Chirality, the absence of mirror symmetry, governs behavior in most biologically important molecules, thus making the chiral recognition of great importance in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, as well as medicine. Chiral molecules can be characterized by means of optical experiments based on chiro-optical excitation of molecules. Specifically, chiral absorptive materials differently absorb left- and right-circular polarized light, i.e., they possess circular dichroism (CD). Unfortunately, the natural CD of most molecules is very low and lies in the ultraviolet range. Fluorescence-detected CD is a fast and sensitive tool for investigation of chiral molecules which emit light; ultralow CD in absorption can be detected as the difference in emission. In this work, we perform fluorescence-detected CD on novel chiral amide compounds, designed specifically for visible green emission; we synthesize two enantiomeric fluorescent compounds using low-cost starting compounds and easy purification. We investigate different solutions of the enantiomers at different concentrations, and we show that the fluorescence of the intrinsically chiral compounds depends on the polarization state of the penetrating light, which is absorbed at 400 nm and emits across the green wavelength range. We believe that these compounds can be coupled with plasmonic nanostructures, which further shows promise in applications regarding chiral sensing or chiral emission.

Fluorescence spectroscopy of enantiomeric amide compounds enforced by chiral light / Belardini, Alessandro; Petronijevic, Emilija; Ghahri, Ramin; Rocco, Daniele; Pandolfi, Fabiana; Sibilia, Concita; Mattiello, Leonardo. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - 11:23(2021), p. 11375. [10.3390/app112311375]

Fluorescence spectroscopy of enantiomeric amide compounds enforced by chiral light

Belardini, Alessandro
Primo
Conceptualization
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Petronijevic, Emilija
Validation
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Rocco, Daniele;Pandolfi, Fabiana;Sibilia, Concita;Mattiello, Leonardo
Ultimo
Conceptualization
2021

Abstract

Chirality, the absence of mirror symmetry, governs behavior in most biologically important molecules, thus making the chiral recognition of great importance in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, as well as medicine. Chiral molecules can be characterized by means of optical experiments based on chiro-optical excitation of molecules. Specifically, chiral absorptive materials differently absorb left- and right-circular polarized light, i.e., they possess circular dichroism (CD). Unfortunately, the natural CD of most molecules is very low and lies in the ultraviolet range. Fluorescence-detected CD is a fast and sensitive tool for investigation of chiral molecules which emit light; ultralow CD in absorption can be detected as the difference in emission. In this work, we perform fluorescence-detected CD on novel chiral amide compounds, designed specifically for visible green emission; we synthesize two enantiomeric fluorescent compounds using low-cost starting compounds and easy purification. We investigate different solutions of the enantiomers at different concentrations, and we show that the fluorescence of the intrinsically chiral compounds depends on the polarization state of the penetrating light, which is absorbed at 400 nm and emits across the green wavelength range. We believe that these compounds can be coupled with plasmonic nanostructures, which further shows promise in applications regarding chiral sensing or chiral emission.
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