A chiral luminescent Au16 ring self-assembled from achiral components

J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Dec 28;127(51):17994-5. doi: 10.1021/ja0565727.


A luminescent supramolecular chiral Au16 ring with 4.822 nm perimeter that self-assembled from a tetrameric array of achiral Au2 units is described. Intra- and intermolecular Au...Au interactions play an important role in directing its chiral self-assembly.