Functionalized graphene as a gatekeeper for chiral molecules: An alternative concept for chiral separation

Andreas Hauser*, Narbe Mardirossian, Julien A. Panetier, Martin Head-Gordon, Alexis T. Bell, Peter Schwerdtfeger

*Corresponding author for this work

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We propose a new method of chiral separation using functionalized nanoporous graphene as an example. Computational simulations based on density functional theory show that the attachment of a suitable chiral "bouncer" molecule to the pore rim prevents the passage of the undesired enantiomer while letting its mirror image through.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9957-9960
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • chiral separation
  • enantiomers
  • graphene
  • racemic mixture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

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