Similar nanomaterials behave differently, but why

Nanotubes can be used for many things: electrical circuits, batteries, innovative fabrics and more. Scientists have noted, however, that nanotubes, whose structures appear similar, can actually exhibit different properties, ...

New method makes building 'one-handed' drugs easier than ever

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have invented a new technique for constructing one-handed or "chiral" drug molecules. The new method is already being adopted by pharmaceutical researchers.

Researchers develop optically switchable chiral THz metamolecules

A multi-institutional team of researchers including scientists with Los Alamos National Laboratory (of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration) has created the first artificial molecules whose ...

Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Think hands—right and left hands are mirror images but if you transplanted a right hand onto a left, ...

The riddle of life's single-handedness

Try shaking a colleague's left hand with your right hand. It just doesn't work, does it? Your right palm and her or his left palm cannot mesh comfortably because hands are chiral objects, having non-superimposable mirror ...

Radical route for the synthesis of chiral molecules

The research group of Prof. Paolo Melchiorre at ICIQ has developed a new methodology for the selective formation of chiral molecules. The work, that has been published in Nature, combines two strategies which require very ...

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