DIASTEREOMERS


DIASTEREOMERS

Diastereomers are stereoisomers that are not Mirror image of each other i-e  diastereomers are stereoisomers that are not   enantiomers. Consider the steroid isomers of tartaric acid, meso-tartaric acid is a diastereomer of each of the enantiomers. 
Diasteriomers
Diastereomers are non- enantiomeric stereoisomers which have two or more Stereocenters and differ in the projection of at least one of them.
Glucose, galactose and mannose are all diastereomers
Diastereomers  have a major advantage over the enantiomers from a practical point of view. Diastereomers have  different physical properties like m.p. , b.p., solubility, retention time and Rf values and have different rates of reactions even in achiral environments. Standard techniques  like crystallization, distillation or chromatography can therefore be used to separate diastereomeric mixtures.
It is important to note that in general a molecule can have only one enantiomer, but it may have many diastereomers.
When two diastereomers differ in the stereochemistry at only one  stereocenter then these are called Epimers.
The diastereomers which differ in the configuration at C1 (first carbon in a molecule) are called anomers.

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