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Reply to the ‘Comment on “Theoretical investigations into the enantiomeric and racemic forms of α-(trifluoromethyl)lactic acid”’ by M. A. Suhm and M. Albrecht, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, DOI: 10.1039/c0cp02455d

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We argue that Suhm and Albrecht's key point that the homo/heterochiral dimers do not play any role in the process of self-disproportionation of enantiomers of α-(trifluoromethyl)lactic acid through sublimation might be valid under a particular set of experimental conditions. However, the formation of dimers in the gas-phase cannot be completely ruled out, in particular under the originally reported conditions of evaporative sublimation at ambient pressure and temperature. Molecular dynamic simulations of the sublimation process together with more accurate experimental data are required to fully explain this intriguing phenomenon.

Graphical abstract: Reply to the ‘Comment on “Theoretical investigations into the enantiomeric and racemic forms of α-(trifluoromethyl)lactic acid”’ by M. A. Suhm and M. Albrecht, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, DOI: 10.1039/c0cp02455d

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The article was received on 14 Dec 2010, accepted on 10 Jan 2011 and first published on 24 Jan 2011


Article type: Comment
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02876B
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 4161-4162

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    Reply to the ‘Comment on “Theoretical investigations into the enantiomeric and racemic forms of α-(trifluoromethyl)lactic acid”’ by M. A. Suhm and M. Albrecht, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, DOI: 10.1039/c0cp02455d

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    DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02876B

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