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A New Look at Neopentane’s Chirality

Posted by David Bradley on April 2nd, 2007

The absolute configuration of a subtly chiral molecule has been determined using Raman optical activity and quantum mechanics. Werner Hug and his colleagues at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, obtained the configuration of (R)-[2H1, 2H2, 2H3]-neopentane a molecule in which the central carbon is surrounded by four methyl groups bearing differing numbers of hydrogen isotopes.

Take a new look at the chirality of neopentane as determined using Raman.