Mineral-Induced Enantioenrichment of Tartaric Acid
Received: 22 September 2016
Accepted after revision: 26 October 2016
15 November 2016 (eFirst)
Interaction of mixtures of d- and l-tartrates with dissolved gibbsite minerals produces homochiral and heterochiral dimers in a stochastic manner, providing a mechanism for enantioenrichment given a small initial imbalance. This work offers the first suggestion for a path towards the emergence of homochirality in prebiotic metabolism via the glyoxylate scenario.