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Hydrodynamic-induced enantiomeric enrichment of self-assemblies: Role of the solid-liquid interface in chiral nucleation and seeding.
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PMID:  23039608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A simple hydrodynamic model has been developed to explain the experimentally observed chirality selection in stirred solutions of self-assembling achiral dyes. Selection depends on the stirring direction: the dichroic signal reverses its shape in clockwise or anti-clockwise rotations. Our model investigates the possible role of the liquid-solid interface in nucleating, growing, and transferring to the bulk of chiral seeds. The nucleation step requires a double modulation of the hydrodynamic field exhibiting different velocity along two orthogonal axes. Under a series of restrictions, such a condition is easily met at the solid-liquid interface and it is dictated by the boundary conditions and geometry of stirring. In stagnant conditions, growing helices made-up of self-assembled achiral dyes have no chiral preference forming a racemic mixture that contains identical amount of right-handed (R) and left-handed (L) configurations. The application of a hydrodynamic torque (related to the velocity gradient and width of the helix) breaks down the original symmetry, a further velocity gradient perpendicular to the first one ensures, after averaging, a slightly different population of R and L conformations. The yields of the hydrodynamic-induced chirality excess are extremely tiny, hence the suggested mechanism is significant only if next chirality amplification processes are efficient. Again, hydrodynamics provides a tool for the detachment of weakly bound aggregates once they have reached a critical length. Aggregates are transported in the bulk where the ripening process goes to completion. The efficiency of the surface catalytic effect strongly depends on the aggregate-surface sticking energy, reaching a maximum at intermediate sticking energies (of order of 10 kT). Numerical estimates show that the proposed mechanism is rather efficient, giving rise to entatiomeric excesses near (but smaller than) those experimentally found.
Antonio Raudino; Martina Pannuzzo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of chemical physics     Volume:  137     ISSN:  1089-7690     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chem Phys     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375360     Medline TA:  J Chem Phys     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  134902     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, I-95125 Catania, Italy.
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