Questions tagged [chirality]

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Do we need to check for all kinds of symmetry in a compound to declare it achiral?

I know that a compound is achiral if it contains any one of the following kind of symmetry. 1.Plane of symmetry 2.Centre of symmetry 3.Normal axis of symmetry 4.Alternate axis of symmetry It is ...
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Type of chirality in polycyclic compounds

Ignoring whether or not this molecule could exist, is there a name for this type of chirality? This molecule's mirror image cannot be superimposed on itself but there are no chiral centres. Even ...
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What reactants are suitable for testing flow based enantioselective catalysis? [closed]

Are there any simple and low cost reactants that normally forms racemic mixture that could be tested with a enantioselective catalyst to produce predominantly S or R results? The reactants should be ...
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Why can't an “upside down” chiral molecule neutralize the polarized light effect? [duplicate]

Steve Mould did a nice video a few months back called "Why Sugar Always Twists Light To The Right" (link is timestamped at the critical part). However his explanation was not complete. He ...
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Why has this molecule a S-chirality? [closed]

Can someone explain to me, why this molecule has an (S)-chirality? I don't get it. I tried to apply the rules, but I get only an (R)-chirality. Is there something special with cyclo-alkanes?
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Number of chiral centers in penicillin V

I have often seen that in many drugs chirality plays a role. So I was trying to analyze the structure of Penicillin V. What is number of chiral centers in the structure of penicillin V? Is the ...
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Which chiral carbon do L and D in L- or D-glucose refer to? [duplicate]

I see and D- and L- glucose are mirror images of each other. and I understand D and L are for chirality. But it is not clear which carbon do D and L refer to. Could anybody let me know? Thanks. What ...
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Do different alkyl groups affect chirality?

I am a bit confused on the definition of a chiral center; A carbon atom is chiral if it has four different items bonded to it at the same time. source However I am not sure whether different alkyl ...
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Are there reactions where the stirring direction would make a difference?

I'm not a chemist. I don't really do anything with chemistry, so I know little of the subject. I know a bit about chiral molecules. For example, I know that homochirality can affect light polarity. I'...
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Can a chiral molecule be optically inactive?

Does there exist a chiral compound with zero optical activity? It seems possible that for some (chiral) arrangement of atoms, the optical activity of one section of the molecule could be exactly ...
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Is nitrogen with 3 different substituents and lone pair a chiral center? Does it make the whole compound chiral too? [duplicate]

Is nitrogen considered a chiral centre or stereocenter when it has three different substituents attached to it along with a lone pair. By definition LG Wade says An asymmetric carbon atom is the ...
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How is plane polarized light rotated by chiral compounds? [duplicate]

There are plenty of questions related to this topic on this site but no proper answer. Can anyone please explain to me how plane polarized light is rotated by chiral compounds, and why it cannot be ...
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Identification of the organic compound

An organic compound A $(\ce{C10H14O})$ exhibits following characteristics. A) It reacts with metallic sodium to give a colorless odorless gas. B) It is oxidized by $\ce{KMnO4}$ to benzoic acid. C) It ...
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Is chirality absolute or relative?

While going through some questions on chirality and optical isomerism, I came across this compound: Note that I have marked 3 carbons as $C_1,C_2,C_3$ Its obvious that $C_1,C_3$ are chiral carbons. $...
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Chiral carbons in glucose

In the open chain structure of glucose, one can identify 4 chiral carbon atoms but some sources consider the ring structure and then say that glucose has 5 chiral carbon atoms. If asked to state the ...
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Can geometrical isomers be enantiomers?

I have just been pondering upon the question above. I have found this example and I am sure they are enantiomers, but do they also count as geometrical isomers?
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How do i determine R,S configuration for a pseudo-chiral carbon atom?

I recently saw a question on drawing meso forms of this compound. I understand that C4 is a pseudo chiral carbon atom because it is attached to two of the same groups. Then how do i determine the r,s ...
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Are the C1 and C3 carbons of cis 1-bromo-3-chloro-cyclobutane chiral?

