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Adsorption of 1-(1-Naphthyl)ethylamine from Solution onto Platinum Surfaces: Implications for the Chiral Modification of Heterogeneous Catalysts


  • Financial assistance for this project was provided primarily by a grant from the US Department of Energy. We also thank Ms Florisa Tanicala for her assistance with the acquisition of reference spectra.


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Chiral modification of catalysts: A comparative in situ reflection–absorption infrared spectroscopy study of the adsorption of 1-(1-naphthyl)ethylamine on Pt surfaces from solution indicated bonding mainly through the amine group and not the aromatic ring as commonly assumed (see picture). In light of these results, a rethinking of the existing model for chiral modification of catalysts may be needed.

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