Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Methoxy Radical

  • William M. Irvine
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_5107-1



The methoxy radical CH3O has been detected in the interstellar medium in a cold dense core (Cernicharo et al. 2012). Its chemistry is presumably related to that of other known interstellar molecules such as formaldehyde (H2CO) and methanol (CH3OH).

See Also


Chemical Process Bioorganic Chemistry Interstellar Medium Dense Core Interstellar Molecule 
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References and Further Reading

  1. Cernicharo J, Marcelino N, Roueff E, Gerin M, Jiménez-Escobar A, Muñoz Caro GM (2012) Discovery of the methoxy radical, CH3O, toward B1: dust grain and gas-phase chemistry in cold dark clouds. Astrophys J 759:L43–L46CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of Massachusetts, Lederle Graduate Research Tower B 619EAmherstUSA