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Adibekyan, V., Delgado-Mena, E., Figueira, P., Sousa, S.G., Santos, N.C., Faria, J.P., González Hernández, J.I., Israelian, G., Harutyunyan, G., Suárez-Andrés, L., Hakobyan, A.A.: 2016,  Zeta2  Reticuli, its debris disk, and its lonely stellar companion  Zeta1 Ret. Different Tc trends for different spectra. Astron. Astrophys. 591, A34


Adibekyan, V., Delgado-Mena, E., Figueira, P., Sousa, S.G., Santos, N.C., González Hernández, J.I., Minchev, I., Faria, J.P., Israelian, G., Harutyunyan, G., Suárez-Andrés, L., Hakobyan, A.A.: 2016, Abundance trend with condensation temperature for stars with different Galactic birth places. Astron. Astrophys. 592, A87


Barge, L.M.,  Branscomb, E., Brucato, J.R., Cardoso, S.S.S, Cartwright, J. H. E., Danielache, S.O., Galante, D.,  Kee, T.P.,  Miguel, T.,  Mojzsis, S.,  Robinson, K.J., Russell, M.J., Simoncini, E., Sobron, P.: 2017, Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium, Evolution: Far-From-Equilibrium Geological and Chemical Considerations for Origin-Of-Life Research. Orig Life Evol Biosph. 47, 39-56


Boduch, P., Brunetto, R., Ding, J.J.,  Domaracka, A., Kanuchova, Z., Palumbo, M.E., Rothard, H., Strazzulla, G.: 2016, Ion processing of ices and the origin of SO2 and O3 on the icy surfaces of the icy jovian satellites. Icarus 277, 424-432


Calabrese, C., Vigorito, A., Maris, A., Mariotti, S., Fathi, P., Geppert, W.D.Melandri, S.: 2015, The Millimeter Wave Spectrum of the Weakly Bound Complex CH2=CHCN.H2O: Structure, Dynamics and Implications for Astronomical Search. J. Phys. Chem. A. 119(48), 11674 - 11682


Calabrese,C.,Maris,A., Dore, L., Geppert, W.D., Fathi,P., Melandri, S.: 2015, Molecular Physics 113, 2290-2295. Taylor and Francis


Civiš, S., Knížek, A., Ivanek, O.Kubelík, P., Zukalová M., Kavan, L., Ferus, M.: 2017, The origin of methane and biomolecules from a CO2 cycle on terrestrial planets. Nature Astronomy Vol. 1, 701-726


Domagal-Goldman, S.D., Wright, K.E. ., K. Adamala, M. Antonio, L.A. de la Rubia, J. Bond, L. Dartnell, A. Goldman, I. Lima, K. Lynch, M.-E. Naud, K. Singer, X. Abrevaya, R. Anderson, G. Arney, D. Atri, A. Azua-Bustos, J. Bowman, W. Brazelton, G. Brennecka, R. Carns, A. Chopra, J. Colangelo-Lillis, C. Crockett, J. DeMarines, E. Frank, C. Frantz, E. de la Fuente, D. Galante, J. Glass, D. Gleeson, C. Glein, C. Goldblatt, R. Horak, L. Horodyskyj, B. Kacar, Kereszturi, A., E. Knowles, P. Mayeur, S. McGlynn, Y. Miguel, M. Montgomery, C. Neish, Noack, L., S. Rugheimer, E. Stueken, P. Tamez-Hidalgo, S.I. Walker.: 2016, Astrobiology Primer 2.0, Astrobiology, Vol. 16(8): 561-653


Dunér, D., Malaterre, C.Geppert, W.: The history and philosophy of the origin of life.  International Journal of Astrobiology 15, 4, 1-2


Fornaro, T.,  Boosman, A., Brucato, J.R.ten Kate, I.L., Siljeström, S., Poggiali, G., Steelea, A., Hazena, R.M.: 2018, UV irradiation of biomarkers adsorb e d on minerals under Martian-like conditions: Hints for life detection on Mars. Icarus 313, 38-60 


François C., Baludikay, B.K., Storme, J.Y., Baudet, D.,  Paquette, J.L., Fialin, M., Javaux, E.J.: 2017. Geochronological constraints on the diagenesis of the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Precambrian Research. 298, 202-219


Gargaud, M., Irvine, W. (Chied Editors) , Amils, R.,Cernicharo, J., Cleaves, J.,  Pinti, D., Rouan, D., Spohn, T.,  D., Tirard, S.Viso, M.(Book Editors.), Airo, A., Albarede, F., Alibert, Y., Andre, Ph., Bartik, K., Bersini, H., Briones, C., Encrenaz, T., Figueirido, F., Grenfell, L., Gomez, F., Helled, R., Heubeck, C.Javaux, E. J., Kobayashi, K., Horneck, G., Pereto, J., Pohorille, A., Stracke. B., (Field Eds.), 2015, Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, XLV, 2737, ISBN: 978-3-662-44184-8


Gomoiu, I.Chatzitheodoridis, E., Vadrucci, S., Walther, I., Cojoc, R.: 2015, Fungal spores viability on the International Space Station. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 403-418


Kanuchova, Z., Brunetto, R., Fulvio, D., Strazzulla, G.: 2015, Near-ultraviolet bluing after space weathering of silicates and meteorites. Icarus 258, 289-296. 


