chapter  7
12 Pages

Separation of Enantiomeric Mixtures of Alkaloids and Their Biological Evaluation

WithStephen T. Lee, Russell J. Molyneux, Kip E. Panter

Chiral chemical compounds that are otherwise identical but have nonsuperimposable mirror image structures are known as enantiomers. The terms enantiomer and chiral are derived from the Greek words for opposite and handedness, respectively. Enantiomers have the same physical and chemical properties as each other with two exceptions: they rotate plane-polarized light in opposite directions and they react and interact differently with other chiral compounds, including biological molecules.