Chirality plays a crucial role in different research fields, ranging from fundamental physico-chemistry to applied aspects in materials science and medicine. In this context, enantioselective loading and pumping of chiral analytes for analysis, separation, and cargo delivery applications is an interesting scientific challenge. Herein, we introduce artificial chiral soft electromechanical pumps based on a bi-layer film built up by electrodepositing polypyrrole and an inherently chiral conducting oligomer at its internal surface. The enantioselective device can be driven by bipolar electrochemistry to act as a pump, allowing the selective loading and separation of different chiral analytes injected as pure enantiomers and in racemic form (i.e., doxorubicin, a chemotherapy drug, limonene, carvone, and a chiral ferrocene). The synergy between wireless electromechanical actuation and inherent enantiodiscrimination features makes these actuators excellent candidates for the controlled handling of chiral molecules in the frame of potential applications ranging from analysis to drug delivery.

Miniaturized enantioselective tubular devices for the electromechanical wireless separation of chiral analytes

Benincori, Tiziana;Ghirardi, Sara;Kuhn, Alexander;
2024-01-01

Abstract

Chirality plays a crucial role in different research fields, ranging from fundamental physico-chemistry to applied aspects in materials science and medicine. In this context, enantioselective loading and pumping of chiral analytes for analysis, separation, and cargo delivery applications is an interesting scientific challenge. Herein, we introduce artificial chiral soft electromechanical pumps based on a bi-layer film built up by electrodepositing polypyrrole and an inherently chiral conducting oligomer at its internal surface. The enantioselective device can be driven by bipolar electrochemistry to act as a pump, allowing the selective loading and separation of different chiral analytes injected as pure enantiomers and in racemic form (i.e., doxorubicin, a chemotherapy drug, limonene, carvone, and a chiral ferrocene). The synergy between wireless electromechanical actuation and inherent enantiodiscrimination features makes these actuators excellent candidates for the controlled handling of chiral molecules in the frame of potential applications ranging from analysis to drug delivery.
2024
2023
bipolar electrochemistry; chiral wireless separation; chirality; conducting polymers; high enantiomeric purity; miniaturized systems; multi-analyte separation; tubular chiral devices
Grecchi, Sara; Salinas, Gerardo; Cirilli, Roberto; Benincori, Tiziana; Ghirardi, Sara; Kuhn, Alexander; Arnaboldi, Serena
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