What Is Stereo Specific Reaction?

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Stereo specific or stereo specificity as this known in chemistry, is a chemical reaction that gives stereoisomeric reaction products. The two stereo metric reactants depend on the conditions of the reactions. The stereoisomers that result are molecules whose connectivity is the same but their atomic arrangement are different in space. As an example; adding dibromocarbene to the trans isomer only, the yield is trans cyclopropane.

Chiral synthesis can be built on stereo specific reactions to preserve optical activity of the chemical compounds. Optical activity or optical rotation is polarized light that travels in some materials such as sucrose, quartz and spin polarized atoms and molecules.

It is also useful in measuring syrup concentration and in optics, to change polarization. There is a possibility that it could be used to measure blood sugar levels in diabetic people, too.

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