Polymeric Carbon Nitride with Chirality Inherited from Supramolecular Assemblies

Adi Azoulay, Sapir Shekef Aloni, Lidan Xing, Ayelet Tashakory, Yitzhak Mastai, Menny Shalom

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The facile synthesis of chiral materials is of paramount importance for various applications. Supramolecular preorganization of monomers for thermal polymerization has been proven as an effective tool to synthesize carbon and carbon nitride-based (CN) materials with ordered morphology and controlled properties. However, the transfer of an intrinsic chemical property, such as chirality from supramolecular assemblies to the final material after thermal condensation, was not shown. Here, we report the large-scale synthesis of chiral CN materials capable of enantioselective recognition. To achieve this, we designed supramolecular assemblies with a chiral center that remains intact at elevated temperatures. The optimized chiral CN demonstrates an enantiomeric preference of ca. 14 %; CN electrodes were also prepared and show stereoselective interactions with enantiomeric probes in electrochemical measurements. By adding chirality to the properties transferrable from monomers to the final product of a thermal polymerization, this study confirms the potential of using supramolecular precursors to produce carbon and CN materials and electrodes with designed chemical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202311389
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2023


  • Carbon Nitride
  • Chiral Recognition
  • Chirality
  • Enantioselective Material
  • Supramolecular Assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


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