Structural Aspects of Solid Solutions of Enantiomers

Author(s): Clément Brandel, Samuel Petit, Yohann Cartigny, Gérard Coquerel

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 22 , Issue 32 , 2016

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A mixture of two enantiomers can crystallize according to three types of heterogeneous equilibria: a racemic compound (a 1:1 stoichiometric compound), a conglomerate (a physical mixture of particles with opposite chirality) or, more rarely, as a solid solution (a crystalline architecture exhibiting a lack of chiral discrimination with respect to the two enantiomers). Due to the scarce occurrence of solid solutions, only a few examples of such behavior are known, and even fewer systems have been investigated by means of single crystal X-ray diffraction. Yet, preliminary work performed in the 1970s by several research teams revealed that structural investigations of solid solutions could provide valuable insights into chiral discrimination mechanisms at the crystal lattice scale. In the present paper, our aim is to review published cases of enantiomeric solid solutions for which both melting phase diagrams and crystal structures are available in order to analyze the lack of chiral discrimination associated to these phases. Our methodology consists in considering both the molecular and crystallographic aspects of stereoselectivity with the final aim of identifying structural criteria responsible for the occurrence of solid solutions. The experimental conditions allowing access to solid solutions will also be considered in light of these structural criteria.

Keywords: Chiral discrimination, crystal structure, stereoselectivity, enantiomeric disorder, isomorphism, isosterism, structural cohesion.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 17 October, 2016
Page: [4929 - 4941]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666160720164230
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