Surface-controlled self-assembly of chiral sexithiophenes

P.E.L.G. Leclère, M. Surin, R. Lazzaroni, A.F.M. Kilbinger, O. Henze, P. Jonkheijm, F. Biscarini, M. Cavallini, W.J. Feast, E.W. Meijer, A.P.H.J. Schenning

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We report on the self-assembly of two enantiomeric sexithiophenes in soln. and on surfaces. Circular dichromism of aggregated sexithiophenes and drop-cast films reveals, as expected, mirror image spectra for both enantiomers. The aggregation in thin deposits from sexithiophenes molecularly dispersed in a soln. on different types of substrates was investigated by at. force microscopy (AFM). On graphite, one-dimensional objects (nanowires) are formed while on mica platelets are generated. Remarkably, we found that both enantiomers form left-handed helixes on silicon. This observation depends on the hydrophilicity of the silicon. Furthermore, the achiral sexithiophene did not form helical aggregates suggesting that the stereocenter is required to obtain chirality in the fibers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1959-1963
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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