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Chiral Surface Systems:
Synthesis of Structure and Symmetry

Surfaces can possess the property of chirality - that is, exist in two non-superimposable mirror-image forms - and such surfaces have the capability of directing physical or chemical phenomena to occur in an asymmetric manner. This can be achieved by adsorption of chiral modifiers or (less frequently) by the use of intrinsically chiral surfaces. In particular, kink-free chiral surfaces (only achievable in bcc substrates) are expected to be stable against roughening, and should therefore provide excellent substrates for detailed studies of asymmetric surface chemistry. We focus on the adsorption of simple chiral and prochiral molecules on achiral and chiral substrates, with a view towards demonstrating asymmetric effects.
Surface Chirality Project Personnel

Related techniques

Fibre-Optic Low Energy Electron Diffraction (FO-LEED)
Reflection Absorption Infra-Red Spectroscopy (RAIRS)
Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)
Density Functional Theory (DFT)

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