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Supramolecular chiral host–guest nanoarchitecture induced by the selective assembly of barbituric acid derivative enantiomers

By Xiaonan Sun, Fabien Silly, Francois Maurel and Changzhi Dong


International audienceBarbituric acid derivatives are prochiral molecules, i.e. they are chiral upon adsorption on surfaces. Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals that barbituric acid derivatives self-assemble into a chiral guest-host supramolecular architecture at the solid-liquid interface on graphite. The host nanoarchitecture has a sophisticated wavy shape pattern and paired guest molecules are nested insides the cavities of the host structure. Each unit cell of the host structure is composed of both enantiomers with a ratio of 1:1. Furthermore, the wavy patterns of the nanoarchitecture are formed from alternative appearance of left- and right-handed chiral building blocks, which makes the network heterochiral. The functional guest-host nanoarchitecture is the result of two-dimensional chiral amplification from single enantiomers to organizational heterochiral supramolecular self-assembly

Topics: [ PHYS ] Physics [physics]
Publisher: Institute of Physics
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0957-4484/27/42/42LT01
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:cea-01485673v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot
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