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  1. Chiral Vibrational Structures of Proteins at Interfaces Probed by Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy

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    Fu, Li; Wang, Zhuguang; Yan, Elsa C.Y.

    2011-01-01

    We review the recent development of chiral sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy and its applications to study chiral vibrational structures at interfaces. This review summarizes observations of chiral SFG signals from various molecular systems and describes the molecular origins of chiral SFG response. It focuses on the chiral vibrational structures of proteins and presents the chiral SFG spectra of proteins at interfaces in the C-H stretch, amide I, and N-H stretch regions. In particular, a combination of chiral amide I and N-H stretches of the peptide backbone provides highly characteristic vibrational signatures, unique to various secondary structures, which demonstrate the capacity of chiral SFG spectroscopy to distinguish protein secondary structures at interfaces. On the basis of these recent developments, we further discuss the advantages of chiral SFG spectroscopy and its potential application in various fields of science and technology. We conclude that chiral SFG spectroscopy can be a new approach to probe chiral vibrational structures of protein at interfaces, providing structural and dynamic information to study in situ and in real time protein structures and dynamics at interfaces. PMID:22272140

  2. Proteins at interfaces probed by chiral vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy.

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    Yan, Elsa C Y; Wang, Zhuguang; Fu, Li

    2015-02-19

    Characterizations of protein structures at interfaces are important in solving an array of fundamental and engineering problems, including understanding transmembrane signal transduction and molecular transport processes and development of biomaterials to meet the needs of biomedical and energy research. However, in situ and real-time characterization of protein secondary structures is challenging because it requires physical methods that are selective to both interface and secondary structures. Here, we summarize recent experimental developments in our laboratory of chiral vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG) for analyzing protein structures at interfaces. We showed that chiral SFG provides vibrational optical signatures of the peptide N-H stretch and amide I modes that can distinguish various protein secondary structures. Using these signatures, we further applied chiral SFG to probe orientations and folding kinetics of proteins at interfaces. Our results show that chiral SFG is a background-free, label-free, in situ, and real-time vibrational method for studying proteins at interfaces. This recent progress demonstrates the potential of chiral SFG in solving problems related to proteins and other chiral biopolymers at interfaces.

  3. The determination of the absolute configurations of chiral molecules using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy.

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    Stephens, Philip J; Devlin, Frank J; Pan, Jian-Jung

    2008-05-15

    The vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of the two enantiomers of a chiral molecule are of equal magnitude and opposite sign: i.e. mirror-image enantiomers give mirror-image VCD spectra. In principle, the absolute configuration (AC) of a chiral molecule can therefore be determined from its VCD spectrum. In practice, the determination of the AC of a chiral molecule from its experimental VCD spectrum requires a methodology which reliably predicts the VCD spectra of its enantiomers. The only reliable methodology developed to date uses the Stephens quantum-mechanical theory of the rotational strengths of fundamental vibrational transitions, developed in the early 1980s, implemented using ab initio density functional theory in the GAUSSIAN program in the mid 1990s. This methodology has by now been widely used in determining ACs from experimental VCD spectra. In this article we discuss the protocol for determining the ACs of chiral molecules with optimum reliability and its implementation for a variety of molecules, including the D3 symmetry perhydrotriphenylene, a thiazino-oxadiazolone recently shown to be a highly active calcium entry channel blocker, the alkaloid natural products schizozygine, iso-schizogaline, and iso-schizogamine, and the iridoid natural products plumericin, iso-plumericin, and prismatomerin. The power of VCD spectroscopy in determining ACs, even for large organic molecules and for substantially conformationally-flexible organic molecules is clearly documented.

  4. Intrinsic Chirality and Prochirality at Air/R-(+)- and S-(-)-Limonene Interfaces: Spectral Signatures with Interference Chiral Sum-Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Fu, Li; Zhang, Yun; Wei, Zhehao; Wang, Hongfei

    2014-06-04

    We report in this work detailed measurements on the chiral and achiral sum-frequency vibrational spectra in the C-H stretching vibration region (2800-3050cm-1) of the air/liquid interfaces of R-limonene and S-limonene, using the recently developed high-resolution broadband sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS). The achiral SFG spectra of R-limonene and S-limonene, as well as the equal amount (50/50) racemic mixture show that the enantiomers are with the same interfacial orientations. The interference chiral SFG spectra of the limonene enantiomers exhibit spectral signature from chiral response of the Cα-H stretching mode, and spectral signature from prochiral response of the CH2 asymmetric stretching mode, respectively. The chiral spectral feature of the Cα-H stretching mode changes sign from R-limonene to S-limonene, and disappears for the 50/50 racemic mixture. While the prochiral spectral feature of the CH2 asymmetric stretching mode is the same for R-limonene and S-limonene, and also surprisingly remains the same for the 50/50 racemic mixture. These results provided detail information in understanding the structure and chirality of molecular interfaces, and demonstrated the sensitivity and potential of SFG-VS as unique spectroscopic tool for chirality characterization and chiral recognition at the molecular interface.

  5. VCD spectroscopy as an excellent probe of chiral metal complexes containing a carbon monoxide vibrational chromophore.

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    Fusè, Marco; Mazzeo, Giuseppe; Longhi, Giovanna; Abbate, Sergio; Zerla, Daniele; Rimoldi, Isabella; Contini, Alessandro; Cesarotti, Edoardo

    2015-06-07

    Vibrational circular dichroism, VCD, gives evidence that the carbon monoxide chromophore in a heteroleptic cyclopentadienyl Ru(ii)-carbonyl complex is very sensitive to the chirality of the metal centre and becomes an excellent probe to define the configuration of chiral metal complexes.

