474938 Self-Assembly Under Conditions Mimicking Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

Tuesday, November 15, 2016: 1:45 PM
Union Square 23 & 24 (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Shigeru Deguchi, R&D Center for Marine Biosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Japan

Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are hot spring occurring in the bottom of the ocean. Hot and compressed water, sometimes in the supercritical state (Tc = 374 ºC, Pc = 22.1 MPa), gushes out from the sea floor and rapidly cooled to near-freezing temperature by surrounding cold water. In this communication, self-assembly under such unique conditions and its possible implication for the origin of life will be discussed.

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