Solvent-induced homochirality in surface-confined low-density nanoporous molecular networks

Iris Destoop, Elke Ghijsens, Keisuke Katayama, Kazukuni Tahara, Kunal S. Mali*, Tobe Yoshito, Steven De Feyter

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Induction of chirality in achiral monolayers has garnered considerable attention in the recent past not only due to its importance in chiral resolutions and enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis but also because of its relevance to the origin of homochirality in life. In this contribution, we demonstrate the emergence of macroscopic chirality in multicomponent supramolecular networks formed by achiral molecules at the interface of a chiral solvent and an achiral substrate. The solvent-mediated chiral induction provides a simple, efficient, and versatile approach for the fabrication of homochiral surfaces using achiral building blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19568-19571
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number48
StatePublished - 5 Dec 2012

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