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The Possible Role of Minerals as Adsorbing and Catalytic Surfaces in the Pre-Biological Formation of Condensed Polymers

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Title: The Possible Role of Minerals as Adsorbing and Catalytic Surfaces in the Pre-Biological Formation of Condensed Polymers
Authors: Phelan, Janet
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Investigations intothe "origin of life question" have indicated a high likelihood for the existence of a multitude of essential bio­ monomers under primitive Earth conditions, as a variety of synthetic pathways and proposed mechanisms for these monomers have been reported. Less clear is the way in which these monomers could have been concen­ trated and condensed against a formidable thermodynamic barrier. This thesis describes an investigation into the possibility that minerals, especially the alumino-silicates, may have served as adsorptive and catalytic sites for these reactions. The author's preliminary experi­ mental work in this field together with the research reported by many others will be examined in this perspective.
Pages/Duration: vi, 30 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/32176
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