Issue Date: May 18, 2015
Achiral Surface Promotes Chiral Amplification
The curious observation that certain biochemical building blocks found in living organisms come almost exclusively in just one enantiomeric form—L for amino acids and D for sugars—has led scientists to propose mechanisms explaining its origins. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have now added another piece to this homochirality-of-life puzzle. Yongju Yun and Andrew J. Gellman determined that adsorption of gas-phase chiral molecules on an achiral surface can amplify the enantiomeric excess . . .
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