  6. N-H stretching modes around 3300 wavenumber from peptide backbones observed by chiral sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Fu, Li; Wang, Zhuguang; Yan, Elsa C Y

    2014-09-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the molecular origin of the chiral sum frequency generation (SFG) signals of proteins and peptides at interfaces in the N-H stretching vibrational region. The N-H stretching can be a probe for investigating structural and functional properties of proteins, but remains technically difficult to analyze due to the overlapping with the O-H stretching of water molecules. Chiral SFG spectroscopy offers unique tools to study the N-H stretching from proteins at interfaces without interference from the water background. However, the molecular origin of the N-H stretching signals of proteins is still unclear. This work provides a justification of the origin of chiral N-H signals by analyzing the vibrational frequencies, examining chiral SFG theory, studying proton (hydrogen/deuterium) exchange kinetics, and performing optical control experiments. The results demonstrate that the chiral N-H stretching signals at ~3300 cm(-1) originate from the amide group of the protein backbones. This chiral N-H stretching signal offers an in situ, real-time, and background-free probe for interrogating the protein structures and dynamics at interfaces at the molecular level.

  7. Intrinsic chirality and prochirality at Air/R-(+)- and S-(-)-limonene interfaces: spectral signatures with interference chiral sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Fu, Li; Zhang, Yun; Wei, Zhe-Hao; Wang, Hong-Fei

    2014-09-01

    We report in this work detailed measurements of the chiral and achiral sum-frequency vibrational spectra in the C-H stretching vibration region (2800-3050 cm(-1)) of the air/liquid interfaces of R-(+)-limonene and S-(-)-limonene, using the recently developed high-resolution broadband sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS). The achiral SFG spectra of R-limonene and S-limonene, as well as the RS racemic mixture (50/50 equal amount mixture), show that the corresponding molecular groups of the R and S enantiomers are with the same interfacial orientations. The interference chiral SFG spectra of the limonene enantiomers exhibit a spectral signature from the chiral response of the Cα-H stretching mode, and a spectral signature from the prochiral response of the CH(2) asymmetric stretching mode, respectively. The chiral spectral feature of the Cα-H stretching mode changes sign from R-(+)-limonene to S-(-)-limonene surfaces, and disappears for the RS racemic mixture surface. While the prochiral spectral feature of the CH(2) asymmetric stretching mode is the same for R-(+)-limonene and S-(-)-limonene surfaces, and also surprisingly remains the same for the RS racemic mixture surface. Therefore, the structures of the R-(+)-limonene and the S-(-)-limonene at the liquid interfaces are nevertheless not mirror images to each other, even though the corresponding groups have the same tilt angle from the interfacial normal, i.e., the R-(+)-limonene and the S-(-)-limonene at the surface are diastereomeric instead of enantiomeric. These results provide detailed information in understanding the structure and chirality of molecular interfaces and demonstrate the sensitivity and potential of SFG-VS as a unique spectroscopic tool for chirality characterization and chiral recognition at the molecular interface.

  8. Chiral rotational spectroscopy

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    Cameron, Robert P.; Götte, Jörg B.; Barnett, Stephen M.

    2016-09-01

    We introduce chiral rotational spectroscopy, a technique that enables the determination of the orientated optical activity pseudotensor components BX X, BY Y, and BZ Z of chiral molecules, in a manner that reveals the enantiomeric constitution of a sample and provides an incisive signal even for a racemate. Chiral rotational spectroscopy could find particular use in the analysis of molecules that are chiral solely by virtue of their isotopic constitution and molecules with multiple chiral centers. A basic design for a chiral rotational spectrometer together with a model of its functionality is given. Our proposed technique offers the more familiar polarizability components αX X, αY Y, and αZ Z as by-products, which could see it find use even for achiral molecules.

  9. Chiral vibrations in the A=135 region

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    Almehed, Daniel; Doenau, Friedrich; Frauendorf, Stefan

    2011-05-15

    Chiral vibrations in the A=135 region are studied in the framework of a RPA plus self-consistent tilted axis cranking formalism. In this model chiral vibrations appear as a precursor toward the static chiral regime. The properties of the RPA phonons are discussed and compared to experimental data. We discuss the limits of the chiral region and the transition to the nonharmonic regime.

  10. Conformational change of a chiral Schiff base Ni(II) complex with a binaphthyl moiety: application of vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Sato, Hisako; Mori, Yukie; Yamagishi, Akihiko

    2013-05-21

    Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy was applied to study the structural change of a Ni(II) complex (denoted by [Ni(II)L]) with a chiral Schiff base ligand, (R)- or (S)-2,2'-bis(salicylideneamino)-1,1'-binaphthyl (denoted by H2L), in solution. The major signals in the mid-IR region were assigned on the basis of comparison with the DFT-calculated spectra. The complex transformed reversibly between the square-planar, tetrahedral and octahedral configurations, depending on solvents and temperature. The observed changes in the VCD peaks accompanying the transformation were analyzed in terms of the conformational change of the chiral ligand with a focus on the twisting angle in the Schiff base backbone and the dihedral angle of the binaphthyl group.

  11. From chiral vibration to static chirality in ^135Nd

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    Mukhopadhyay, S.; Almehed, D.; Garg, U.; Frauendorf, S.; Li, T.; Madhusudhana Rao, P. V.; Wang, X.; Ghugre, S. S.; Carpenter, M. P.; Gros, S.; Hecht, A.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Kondev, F. G.; Lauritsen, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Zhu, S.

    2007-10-01

    Lifetimes were obtained in a DSAM measurement at Gammasphere, using the ^100Mo(^40Ar, 5n)^135Nd reaction. Electromagnetic transition probabilities have been measured for the intra- and inter-band transitions in the two sequences in the nucleus ^135Nd that were previously identified as a composite chiral bands [1]. The measurements are in good agreement with results of a new combination of TAC and RPA calculations. The chiral character of the bands is affirmed and it is observed that their behavior is associated with a transition from a vibrational into a static chiral regime. [1] S. Zhu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 132501 (2003).

