Formation of simple organic molecules in the interstellar medium

Abraham F. Jalbout*, Flavio F. Contreras-Torres, Aned De Leon

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In this work we present a methodology for the synthesis of simple molecules from basic formaldehyde (H 2CO) precursors. We have approached this challenging problem by considering a basic dimerization scheme that eventually leads to diose and methyl formate, using an HCO + proton source. This species was chosen due to its ample abundance in the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-606
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 5 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methyl formate
  • Sugar synthesis


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