Issue Date: June 16, 2008
X-Rays Discern Crystal Enantiomers
Conventional X-ray crystallography can identify structures of enantiomers, but it can't distinguish between right- and left-handed crystals. Now, a group led by Yoshikazu Tanaka of the Japanese research institute RIKEN has used circularly polarized synchrotron X-ray beams to elucidate the handedness of crystals (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2008, 100, 145502). Other techniques to identify crystal chirality typically require either having the crystal interact with another chiral material or slicing or mounting a crystal to . . .
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