Sun November 25, 2012 By: Aravind

does chirality require an asymmetric carbon atom always??Also i want to know what is the difference between an enantiomer and a chiral compound.

Expert Reply
Tue November 27, 2012
Yes. enantiomer is a type of chiral compound. Enantiomers are organic compounds in which a carbon atom, known as a chiral carbon, is bonded to four distinct and non-identical alkyl or functional groups (for example, a hydroxyl, a methyl, an ethyl and an amine). This means they can be arranged in two different ways; from the perspective of one of the groups, the other three can either be in one order - "clockwise" - or the opposite - "anticlockwise".
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