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A Tale of Three Carboxylates: Cooperative Asymmetric Crystallization of a Three-Dimensional Microporous Framework from Achiral Precursors

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  • Jian Zhang Dr.,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 (USA), Fax: (+1) 562-985-8557
    2. State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, CAS, Fuzhou, Fujian, 350002 (China)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Shumei Chen Dr.,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 (USA), Fax: (+1) 562-985-8557
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Ruben A. Nieto,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 (USA), Fax: (+1) 562-985-8557
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  • Tao Wu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (USA)
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  • Pingyun Feng Prof. Dr.,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (USA)
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  • Xianhui Bu Prof. Dr.

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 (USA), Fax: (+1) 562-985-8557
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  • We thank the support of this work by NIH (X.B. 2 S06 GM063119-05), NSF (X.B. DMR-0846958), and DOE (P.F. 004407-002). X.B. is a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar.

Abstract

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Something for nothing? A chiral induction reagent catalyzes the growth of chiral crystals and controls their bulk chirality. Time-dependent experiments show that an initial achiral phase is slowly converted into enantioenriched crystals in the presence of the chiral induction agent.

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