Chirality transfer from molecules to crystals: A Nature Chemistry publication

By using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), photoelectron diffraction and density functional theory, a microscopic insight is reported how the chiral hemifullerene (C30H12) molecule arranges copper surface atoms in its vicinity into a chiral structure. The results could contribute to the development of new synthetic materials and drugs.

STM image of a two-dimensional copper island decorated with M- and P-type hemifullerene molecules