Evolution of chirality in consecutive asymmetric autocatalytic reaction cycles

Marco Maioli, Károly Micskei, Luciano Caglioti, Claudia Zucchi, Gyula Pályi

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Closed algebraic formulae were deduced for the description of the quantitative evolution of chirality in consecutive asymmetric autocatalytic reaction cycles. These formulae enable the estimation of the initial enantiometric excesses in the very first cycles of absolute enantioselective syntheses performed by Soai-autocatalysis. The initial (statistical) excesses in the homogeneous variant of the Soai-autocatalysis show normal (Gaussian) distribution, corresponding to the "coin-tossing" model of an achiral-to-chiral transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1505-1515
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Mathematical Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2008



  • Absolute enantioselective synthesis
  • Asymmetric autocatalysis
  • Chirality
  • Soai-reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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