Biological Chirality - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128122129

Biological Chirality

1st Edition

Authors: Gyula Palyi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128122129
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2019
Page Count: 350
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Biological Chirality describes this occurrence, its history, and early research around the topic. The work covers analytical methods for observing the phenomenon, providing current techniques and practice and discussing the asymmetric morphology of certain living organisms, such as the position of the heart and liver in humans and the exceptions to biological homochirality seen in D-Amino Acids. In addition, it explores the requirement of enantioselectivity prepared pharmaceuticals to address enantioselectivities biomolecules, a major challenge in today's organic chemistry. Finally, the work considers the possible origin of biological homochirality, as well as the outlook for future research in this area.

Key Features

  • Describes the history of biological chirality research, its possible origins, and future exploration areas
  • Discusses asymmetric exceptions in morphology and D-Amino Acids
  • Explores the critical implications of enantioselective biomolecules for preparative organic chemistry with a goal of developing effective pharmaceuticals


Chemistry researchers

Table of Contents

  1. Definition of the Phenomena
    2. History of Discovery and Early Research
    3. Morphological Chirality of Living Organisms
    4. Observation Methods of Molecular Biological Chirality
    5. Extension of Biological Chirality
    6. Exceptions to the Rule (D-Amino Acids)
    7. Geochemical Record of Biological Chirality
    8. Importance in Medicine and Pharmacy 9. Industrial Asymmetric Catalysis
    10. Possibilities of the Origin of Biological Chirality
    11. Conclusions and Future Aspirations


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About the Author

Gyula Palyi

Dr. Pályi is a Professor (Retired) of Chemistry of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Modena, Italy) and member of the (Italian) National Academy of Science as well as other Academies. He has authored and edited 5 books on chemistry, patents, and 250 publications cited more than 2000 times by other authors. He has been the chief organizer of the International Symposia on Biological Chirality (since 1998) and of the International Symposia on the Soai Reaction (since 2008).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

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