Recently we introduced a rationally designed surfactant which forms energy transfer complexes with carbon nanotubes. We investigate the chiral selectivity of this compound, a perylene derived surfactant, through photoluminescence (PL) measurements, and find a strong enhancement of the luminescence intensity for one particular group of chiralities. The effect is striking, with luminescence increases of several hundred percent.
Chiral selectivity of the investigated surfactant compound as compared to solubilization through sodium cholate (SC). Small numbers indicate chirality, large numbers laola family.