I have tried to approach this from 2 directions: The ‘official’ method my textbook gives, which gives the correct answer - They are achiral It consists of going ‘priority-wise’ from the two carbons ...
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Total number of isomers formed on monobromination of 2-methylbutane

What is the total number of isomers formed on monobromination of 2-methylbutane (including configurational and stereoisomers)? I tried working it out. However, I found only five: According to the ...
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Optical activity of 3‐chlorobutan‐2‐ol

In the picture that I have uploaded, I have read that the given compound is chiral. But on drawing the sawhorse structures (for better visualisation), I feel like the compound is symmetric about a ...
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SN2 reactions and inversion of configuration in compounds with more than one chiral centre

Suppose I have a compound with 2 chiral centres which are at (S,S). Now, suppose I have an iodine atom attached to the back carbon, and I wish to carry out an $\mathrm{S_N2}$ type substitution in a ...
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Nitrogen inversion barriers of trimethylamine and N,N-diisopropylmethylamine [closed]

Which would have a smaller nitrogen inversion barrier: $\ce{NMe3}$ or $\ce{N(i-Pr)2Me}?$ I think that $\ce{NMe3}$ should have a smaller inversion barrier as it is less bulky, but data shows otherwise....
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How to check which compound will show optical isomerism?

So my teacher told that those compounds which have one or more chiral carbon present in them it will definitely show optical isomerism because it has an optically active stereoisomer, but there are ...
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In the reaction mentioned what percentage of reaction proceeds via SN1 mechanism?

2-iodo butane (having radioactive iodine) reacts with KI (having non radioactive iodine). Rate of loss of optical activity was 1.96 times the rate of loss of radioactivity. What percentage of reaction ...
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Find the number of geometrical and optical isomers of 1,2,3,6-tetramethyl cyclohex-1,4-diene

The compound given to me is 1,2,3,6-tetramethyl cyclohex-1,4-diene. The geometrical isomers for the following compounds are: The isomer on the right can also be an optical isomer with its enantiomer....
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R-S configuration or Cahn-Ingold-Prelog configuration [closed]

How to assign R and S configurations in alkenes and more complicated structures ? I know that the groups attached to the sp3 hybridized carbon is first prioritized by atomic number then we see the ...
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How can randomly oriented molecules in a liquid solution create a certain polarization pattern (d or l)? [duplicate]

How can a large number of moving, randomly-oriented chiral molecules in a watery solution twist light only to the left or only to the right? Wouldn't a levorotary molecule become dextrorotary if I ...
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Enantiomers and Flipping chiral centres [closed]

Hello, Normally, it seems like enantiomers have inverted R/S configuration at every chiral centre. However, in the pair below which are clearly enantiomers (note the methyl and benzyl groups are ...
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Do isotopic groups cause optical activity?

I understood the simplified reason for optical activity of a compound based on the difference in the angular velocities of counter-rotating circularly polarized light. The difference is due to the ...
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Are there optically active molecules in which all atoms lie in the same plane?

I've learnt that when a molecule is non-superposable on its mirror image, it exists as a pair of enantiomers and is optically active. Absence of plane of symmetry is given to be one of the properties ...
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Is there an anisotropy factor (g factor) for TDDFT Abs and CD calculations?

Experimentally, anisotropy factor is calculated by dividing the CD spectra by the absorbance spectra multiplying by a factor of 32980 (in order to get a nondimensional quantity) Theoretical ...
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The number of optical isomers of 3,4-dichlorobutan-2-ol

The number of optical isomers possible for the given organic molecule is? $\ce{CH_3-C^*H(OH)-CHCl-CH_2Cl}$ (the configuration is fixed at $\ce{C^*}$) The given answer is 2. The carbon marked with an ...
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Why is the name 'propylene oxide' preferred for epoxypropane?

This is the molecule I know as epoxypropane: In my neck of the woods (example), this molecule is used as one of the standard examples of small chiral molecules. The name 'epoxypropane' makes a heck ...
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What makes this molecule achiral?

