Advanced Functional Materials
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Chiral Nanoparticles: Chirality of Metal Nanoparticles in Chiral Mesoporous Silica (Adv. Funct. Mater. 18/2012)
The chiroptical properties of pure inorganic material are reported by Shunai Che and co-workers on page 3784. The properties are investigated by dispersing achiral metal nanoparticles into chiral mesoporous silica, due to collectively asymmetric plasmon interactions of metal nanoparticles arranged along a helical pore orientation. Such chiral materials will have novel applications for biosensing, chiral recognition, and detection, based on the importance of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in biological structures.