University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 90-95.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202001048

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A Trip to "Chiral Molecular Museum"

Simin Sheng, Zhen Shen, Kin Shing Chan()   

  • Received:2020-01-27 Accepted:2020-02-27 Published:2020-03-06
  • Contact: Kin Shing Chan
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This article describes a dream of Little R visiting the 'Chiral Molecule Museum'. It introduces the structure of chiral molecules, the experiment to demonstrate the existence of chiral molecules-experiments on the separation of optical isomers of sodium ammonium tartrate by Pasteur, the two enantiomers of limonene; chiral drug thalidomide, and asymmetric catalysis.

Key words: Chiral molecule, Sodium ammonium tartrate, Limonene, Thalidomide, Asymmetric catalysis