Chiral autocatalysis, spontaneous symmetry breaking, and stochastic behavior

D. K. Kondepudi, K. Asakura

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During the past decade, chirally autocatalytic systems that exhibit unusual and interesting phenomena, such as spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking and stochastic behavior, have been identified. In this Account we outline the context in which chiral autocatalysis is of interest, summarize recent advances, and discuss our current understanding of the underlying kinetics and mechanisms. In addition, we note some fundamental aspects of amplification of enantiomeric excess and sensitivity of symmetry breaking transitions to asymmetric factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-954
Number of pages9
JournalAccounts of Chemical Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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