  12. 2008 Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Philip J. Reid

    2009-09-21

    The conference focuses on using vibrational spectroscopy to probe structure and dynamics of molecules in gases, liquids, and interfaces. The goal is to bring together a collection of researchers who share common interests and who will gain from discussing work at the forefront of several connected areas. The intent is to emphasize the insights and understanding that studies of vibrations provide about a variety of systems.

  13. Supramolecular organization of perfluorinated 1H-indazoles in the solid state using X-ray crystallography, SSNMR and sensitive (VCD) and non sensitive (MIR, FIR and Raman) to chirality vibrational spectroscopies.

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    Quesada-Moreno, María M; Avilés-Moreno, Juan Ramón; López-González, Juan Jesús; Jacob, Kane; Vendier, Laure; Etienne, Michel; Alkorta, Ibon; Elguero, José; Claramunt, Rosa M

    2017-01-04

    1H-Indazole derivatives exhibit a remarkable property since some of them form chiral supramolecular structures starting from achiral monomers. The present work deals with the study of three perfluorinated 1H-indazoles that resolve spontaneously as conglomerates. These conglomerates can contain either a pure enantiomer (one helix) or a mixture of both enantiomers (both helices) with an enantiomeric excess (e.e.) of one of them. The difficulty of the structural analysis of these types of compounds is thus clear. We outline a complete strategy to determine the structures and configurations (M or P helices) of the enantiomers (helices) forming the conglomerates of these perfluorinated 1H-indazoles based on X-ray crystallography, solid state NMR spectroscopy and different solid state vibrational spectroscopies that are either sensitive (VCD) or not (FarIR, IR and Raman) to chirality, together with quantum chemical calculations (DFT).

  14. Communication: The influence of vibrational parity in chiral photoionization dynamics

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    Powis, Ivan

    2014-03-21

    A pronounced vibrational state dependence of photoelectron angular distributions observed in chiral photoionization experiments is explored using a simple, yet realistic, theoretical model based upon the transiently chiral molecule H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The adiabatic approximation is used to separate vibrational and electronic wavefunctions. The full ionization matrix elements are obtained as an average of the electronic dipole matrix elements over the vibrational coordinate, weighted by the product of neutral and ion state vibrational wavefunctions. It is found that the parity of the vibrational Hermite polynomials influences not just the amplitude, but also the phase of the transition matrix elements, and the latter is sufficient, even in the absence of resonant enhancements, to account for enhanced vibrational dependencies in the chiral photoionization dynamics.

  15. Nonlinear optical spectroscopy of chiral molecules.

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    Fischer, Peer; Hache, François

    2005-10-01

    We review nonlinear optical processes that are specific to chiral molecules in solution and on surfaces. In contrast to conventional natural optical activity phenomena, which depend linearly on the electric field strength of the optical field, we discuss how optical processes that are nonlinear (quadratic, cubic, and quartic) functions of the electromagnetic field strength may probe optically active centers and chiral vibrations. We show that nonlinear techniques open entirely new ways of exploring chirality in chemical and biological systems: The cubic processes give rise to nonlinear circular dichroism and nonlinear optical rotation and make it possible to observe dynamic chiral processes at ultrafast time scales. The quadratic second-harmonic and sum-frequency-generation phenomena and the quartic processes may arise entirely in the electric-dipole approximation and do not require the use of circularly polarized light to detect chirality. They provide surface selectivity and their observables can be relatively much larger than in linear optical activity. These processes also give rise to the generation of light at a new color, and in liquids this frequency conversion only occurs if the solution is optically active. We survey recent chiral nonlinear optical experiments and give examples of their application to problems of biophysical interest.

  16. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Ionic Liquids.

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    Paschoal, Vitor H; Faria, Luiz F O; Ribeiro, Mauro C C

    2017-01-04

    Vibrational spectroscopy has continued use as a powerful tool to characterize ionic liquids since the literature on room temperature molten salts experienced the rapid increase in number of publications in the 1990's. In the past years, infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies have provided insights on ionic interactions and the resulting liquid structure in ionic liquids. A large body of information is now available concerning vibrational spectra of ionic liquids made of many different combinations of anions and cations, but reviews on this literature are scarce. This review is an attempt at filling this gap. Some basic care needed while recording IR or Raman spectra of ionic liquids is explained. We have reviewed the conceptual basis of theoretical frameworks which have been used to interpret vibrational spectra of ionic liquids, helping the reader to distinguish the scope of application of different methods of calculation. Vibrational frequencies observed in IR and Raman spectra of ionic liquids based on different anions and cations are discussed and eventual disagreements between different sources are critically reviewed. The aim is that the reader can use this information while assigning vibrational spectra of an ionic liquid containing another particular combination of anions and cations. Different applications of IR and Raman spectroscopies are given for both pure ionic liquids and solutions. Further issues addressed in this review are the intermolecular vibrations that are more directly probed by the low-frequency range of IR and Raman spectra and the applications of vibrational spectroscopy in studying phase transitions of ionic liquids.

  17. Vibrational spectroscopy of resveratrol

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    Billes, Ferenc; Mohammed-Ziegler, Ildikó; Mikosch, Hans; Tyihák, Ernő

    2007-11-01

    In this article the authors deal with the experimental and theoretical interpretation of the vibrational spectra of trans-resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxy- trans-stilbene) of diverse beneficial biological activity. Infrared and Raman spectra of the compound were recorded; density functional calculations were carried out resulting in the optimized geometry and several properties of the molecule. Based on the calculated force constants, a normal coordinate analysis yielded the character of the vibrational modes and the assignment of the measured spectral bands.

