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Chiral Pinwheel Clusters Lacking Local Point Chirality

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  • Kai Sun,

    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Ting-Na Shao,

    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Jia-Le Xie,

    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Meng Lan,

    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Hong-Kuan Yuan,

    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Zu-Hong Xiong,

    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Jun-Zhong Wang,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
    • School of Physical Science and Technology & MOE Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Realtime Analysis, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P.R. China
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  • Ying Liu,

    1. Department of Physics, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050016, P.R. China
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  • Qi-Kun Xue

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P.R. China
    • Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P.R. China.
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Abstract

The supramolecular pinwheel cluster is a unique chiral structure with evident handedness. Previous studies reveal that the chiral pinwheels are composed of chiral or achiral molecules with polar groups, which result in strong intermolecular interactions such as hydrogen-bonding or dipole interactions. Herein, it is shown that the simple linear aromatic molecule, pentacene, can be self-assembled into large chiral pinwheel clusters on the semimetal Bi(111) surface, due to enhanced intermolecular interactions. The pentacene pinwheels reveal two levels of organizational chirality: the chiral hexamers resulting from asymmetric shifting along the long molecular axis, and chiral arrangement of six hexamers with a rotor motif. Furthermore, a new relation between the local point chirality and organizational chirality is identified from the pinwheels: the former is not essential for the latter in 2D pinwheel clusters of the pentacene molecule.

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