Chemistry in Action. Aimed at both the novice and experienced researcher, this volume outlines the physico-chemical principles which underpin efforts to understand astrochemistry and predict astrobiology. An introductory chapter includes fundamental aspects of physical chemistry required for understanding the field. Eight further chapters address specific topics, encompassing basic theory and models, up-to-date research and an outlook on future work. The last chapter examines each of the topics addressed from a different angle. Written and edited by international experts, this text is accessible for those entering the field of astrochemistry and astrobiology, whilst still providing new information and insights for experienced researchers.

Keywords

  • Charles Cockell
  • Sydney Leach
  • astrochemical models
  • chemical origins of life
  • galaxy formation
  • interstellar medium
  • molecular universe
  • planetary markers
  • review

Editors and Affiliations

  • , The University Chemical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Ian W. M. Smith

  • , School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Charles S. Cockell

  • , Laboratoire d'Etude du Rayonnement, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, Meudon, France

    Sydney Leach

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-31730-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)