6 Answered Questions for the topic chirality
Is it possible to synthesize chiral version of an organism (incompatible with our pathogens)?
In theory, it should be possible to synthesize chiral (mirror image) version of some organism: with all molecules replaced with their enantiomers, e.g. L-sugars in place of our D-sugars.Direct... more
If a chiral molecule reacts with an achiral molecule will the product be chiral or achiral?
My book says that a pair of enantiomers will react the same way with an achiral substance. How is this possible? Does this imply that the product is achiral, even though the enantiomers are... more
Chirality Organic Chemistry
Why are the boiling points of aldehydes less than those of ketones?
Both aldehydes and ketones have a carbonyl group, but since the carbonyl group of ketone is between alkyl groups, wouldn't it be more difficult for it to form hydrogen bonds than aldehydes? Why... more
What is the perfect definition for chirality?
Why is chirality defined differently for organic and inorganic compounds? Why are inorganic compounds deemed to be optically active if they have more than one of the same ligands attached to the... more
Why are aromatic compounds so stable?
I've never actually been told deeper reasons for this. In organic chemistry classes (1 and 2) we're usually told that aromatic compounds are very stable whereas anti-aromatic ones are not, and... more