Molecules, water, and radiant energy: new clues for the origin of life

Int J Mol Sci. 2009 Mar 27;10(4):1419-29. doi: 10.3390/ijms10041419.


We here examine the putative first step in the origin of life: the coalescence of dispersed molecules into a more condensed, organized state. Fresh evidence implies that the driving energy for this coalescence may come in a manner more direct than previously thought. The sun's radiant energy separates charge in water, and this free charge demonstrably induces condensation. This condensation mechanism puts water as a central protagonist in life rather than as an incidental participant, and thereby helps explain why life requires water.

Keywords: Colloids; exclusion zones; gels; life; origin; radiant energy; unstirredlayer.11; water.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Gels / chemistry
  • Origin of Life*
  • Protons
  • Solar Energy*
  • Sunlight
  • Water / chemistry*


  • Gels
  • Protons
  • Water