Optical rotation of achiral pentaerythritol

Kacey Claborn, Javier Herreros Cedres, Christine Isborn, Alexey Zozulya, Edgar Weckert, Werner Kaminsky, Bart Kahr

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The optical rotatory power of achiral crystals of achiral pentaerythritol molecules was measured. The maximum rotations were found to be ±6°/mm. The quantum mechanically computed rotation of pentaerythritol molecules using linear response theory was 6 times larger although the experimental and theoretical tensors were similarly oriented to within 5°.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14746-14747
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 22 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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    Claborn, K., Cedres, J. H., Isborn, C., Zozulya, A., Weckert, E., Kaminsky, W., & Kahr, B. (2006). Optical rotation of achiral pentaerythritol. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128(46), 14746-14747. https://doi.org/10.1021/ja064631q