Kanuchova, Z., Urso, R.G., Baratta, G.A., Brucato, J.R., Palumbo, M.E., Strazzulla, G.: 2016, Synthesis of formamide and isocyanic acid after ion irradiation of frozen gas mixtures. Astron. Astrophys. 585, A155 


Kanuchova, Z., Boduch, Ph., Domaracka, A., Palumbo, M.E., Rothard, H., Strazzulla, G.: 2017, Thermal and energetic processing of SO2 rich astrophysical ice analogues. Astronomy & Astrophysics 604, A68


Kereszturi, A., Bradak, B., Chatzitheodoridis, E., Ujvari, G.: 2015, Indicators of past water action for ExoMars drill: review of future prospects.Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 435-454


Kereszturi, A., Chatzitheodoridis, E.: 2016, Searching for the source crater of nahkhlite meteorites. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 455 - 471


Kereszturi, A., Gollay, I., Josza,  S., Kanuchova, Z.: 2017, Accretional and alterational differences in a carbonaceous chondrite parent body: evidences from 3 the NWA 5491 CV3 meteorite. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 52, 428 - 442


Kereszturi, A., Noack, L.: 2016, Review on the role of planetary factors on habitability. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 473 - 486


Kislyakova, K.G., Noack, L., Johnstone, C.P., Zaitsev, V.V, Fossati, L, Lammer, H., Khodachenko. M.L., Odert, P., Güdel, M.: Magma oceans and enhanced volcanism on TRAPPIST-1 planets due to induction heating. Nature Astronomy 1, 878-885


Kölbl, D., Pignitter, M., Somoza, V., Schimak, M.P., Strbak, O., Blazevic, A., Milojevic, T.: 2017, Exploring Fingerprints of the Extreme Thermoacidophile Metallosphaera sedula Grown on Synthetic Martian Regolith Materials as the Sole Energy Sources. Front. Microbiol. 8, 1 - 11


Konstantinidis, K., Kereszturi, A., Smith, A., Jones, G., Bowitz, P., Förstner, R.: 2015, Precision penetrators for Europa. 66th International Astronautical Congress, Jerusalem, Israel.


Linden, F., Alcaraz, C., Ascenzi, D., Guillemin, J.C., Koch, L., Lopes,A., Polasek, M., Romanzin, C., Zabka, J., Zymak, I.Geppert, W.: 2016, Is the Reaction of C3N− with C2H2 a Possible Process for Chain Elongation in Titan’s Ionosphere? J. Phys. Chem. A. 120, 5337 - 5347


Mazankova, V., Torokova, L., Krcma, F., Mason, N.J., Matejcik, S.: 2016, The influence of CO2 admixtures on the product composition in a nitrogen-methane atmospheric glow discharge used as a Titan atmosphere mimic. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 499-506


Mazankova, V.Torokova, L., Trunec, D., Krcma, F., Matejcik, S., Mason, N.J.: Diagnostics of nitrogen-methane atmospheric glow discharge used for a mimic of prebiotic atmosphere. Plasma Physics and Technology 4(1): 83–86


Noack, L., Verseux, C.,Serrano, P., Musilova, M., Nauny, P., Samuels, T.,Schwendner, P., Simoncini, E., Stevens, A.: 2015, Astrobiology from early-career scientists’ perspective. International Journal of Astrobiology 14, 533-535. Cambridge University Press 2015. 


Pascal, R., Pross, A.: 2015, Stability and its manifestation in the chemical and biological worlds. Chemical Communications 51, 16160-16165. Royal Society of Chemistry.


Pascal, R., Pross, A.: 2016, A Roadmap toward Synthetic Protolife. Synlett 2016, 27 A-F


Pascal, R., Pross, A.: 2016, The Logic of Life. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 507-513


Piedrafita, G., Monnard, P.A., Mavelli, F., Ruiz-Mirazo, K.: Permeability-driven selection in a semi-empirical protocell model: the roots of prebiotic systems evolution. Nature, Scientific Reports 7, 3141, online


Pross, A.Pascal, R.: 2017, How and why kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemistry induce the logic of biological evolution. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2017, 13, 665–674 


Santos, N.C., Adibekyan, V., Dorn, C., Mordasini, C., Noack, L., Barros, S.C.C, Delgado-Mena, E., Demangeon, O., Faria, J.P., Israelian, G., Sousa, S.g.: 2017: Constraining planet structure from stellar chemistry: planet omposition trends in different stellar populations. Astron. Astrophys. 608, A94, 1-8


Suárez-Andrés, L., Israelian, G., González Hernández, J.I., Adibekyan, V.Zh., Delgado Mena, E., Santos, N.C., Sousa, S.G.: 2016, CNO behaviour in planet-harbouring stars I. Nitrogen abundances in stars with planets. Astron. Astrophys. 591, A69


Torokova, L., Mazankova, V., Mason, N., Krcma, F., Morgan, G., Matejcik, S.: 2016, The influence of CO2 admixtures on process in Titan’s atmospheric chemistry. Plasma Physics and Technology 3(3):163–167


Urso, R.G., Scire, C., Baratta, G.A., Brucato, J.R., Compagnini, G., Kanuchova, Z., Palumbo, M.E., Strazzulla, G.: 2017, Infrared study on thermal evolution of solid state formamide. Chemical Physics Physical Chemist, online. 


Wudarska, A., Wiedenbeck, M.Słaby, E., Lepland, A., Birski, Ł., Simon, K.: 2018, Halogen Chemistry and Hydrogen Isotopes of Apatite from the >3.7 Ga Isua Supracrustal Belt, SW Greenland. Precambrian Research, 310, 153 -164







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