I don't understand why this molecule is achiral: I've circled what I think is the sole chiral center in red. I thought that any molecule with exactly one chiral center is chiral without exception. I ...
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R/S chirality question

Consider [(1⁠S,2⁠S,4⁠S)-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-yl]acetic acid: (Source: http://www.chemspider.com/Chemical-Structure.22823922.html) According to the chemspider nomenclature, this has three S ...
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Link between centrosymmetry, dipole moment and chirality

What is the relationship between the three concepts in the title? I know all centrosymmetric molecules are achiral, but not all achiral molecules are centrosymmetric. Thus, there are no molecules ...
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Is chirality a property of only molecules with exactly 1 chiral centre? [closed]

I have seen chirality being defined in a number of ways in terms of a molecule not being superimposable with its mirror image. My syllabus has a statement: "know that optical isomerism is a result of ...
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d-Menthol vs dl-menthol: Does an enantiomer and its racemic mixture have different melting points?

I am checking out Wikipedia and it shows a different melting point (m.p.) for l-menthol $(\pu{42 ^\circ C}$ to $\pu{45 ^\circ C})$ vs dl-menthol $(\pu{36 ^\circ C}$ to $\pu{38 ^\circ C}).$ How is ...
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QM9 dataset with chirality

I am trying to find chiral centers of molecules in QM9 dataset. Browsing their SMILES representation, I noticed SMILES yield using datasets.get_qm9(GGNNPreprocessor(), return_smiles=True) don't ...
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Chirality as atom feature

I have been reading some literature on molecular energy prediction using machine learning techniques and I have noticed that one of the input parameters in many of the available models is "chirality". ...
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Chirality in carbocations

The following compound is a carbocation. Clearly, the given compound does not have any element of symmetry. The compound is non planar due to the presence of ethyl group. Thus it must be chiral. But ...
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Stereochemistry of C as non-chiral centre

When a C of a molecule is not a chiral centre, the spatial orientation of its substituent group doesn't affect its stereochemical specification, does it? Ex:
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Priority of carbons attached to chiral group, one with double bonded oxygen, one with two oxygens [closed]

I have a chiral carbon. Two of the atoms attached to the carbon are other carbon atoms. One of those carbons has a double bonded oxygen and a methyl group attached. The other has two oxygens and a ...
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Cahn–Ingold–Prelog Rules, cyclic structures, and breaking ties

(3S,5R)-3-ethyl-5-methylcyclohex-1-ene Does anyone know how one reaches the conclusion that the 5C is R? I tried using the Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules but kept getting confused. From chem....
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Chirality with tautomers

This molecule has 6 peaks in its proton NMR. I think this is due to the following tautomerisation: However, I am unsure as to whether this molecule would be chiral, as it can freely interconvert ...
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Does a non-chiral substrate (2-bromo-2-methylpropane) also form two products via an SN1 mechanism?

If I have an alkyl halide, in which its tertiary carbon is non-chiral (for example 2-bromobutane), which reacts via an SN1 mechanism does it also produce 2 products? I am asking because I know that ...
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Chiral carbon in carvone molecules

This is the structure of carvone, with the chiral carbon noted by *. I don't understand why this is a chiral carbon, to my understanding a chiral carbon is a carbon with 4 different chemical groups ...
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How are these two molecules identical?

I can see that these compounds are identical as we have basically just done a 180 degree rotation of the molecules. But if we go by the concepts of chirality, the carbons 2 and 4 are chiral centers ...
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Is the existence of chirality center equivalent to chiral?

To make my question more clear, I want to ask two questions: Is it possible for molecule to be achiral even though molecule has chirality center? Is it possible for molecule to be chiral even though ...
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Why are carbons of Inositol chiral centers?

I was asked to draw all possible stereoisomers of inositol (1,2,3,4,5,6-cyclohexanehexol). To obtain the answer I had to assume that all six carbons of the molecule are asymmetric, which (bearing in ...

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