Ulli Englert from RWTH Aachen University will deliver a seminar entitled, "Chirality and Crystal Engineering." Hosted by Chunhua Tony Hu.
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Abstract: The lecture will shortly repeat the alternative construction principles of solid racemates, i.e. heterochiral crystals and racemic mixtures of homochiral crystals. We will address the history of quasi-racemates and show how they are related to crystal engineering. The second part of the seminar will be devoted to our chemical answer to this symmetry-based approach: we will discuss the synthesis and structural chemistry of orthopalladated and orthoplatinated amines, and we will see that these organometallic compounds are of interest beyond their use as building blocks for molecular crystals.