Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Resolution of Sugar Acid Enantiomers

A manuscript by George Cooper entitled: “Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Resolution of Sugar Acid Enantiomers on a Permethylated beta-Cyclodextrin Stationary Phase” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Chromatograhy A. The manuscript describes the separation of laboratory standards of mirror-images (enantiomers) of individual sugar acids, e.g., glyceric, erythronic, ribonic, etc. This class of organic compounds is known to exist in meteorites.

Examination of these enantiomers in meteorites (in progress) may help to determine if some of the solar system’s first compounds had an influence on the enantiomer characteristics of organic compounds used by life on Earth.