Raman optical activity of an achiral element in a chiral environment

A.M. Smith, R.F. Collins, R.V. Ulijn, E. Blanch

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Raman optical activity (ROA) is a relatively new technique used to determine the structure of chiral molecules and is proving useful in the study of biological molecules such as proteins and DNA/RNA. Here, for the first time, we demonstrate the applicability of ROA as a technique to study achiral groups in chiral environments, detecting the induced chirality of N-(fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl) (Fmoc) in a chiral self-assembled structure of Fmoc-dipeptides. This technique is therefore of interest to those studying self-assembled systems that adopt a chiral structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1095
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Raman Spectroscopy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • raman optical activity
  • fmoc-dipeptides
  • self-assembly
  • chirality
  • nanomaterial

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