Achiral Polydialkylsilane Aggregates Recording Stirring Direction
Xianhui Tang, Xingxing Ji, Yi Li, Baozong Li, Yonggang Yang
Chemistry-An Asian Journal
Achiral polysilane aggregates can recognize the chirality of low-molecular-weight compounds. It was found that they can also record the stirring direction. Poly(n-decyl-2-methylpropylsilane), poly(n-nonyl-2-methylpropylsilane), poly(n-decyl-2-ethylbutylsilane), and poly(n-decyl-(S)-2-methylbutylsilane) aggregates were prepared in a mixture of tetrahydrofuran/isopropanol. Although the optical activity of the aggregates of the polysilane with chiral side chains was not tunable by changing the direction of the vortex flow, that of the aggregates of the optically inactive polysilane had a strong relationship to the direction, time, and rate of the vortex flow. The chiral stacked polysilanes were proposed to exist at the surfaces of the aggregates. The optically inactive polysilanes also exhibited optical activity under shear force with a distinct signal in the linear dichroism (LD) spectra of the achiral aggregates in vortex flows. However, the LD signals did not have a significant influence on the circular dichroism signals.
Circular dichroism, Aggregation, Linear dichroism, Materials