Why are optical isomers formed?

1 Answer
Jan 27, 2017

Well, simply because they can be.........


There are some few examples of spontaneous generation of optical isomerism, and these occur in crystallization reactions. However, most examples of chirality occur in biological systems. Biological chemistry, the interaction of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen, simply allows this possibility. Lately, organic chemists have been able to exercise good to outstanding stereocontrol in certain reactions.