Volume 89 Issue 47 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 21, 2011

Deciphering Surface Enantioselectivity

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: chiral surface, enantioselective, enantiospecific

By combining scanning tunneling microscopy and computational methods, researchers have determined key steps in the chirality transfer mechanism that governs an enantiospecific surface reaction (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1208710). Nearly all stereoselective reactions are carried out in solution with liquid-phase reagents and catalysts. Solid-phase catalysts would make separating the catalyst from the product simpler. Yet only a few such stereoselective catalytic systems, which are . . .

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