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Optical activity and Alfred Werner's coordination chemistry


Ernst, K-H; Berke, H (2011). Optical activity and Alfred Werner's coordination chemistry. Chirality, 23(3):187-189.

Abstract

It is widely accepted, that Pasteur's seminal discovery of the opposite optical activity of ammonium sodium tartrate enantiomorphs in solution gave the spark to organic stereochemistry and led to the development of the tetrahedron model by van't Hoff and Le Bel. The proof that chirality is inherently connected to octahedral coordination chemistry fostered greatly Werner's spatial views of metal complexes and his coordination theory. The actual proof of principle was established via separation of diastereomeric camphor sulfonate salts of racemic metal complexes. Chirality 23:187-189, 2011. (C) 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Abstract

It is widely accepted, that Pasteur's seminal discovery of the opposite optical activity of ammonium sodium tartrate enantiomorphs in solution gave the spark to organic stereochemistry and led to the development of the tetrahedron model by van't Hoff and Le Bel. The proof that chirality is inherently connected to octahedral coordination chemistry fostered greatly Werner's spatial views of metal complexes and his coordination theory. The actual proof of principle was established via separation of diastereomeric camphor sulfonate salts of racemic metal complexes. Chirality 23:187-189, 2011. (C) 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:March 2011
Deposited On:09 Mar 2012 16:18
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:41
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0899-0042
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/chir.20912
PubMed ID:20928897
Other Identification Number:ISI:000287206200001

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