Applicable to questions about the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule and how they affect its physical or chemical properties.

Tag usage

This tag should be used on questions such as (but not limited to):

  • The properties of stereoisomers, both enantiomers and diastereomers (see also: and )
  • The nomenclature of such isomers according to Cahn-Ingold-Prelog rules or other conventions (e.g. +/-, ᴅ/ʟ) (see also: )
  • The study of different conformations of a molecule (see also: )
  • Particular spatial arrangements of atoms required for a reaction to proceed (see also: )
  • The creation of new stereoisomers in a chemical reaction (see also: and )

Definition

Stereochemistry is the discipline of chemistry which describes the relative spatial arrangement of atoms in molecules.

Further reading

Stereochemistry is a concept most commonly encountered in the field of organic chemistry, and aside from the usual major textbooks, a classic reference is Eliel's Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds. However, it is equally applicable to inorganic compounds and is well-described in all major textbooks.

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