Turinese stereochemistry: Eligio Perucca's enantioselectivity and Primo Levi's asymmetry

Bart Kahr, Yonghong Bing, Werner Kaminsky, Davide Viterbo

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A reputation restored: Eligio Perucca (see photo) first observed the enantioselective adsorption of a racemic mixture to a chiral crystal (NaClO 3) in Turin in 1919. However, this milestone in enantioselective chemistry and chiroptics went unnoticed. Identified previously as a coward who refused in 1941 to supervise the research of the budding stereochemist Primo Levi because of the race laws, Perucca was opposed to the fascist regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3744-3748
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 11 2009


  • Chirality
  • Circular dichroism
  • Dyes/pigments
  • Enantioselectivity
  • Optical rotatory dispersion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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