Construction of Chiral Propeller Architectures from Achiral Molecules


  • This work was supported by the National Science Foundation of USA (DMR-0516602) and the Collaborative Center in Polymer Photonics between the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate and The University of Akron.


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Chiral propeller architectures (see figure and inside cover) are constructed from achiral molecules via hydrogen bonding self-assembly in addition to Frank–Pryce spherulitic droplet and fingerprint textures. It is found, for the first time, that neither molecular chirality nor a molecular bend is necessary to form a chiral phase. This is of particular interest to the next generation of biological and electro-optical advances in materials science and technology.