6

Using LaTeX, how does one typeset the D- and L- prefixes, which refer to dextrorotatory and levorotatory isomers. I have tried \footnotesize~D\normalsize and it looks okay, but didn't know if there was a better or more correct approach.

9

You can do for example \textsc{d}-Glucose, which requests small caps. This only looks good if the font family you're using actually provides small caps.

  • Thanks, I'm pretty sure that is correct. I tried \textsc{D} and it didn't work -- now I see why. – user001 Jan 10 '12 at 20:40
5

It would probably overkill to load the package just for this purpose but the chemmacros package provides a lot of IUPAC naming commands. Amongst these are \D and \L for the FISCHER stereo descriptors. With default settings they are only valid inside the \iupac{} command in order not to overwrite the usual definition of \L.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{chemmacros}

\begin{document}

\iupac{\D-Glucose}
\iupac{\L-Alanine}

\end{document}

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.