Surface-confined double-helical polymers are generated by dynamic covalent assembly with preservation of chirality, metal coordination environment, and oxidation state of the precursor complexes. This one-step procedure involves both in solution and solution-to-surface assembly and resulted in chiral interfaces where pairs of ligands are wrapped around arrays of metal ions. In-plane XRD experiments revealed the formation of a highly ordered structure along the substrate surface. The chirality of the surfaces is expressed by the selective recognition of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA). The CD measurements show a response of the Δ-polymer-modified quartz substrates toward d-DOPA, whereas no change was observed after treatment with l-DOPA. These coordination-based interfaces assembled on metal-oxide substrates in combination with a redox-probe, [Os(bpy)3](PF6)2, in solution can resemble the behavior of a rectifier.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry