Topological Techniques to Detect Chirality

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Mathematics (Pomona)

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topological stereochemistry, Mäbius strip, DBA, knots


Recent progress in topological stereochemistry has led to the synthesis of molecules whose embeddings in 3—spaces are topologically non—trivial, for example, the molecular Mäbius strip which was synthesized in 1982 by Walba, Richards and Haltiwanger [WRH]. Synthesis of a knotted molecule has been sought for some time and has finally now been achieved by Dietrich—Buchecker and Sauvage [DS]. Also, recent work with DNA has resulted in various knots being synthesized and even used to help understand recombinant mechanisms [WDC].

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