We previously reported that giant crystal enantiomeric excess (CEE) can be obtained when sodium chlorate (NaClO3) chiral crystallization from a solution is induced by the excitation of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of a Au triangle trimer nanostructure by a circularly polarized laser. However, the role of the LSPR excitation in the giant CEE remains unclear. In this work, we showed, by finite-difference time-domain analysis of plasmonic near-field, that the magnitude of a chiral optical gradient force originating from the strong superchiral near-field at the Au trimer nanogap on a virtual NaClO3 chiral crystalline cluster is comparable to that of the electric-field gradient force in previous laser-trapping-induced crystallization from unsaturated solution. We revealed that the giant CEE resulted from a difference in the frequency of attachment of chiral crystalline clusters to crystal nuclei or in the local concentration due to chirally biased diffusion rather than enantioselective optical trapping.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films