Stereochemistry is the scientific concept that describes the relationship between chemical compounds which have the same molecular formula and identical functional groups but with different three dimensional arrangements of atoms. These molecules are known as stereoisomers and can have very different properties from one another, particularly when interacting with biological systems.

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    Louis Pasteur was a scientific giant of the nineteenth century, but, as Joseph Gal asks, was his most famous contribution to the understanding of chemistry — chirality — influenced more by his artistic talents?

    • Joseph Gal
    Nature Chemistry 9, 604–605
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    Planar molecules may break mirror symmetry when aligned on a surface, but both right- and left-handed forms will be created. Starting with a single-handed precursor, chiral adsorbates of planar hydrocarbons with a single handedness are formed in on-surface reactions.

    • Karl-Heinz Ernst
    Nature Chemistry 9, 195–196
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    A chiral [2]rotaxane in which the asymmetry is derived from the way in which the two components are mechanically interlocked — rather than being encoded in the covalent connectivity of the components themselves — has been shown to act as an enantioselective organocatalyst.

    • Stephen M. Goldup
    Nature Chemistry 8, 404–406
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    Racemic or enantiomerically pure alcohols can be converted with high yield into enantiopure chiral amines in a one-pot redox-neutral cascade process by the clever combination of an alcohol dehydrogenase and an appropriate amine dehydrogenase.

    • Jian-bo Wang
    •  & Manfred T. Reetz
    Nature Chemistry 7, 948–949
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    The first synthesis of the all-cis isomer of 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexafluorocyclohexane, a molecule with one hydrocarbon face and one fluorocarbon face, is a tour de force of organofluorine chemistry and opens up new possibilities for molecular design.

    • Nico Santschi
    •  & Ryan Gilmour
    Nature Chemistry 7, 467–468