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Chiral mesoporous silica: Chiral construction and imprinting via cooperative self-assembly of amphiphiles and silica precursors

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Fabrication of chiral materials and revealing the mechanisms involved in their formation are crucial issues in scientific research. The combination of cooperative self-assembly routes and the chiral templating process favors the formation of inorganic chiral materials with highly ordered mesostructures. This tutorial review highlights the recent research on chiral mesoporous silica (CMS) of hierarchical helical constructions transcribed from organic templates. The rules and mechanisms involved in the synthesis of CMS and related materials, especially the novel expression of chirality and imprinting of helical micellar superstructure by the functional groups immobilized on the mesopore surface, provide us with a deeper insight into the chiral self-assemby process and new strategies for the design and application of chiral materials. This review is addressed to researchers and students interested in chiral chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and mesoporous materials (53 references).

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Submitted
05 Jun 2010
First published
15 Nov 2010

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011,40, 1259-1268
Article type
Tutorial Review

Chiral mesoporous silica: Chiral construction and imprinting via cooperative self-assembly of amphiphiles and silica precursors

H. Qiu and S. Che, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 1259
DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00002G

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