Powner Lab

Investigating the Chemical Origins of Life

Our research interests center around the chemistry associated with the origin of life. We use organic chemistry to understand the transition between non-life and life that occurred ~ 4 billion years ago.

We have made contributions in the areas of nucleic acid, amino acid and amino nitrile chemistry, protometabolic networks, catalysis, ribozymes, lipids, crystal engineering, green chemistry and photochemistry.