Reliable structural information of extremal points in a reaction is important but difficult to achieve in molecular chiral transitions under confinement due to the complex molecular interactions. In this Letter, based on statistical results of a number of classical molecular dynamics simulations, we found that a complete chiral transition process of a difluorobenzo[c] phenanthrene molecule (C18H12F2, called D molecule) within a single-walled boron-nitride nanotube involves at least five extremal point structures, showing a unique feature of chiral transition in the confined environment and suggesting an alternative to conventional first-principles calculations to determine the complex potential energy surface of intermolecular interactions.
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- General Physics and Astronomy
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry