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Therefore, these molecules are always found in pairs. Since they are non-superimposable, the two molecules are not identical. But the molecular formula of the two enantiomers is the same. They are different from each other according to the spatial arrangement of the molecules. Enantiomers have the same physical and chemical properties except for the direction they rotate the plane polarized light. They rotate plane polarized light in opposite directions.

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Therefore, these molecules are always found in pairs. Since they are non-superimposable, the two molecules are not identical. But the molecular formula of the two enantiomers is the same.

They are different from each other according to the spatial arrangement of the molecules. Enantiomers have the same physical and chemical properties except for the direction they rotate the plane polarized light. They rotate plane polarized light in opposite directions.

Therefore, a mixture of enantiomers having equal amounts of two enantiomers will not show a net rotation in the plane polarized light. This type of mixture is called a racemic mixture. Figure Enantiomers of 2-butanol. Enantiomers have chiral carbon atoms. A chiral carbon is a carbon center that is bonded to four different atoms or groups.

The presence of a chiral carbon in a molecule is called chirality. In order to become an enantiomer, two molecules should have different configurations at every chiral carbon. For example, if a molecule has two chiral carbons and another molecule has the same molecular formula with two chiral carbons, the two molecules should be different at both chiral carbons, not just at one chiral carbon.

What are Epimers Epimers are stereoisomers that contain more than one chiral carbon but differ from each other in the configuration at only one chiral carbon.

Therefore, they are not mirror images of each other. Epimers are a subclass of diastereomers. Therefore, epimers are also optical isomers. This means epimers can rotate plane polarized light. Formation of epimers is called epimerization. This epimerization process forms epimers by changing a chiral carbon in a molecule which has several chiral carbons.

Since the difference in two epimers is in one chiral carbon, this carbon is called epimeric carbon. Figure 2: D-glucose is an epimer of D-mannose.

As shown in the above image, D-glucose and D-mannose are epimers of each other. This is because they differ from each other at one carbon atom epimeric carbon while the rest of the configuration of molecules are identical. Similarities Between Enantiomers and Epimers Enantiomers and epimers are stereoisomers. Both are types of optical isomers.

Both enantiomers and epimers show chirality. Difference Between Enantiomers and Epimers Definition Enantiomers: Enantiomers are optical isomers that are non-superimposable mirror images of each other.

Epimers: Epimers are stereoisomers that contain more than one chiral carbon but differ from each other in the configuration at only one chiral carbon.

Chiral Carbons Enantiomers: Enantiomers are different from each other at every chiral carbon. Epimers: Epimers are different from each other at only one or few chiral carbons, but not all. Mirror Images Enantiomers: Enantiomers are non-superimposable mirror images of each other.

Epimers: Epimers are not mirror images of each other. Properties Enantiomers: The physical and chemical properties of enantiomers are the same except for the rotation of plane polarized light. Epimers: The physical and chemical properties of epimers are different from each other. Conclusion Enantiomers and epimers are stereoisomers.

Enantiomers are pairs of molecules that are different from each other only according to the spatial arrangement of the atoms or groups around a chiral carbon in those molecules. Epimers are different from each other in their configurations at only one chiral carbon.

The main difference between enantiomers and epimers is that enantiomers are mirror images of each other whereas epimers are not mirror images of each other. References: 1. Hunt, Dr. Ian R. Accessed 18 Aug. Image Courtesy: 1. CC BY 2. Her interest areas for writing and research include Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry.

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Anomeric carbon is the carbon atom that has an aldehyde or a ketone group in the acyclic form of a sugar molecule. Sugar molecules are composed of an aldehyde or ketone group at one end and an alcohol group at the other end of the acyclic form of the sugar molecule. In order to become more stable, these groups of the two ends can react with each other forming a cyclic sugar molecule. In this cyclic form, the anomeric carbon has a —OH group attached to it.

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Difference Between Anomers and Epimers

Monosaccharide like glucose, fructose, mannose and galactose can show different isomerism. For example glucose and fructose are functional isomers of each other as glucose contains aldehyde group and fructose contains ketonic group in molecule. They can also show stereoisomerism due to the presence of chiral carbon atoms. Those stereoisomers which are differing in configuration at only one chiral carbon atom are referred to as Epimers whereas those that differ in configuration at the hemiacetal carbon are referred to as anomers. Anomers Anomers are stereoisomers of cyclic forms of sugars or similar molecules that differ in configuration only at the hemiacetal or hemiketal carbon. The major contributors to the stability of certain anomers are: the anomeric effect which stabilizes the anomer that has an electron withdrawing group, hydrogen bonds between the anomeric group and other groups on the ring and dipolar repulsion between the anomeric group and other groups. Anomers are cyclic molecules.

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