Tunable induced circular dichroism in gels
Yu Xue, Natalie Fehn, Viktoria Katharina Brandt, Michele Stasi, Job Boekhoven, Ueli Heiz, Aras Kartouzian
The ICD phenomenon has drawn a lot of attention in recent years in applicable fields such as chiral sensing and chiroptical devices. In this work, we first gaze at the issues of thin spin-coated films not being able to deliver consistent ICD signals. A hypothesis of the underlying problem is proposed through a brief elucidation of the spin-coating process. To confirm and eliminate the uncontrollable dynamic factors with spin coating, we then dedicate our efforts to develop a new gel system based on chiral L-/D-N′,N′-Dibenzoyl-cystine. Achiral dye molecules are intercalated in a DBC gel through a “one-step” preparation procedure. Compared to the former spin-coating system, significantly improved reproducibility of the new gel system is demonstrated. Besides, the ICD signals can be customized in a broad spectral range (wavelength tunability) by substituting dye molecules. Finally, we discuss the potential applications of this interesting system.
ICD, achiral, dye,