Enantiospecific Adsorption of Chiral Molecules on Chiral Gold Clusters
|Title||Enantiospecific Adsorption of Chiral Molecules on Chiral Gold Clusters|
|Publication Type||Palaiseau Article|
|Short Title||Enantioselectivity on Chiral Gold Clusters|
|Lopez-Lozano, X, Pérez, LA, Garzón, IL|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
Enantioselectivity in gold clusters is investigated by studying the adsorption of a chiral amino acid (cysteine) on a chiral Au55 cluster using density functional calculations. The highest adsorption energies were found when the amino and thiolate functional groups of cysteine are bonded to the lowest coordinated edges of the chiral cluster. Enantiospecific adsorption is primarily obtained from the different bond location and strength, at the cluster edge, of the carboxyl groups forming the left- and right-handed enantiomers. These results provide theoretical support to convey enantioselectivity in asymmetric nanocatalysts using chiral gold clusters.