optical rotation

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optical rotation

(Chemistry) the angle through which plane-polarized light is rotated in its passage through a substance exhibiting optical activity

op′tical rota′tion

the angle at which the plane of polarized light is rotated when passed through an optically active substance.
pouvoir rotatoire
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Thaler has investigated racemization--the conversion of an optically active compound to a racemic form, which has no optical rotation--as a new approach for analyzing samples in outer space.
A natural coenzyme attached to the cyclodextrin ring performs the chemistry, while the structure of the ring itself and its attached molecular groups ensures that hydrogen atoms end up in the right places to turn the product into an optically active compound.
of Bologna, Italy) perceived a gap in coverage pertaining to a recent and important application in connection with the synthesis of asymmetric, optically active compounds. They have focused this volume on strategies for performing catalytic enantioselective FC alkylation (up to July 2008), with a collection of more representative diastereoselective approaches reported in one chapter.

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