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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Surface Chirality of CuO Thin Films.

We present X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray photoelectron diffraction ( XPD) investigations of CuO thin films electrochemically deposited on an Au(001) single-crystal surface from a solution containing chiral tartaric acid (TA). The presence of enantiopure TA in the deposition process results in a homochiral CuO surface, as revealed by XPD. On the other hand, XPD patterns of films deposited with racemic tartaric acid or the "achiral" meso-tartaric acid are completely symmetric. A detailed analysis of the experimental data using single scattering cluster calculations reveals that the films grown with l(+)-TA exhibit a CuO(1) orientation, whereas growth in the presence of d(-)-TA results in a CuO(11) surface orientation. A simple bulk-truncated model structure with two terminating oxygen layers reproduces the experimental XPD data. Deposition with alternating enantiomers of tartaric acid leads to CuO films of alternating chirality. Enantiospecifity of the chiral CuO surfaces is demonstrated by further deposition of CuO from a solution containing racemic tartaric acid. The predeposited homochiral films exhibit selectivity toward the same enantiomeric deposition pathway.[1]


  1. Surface Chirality of CuO Thin Films. Widmer, R., Haug, F.J., Ruffieux, P., Gr??ning, O., Bielmann, M., Gr??ning, P., Fasel, R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2006) [Pubmed]
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