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Unformatted text preview: diastereomers and subsequently take advantage of their different physical properties in order for separation techniques to be used. Of course, based on what we have discussed in the last topic thread, this method may have some limitations. In order for a molecule to have a diastereomer, there needs to be more than one stereocenter. This method is therefore limited to certain compounds. For example, if we wanted to separate a racemic mixture of ibuprofen molecules, we would not be able to rely on this technique alone. Perhaps this is why manufacturers prefer to produce ibuprofen anti-inflammatory medications in racemic form, because it would otherwise be more difficult to produce a medication containing only the S-ibuprofen enantiomer....
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