Chirality Control of Inorganic Material and Metal by Peptide or Amino acid
Chirality exists everywhere in nature and may be one of the most important features in biological systems. Molecule chirality of amino acid is transferred to the peptide sequences, determining the secondary and further three dimensional structures. As a result, even macroscopic chirality observed in many living features can be controlled by the peptide sequence. Interestingly, recent studies show that achiral inorganic materials and metals according to the crystallographic point group can develop the chiral morphologies precisely controlled by the amino acids and peptides. As a result, strong chiral optical response even at the visible wavelength can be generated. In this review, we highlight the recent pioneering examples to show the enantioselective interaction between inorganic materials/metals and amino acids/peptides and discuss about the underlying mechanism.