Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 54, Issue 19–20, pp 1357–1367 | Cite as

Asymmetric Thioethers as Building Blocks for Chiral Monolayers

  • April D. Jewell
  • Heather L. Tierney
  • Oussama Zenasni
  • T. Randall Lee
  • E. Charles H. SykesEmail author
Original Paper


There is a growing interest in chirality at surfaces from both a fundamental and an enantioselective reactions/separations viewpoint. We report on the homochiral self-assembly of asymmetric thioethers that become chiral upon binding to a surface. We focus on the adsorption of butyl methyl sulfide and a fluorinated analogue on Au(111) surfaces.


Chirality Self-assembly Dipole moment Scanning tunneling microscopy Thioether 



We gratefully acknowledge support of this research by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, Research Corporation and the Beckman Foundation. The work at the University of Houston was generously supported by the National Science Foundation (DMR-0906727) and the Robert a Welch Foundation (Grant No. E-1320). ADJ acknowledges a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • April D. Jewell
    • 1
  • Heather L. Tierney
    • 1
  • Oussama Zenasni
    • 2
  • T. Randall Lee
    • 2
  • E. Charles H. Sykes
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryTufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and the Texas Center for SuperconductivityUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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