Introduction to Chirality and Chiral Centers

Chirality, a fundamental concept in chemistry and biology, plays a crucial role in understanding molecular structure and function. At the heart of chirality lies the concept of chiral centers, which are carbon atoms bonded to four different groups. This asymmetry gives rise to unique spatial arrangements, leading to distinct properties and behaviors. In this introduction, we will explore the significance of chirality and chiral centers in fields ranging from drug development to materials science, uncovering their profound impact on the properties and interactions of molecules in our world.