Researchers develop a generic and potentially inexpensive method of separating chiral molecules using magnets
Joanna Cummings |
Chiral molecules have the potential to “flip” and exist as different enantiomers – non-superimposable mirror images of the original molecule with an identical chemical structure. Though these molecules look identical, their different “handedness” can have dramatic biological effects – as was made painfully clear by the thalidomide scandal. In the 1950s and 1960s, the drug was marketed to pregnant women to treat morning sickness, which its “right-handed” enantiomer did well. But the “left-handed” enantiomer caused thousands of babies worldwide to be born with malformed limbs.
Today, the separation of chiral molecules is an expensive process, but an international team of researchers has developed a generic and cheaper method of separating chiral molecules, using magnets (1).
Enjoy our FREE content!
Log in or register to read this article in full and gain access to The Analytical Scientist’s entire content archive. It’s FREE and always will be!
Login if you already created an account
Or register now - it’s free and always will be!
You will benefit from:
- Unlimited access to ALL articles
- News, interviews & opinions from leading industry experts
- Receive print (and PDF) copies of The Analytical Scientist magazine