Fully understanding the cosmic chemical landscape will be aided by other fields, including combustion and atmospheric science (which are light-years ahead of astrochemistry
in both theory and experiment).
Some even think cometary debris raining down on early Earth "may potentially have played key roles in the origin of life," says researcher Scott Sandford at NASA's Astrochemistry
Lab in California.
This was the beginning of what came to be called astrochemistry
Michael Mautner is a physical chemist and the author of more than 100 articles on ion processes with applications to astrochemistry
Professor Kwok's area of research is stellar evolution and astrochemistry
is an inter-disciplinary field that provides an insight into the complex physical and chemical processes at play during the early evolutionary stages in star-formation.
The emphasis is on problems of inelastic electron scattering in such fields as plasma physics, microelectronics, nanolithography, DNA research, atmospheric chemistry, and astrochemistry
Besides astronomical applications, this PAH database and software can be useful as a new research tool for scientists, educators, policy makers, and consultants working in the fields of medicine, health, chemistry, fuel composition, engine design, environmental assessment, environmental monitoring, and environmental protection," said Louis Allamandola, an astrochemistry
researcher at NASA's Ames Research Center.
Among the topics are carbon chain molecules in cryogenic matrices, synthesizing carbynoid structures by the combustion flame method, polyyne-type materials, the ion irradiation of solid carbons, and cyanoalkynes and cyanopolyynes from crossed- beam experiments to astrochemistry
It's a science, too--surely the oldest, and arguably the most all-encompassing (there's astrobiology, astrochemistry
, astrophysics, and astro-just-about-everything-else).
Combined with the findings of astrochemistry
(see 1968), this made it seem ever more likely that chemical changes took place in nonliving systems, where conditions were favorable, that would inevitably lead in the direction of life.
Michael Mautner is a physical chemist and the author of more than 100 articles on processes with applications to astrochemistry