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LOEWE Focus Group ELCH

ELCH - Electron Dynamics of Chiral Systems
(Spearheaded by the University of Kassel)


Short description:

The LOEWE Focus Group ELCH deals with the dynamics of electrons in left and right-turning surroundings. In nature, substances are available that differentiate themselves only in their handedness (chirality) - two molecules of a substance could be build of the same building blocks, albeit as mirror images of each other, and frequently have far-reaching consequences; for example, one form of the substance carvon smells like caraway, the other smells like peppermint. Another chemical might be poisonous when left-turning and medicinal when right-turning.


One goal of the ELCH project is to develop methods and instruments that enable the configuration of a substance to be analytically determined. The researchers, some of whom are at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics of Justus Liebig University Giessen, also want to try to influence chemical reactions in such a way that only the desired handedness form occurs. The influence of a chiral environment and a chiral stimulus on the movement of electrons will be probed with the help of synchrotron radiation, ultra-short pulse lasers, and particle radiation.

Completion funding: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016; 1.28 mil. €