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Spoilt for choice: assessing phase behavior models for the evolution of homochirality

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Abstract

The observation of single chirality in biological systems has intrigued scientists for more than one hundred years. Here we discuss several recent experimental studies showing amplification of enantiomeric excess based on amino acid phase behavior. Comparing observations of solution–solid and gas–solid phase transitions highlights the underlying fundamental physical chemistry principles that rationalize the observed enantioenrichment in both cases.

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2007, accepted on 06 Sep 2007 and first published on 17 Sep 2007


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B709314B
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2007, 3990-3996
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    Spoilt for choice: assessing phase behavior models for the evolution of homochirality

    D. G. Blackmond and M. Klussmann, Chem. Commun., 2007, 3990
    DOI: 10.1039/B709314B

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