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ChiroBlock GmbH, Germany

Contract research on chemical syntheses and research chemicals. Since 1999 we have been a reliable partner of research departments serving the life-scinece industries and companies engaged in cosmetics, new materials, sensors - with a demand for new molecules and exclusively developed synthesis rout more

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  • Using corkscrew lasers to separate mirror molecules

    Many of the molecular building blocks of life have two versions that are mirror images of one another, known as enantiomers. Although seemingly identical, the two enantiomers can have completely different chemical behaviour – a fact that has major implications in our day-to-day lives. For example, w more

  • Two chiral catalysts working hand in hand

    Just as our left hand is not superposable to our right hand, the mirror image of certain molecules cannot be overlapped onto it, even when turned or twisted. These two mirror images are referred to by chemists as enantiomers and the molecule is said to be chiral. Chirality, which is a word derived f more

  • Observing changes in the chirality of molecules in real time

    Chiral molecules - compounds that are mirror images of each other - play an important role in biological processes and in chemical synthesis. Chemists at ETH Zurich have now succeeded for the first time in using ultrafast laser pulses to observe changes in chirality during a chemical reaction in rea more

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A Guide to Common Fruit Acids

Most people probably know that citric acid is the source of a lemon’s sourness and acidity. However, it’s not the only acid found in fruits, or even in lemons. In fact, there are a whole range of different acids, with the particular ones present varying from fruit to fruit. This graphic takes a look more

A Brief Guide to Types of Isomerism in Organic Chemistry

In organic chemistry, isomers are molecules with the same molecular formula (i.e. the same number of atoms of each element), but different structural or spatial arrangements of the atoms within the molecule. The reason there are such a colossal number of organic compounds – more than 10 million – is more

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  • Water instead of mineral oil

    Optical active substances made from chiral catalysis form the basis of many drugs. Expensive precious-metal catalysts are required for the chemical production, which due to their thermal instability decompose at high temperatures and can therefore only be used once. The innovative process of DexLeChem GmbH makes it possible for the first time to use these precious-metal catalysts made from rhodium, ruthenium or iridium more than once, without modifying them. At the same time, reaction occurs in aqueous solutions instead of mineral-oil-based solvents, which increases the sustainability of the process. This is a milestone in catalysis and a real opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry. more

  • Molecules in the mirror

    In 1871 the children‘s book “Through the Looking-Glass – And What Alice Found There” by the English author Lewis Carroll, in which Alice enters a world behind the mirror, was published. She explains to her cat: “First there’s the room you can see through the glass – that’s just the same as our drawing room, only the things go the other way. …How would you like to live in Looking-glass House, Kitty? I wonder if they’d give you milk in there? more

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  • Prof. Dr. Michael Lämmerhofer

    Michael Lämmerhofer studied pharmacy at the University of Graz, receiving his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1996. This was followed by a move to the University of Vienna, where, with the exception of a one-year postdoc at the University of Berkeley (from 1999 to 2000), his positions inclu more

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