  18. Chiral Molecules Revisited by Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Schnell, Melanie

    2014-06-01

    Chiral molecules have fascinated chemists for more than 150 years. While their physical properties are to a very good approximation identical, the two enantiomers of a chiral molecule can have completely different (bio)chemical activities. For example, the right-handed enantiomer of carvone smells of spearmint while the left-handed one smells of caraway. In addition, the active components of many drugs are of one specific handedness, such as in the case of ibuprofen. However, in nature as well as in pharmaceutical applications, chiral molecules often exist in mixtures with other chiral molecules. The analysis of these complex mixtures to identify the molecular components, to determine which enantiomers are present, and to measure the enantiomeric excesses (ee) remains a challenging task for analytical chemistry, despite its importance for modern drug development. We present here a new method of differentiating enantiomers of chiral molecules in the gas phase based on broadband rotational spectroscopy. The phase of the acquired signal bares the signature of the enantiomer, as it depends upon the combined quantity, μ_a μ_b μ_c, which is of opposite sign between enantiomers. It thus also provides information on the absolute configuration of the particular enantiomer. Furthermore, the signal amplitude is proportional to the ee. A significant advantage of our technique is its inherent mixture compatibility due to the fingerprint-like character of rotational spectra. In this contribution, we will introduce the technique and present our latest results on chiral molecule spectroscopy and enantiomer differentiation. D. Patterson, M. Schnell, J.M. Doyle, Nature 497 (2013) 475-477 V.A. Shubert, D. Schmitz, D. Patterson, J.M. Doyle, M. Schnell, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53 (2014) 1152-1155

  19. Coherence specific signal detection via chiral pump-probe spectroscopy

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    Holdaway, David I. H.; Collini, Elisabetta; Olaya-Castro, Alexandra

    2016-05-01

    We examine transient circular dichroism (TRCD) spectroscopy as a technique to investigate signatures of exciton coherence dynamics under the influence of structured vibrational environments. We consider a pump-probe configuration with a linearly polarized pump and a circularly polarized probe, with a variable angle θ between the two directions of propagation. In our theoretical formalism the signal is decomposed in chiral and achiral doorway and window functions. Using this formalism, we show that the chiral doorway component, which beats during the population time, can be isolated by comparing signals with different values of θ. As in the majority of time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy, the overall TRCD response shows signatures of both excited and ground state dynamics. However, we demonstrate that the chiral doorway function has only a weak ground state contribution, which can generally be neglected if an impulsive pump pulse is used. These findings suggest that the pump-probe configuration of optical TRCD in the impulsive limit has the potential to unambiguously probe quantum coherence beating in the excited state. We present numerical results for theoretical signals in an example dimer system.

  20. Time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy

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    Tokmakoff, Andrei; Champion, Paul; Heilweil, Edwin J.; Nelson, Keith A.; Ziegler, Larry

    2009-05-14

    This document contains the Proceedings from the 14th International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy, which was held in Meredith, NH from May 9-14, 2009. The study of molecular dynamics in chemical reaction and biological processes using time-resolved spectroscopy plays an important role in our understanding of energy conversion, storage, and utilization problems. Fundamental studies of chemical reactivity, molecular rearrangements, and charge transport are broadly supported by the DOE's Office of Science because of their role in the development of alternative energy sources, the understanding of biological energy conversion processes, the efficient utilization of existing energy resources, and the mitigation of reactive intermediates in radiation chemistry. In addition, time-resolved spectroscopy is central to all fiveof DOE's grand challenges for fundamental energy science. The Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy conference is organized biennially to bring the leaders in this field from around the globe together with young scientists to discuss the most recent scientific and technological advances. The latest technology in ultrafast infrared, Raman, and terahertz spectroscopy and the scientific advances that these methods enable were covered. Particular emphasis was placed on new experimental methods used to probe molecular dynamics in liquids, solids, interfaces, nanostructured materials, and biomolecules.

  1. Vibrational Spectroscopy and Quantum Localization

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    Fillaux, François

    These lecture-notes are meant to provide newcomers with an overview of the impact of vibrational spectroscopy in the field of nonlinear dynamics of atoms and molecules, in the perspective of energy localization. In the introduction, the terminology of nonlinear excitations and tentative experimental evidences are briefly recalled in a brief historical perspective. The basic principles of vibrational spectroscopy are presented in section 11 for infrared, Raman and inelastic neutron scattering. The potentialities for each technique to probing energy localization are discussed. In section 12, nonlinear dynamics in isolated molecules are treated within the framework of normal versus local mode representations. It is shown that these complementary representations are not necessarily distinctive of weak versus strong anharmonicity, in the context of chemical complexity. It is emphasized that local modes and energy localization are totally independent concepts. In section 4, examples of nonlinear dynamics in crystals are reviewed: multiphonon bound states, strong coupling between phonons and electrons probed with resonance Raman, local modes and quantum rotation in one-dimension probed with inelastic neutron scattering, strong coupling in hydrogen-bonded crystals and self-trapping probed with time-resolved vibrational-spectroscopy. The extended character of eigenstates in crystals free of impurities and disorder, the nature of the interaction of periodic lattices with plane waves, the Franck-Condon principle and the particle-wave duality in the quantum regime are key factors preventing observation of energy localization. It is shown that free spatially-localized nondissipative classical waves give rise to free pseudoparticles that behave as planar waves in the quantum regime. In conclusion, a clear demonstration that energy localization corresponds to eigenstates is eagerly expected for further evidencing these states with vibrational spectroscopy.

  2. Soil chemical insights provided through vibrational spectroscopy

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    Vibrational spectroscopy techniques provide a powerful approach to study environmental materials and processes. These multifunctional analysis tools can be used to probe molecular vibrations of solid, liquid, and gaseous samples for characterizing materials, elucidating reaction mechanisms, and exam...

