Chirality-induced spin-selective properties of self-assembled monolayers of DNA on gold

Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Jan 27;96(3):036101. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.036101. Epub 2006 Jan 23.


Here we show that self-assembled monolayers on gold of double-stranded DNA oligomers interact with polarized electrons similarly to a strong and oriented magnetic field. The direction of the field for right-handed DNA is away from the substrate. Moreover, the layer shows very high paramagnetic susceptibility. Interestingly, thiolated single-stranded DNA oligomers on gold do not show this effect. The new findings are rationalized based on recent results in which high paramagnetism was measured for diamagnetic films adsorbed on diamagnetic substrates.