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ERIC Number: EJ918267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
The Enantioselectivity of Odor Sensation: Some Examples for Undergraduate Chemistry Courses
Kraft, Philip; Mannschreck, Albrecht
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n6 p598-603 Jun 2010
This article discusses seven chiral odorants that demonstrate the enantioselectivity of odor sensation: carvone, Celery Ketone, camphor, Florhydral, 3-methyl-3-sulfanylhexan-1-ol, muscone, and methyl jasmonate. After a general introduction of the odorant-receptor interaction and the combinatorial code of olfaction, the olfactory properties of the enantiomers of these seven odorants, their occurrence in nature, industrial production, and application in perfumery are discussed. Finally, practical aspects of chirality and odor sensation are set forth and these odorants are proposed as examples for introductory courses on stereochemistry, natural products, or bioorganic chemistry. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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