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Chirality Control for in Situ Preparation of Gold Nanoparticle Superstructures Directed by a Coordinatable Organogelator

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posted on 19.06.2013 by Liangliang Zhu, Xin Li, Shaojue Wu, Kim Truc Nguyen, Hong Yan, Hans Ågren, Yanli Zhao
Imposing chirality into nanoscale superstructures is a major step forward toward systematic understanding and utilization of nanomaterials. In an attempt to achieve tunable chirality during in situ preparation of hybrid nanomaterials, we here report a novel unimolecular strategy of employing a coordinatable organogelator for the realization of chirality control in the formation of gold nanoparticle superstructures. The work takes advantage of thermally reversible sol–gel transition of the chiral dispersion as template, which causes different micelle properties that can influence the coordination ability between the organogelator and Au­(III) ions. Followed by a reduction reaction, gold nanoparticle superstructures with P-helicity were prepared from the sol form of the template through a coordination-induced chiral inversion, whereas those with M-helicity were obtained from the gel form with chiral holding. Such superstructures are solvent-stable and the chirality difference between them could be observed in many solvent environments.