New Developments in Molecular Chirality

  • Paul G. Mezey

Part of the Understanding Chemical Reactivity book series (UCRE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. G. M. Maggiora, B. Mao, K-C. Chou
    Pages 93-118
  3. R. B. King
    Pages 131-164
  4. Kenneth C. Millett
    Pages 165-207
  5. Erica Flapan
    Pages 209-239
  6. Paul G. Mezey
    Pages 257-289
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-294

About this book


Molecular chirality is one of the fundamental aspects of chemistry. Chirality properties of molecules have implications in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the basic quantum mechanical properties of simple of a few atoms to molecular optical activity, asymmetric synthesis, systems and the folding pattern of proteins. Chirality, in both the geometrical and the topological sense, has also been the subject of investigations in various branches of mathematics. In particular, new developments in a branch of topology, called knot theory, as well as in various branches of discrete mathematics, have led to a novel perspective on the topological aspects of molecular chirality. Some of the mathematical advances have already found applications to the interpretation of new concepts in theoretical chemistry and mathematical chemistry, as well as to novel synthetic approaches leading to new molecules of exceptional structural properties. Some of the new developments in molecular chirality have been truly fundamental to the theoretical understanding and to the actual practice of many aspects of chemistry. The progress in this field has been very rapid, even accelerating in recent years, and a review appears more than justified. This book offers a selection of subjects covering some of the latest developments. Our primary aim is to clarify some of the basic concepts that are the most prone to misinterpretation and to provide brief introductions to some of those subjects that are expected to have further, important contributions to our understanding of molecular properties and chemical reactivity.


Dichroism Vibration ab initio calculation algebra chemistry chirality development protein stereochemistry symmetry

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul G. Mezey
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5644-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3698-3
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