Book of Abstracts: Albany 2011

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Conversation 17
June 14-18 2011
©Adenine Press (2010)

Potential Participation of Carbon Nano-structures in the Hadean-Eoarchean Prebiotic Environment

Volcanic activity offers the early Earth model a source of energy and a vector for the distribution of particulates and gases that may have impacted prebiotic chemistry. Often overlooked is the potential formation of graphene derivatives under currently approximated early Earth conditions. The presence of graphene and its derivatives such as carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and flat, conjugated ring structures, may have served as a vehicle for template- directed synthesis. The potential for the formation of RNA polymers and peptides in the presence of such structures will be studied using abiotic synthetic routes and analysis of products by mass spectrometry, HPLC and SEM.

Lauren M. Cassidy
Linda B. McGown

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
New York Center for Astrobiology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.
Troy, NY 12180-3590, USA