3.04 - Chiral Molecules on Surfaces

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Chiral molecules can modify surfaces in many ways. Long-range chiral structures can be induced by local chirality, which can act as templates stereo-directing other molecules. Such templates are either based on the arrangement of molecules alone or involve reconstruction of the substrate surface. Stereo-direction can also be achieved by direct local interaction between chiral molecules. Even the adsorption of achiral molecules onto achiral surfaces can induce local chirality due to a reduction of symmetry in the presence of the surface. Intrinsically chiral metal and oxide surfaces can act as templates for enantioselective adsorption and surface reactions without any surface modification.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Nanoscience and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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