A list of organic kryptoracemates

Fabian, Laszlo and Brock, Carolyn Pratt (2010) A list of organic kryptoracemates. Acta Crystallographica Section B, 66 (1). pp. 94-103.

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A list of 181 organic kryptoracemates has been compiled. This class of crystallographic oddities is made up of racemic compounds (i.e. pairs of resolvable enantiomers) that happen to crystallize in Sohnke space groups (i.e. groups that include only proper symmetry operations). Most (151) of the 181 structures could have crystallized as ordered structures in non-Sohnke groups. The remaining 30 structures do not fully meet this criterion but would have been classified as kryptoracemates by previous authors. Examples were found and checked with the aid of available software for searching the Cambridge Structural Database, for generating and comparing InChI strings, and for validating crystal structures. The pairs of enantiomers in the true kryptoracemates usually have very similar conformations; often the match is near-perfect. There is a pseudosymmetric relationship of the enantiomers in about 60% of the kryptoracemate structures, but the deviations from inversion or glide symmetry are usually quite easy to spot. Kryptoracemates were found to account for 0.1% of all organic structures containing either a racemic compound, a meso molecule, or some other achiral molecule. The centroid of a pair of enantiomers is more likely (99.9% versus 99% probability) to be located on an inversion center than is the centroid of a potentially centrosymmetric molecule.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Materials (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Pharmaceutical Materials and Soft Matter
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2011 15:46
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:28
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/26262
DOI: 10.1107/s0108768109053610

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