Imperial College London

Professor Matthew J. Fuchter

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry



+44 (0)20 7594 5815m.fuchter




401CMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus






BibTex format

author = {Brandt, JR and Salerno, F and Fuchter, MJ},
doi = {10.1038/s41570-017-0045},
journal = {Nature Reviews Chemistry},
title = {The added value of small-molecule chirality in technological applications},
url = {},
volume = {1},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Chirality is a fundamental symmetry property; chiral objects, such as chiral small molecules, exist as a pair of non-superimposable mirror images. Although small-molecule chirality is routinely considered in biologically focused application areas (such as drug discovery and chemical biology), other areas of scientific development have not considered small-molecule chirality to be central to their approach. In this Review, we highlight recent research in which chirality has enabled advancement in technological applications. We showcase examples in which the presence of small-molecule chirality is exploited in ways beyond the simple interaction of two different chiral molecules; this can enable the detection and emission of chiral light, help to control molecular motion, or provide a means to control electron spin and bulk charge transport. Thus, we demonstrate that small-molecule chirality is a highly promising avenue for a wide range of technologically oriented scientific endeavours.
AU - Brandt,JR
AU - Salerno,F
AU - Fuchter,MJ
DO - 10.1038/s41570-017-0045
PY - 2017///
SN - 2397-3358
TI - The added value of small-molecule chirality in technological applications
T2 - Nature Reviews Chemistry
UR -
UR -
VL - 1
ER -