I recently wrote about designing inter-molecular potentials so as to drive self-assembly into particular conformations. The resulting assemblies were all highly symmetric lattices. A new publication reports on an experimental investigation of designing chiral surface lattices. Chirality means that the lattice lacks mirror symmetry. It is fascinating that one can begin with an achiral substrate and an achiral molecular adsorbate, yet obtain a chiral, self-assembled lattice of the adsorbate on the substrate.
[When I checked, the publication was marked as “Open Access”.]