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Issue 1, 2014
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Supramolecular chirality induced by a weak thermal force

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We show that the unexpected chirality of aggregated structures based on an uncharged achiral porphyrin system originates from small temperature gradients that act as an asymmetrical physical perturbation; the consequent thermal force gives rise to the thermophoretic motion of the aggregates. We establish that the induced optical activity can be controlled, and even vanished, by minimizing the thermal force.

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The article was received on 03 Sep 2013, accepted on 28 Oct 2013 and first published on 01 Nov 2013

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52322E
Citation: Soft Matter, 2014,10, 44-47
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    Supramolecular chirality induced by a weak thermal force

    P. Mineo, V. Villari, E. Scamporrino and N. Micali, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 44
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52322E

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