René Steendam

PhD Student

Room: HG 03.615
Lab: HG 03.618
Phone: +31 (0)24 36 53326
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Amino-acid Formation Controlled by Chiral Template

This project is part of the NWO Astrochemistry program. The goal is to find a possible route towards formation of enantiomerically-enriched amino-acids under space conditions. The Strecker reaction of amino acids will be investigated. Chiral inorganic heterogeneous surfaces will be used for symmetry breaking. Enantiomeric purity will be established by using a chiral amplification method.

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  • R.R.E. Steendam, B. Harmsen, H. Meekes, W.J.P. van Enckevort, B. Kaptein, R.M. Kellogg, J. Raap, F.P.J.T. Rutjes, E. Vlieg, "Controlling the Effect of Chiral Impurities on Viedma Ripening", Cryst. Growth Des. 2013, 13, 4776-4780. direct link