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Hoff, Jacobus Henrikus van’t (1852–1911)

Edited by Richard Rennie and Jonathan Law

in A Dictionary of Chemistry

Seventh edition

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780198722823
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191789540
Hoff, Jacobus Henrikus van’t (1852–1911)

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who first recognized that a molecule could exist in two mirror-image forms. He proposed that these forms rotated the plane of polarization in opposite senses, and is generally regarded as the founder of stereochemistry. Van’t Hoff also did important work on other branches of physical chemistry, especially chemical thermodynamics. He was awarded the ...

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Subjects: Chemistry

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