New chiral nanostructures to extend the material platform

New chiral nanostructures to extend the material platform
Figure 1. Self-assembly of Cu2S NPs to NFs and chiroptical properties of NFs. (a-c) Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of NFs assembled from (a) L-Cys-, (b) D-Cys-, and (c) DL-Cys-Cu2S NPs. (d) Circular Dichroism (CD) spectra of NFs shown in (a-c), which shows chiroptical activity in the UV-SWIR region. (e) Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of different stages during NFs formation, NPs (0 h) assembled into NFs (20 h) through supraparticles (1 h, 2 h) and nanoleaves (5 h, 10 h). Credit: The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

A research team transferred chirality from the molecular scale to a microscale to extend material platforms and applications. The optical activity from this novel chiral material encompasses to short-wave infrared region.

This platform could serve as a powerful strategy for hierarchical chirality transfer through , generating broad optical activity and providing immense applications including bio, telecommunication, and imaging technique. This is the first observation of such a wide window of chiroptical activity from nanomaterials.

"We synthesized chiral copper sulfides using cysteine, as the stabilizer, and transferring the chirality from molecular to the microscale through self-assembly," explained Professor Jihyeon Yeom from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who led the research. The result was reported in ACS Nano on September 14.

Chiral nanomaterials provide a rich platform for versatile applications. Tuning the wavelength of polarization rotation maxima in the broad range is a promising candidate for infrared neural stimulation, imaging, and nanothermometry. However, the majority of previously developed chiral nanomaterials revealed the in a relatively shorter wavelength range, not in short-wave infrared.

To achieve chiroptical activity in the short-wave infrared region, materials should be in sub-micrometer dimensions, which are compatible with the wavelength of short-wave infrared region light for strong light-matter interaction. They also should have the optical property of short-wave infrared region absorption while forming a structure with chirality.

Professor Yeom's team induced self-assembly of the chiral nanoparticles by controlling the attraction and repulsion forces between the building block nanoparticles. During this process, molecular chirality of cysteine was transferred to the nanoscale chirality of nanoparticles, and then transferred to the micrometer scale of nanoflowers with 1.5–2 2 μm dimensions formed by the self-assembly.

"We will work to expand the range of chiroptical to the short-wave infrared , thus reshaping our daily lives in the form of a bio-barcode that can store vast amount of information under the skin," said Professor Yeom.


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More information: Ki Hyun Park et al, Broad Chiroptical Activity from Ultraviolet to Short-Wave Infrared by Chirality Transfer from Molecular to Micrometer Scale, ACS Nano (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c05888
Journal information: ACS Nano

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