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Molecular chirality at fluid/solid interfaces: expression of asymmetry in self-organised monolayers

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Understanding the structure of chiral self-assemblies at fluid/solid interfaces is not only relevant from a fundamental point of view but also crucial for the development of new artificial molecular materials and systems operating at the interface between a conductive surface and a fluid. Moreover, elucidating how the balance between intermolecular and interfacial interactions influences expression of chirality in 2D crystals contributes to the understanding of how chirality can be created, amplified and/or transmitted from the nanoscale to the macroscale. Therefore, the present contribution reviews recent selected investigations on how chirality is expressed in monolayers spontaneously formed by physisorption at fluid/solid interfaces, with an emphasis on the crucial role played by molecule/surface interactions. The techniques used involve scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and X-ray diffraction under grazing incidence (GIXD) operated at the fluid/solid interface.

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The article was received on 23 Nov 2007, accepted on 06 Feb 2008 and first published on 07 Mar 2008


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B718170A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2008,18, 2065-2073
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    Molecular chirality at fluid/solid interfaces: expression of asymmetry in self-organised monolayers

    N. Katsonis, E. Lacaze and B. L. Feringa, J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 2065
    DOI: 10.1039/B718170A

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