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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 5 (2007) pp 316-321

A Reflection on Prochirality

Ronald Bentley

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, rbentley@pitt.edu
Received April 17, 2007. Accepted July 1, 2007.

Published online: 28 August 2007

Abstract. Students need a working knowledge of prochirality in connection with NMR spectroscopy, isotopically labeled compounds, and enzyme specificity; however, the concept of prochirality often presents some difficulties for them. A general account of this subject, suitable for students and including nomenclature, is presented here. A recently published comprehensive and mathematical approach to prochirality is evaluated in terms of student abilities and needs.

Key Words: In the Classroom; organic chemistry

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: rbentley@pitt.edu)

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Issue date: October 1, 2007

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