May 13 – 18, 2018
Casino Conference Centre
Europe/Prague timezone

Radiolysis of ammonium succinate in aqueous solution: Relevance in chemical evolution.

May 15, 2018, 5:15 PM
1h 30m
Gallery (Casino Conference Centre)


Casino Conference Centre

Reitenbergerova 4/95, Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
Poster Radiation Chemistry Poster RCH


Alicia Negron-Mendoza (Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM)


Chemical evolution encompasses the formation of biologically relevant compounds started from simple inorganic molecules and promoted by an energy input. Among the possible energy sources for these processes is radioactivity. This research is done in this framework, and it is aimed to study the effect of ionizing radiation on oxygen-free, aqueous solutions of ammonium succinate. Particularity is concerned with the stability this compound in an aqueous medium and the presence of high radiation fields and comparing it with the behavior of succinic acid. Succinic acid and its ammonium salt are molecules formed readily in prebiotic experiments and are essential in chemical evolution processes, as participants in metabolic pathways, and as starting material for more complex molecules. Several products were detected, including some containing-N compounds and the formation can be explained via the attack of the radiolytic products of water. The abstraction and dimerization reactions were the more important. The decomposition increased with the irradiation dose given rise to biologically relevant compounds.
This work was supported by d PAPIIT grant No. IN IN111116.

Primary authors

Dr María Colín-García (Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Sergio Ramos-Bernal (Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) Alicia Negron-Mendoza (Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM)

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