Formation of bioorganic compounds in aqueous solution induced by plasma

Kaoru Harada, Michiaki Takasaki, Hiroshi Naraoka, Shinya Nomoto

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When plasma jet of Ar-arc plasma was blown into an aqueous solution containing organic compounds, oxidation reactions were induced in the solution. The plasma-induced reaction was a powerful oxidation which could convert a methyl to a carboxyl group and cleave a carbon-carbon bond without using any oxidizing reagent. This reaction could be regarded as a model for the solar plasma-induced reaction in the primitive hydrosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalOrigins of Life
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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