Computational Simulations of Prebiotic Processes

Chapter
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 22)

Abstract

In this chapter, it is shown how in silico modeling by quantum mechanical methods provides structures and energetic as well as mechanistic reaction details relevant to prebiotic chemistry. In particular, reactions of astrobiochemical interest and processes related to the polymerization of amino acids on the rocks are dealt with, in which the role of naturally occurring inorganic surfaces (icy particles and silica-based materials, respectively) as catalysts is highlighted.

Keywords

Mineral Surface Reaction Energy Amino Acid Precursor Quantum Mechanical Method Double Proton Transfer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament de QuímicaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  2. 2.Dipartimento Chimica IFMUniversità di Torino & NIS Centre of ExcellenceTorinoItaly

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