Special Issue "Chiral Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.
The interaction of light with chiral structures has recently become an important research topic owing to its fundamental physical importance as well as the high potential for diverse technological implementations. Nanostructured materials—metamaterials and metasurfaces—form promising routes for ultra-compact optical elements, thus providing extended control over new functionalities. Chiral structures are known to induce a different optical response for the illumination of right- and left-handed circular polarization or so called optical activity. While the chiral signature of natural materials is rather weak, the nanostructured materials have the advantage of enhancing the optical activity in several orders of magnitude, providing an intriguing platform for sensing and a novel type of light–matter interaction.
In this Special Issue, the progress of current and novel research avenues in chiral materials and chiral light matter interactions will be discussed.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Dr. Yuri Gorodetski
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- chiral light
- chiral plasmonics
- structured light
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Authors: Giuseppina Raffaini, Fabio Ganazzoli, Tullio Caronna
Abstract: helicenes and Aza-helicenes are chiral molecules because of their helicoidal shape, in spite of their lack of asymmetric carbon atoms. Since Aza-helicenes, and in particular N-methyl-5-Aza-helicene may form complex with an anti-cancer drug such as cis-platinum, as reported in previous work, and then can potentially act as an anti-tumoral drug carrier, in this paper we report the results of a molecular dynamics study about the interaction of these molecules with a DNA double helix strand. We first considered the interaction of single enantiomers of both these -Aza-helicenes with DNA to find the preferred interaction sites, in particular at the major or minor groove of the double helix. Afterwards, we investigated the interaction of the same molecules at two different finite concentrations, when the interaction with DNA can be competitive with intermolecular aggregation, modeling systems comprising either pure enantiomers or their racemic mixtures to understand possible differences in the interaction pattern.