The dynamic field of extraterrestrial chemistry brings together ideas of chemistr, astrophysics, and biology to the study of molecules between stars, around stars, and on plantes. This book serves as an introduction to chemial processes under 'unearthly' and hence usually extreme conditions (temperature, pressure, high or low density, bombardment by cosmic rays), and their impact on the early development of our solar system, as well as providing a deeper understanding of processes in earthly regions where conditions approach those of extraterrestrial areas. A unique and extraordinary perspective written with chemists in mind. An excellent practical book for inorganic, and physical chemists, spectroscopists, astronomers, and libraries. From the contents: * Introduction and technical notes * Origin and development of the universe * Stars * The interstellar medium * The solar system * Exoplanets * The origin of life
Dieter Rehder is a Chemistry Professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He obtained his academic degrees in Chemistry and Astronomy at the University of Hamburg, and was appointed Professor in Hamburg after two-and-a-half years of teaching appointments at The College of Arts Science and Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. He has authored about 280 publications, and received the Vanadis Award for outstanding research in vanadium chemistry in 2006. His main teaching obligations encompass Organometallic Chemistry, NMR Spectroscopy (metal neclei), and Bioinorganic Chemistry. In 2008/09, he was guest lecturer at the University of Lund (Sweden).
Preface INTRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL NOTES ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE The Big Bang Cosmic Evolution: Dark Matter; The First Stars Cosmo-Chronometry THE EVOLUTION OF STARS Formation, Classification, and Evolution of Stars Chemistry in AGB Stars Galaxies and Clusters THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM General Chemistry in Interstellar Clouds THE SOLAR SYSTEM Overview Earth's Moon and the Terrestrial Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars Ceres, Asteroids, Meteorites, and Interplanetary Dust Comets Kuiper Belt Objects The Giant Planets and Their Moons EXOPLANETS THE ORIGIN OF LIFE What is Life? Putative Non-Carbon and Non-Aqueous Life Forms; The Biological Role of Silicate, Phosphate, and Water Life Under Extreme Conditions Scenarios for the Primordial Supply of Basic Life Molecules Extraterrestrial Life?