How acids behave in ultracold interstellar space

Acids tend to release a proton. However, they display more complex behaviour under space conditions.

Bochum-based researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation (Resolv), together with cooperation partners from Nijmegen, have investigated how acids interact with water molecules at extremely low temperatures. "We would like to know whether the same acid-alkali chemistry as we know on Earth also exists in the extreme conditions in interstellar space," explains Professor Martina Havenith, Speaker for Resolv. "The results are crucial for understanding how more complex chemical molecules formed in space – long before the first precursors of life came into existence."

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