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Keywords:

  • chirality;
  • hydrogen bonds;
  • materials science;
  • polymers
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Enantioselective wetting: Regulating the surface wettability of materials through chiral molecules provides new insight into the design of chiral materials. By taking advantage of a reversible conformational transition, smart polymers present an ideal platform for translating weak chiral signals into macroscopic properties of materials, thus resulting in a distinctive wettability switching driven by chirality (see scheme).