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Emerging chirality in nanoscience

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Abstract

Chirality in nanoscience may offer new opportunities for applications beyond the traditional fields of chirality, such as the asymmetric catalysts in the molecular world and the chiral propellers in the macroscopic world. In the last two decades, there has been an amazing array of chiral nanostructures reported in the literature. This review aims to explore and categorize the common mechanisms underlying these systems. We start by analyzing the origin of chirality in simple systems such as the helical spring and hair vortex. Then, the chiral nanostructures in the literature were categorized according to their material composition and underlying mechanism. Special attention is paid to highlight systems with original discoveries, exceptional structural characteristics, or unique mechanisms.

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The article was received on 12 Aug 2012 and first published on 04 Dec 2012


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35332F
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 2930-2962
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    Emerging chirality in nanoscience

    Y. Wang, J. Xu, Y. Wang and H. Chen, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 2930
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35332F

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