  3. Broad-Bandwidth Chiral Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy for Probing the Kinetics of Proteins at Interfaces.

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    Wang, Zhuguang; Fu, Li; Ma, Gang; Yan, Elsa C Y

    2015-10-27

    The kinetics of proteins at interfaces plays an important role in biological functions and inspires solutions to fundamental problems in biomedical sciences and engineering. Nonetheless, due to the lack of surface-specific and structural-sensitive biophysical techniques, it still remains challenging to probe protein kinetics in situ and in real time without the use of spectroscopic labels at interfaces. Broad-bandwidth chiral sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy has been recently developed for protein kinetic studies at interfaces by tracking the chiral vibrational signals of proteins. In this article, we review our recent progress in kinetic studies of proteins at interfaces using broad-bandwidth chiral SFG spectroscopy. We illustrate the use of chiral SFG signals of protein side chains in the C-H stretch region to monitor self-assembly processes of proteins at interfaces. We also present the use of chiral SFG signals from the protein backbone in the N-H stretch region to probe the real-time kinetics of proton exchange between protein and water at interfaces. In addition, we demonstrate the applications of spectral features of chiral SFG that are typical of protein secondary structures in both the amide I and the N-H stretch regions for monitoring the kinetics of aggregation of amyloid proteins at membrane surfaces. These studies exhibit the power of broad-bandwidth chiral SFG to study protein kinetics at interfaces and the promise of this technique in research areas of surface science to address fundamental problems in biomedical and material sciences.

  4. Vibrational spectroscopy of HNS degradation

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    Alam, M. Kathleen; Martin, Laura; Schmitt, Randal L.; Ten Eyck, Gregory A.; Welle, Eric

    2008-08-01

    Hexanitrostilbene (HNS) is a widely used explosive, due in part to its high thermal stability. Degradation of HNS is known to occur through UV, chemical exposure, and heat exposure, which can lead to reduced performance of the material. Common methods of testing for HNS degradation include wet chemical and surface area testing of the material itself, and performance testing of devices that use HNS. The commonly used chemical tests, such as volatility, conductivity and contaminant trapping provide information on contaminants rather than the chemical stability of the HNS itself. Additionally, these tests are destructive in nature. As an alternative to these methods, we have been exploring the use of vibrational spectroscopy as a means of monitoring HNS degradation non-destructively. In particular, infrared (IR) spectroscopy lends itself well to non-destructive analysis. Molecular variations in the material can be identified and compared to pure samples. The utility of IR spectroscopy was evaluated using pressed pellets of HNS exposed to DETA (diethylaminetriamine). Amines are known to degrade HNS, with the proposed product being a σ-adduct. We have followed these changes as a function of time using various IR sampling techniques including photoacoustic and attenuated total reflectance (ATR).

  5. VCD spectroscopy as a novel probe for chirality transfer in molecular interactions.

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    Sadlej, Joanna; Dobrowolski, Jan Cz; Rode, Joanna E

    2010-05-01

    Most of the research in contemporary physical chemistry is devoted to the development of methods that extend our understanding, interpretation, and capacity to predict structural properties and dynamic behavior of molecules. The optical and magnetic spectroscopies, as well as diffraction techniques, are the principal methods for studying properties of molecules, biomolecules, and biopolymers of which the vast majority are chiral. On the other hand, information on molecular configuration can be obtained mainly from optical spectroscopies because other well-established spectroscopic techniques used for structural investigations, such as crystallographic, ESR, and NMR methods, do not allow for registration of signals from an individual conformer owing to intrinsic slow response to structural changes. This is the reason why the optical spectroscopy methods, based on natural chiroptical phenomena, have become so important and their renaissance in the last decade is noticed. Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy is one such chiroptical technique that sheds new light on many important phenomena studied intensively. We provide an overview of recent theoretical predictions and innovative VCD observations of chirality transfer (called by other authors "induced chirality") from a chiral molecule to an achiral one as a result of hydrogen bond interactions between them. In this tutorial review we search for answers as to whether we can obtain further information about intermolecular interactions using the VCD technique. In our opinion this technique has opened new horizons for both understanding and monitoring intermolecular interactions and it could be used as a relatively new and powerful physicochemical method.

  6. Vibrational spectroscopy of water interfaces

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    Du, Quan

    1994-12-01

    The second order nonlinear optical processes of second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation are powerful and versatile tools for studying all kinds of surfaces. They possess unusual surface sensitivity due to the symmetry properties of the second order nonlinear susceptibility. The technique of infrared-visible sum frequency generation (SFG) is particularly attractive because it offers a viable way to do vibrational spectroscopy on any surfaces accessible to light with submonolayer sensitivity. In this thesis, the author applies SFG to study a number of important water interfaces. At the air/water interface, hydrophobic solid/water and liquid/water interfaces, it was found that approximately 25% of surface water molecules have one of their hydrogen pointing away from the liquid water. The large number of unsatisfied hydrogen bonds contributes significantly to the large interfacial energy of the hydrophobic surfaces. At the hydrophilic fused quartz/water interface and a fatty acid monolayer covered water surface, the structure and orientation of surface water molecules are controlled by the hydrogen bonding of water molecules with the surface OH groups and the electrostatic interaction with the surface field from the ionization of surface groups. A change of pH value in the bulk water can significantly change the relative importance of the two interactions and cause a drastic change in orientation of the surface water molecules. SFG has also been applied to study the tribological response of some model lubricant films. Monolayers of Langmuir-Blodgett films were found to disorder orientationaly under mildly high pressure and recover promptly upon removal of the applied pressure.

