Sensing of molecular chirality on an electrode modified with a clay-metal complex hybrid film.

The journal of physical chemistry. B

PubMedID: 16851548

Junxiang H, Sato H, Umemura Y, Yamagishi A. Sensing of molecular chirality on an electrode modified with a clay-metal complex hybrid film. J Phys Chem B. 2005;109(10):4679-83.
A chiral sensing electrode has been prepared by coating an indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate with a hybrid film of metal complexes and a clay layer (montmorillonite). By applying the combined method of the Langmuir-Blodgett and self-assembly techniques, a monolayer of a water-soluble chiral metal complex (Lambda-[Os(phen)(3)](2+)), which acted as a mediator of oxidizing a target molecule, was fixed electrostatically onto a single-layered clay film. Chiral sensing was demonstrated by monitoring a photocurrent when the electrode was in contact with an aqueous NaClO(4) solution of 1,1'-2-binaphthol. As a result, the S-1,1'-2-binaphthol gave a photocurrent 1.8 times higher than the R-isomer at the applied potential of 700 mV (vs Ag|AgCl|KCl(sat)). Detection limit was determined to be 40 microM from the concentration dependence of a response current. Mechanisms for chiral sensing effect were explained in terms of the stereoselective binding of 1,1'-2-binaphthol with adsorbed Lambda-[Os(phen)(3)](2+) on a clay surface.