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Theoretical investigation of interstellar C-C-O and C-O-C bonding backbone molecules

Etim, Emmanuel E and Gorai, Prasanta and Das, Ankan and Arunan, Elangannan (2018) Theoretical investigation of interstellar C-C-O and C-O-C bonding backbone molecules. In: ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE, 363 (1).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10509-017-3226-5


There are numerous complex organic molecules containing carbon and oxygen atoms which show either C-C-O or C-O-C bonding backbone. This paper examines altogether 51 C-C-O and C-O-C bonding backbone molecules from ten different isomeric groups ( C2H2O, C3H2O, C2H4O, C2H4O2, C3H4O, C2H6O, C2H6O2, C3H6O, C3H6O2, C3H8O) to summarize the present astronomical status of these molecules. Accurate calculations of enthalpy of formation of these molecules show that the isomers with C-C-O backbone are more stable than the C-O-C backbone. Interestingly, a detailed analysis of relevant astromolecules indicates that most of the observed astromolecules have the C-C-O backbone. As a matter of fact, of all the molecules examined in this study, 80% of the astronomically observed species have the C-C-O backbone while only 20% have the C-O-C backbone. In general, interstellar abundance of a molecule is controlled by some factors such as kinetics, formation and destruction pathways, thermodynamics etc. A proper consideration of these factors could explain the observed abundances of these molecules. All these possible key factors are discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: 10.1007/s10509-017-3226-5
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the SPRINGER, VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 06:44
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2018 06:44
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/58858

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