Highlights

The origins of life on the early Earth was probably chemical in nature, but physical effects including mass transfer and viscosity may also have been critical in driving polymerization,...

Ion mobility - mass spectrometry is a technique which allows for molecular shape measurements in addition to mass measurements. Based on our origins-of-life research, we have developed new a ion...

Recently a virtual issue was published that pulls together publications from Analytical Chemistry that showcase the exemplary developments in mass spectrometry ionization techniques. Rachel...

A special issue of Chemical Communications was recently published, investigating mixtures of molecules that exhibit emergent properties. Martha Grover's paper, "Model identification of a template-...

The biopolymer RNA is thought to have played a central role during the earliest evolutionary stages of life. However, how this macromolecule’s building blocks first formed and then assembled into...

 

Phosphorus is a key element in many biological molecules including nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA, energy storage molecules like ATP, membrane phospholipids and coenzymes. The Abbott-...

The formation of molecules like DNA and RNA requires the element phosphorus.    However, the few ways of forming these molecules through non-biological means involve multiple steps and artificial...