Chiral self-assembled monolayers in electrochemistry


Mandler D. Chiral self-assembled monolayers in electrochemistry. CURRENT OPINION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY. 2018;7 :42-47.

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The activity of chiral self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in electrochemistry is reviewed. Chiral SAMs have been used as a means of introducing stereoselectivity in electron transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface. In most cases, a cysteine-based SAM was used on gold electrodes. Different attempts have involved the application of chiral thiolated molecules, e.g., cyclodextrin, imprinting of chiral objects and competitive complexation. More recently, spintronics in which magnetic fields applied next to chiral SAM induced chiral effects, were also reported. Yet, there is much room for additional and innovative ideas in this field of electrochemistry.