  7. Surface-Enhanced Impulsive Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Du, Juan; Harra, Juha; Virkki, Matti; Mäkelä, Jyrki M.; Leng, Yuxin; Kauranen, Martti; Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2016-11-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted a lot of attention in molecular sensing because of the remarkable ability of plasmonic metal nanostructures to enhance the weak Raman scattering process. On the other hand, coherent vibrational spectroscopy triggered by impulsive excitation using ultrafast laser pulses provides complete information about the temporal evolution of molecular vibrations, allowing dynamical processes in molecular systems to be followed in “real time”. Here, we combine these two concepts and demonstrate surface-enhanced impulsive vibrational spectroscopy. The vibrational modes of the ground and excited states of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)‑1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV), spin-coated on a substrate covered with monodisperse silver nanoparticles, are impulsively excited with a sub-10 fs pump pulse and characterized with a delayed broad-band probe pulse. The maximum enhancement in the spectrally and temporally resolved vibrational signatures averaged over the whole sample is about 4.6, while the real-time information about the instantaneous vibrational amplitude together with the initial vibrational phase is preserved. The phase is essential to determine the vibrational contributions from the ground and excited states.

  8. Surface-Enhanced Impulsive Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Du, Juan; Harra, Juha; Virkki, Matti; Mäkelä, Jyrki M.; Leng, Yuxin; Kauranen, Martti; Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2016-01-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted a lot of attention in molecular sensing because of the remarkable ability of plasmonic metal nanostructures to enhance the weak Raman scattering process. On the other hand, coherent vibrational spectroscopy triggered by impulsive excitation using ultrafast laser pulses provides complete information about the temporal evolution of molecular vibrations, allowing dynamical processes in molecular systems to be followed in “real time”. Here, we combine these two concepts and demonstrate surface-enhanced impulsive vibrational spectroscopy. The vibrational modes of the ground and excited states of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)−1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV), spin-coated on a substrate covered with monodisperse silver nanoparticles, are impulsively excited with a sub-10 fs pump pulse and characterized with a delayed broad-band probe pulse. The maximum enhancement in the spectrally and temporally resolved vibrational signatures averaged over the whole sample is about 4.6, while the real-time information about the instantaneous vibrational amplitude together with the initial vibrational phase is preserved. The phase is essential to determine the vibrational contributions from the ground and excited states. PMID:27812020

  9. Chirality transfer from gold nanocluster to adsorbate evidenced by vibrational circular dichroism

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    Dolamic, Igor; Varnholt, Birte; Bürgi, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The transfer of chirality from one set of molecules to another is fundamental for applications in chiral technology and has likely played a crucial role for establishing homochirality on earth. Here we show that an intrinsically chiral gold cluster can transfer its handedness to an achiral molecule adsorbed on its surface. Solutions of chiral Au38(2-PET)24 (2-PET=2-phenylethylthiolate) cluster enantiomers show strong vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) signals in vibrations of the achiral adsorbate. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that 2-PET molecules adopt a chiral conformation. Chirality transfer from the cluster to the achiral adsorbate is responsible for the preference of one of the two mirror images. Intermolecular interactions between the adsorbed molecules on the crowded cluster surface seem to play a dominant role for the phenomena. Such chirality transfer from metals to adsorbates likely plays an important role in heterogeneous enantioselective catalysis. PMID:25960309

  10. Chirality transfer from gold nanocluster to adsorbate evidenced by vibrational circular dichroism

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    Dolamic, Igor; Varnholt, Birte; Bürgi, Thomas

    2015-05-01

    The transfer of chirality from one set of molecules to another is fundamental for applications in chiral technology and has likely played a crucial role for establishing homochirality on earth. Here we show that an intrinsically chiral gold cluster can transfer its handedness to an achiral molecule adsorbed on its surface. Solutions of chiral Au38(2-PET)24 (2-PET=2-phenylethylthiolate) cluster enantiomers show strong vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) signals in vibrations of the achiral adsorbate. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that 2-PET molecules adopt a chiral conformation. Chirality transfer from the cluster to the achiral adsorbate is responsible for the preference of one of the two mirror images. Intermolecular interactions between the adsorbed molecules on the crowded cluster surface seem to play a dominant role for the phenomena. Such chirality transfer from metals to adsorbates likely plays an important role in heterogeneous enantioselective catalysis.

  11. Broad-Bandwidth Chiral Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy for Probing the Kinetics of Proteins at Interfaces

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    2016-01-01

    The kinetics of proteins at interfaces plays an important role in biological functions and inspires solutions to fundamental problems in biomedical sciences and engineering. Nonetheless, due to the lack of surface-specific and structural-sensitive biophysical techniques, it still remains challenging to probe protein kinetics in situ and in real time without the use of spectroscopic labels at interfaces. Broad-bandwidth chiral sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy has been recently developed for protein kinetic studies at interfaces by tracking the chiral vibrational signals of proteins. In this article, we review our recent progress in kinetic studies of proteins at interfaces using broad-bandwidth chiral SFG spectroscopy. We illustrate the use of chiral SFG signals of protein side chains in the C–H stretch region to monitor self-assembly processes of proteins at interfaces. We also present the use of chiral SFG signals from the protein backbone in the N–H stretch region to probe the real-time kinetics of proton exchange between protein and water at interfaces. In addition, we demonstrate the applications of spectral features of chiral SFG that are typical of protein secondary structures in both the amide I and the N–H stretch regions for monitoring the kinetics of aggregation of amyloid proteins at membrane surfaces. These studies exhibit the power of broad-bandwidth chiral SFG to study protein kinetics at interfaces and the promise of this technique in research areas of surface science to address fundamental problems in biomedical and material sciences. PMID:26196215

  12. Probing vibrational anisotropy with nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Pavlik, J. W.; Barabanschikov, A.; Oliver, A. G.; Alp, E. E.; Sturhahn, W.; Zhao, J.; Sage, J. T.; Scheidt, W. R.

