Chiral gold nanowires with boerdijk-coxeter-bernal structure

Yihan Zhu, Jiating He, Cheng Shang, Xiaohe Miao, Jianfeng Huang, Zhipan Liu, Hongyu Chen, Yu Han

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Abstract

A Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal (BCB) helix is made of linearly stacked regular tetrahedra (tetrahelix). As such, it is chiral without nontrivial translational or rotational symmetries. We demonstrate here an example of the chiral BCB structure made of totally symmetrical gold atoms, created in nanowires by direct chemical synthesis. Detailed study by high-resolution electron microscopy illustrates their elegant chiral structure and the unique one-dimensional "pseudo-periodicity". The BCB-type atomic packing mode is proposed to be a result of the competition and compromise between the lattice and surface energy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12746-12752
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume136
Issue number36
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis

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