Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest One of All; or Chirality in Molecular Science
Rabjohn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, MU
Every molecule has a mirror image. If a molecule can’t be superimposed exactly on its mirror image, we say it is chiral. Often only one of these two forms of a molecule occurs naturally. Why Nature picked one mirror image and not the other is still not known, but the form affects how a molecule fits to others, and therefore how it functions. In this presentation we will discuss the importance of thinking about molecules as three-dimensional and chiral beasts.
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