Enantiomorphic symmetry breaking in crystallization of molten sodium chlorate

Martin R. Ward, Gary W. Copeland, Andrew J. Alexander

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Enantiomorphic symmetry breaking of stirred samples of molten sodium chlorate is demonstrated, revealing the unexpected involvement of an achiral solid phase. The results should stimulate future computational models of nucleation, including symmetry breaking, and have implications for mechanisms that invoke enantiomorphism in natural minerals to explain biohomochirality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7634-7636
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • sodium chlorate
  • adsorption
  • chemical reaction
  • chemical structure
  • crystallization
  • chirality
  • enantiomorphism


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