From Racemic Metal Nanoparticles to Optically Pure Enantiomers in One Pot
datasetposted on 20.10.2017, 00:00 by Huayan Yang, Juanzhu Yan, Yu Wang, Guocheng Deng, Haifeng Su, Xiaojing Zhao, Chaofa Xu, Boon K. Teo, Nanfeng Zheng
A general strategy, using mixed ligands, is utilized to synthesize atomically precise, intrinsically chiral nanocluster [Ag78(DPPP)6(SR)42] (Ag78) where DPPP is the achiral 1,3-bis(diphenyphosphino)propane and SR = SPhCF3. Ag78 crystallizes as racemates in a centric space group. Using chiral diphosphines BDPP = 2,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)pentane, the enantiomeric pair [Ag78(R/S-BDPP)6(SR)42] can be prepared with 100% optical purity. The chiral diphosphines gives rise to, separately, two asymmetric surface coordination motifs composed of tetrahedral R3PAg(SR)3 moieties. The flexible nature of C–C–C angles between the two phosphorus atoms restricts the relative orientation of the tetrahedral R3PAg(SR)3 moieties, thereby resulting in the enantiomeric selection of the intrinsic chiral metal core. This proof-of-concept strategy raises the prospect of enantioselectively synthesizing optically pure, atomically precise chiral noble metal nanoclusters for specific applications.