Various organic reactions have been studied under simulated hydrothermal conditions, but the prebiotic potential of this medium has not been systematically explored. In this paper we show that organic reactions in water under high pressure and temperature are not only possible, but offer clear prebiotic advantages. This is true especially for supercritical water. We present examples of organic reactions in superheated water which have prebiotic significance.
Vera M. Kolb, Vera M. Kolb,
"Prebiotic reactions in superheated water", Proc. SPIE 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII, 96060D (11 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180606; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180606