Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • Didier Despois
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1880-6



Aminoacetonitrile (IUPAC name 2-Aminoacetonitrile) is a (toxic) liquid at room temperature and standard pressure. It is a precursor of the simplest amino acid, glycine, which it forms by reaction with liquid water. It is also an intermediary in the Strecker synthesis of glycine. It was identified in the interstellar medium in 2008.


Although its rotational spectrum has been studied since the 1970s, and modeled explicitly for a search in the interstellar medium in 1990, aminoacetonitrile has only been detected recently in space, in a large molecular cloud Sagittarius B2 (Sgr B2) at the center of the Galaxy (Belloche et al. 2008).

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Liquid Water Interstellar Medium Molecular Cloud Standard Pressure 
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References and Further Reading

  1. Belloche A, Menten KM, Comito C, Müller HSP, Schilke P, Ott J, Thorwirth S, Hieret C (2008) Detection of amino acetonitrile in Sgr B2(N). Astron Astrophys 482:179–196ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Observatoire de BordeauxFloiracFrance