Molecular chirality is hugely important to the pharmaceutical (unichiral drug sales > $200bn to date, 95% of drugs chiral by 2020), agricultural and other industries. We offer a new technology to address the challenges currently impeding progress.
Chiral Rotational Spectroscopy (CRS) is a new technique for the analysis of chiral molecules. Sample molecules are illuminated by circularly polarised light, which shifts their rotational energy levels. Microwaves are employed to measure these shifts, via the rotational spectrum of the molecules. CRS is chirally sensitive as enantiomers experience different shifts and thus exhibit different rotational spectra. CRS can also be used to extract new information about achiral molecules.
CRS can be realised by adding circularly polarised light and a static magnetic field to a standard Balle-Flygare Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer.
GB patent application filed in December 2015.
PCT patent application filed in November 2016.
Contact is welcomed from organisations interested in developing, licensing or exploiting this IP with a view to commercialisation.