Jean-Claude Guillemin @ISCR contributes to the writing of a hot topic for the CNRS book "Etonnante chimie"

From astrochemistry to exobiology: a guiding principle towards life
Jean-Claude Guillemin @ISCR contributes to the writing of a hot topic for the CNRS book "Etonnante chimie"

The book “Étonnante chimie”, published by CNRS Éditions will be released on April 22, 2021. In this book you will share the surprising stories of 80 scientists related to discoveries and promises of the 21st century…

Jean-Claude Guillemin and Yves Ellinger, CNRS Research directors at ISCR and Sorbonne University, coauthored a chapter on astrochemistry in relation to exobiology as summarized below.

The interstellar medium is an exceptional laboratory. It is the place where the frame of complexity began to weave. In reactors whose temperature flirts with absolute zero, an astonishing chemistry spread out with disconcerting slowness. As Yves Ellinger (LCT/Sorbonne University) and Jean-Claude Guillemin (ENSCR/ISCR) remind it, “the very existence of these chemistries is all the more astonishing as, in the interstellar medium, an atom or a molecule meets another molecule every 1,000 to 10,000 years, a photon every 1000 years, an electron every 100 years. " And yet, reactions do take place, and they may have laid the foundations for life on a small blue planet at the edge of the Milky Way…

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Contacts

  • Yves Ellinger, Univ Sorbonne, LCT-CNRS - UMR 7616,  4 place Jussieu,75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
    Yves [dot] ellingeratsorbonne-universite [dot] fr
     
  • Jean-Claude Guillemin, Univ Rennes, ENSCR, ISCR-CNRS UMR 6226, F-35000 Rennes, France
    Jean-claude [dot] guilleminatensc-rennes [dot] fr

 

Published April 13, 2021