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Astrochemistry and Astrobiology

  • Ian W. M. Smith
  • Charles S. Cockell
  • Sydney Leach
  • Outlines principles of physical chemistry needed for the fields of astrochemistry and astrobiology

  • Contributions from international experts in astrochemistry and astrobiology

  • Suitable for researchers from interdisciplinary fields


Part of the Physical Chemistry in Action book series (PCIA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ian W. M. Smith
    Pages 1-33
  3. Maryvonne Gerin
    Pages 35-72
  4. Michael J. Pilling
    Pages 73-113
  5. Valentine Wakelam, Herma M. Cuppen, Eric Herbst
    Pages 115-143
  6. Philip Ball
    Pages 169-210
  7. Charles S. Cockell, Sophie Nixon
    Pages 211-241
  8. Robert Pascal
    Pages 243-269
  9. Rebecca Turk-MacLeod, Ulrich Gerland, Irene Chen
    Pages 271-306
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 343-349

About this book


Astrochemistry and Astrobiology is the debut volume in the new series Physical Chemistry in Action. Aimed at both the novice and experienced researcher, this volume outlines the physico-chemical principles which underpin efforts to understand astrochemistry and predict astrobiology. An introductory chapter includes fundamental aspects of physical chemistry required for understanding the field. Eight further chapters address specific topics, encompassing basic theory and models, up-to-date research and an outlook on future work. The last chapter examines each of the topics addressed from a different angle. Written and edited by international experts, this text is accessible for those entering the field of astrochemistry and astrobiology, whilst still providing new information and insights for experienced researchers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ian W. M. Smith
    • 1
  • Charles S. Cockell
    • 2
  • Sydney Leach
    • 3
  1. 1., The University Chemical LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Laboratoire d'Etude du RayonnementObservatoire de Paris-MeudonMeudonFrance

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