Naturally Chiral Surfaces
2004-01-01T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
Chiral surfaces are of growing importance as a result of their potential for use in enantioselective chemical processes. By far the most widely used and commonly studied chiral surfaces are those prepared by templating of achiral surface with chiral organic ligands. It is possible, however, to prepare naturally chiral surfaces by a number of means. This paper describes the various types of chiral surfaces. In addition data are presented to suggest that naturally chiral surface of metals can be prepared by a process of imprinting in which chiral adsorbates induce reconstructions that create chiral kinks on metal surfaces.