    2010-06-14

    A NRVS single-crystal study (NRVS=nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy) has provided detailed information on the in-plane modes of nitrosyl iron porphyrinate [Fe(oep)(NO)] (see picture; oep=octaethylporphyrin). The axial nitrosyl ligand controls the direction of the in-plane iron motion.

  13. Two-dimensional vibrational-electronic spectroscopy

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    Courtney, Trevor L.; Fox, Zachary W.; Slenkamp, Karla M.; Khalil, Munira

    2015-10-21

    Two-dimensional vibrational-electronic (2D VE) spectroscopy is a femtosecond Fourier transform (FT) third-order nonlinear technique that creates a link between existing 2D FT spectroscopies in the vibrational and electronic regions of the spectrum. 2D VE spectroscopy enables a direct measurement of infrared (IR) and electronic dipole moment cross terms by utilizing mid-IR pump and optical probe fields that are resonant with vibrational and electronic transitions, respectively, in a sample of interest. We detail this newly developed 2D VE spectroscopy experiment and outline the information contained in a 2D VE spectrum. We then use this technique and its single-pump counterpart (1D VE) to probe the vibrational-electronic couplings between high frequency cyanide stretching vibrations (ν{sub CN}) and either a ligand-to-metal charge transfer transition ([Fe{sup III}(CN){sub 6}]{sup 3−} dissolved in formamide) or a metal-to-metal charge transfer (MMCT) transition ([(CN){sub 5}Fe{sup II}CNRu{sup III}(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}]{sup −} dissolved in formamide). The 2D VE spectra of both molecules reveal peaks resulting from coupled high- and low-frequency vibrational modes to the charge transfer transition. The time-evolving amplitudes and positions of the peaks in the 2D VE spectra report on coherent and incoherent vibrational energy transfer dynamics among the coupled vibrational modes and the charge transfer transition. The selectivity of 2D VE spectroscopy to vibronic processes is evidenced from the selective coupling of specific ν{sub CN} modes to the MMCT transition in the mixed valence complex. The lineshapes in 2D VE spectra report on the correlation of the frequency fluctuations between the coupled vibrational and electronic frequencies in the mixed valence complex which has a time scale of 1 ps. The details and results of this study confirm the versatility of 2D VE spectroscopy and its applicability to probe how vibrations modulate charge and energy transfer in a

  14. Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) chiral assignment of atropisomers: application to γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) modulators designed as potential anxiolytic drugs.

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    Pivonka, Don E; Wesolowski, Steven S

    2013-04-01

    Atropisomers exist when axial chirality is present as a result of conformationally restricted rotation around a single bond. The interconversion rate of the individual atropisomers is critical to the assessment of chiral stability of a drug throughout scale-up, development, production, and storage as well as in vivo pharmacokinetics. We describe the application of vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy coupled with quantum mechanics simulations to assign the absolute axial chirality and measure the racemization half-life of a series of potential anxiolytic drugs that act as γ-aminobutyric acid modulators.

  15. Dirhodium complexes: determination of absolute configuration by the exciton chirality method using VCD spectroscopy.

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    Szilvágyi, Gábor; Brém, Balázs; Báti, Gábor; Tölgyesi, László; Hollósi, Miklós; Vass, Elemér

    2013-09-28

    Inherently chiral dinuclear rhodium complexes have been synthesized from the well-known dirhodium(II)-acetate and chiral/achiral amino acids. These complexes have a twisted paddlewheel structure due to axial chirality. Chiral induction could be observed when the ligands were chiral, opposite to the case of achiral ligands, where a racemic mixture was formed. The racemic mixture was separated by chiral HPLC-ECD. The stereochemical properties of these complexes were determined by VCD spectroscopy supported by theoretical calculations at the DFT level. We present a simple route to determine the absolute configuration by an exciton chirality method using VCD spectroscopy.

  16. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Chromatographic Interfaces

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    Jeanne E. Pemberton

    2011-03-10

    Chromatographic separations play a central role in DOE-supported fundamental research related to energy, biological systems, the environment, and nuclear science. The overall portfolio of research activities in the Separations and Analysis Program within the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences includes support for activities designed to develop a molecular-level understanding of the chemical processes that underlie separations for both large-scale and analytical-scale purposes. The research effort funded by this grant award was a continuation of DOE-supported research to develop vibrational spectroscopic methods to characterize the interfacial details of separations processes at a molecular level.

  17. Photoisomerization of a Chiral Imine Molecular Switch Followed by Matrix-Isolation VCD Spectroscopy.

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    Pollok, Corina H; Riesebeck, Tim; Merten, Christian

    2017-02-06

    Characterizing the stereochemistry of transient photoisomerization products remains a big challenge for the design of molecular machines, such as unidirectional molecular motors. Often these states are not stable long enough to be characterized in detail using conventional spectroscopic tools. The structurally simple camphorquinone imine 1 serves to illustrate the advantage of combining the matrix-isolation technique with vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy for the investigation of photoisomerizations of chiral molecules. In particular, it is shown that both (E)- and (Z)-1 can be generated photochemically at cryogenic temperatures in an argon matrix, and more importantly, that the stereochemistry of both switching states can be characterized reliably.

