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Electrochemically induced Asymmetry: from materials to molecules and back

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 2˙415˙848 €
 EC max contribution 2˙415˙848 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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 Project objective

Asymmetry is a very common feature of many systems, objects and molecules, that we use in our daily life. Actually, it is in a majority of cases the absolutely crucial ingredient for conferring a useful property to a system, a prominent example being the chiral nature of pharmaceutically active compounds. Chemists have developed various approaches to generate asymmetry, from the molecular to the macroscopic scale, but are still facing major challenges when exploring efficient alternative physico-chemical concepts for symmetry breaking. The global aim of ELECTRA is to propose so far unexplored and versatile strategies, based on the unconventional use of electrochemical phenomena, to generate asymmetry in chemical systems at different length scales. Investigating simultaneously wired and wireless electrochemistry will open up unique possibilities for advancing the topic of asymmetry generation in an original and cross-disciplinary way. We will determine the utility of these strategies in the frame of two major challenges that are: -unconventional detection, separation and synthesis of enantiomers, based on chiral encoded metal phases, very recently pioneered by us; -design and characterization of Janus systems with complex structures and reactivity Carefully designed experiments at the forefront of electrochemical science will first enable us to gain a better understanding of the different mechanisms involved in symmetry breaking. An optimization by exploring new concepts with respect to their efficiency, yield and selectivity is the next step. This will prepare for the choice of the most innovative approaches of symmetry breaking, in view of the numerous highly relevant applications, ranging from analysis to catalysis and energy conversion. Furthermore, due to the interdisciplinary character of asymmetry, the findings of this project will not only have a major impact in various areas of chemistry, but will also be very interesting for physics and biology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Alice L. Dauphin, Stéphane Arbault, Alexander Kuhn, Neso Sojic, Laurent Bouffier
Remote Actuation of a Light‐Emitting Device Based on Magnetic Stirring and Wireless Electrochemistry
published pages: , ISSN: 1439-4235, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.202000019
ChemPhysChem 2020-04-03
2019 Sunpet Assavapanumat, Bhavana Gupta, Gerardo Salinas, Bertrand Goudeau, Chularat Wattanakit, Alexander Kuhn
Chiral platinum–polypyrrole hybrid films as efficient enantioselective actuators
published pages: 10956-10959, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c9cc05854k
Chemical Communications 55/73 2020-04-03
2020 Roberto María‐Hormigos, Alberto Escarpa, Bertrand Goudeau, Valérie Ravaine, Adeline Perro, Alexander Kuhn
Oscillatory Light‐Emitting Biopolymer Based Janus Microswimmers
published pages: 1902094, ISSN: 2196-7350, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201902094
Advanced Materials Interfaces 2020-04-03
2019 Sunpet Assavapanumat, Marisa Ketkaew, Patrick Garrigue, Véronique Lapeyre, Stéphane Reculusa, Chularat Wattanakit, Alexander Kuhn
Hierarchical Multiporous Nickel for Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Alkaline Media
published pages: 5951-5960, ISSN: 1867-3880, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201901509
ChemCatChem 11/24 2020-04-03
2019 Sunpet Assavapanumat, Thittaya Yutthalekha, Patrick Garrigue, Bertrand Goudeau, Véronique Lapeyre, Adeline Perro, Neso Sojic, Chularat Wattanakit, Alexander Kuhn
Potential‐Induced Fine‐Tuning of the Enantioaffinity of Chiral Metal Phases
published pages: 3471-3475, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201812057
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/11 2020-04-03
2019 Sunpet Assavapanumat, Marisa Ketkaew, Alexander Kuhn, Chularat Wattanakit
Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Applications of Chiral Imprinted Mesoporous Ni Surfaces
published pages: 18870-18876, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b10507
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/47 2020-04-03
2020 Chularat Wattanakit, Alexander Kuhn
Encoding Chiral Molecular Information in Metal Structures
published pages: 2993-3003, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201904835
Chemistry – A European Journal 26/14 2020-04-03
2019 Alice L. Dauphin, Abdelmounaim Akchach, Silvia Voci, Alexander Kuhn, Guobao Xu, Laurent Bouffier, Neso Sojic
Tracking Magnetic Rotating Objects by Bipolar Electrochemiluminescence
published pages: 5318-5324, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02188
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10/18 2020-04-03
2020 Gerardo Salinas, Alice L. Dauphin, Camille Colin, Elena Villani, Stéphane Arbault, Laurent Bouffier, Alexander Kuhn
Chemo‐ and Magnetotaxis of Self‐Propelled Light‐Emitting Chemo‐electronic Swimmers
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201915705
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020-04-03
2017 Chularat Wattanakit, Thittaya Yutthalekha, Sunpet Asssavapanumat, Veronique Lapeyre, Alexander Kuhn
Pulsed electroconversion for highly selective enantiomer synthesis
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02190-z
Nature Communications 8/1 2019-06-11
2018 Emmanuel Suraniti, Pascal Merzeau, Jérôme Roche, Sébastien Gounel, Andrew G. Mark, Peer Fischer, Nicolas Mano, Alexander Kuhn
Uphill production of dihydrogen by enzymatic oxidation of glucose without an external energy source
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05704-5
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-06-11
2018 Bhavana Gupta, Bertrand Goudeau, Patrick Garrigue, Alexander Kuhn
Bipolar Conducting Polymer Crawlers Based on Triple Symmetry Breaking
published pages: 1705825, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201705825
Advanced Functional Materials 28/25 2019-05-22
2019 Bhavana Gupta, Mariana C. Afonso, Lin Zhang, Cedric Ayela, Patrick Garrigue, Bertrand Goudeau, Alexander Kuhn
Wireless Coupling of Conducting Polymer Actuators with Light Emission
published pages: 941-945, ISSN: 1439-4235, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201900116
ChemPhysChem 20/7 2019-05-22
2018 Lin Zhang, Bhavana Gupta, Bertrand Goudeau, Nicolas Mano, Alexander Kuhn
Wireless Electromechanical Readout of Chemical Information
published pages: 15501-15506, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b10072
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/45 2019-05-22

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