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Title: Chiral transcription in self-assembled tetrahedral Eu4L6 chiral cages displaying sizable circularly polarized luminescence
Authors: Yeung, CT 
Yim, KH 
Wong, HY 
Pal, R
Lo, WS 
Yan, SC 
Wong, MYM 
Yufit, D
Smiles, DE
McCormick, LJ
Teat, SJ
Shuh, DK
Wong, WT
Law, GL 
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Source: Nature communications, 2017, v. 8, 1128 How to cite?
Journal: Nature communications 
Abstract: Predictable stereoselective formation of supramolecular assembly is generally believed to be an important but complicated process. Here, we show that point chirality of a ligand decisively influences its supramolecular assembly behavior. We designed three closely related chiral ligands with different point chiralities, and observe their self-assembly into europium (Eu) tetrametallic tetrahedral cages. One ligand exhibits a highly diastereoselective assembly into homochiral (either Delta Delta Delta Delta or Lambda Lambda Lambda Lambda) Eu tetrahedral cages whereas the two other ligands, with two different approaches of loosened point chirality, lead to a significant breakdown of the diastereoselectivity to generate a mixture of (Delta Delta Delta Delta and Lambda Lambda Lambda Lambda) isomers. The cages are highly emissive (luminescence quantum yields of 16(1) to 18(1)%) and exhibit impressive circularly polarized luminescence properties (|g(lum)|: up to 0.16). With in-depth studies, we present an example that correlates the nonlinear enhancement of the chiroptical response to the nonlinearity dependence on point chirality.
ISSN: 2041-1723
EISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01025-1
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