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Additional Chirality Elements

ChemieOrganische ChemieStereochemie

This learning unit explains chirality elements that are not chirality centers, such as chirality axes, helices and chirality planes, as well as the naming of absolute configuration of these chirality elements. In addition, heteroatoms as chirality centers are described.


  • Dr. Uwe Höfker
  • Prof. Dr. Gregor Fels


  • Dr. Carsten Biele

Learning objective

  • Other chirality elements than chirality centers: chirality axes, helices, chirality planes.
  • Nomenclature of absolute configuration of such chirality elements.
  • Heteroatoms as chirality centers.

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

chirality, isomerism