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Compliments from Lord Kelvin

Telling if a molecule is right-handed or left-handed is a venerable problem, but traditional approaches cannot touch the subtlest cases. As so often, technical innovation has provided the way forward.

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Figure 1: Chiral archetype.
Figure 2: Determination of the absolute configuration of (R)-[2H1,2H2,2H3]-neopentane.

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