Onset of Chiral Adenine Surface Growth (pages 3294–3302)
Dr. María Jose Capitán, Dr. Jesús Álvarez, Dr. Yang Wang, Dr. Roberto Otero, Dr. Manuel Alcamí, Prof. Fernando Martín and Prof. Rodolfo Miranda
Article first published online: 15 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201300321
Adenine growth: The structure of adenine crystals can be described as a pile-up of adenine planes. Each plane is formed by an aggregation of adenine dimers. The adenine plane growth starts with the formation of dimers that then join to form tetramers (through α2 hydrogen bonds; see figure). These dimers act as nucleation centers for the α-adenine plane growth.