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Issue 23, 2016
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The electron's spin and molecular chirality – how are they related and how do they affect life processes?

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Abstract

The recently discovered chiral induced spin selectivity (CISS) effect gives rise to a spin selective electron transmission through biomolecules. Here we review the mechanism behind the CISS effect and its implication for processes in Biology. Specifically, three processes are discussed: long-range electron transfer, spin effects on the oxidation of water, and enantioselectivity in bio-recognition events. These phenomena imply that chirality and spin may play several important roles in biology, which have not been considered so far.

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Submitted
11 May 2016
First published
13 Oct 2016

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016,45, 6478-6487
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Review Article
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The electron's spin and molecular chirality – how are they related and how do they affect life processes?

K. Michaeli, N. Kantor-Uriel, R. Naaman and D. H. Waldeck, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 6478
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00369A

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