Molecules at the Mirror--- Chirality in Chemistry and Biophysics
Molecole allo Specchio: Chiralità in Chimica e Biofisica
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Palazzo Corsini,
Via della Lungara 10, Roma, 29-30 Ottobre 2012
The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Fondazione Guido Donegani promote an International Conference on Molecular Chirality, a theme which pervades several areas of pure and applied science.
The Conference will focus on a sequence of topics including: (i) the basic biochemical and physicochemical aspects regarding structure and transformations of chiral molecules; (ii) the organic and industrial chemistry of chiral recognition, asymmetric synthesis and heterogeneous catalysis, which are of prime interest for pharmaceutical and materials sciences; (iii) the ubiquitous manifestations of molecular chirality in Nature, and specifically biological homochirality: most of the molecules found in living organisms have a well defined handedness, for example all aminoacids are left-handed, while sugars are right-handed. Extensive current efforts aiming at clarifying the origin of the phenomenon are relevant to key questions on the evolution of life
The Conference will consist of general lectures from internationally recognized scientists and a series of oral communications on the various facets of molecular chirality. Ample space will be dedicated to the discussion, open to the contributions of participants: particularly encouraged will be the involvement of doctoral students and postdocs. Selected papers will be grouped (after peer review) in a single issue of Rendiconti Lincei.
Vincenzo Aquilanti (Perugia),
Marta Catellani (Parma),
Vincenzo Schettino (Florence) and Adriano Zecchina (Turin),
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