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Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe


It is likely that prebiotic chemistry and early life required a source of hydrogen. Are there geochemical processes that provide this source of hydrogen? Can prebiotic chemistry happen in the environments where these processes are active?

We invite you to a panel discussion with three experts about a variety of geochemical sources of hydrogen, such as low-temperature serpentinization in hydrothermal vents and water chemistry initiated by radioactive decay in underground waters, and the implication for prebiotic chemistry and early life.

The panel: 

Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar

The Dr. Norman Keevil Chair in Ore Deposits Geology

University of Toronto



Professor Alexis Templeton

Geological Sciences and Center for Astrobiology

University of Colorado



Professor Nicholas Tosca

Minerology and Petrology, Department of Earth Sciences

University of Cambridge



Please contact Dr Paul Rimmer for Zoom details.


Wednesday, 21 July, 2021 - 18:00 to 20:00


Credit: "Chimaera" by wnhsl is licensed under CC BY 2.0