The Relation of Chemistry to Knot Theory

Elizabeth M. Joslyn

This project investigates the applications of knot theory to chemistry and in particular, whether a moelcule is achiral or chiral, that is whether or not it can be deformed into its mirror image. Roughly speaking, we can think of a molecule as being represented by a graph, and the same applies to knots, so it is possible to apply knot theory to the problem of chirality of molecules. Also to study chirality of molecules, the generalization of knots to links is required at some points. (Advisor Peter A. Linnell)

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