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Title: Spontaneously amplified homochiral organic-inorganic nano-helix complexes via self-proliferation
Authors: Zhai, H.
Quan, Y.
Li, L.
Liu, X.-Y. 
Xu, X.
Tang, R.
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Zhai, H., Quan, Y., Li, L., Liu, X.-Y., Xu, X., Tang, R. (2013). Spontaneously amplified homochiral organic-inorganic nano-helix complexes via self-proliferation. Nanoscale 5 (7) : 3006-3012. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Most spiral coiled biomaterials in nature, such as gastropod shells, are homochiral, and the favoured chiral feature can be precisely inherited. This inspired us that selected material structures, including chirality, could be specifically replicated into the self-similar populations; however, a physicochemical understanding of the material-based heritage is unknown. We study the homochirality by using calcium phosphate mineralization in the presence of racemic amphiphilic molecules and biological protein. The organic-inorganic hybrid materials with spiral coiling characteristics are produced at the nanoscale. The resulted helixes are chiral with the left- and right-handed characteristics, which are agglomerated hierarchically to from clusters and networks. It is interesting that each cluster or network is homochiral so that the enantiomorphs can be separated readily. Actually, each homochiral architecture is evolved from an original chiral helix, demonstrating the heritage of the matrix chirality during the material proliferation under a racemic condition. By using the Ginzburg-Landaue expression we find that the chiral recognition in the organic-inorganic hybrid formation may be determined by a spontaneous chiral separation and immobilization of asymmetric amphiphilic molecules on the mineral surface, which transferred the structural information from the mother matrix to the descendants by an energetic control. This study shows how biomolecules guide the selective amplification of chiral materials via spontaneous self-replication. Such a strategy can be applied generally in the design and production of artificial materials with self-similar structure characteristics. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.
Source Title: Nanoscale
ISSN: 20403364
DOI: 10.1039/c3nr33782k
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