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Zeitschrift für Kristallographie - Crystalline Materials

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Ed. by Antipov, Evgeny / Boldyreva, Elena V. / Friese, Karen / Huppertz, Hubert / Jahn, Sandro / Tiekink, E. R. T.


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Volume 224, Issue 12

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Chirality, a never-ending source of confusion

Carl-Johan Wallentin / Edvinas Orentas / Kenneth Wärnmark / Ola F. Wendt
Published Online: 2009-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zkri.2009.1230

Abstract

In this Discussion a few points of confusion concerning chirality are clarified. The term chirodescriptive is proposed for such space groups that lack inversion centres, reflection planes, glide planes or rotary-inversion axes and thus can contain enantiopure, chiral objects. It is pointed out that chiral compounds can (and often do) crystallise in non-chirodescriptive space group when they occur as racemates and in such cases there is no incompatibility between chirality and mirror planes or centres of inversions. We also propose the term raceomorphism to describe the relationship between a conglomerate and a collection of racemic crystals of the same compound.

Keywords: Chiral; Chirodescriptive; Enantiomorphism; Raceomorphism; Chirogenic

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* Correspondence address: Lund University, Department of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, PO Box 124, 22100 Lund, Schweden,


Published Online: 2009-12-04

Published in Print: 2009-12-01


Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Kristallographie International journal for structural, physical, and chemical aspects of crystalline materials, Volume 224, Issue 12, Pages 607–608, ISSN (Print) 0044-2968, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zkri.2009.1230.

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