Chiral Bioinspired Plasmonics: A Paradigm Shift for Optical Activity and Photochemistry

Oscar Ávalos-Ovando, Eva Yazmin Santiago, Artur Movsesyan, Xiang Tian Kong, Peng Yu, Lucas V. Besteiro, Larousse Khosravi Khorashad, Hiromi Okamoto, Joseph M. Slocik, Miguel A. Correa-Duarte, Miguel Comesaña-Hermo, Tim Liedl, Zhiming Wang*, Gil Markovich*, Sven Burger*, Alexander O. Govorov*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This Perspective concerns the latest developments in the field of chiral nanocrystals (NCs) and metastructures, focusing primarily on plasmonic nanostructures. Such nanomaterials exhibit unusually strong near-field and electromagnetic responses that enable efficient biosensing and light manipulation. Herein we share our thoughts on the latest trends that mark what we call a paradigm shift for the vast and dynamic field of chiroptical materials. The topics to be considered include polarization-sensitive photocatalysis with chiral plasmonic NCs, chiral bioconjugates, DNA-based assemblies, chiral growth, and we also describe the fundamental challenges for optical induction of chirality, transfer of chirality between different scales, and theoretical issues that nanoscience is facing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2219-2236
Number of pages18
JournalACS Photonics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2022


FundersFunder number
Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovacciónPID2020-118282RA-I00
Ohio University
European Research Council818635
European Research Council
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftEXC-2046/1, 390685689
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
National Natural Science Foundation of China12174205, JP16H06505, JP15H02161, JP21K18884, JP21H04641
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung05M20ZBM
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
National Key Research and Development Program of China2019YFB2203400
National Key Research and Development Program of China
Higher Education Discipline Innovation ProjectB20030
Higher Education Discipline Innovation Project


    • DNA origami
    • bioassembly
    • chiral nanocrystals
    • chiral plasmonics
    • circular dichroism
    • photochemistry


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