Chiral superstructures of inorganic nanorods by macroscopic mechanical grinding

October 17, 2022


Chiral superstructures of inorganic nanorods by macroscopic mechanical grinding


Zhiwei Yang, Yanze Wei, Jingjing Wei & Zhijie Yang




Nature Communications


The development of mechanochemistry substantially expands the traditional synthetic realm at the molecular level. Here, we extend the concept of mechanochemistry from atomic/molecular solids to the nanoparticle solids, and show how the macroscopic grinding is being capable of generating chirality in self-assembled nanorod (NR) assemblies. Specifically, the weak van der Waals interaction is dominated in self-assembled NR assemblies when their surface is coated with aliphatic chains, which can be overwhelmed by a press-and-rotate mechanic force macroscopically. The chiral sign of the NR assemblies can be well-controlled by the rotating directions, where the clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation leads to the positive and negative Cotton effect in circular dichroism and circularly polarized luminescence spectra, respectively. Importantly, we show that the present approach can be applied to NRs of diverse inorganic materials, including CdSe, CdSe/CdS, and TiO2. Equally important, the as-prepared chiral NR assemblies could be served as porous yet robust chiral substrates, which enable to host other molecular materials and induce the chirality transfer from substrate to the molecular system.




Chiral, superstructures, inorganic, nanorods,