Nature Communications (Apr 2022)

Chiral photochemistry of achiral molecules

  • Umberto Raucci,
  • Hayley Weir,
  • Christoph Bannwarth,
  • David M. Sanchez,
  • Todd J. Martínez

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 13, no. 1
pp. 1 – 7


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The authors report non-adiabatic first principles molecular dynamics to show how an achiral molecule can be converted to a chiral one upon photoexcitation. These results demonstrate the possibility of asymmetric photochemistry starting from achiral reactants.