Cyanamide Formation under Primitive Earth Conditions

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Science  08 Jan 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3654, pp. 149-150
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3654.149


The dimer of cyanamide, dicyandiamide, is formed upon ultraviolet irradiation of dilute cyanide solutions, and by the electron irradiation of a mixture of methane, ammonia, and water. Thus cyanamide may have had an important role in chemical evolution.