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Chiral modification of surfaces

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The overlayers formed by chiral molecules on achiral single-crystal surfaces can provide fundamental insight about, amongst other things, the action of chiral modifiers in enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis. In this talk, I will consider the factors that influence the chirality at different length-scales of amino acid overlayers on the structurally similar Cu{110} and Cu{311} surfaces. Experimental data from a range of techniques, including RAIRS , LEED, and STM , will be presented, and I will discuss our attempts to rationalise the data using density functional theory.

This talk is part of the Physics and Chemistry of Solids Group series.

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