Covid-19 Chiral Chemistry Workshop

Event date
Event time
16:00 - 17:00
Event cost
Target audience
Students, Teachers
Age range
Age 16-17 (year 12), Age 17-18 (year 13)
Required Book here

This workshop focuses on the 3D shapes of molecules, what the word ‘chiral’ means, the importance of chiral molecules in biology, and about the resources available to research chemists looking at proteins, in particular current research focused on the main protease in SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the current pandemic.

Concepts covered

Geometric isomerism
Optical isomerism
Chirality in therapeutic drug molecules
Chirality in proteins
Enzymes and active sites
Prior learning required
KS5: Students should be familiar with skeletal formulae and the functional groups encountered at GCSE.

Post-workshop Resources

Self-directed resource available