  18. Conformational study of chiral penicillamine ligand on optically active silver nanoclusters with IR and VCD spectroscopy

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    Yao, Hiroshi; Nishida, Naoki; Kimura, Keisaku

    2010-02-01

    The conformation of chiral D-/ L-penicillamine ( D-/ L-Pen) adsorbed on optically active silver nanoclusters with a mean core diameter of about 1.1 nm was investigated by infrared (IR) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy. IR spectra of the D-/ L-Pen-protected nanoclusters in D 2O/CD 3OD solution are essentially identical, but the VCD exhibits a mirror image relationship indicating that these species have enantiomeric relationship. The experimental IR and VCD spectra are compared with the calculated ones for different model conformers at the DFT/B3PW91 level. The analysis in the spectral region of ν asym(COO -) and δ sym(NH 2) modes reveals significant shortcomings when comparing with vacuum calculations. We then take a bulk solvent effect into account in the theoretical calculations to obtain better agreement, resulting in the establishment of a preferential conformation of chiral penicillamine on the silver nanocluster surface.

  19. Study of the photoinduced supramolecular chirality in columnar liquid crystals by infrared and VCD spectroscopies.

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    Avilés Moreno, Juan Ramón; López González, Juan Jesús; Partal Ureña, Francisco; Vera, Francisco; Ros, M Blanca; Sierra, Teresa

    2012-04-26

    IR and VCD spectroscopies are employed to clarify the molecular origins of supramolecular chirality in azobenzene-containing columnar liquid crystals. The different columnar mesomorphic assemblies, Colr and Colh, of an achiral and a chiral propeller-like hydrogen-bonded complex, respectively, are used for this study. The mesomorphic behavior of the achiral complex is studied here for the first time, and the structural parameters of its Colr mesophase are determined by X-ray diffraction. Both complexes bear azobenzene units and this makes it possible to implement photoresponsive columnar architectures, the chirality of which can be induced and modulated by irradiation with 488 nm circularly polarized light (CPL). Thin films of the respective rectangular and hexagonal columnar phases of these complexes have been processed in order to study the IR absorption spectra and the vibrational circular dichroism responses upon irradiation with CPL. These studies allow confirming that the outer part of the columns, consisting on azobenzene groups, is mainly involved in the photoinduced supramolecular chirality, rather than the inner part of the columns where a melamine core is located. This supports a structural model based on the helical disposition of the azobenzene groups along the stacked propeller-like complexes.

  20. Vibrational spectroscopy in shock-compressed liquids

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    Schmidt, S.C.; Moore, D.S.

    1992-01-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy is being used to study the structure and energy transfer in simple molecular liquids at the high pressures and temperatures characteristic of explosive detonation. Dense fluids to several thousand degrees temperature and several hundred kilobars pressure are obtained using the shock-compression technique. Vibrational frequencies, third-order susceptibility ratios, and linewidths have been measured for N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, CO, mixtures of N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, and CO, and N{sub 2}O. Frequencies are found to increase with pressure. The transition intensity and line-width data suggest that thermal equilibrium of the vibrational levels is attained in less than a few nanoseconds at these high pressures and temperatures. Vibrational temperatures obtained are compared to those derived from equation-of-state calculations.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopy in shock-compressed liquids

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    Schmidt, S.C.; Moore, D.S.

    1992-03-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy is being used to study the structure and energy transfer in simple molecular liquids at the high pressures and temperatures characteristic of explosive detonation. Dense fluids to several thousand degrees temperature and several hundred kilobars pressure are obtained using the shock-compression technique. Vibrational frequencies, third-order susceptibility ratios, and linewidths have been measured for N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, CO, mixtures of N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, and CO, and N{sub 2}O. Frequencies are found to increase with pressure. The transition intensity and line-width data suggest that thermal equilibrium of the vibrational levels is attained in less than a few nanoseconds at these high pressures and temperatures. Vibrational temperatures obtained are compared to those derived from equation-of-state calculations.

  2. Anharmonic Vibrational Spectroscopy on Metal Transition Complexes

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    Latouche, Camille; Bloino, Julien; Barone, Vincenzo

    2014-06-01

    Advances in hardware performance and the availability of efficient and reliable computational models have made possible the application of computational spectroscopy to ever larger molecular systems. The systematic interpretation of experimental data and the full characterization of complex molecules can then be facilitated. Focusing on vibrational spectroscopy, several approaches have been proposed to simulate spectra beyond the double harmonic approximation, so that more details become available. However, a routine use of such tools requires the preliminary definition of a valid protocol with the most appropriate combination of electronic structure and nuclear calculation models. Several benchmark of anharmonic calculations frequency have been realized on organic molecules. Nevertheless, benchmarks of organometallics or inorganic metal complexes at this level are strongly lacking despite the interest of these systems due to their strong emission and vibrational properties. Herein we report the benchmark study realized with anharmonic calculations on simple metal complexes, along with some pilot applications on systems of direct technological or biological interest.

  3. Chiral Analysis of Isopulegol by Fourier Transform Molecular Rotational Spectroscopy

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    Evangelisti, Luca; Seifert, Nathan A.; Spada, Lorenzo; Pate, Brooks

    2016-06-01

    Chiral analysis on molecules with multiple chiral centers can be performed using pulsed-jet Fourier transform rotational spectroscopy. This analysis includes quantitative measurement of diastereomer products and, with the three wave mixing methods developed by Patterson, Schnell, and Doyle (Nature 497, 475-477 (2013)), quantitative determination of the enantiomeric excess of each diastereomer. The high resolution features enable to perform the analysis directly on complex samples without the need for chromatographic separation. Isopulegol has been chosen to show the capabilities of Fourier transform rotational spectroscopy for chiral analysis. Broadband rotational spectroscopy produces spectra with signal-to-noise ratio exceeding 1000:1. The ability to identify low-abundance (0.1-1%) diastereomers in the sample will be described. Methods to rapidly identify rotational spectra from isotopologues at natural abundance will be shown and the molecular structures obtained from this analysis will be compared to theory. The role that quantum chemistry calculations play in identifying structural minima and estimating their spectroscopic properties to aid spectral analysis will be described. Finally, the implementation of three wave mixing techniques to measure the enantiomeric excess of each diastereomer and determine the absolute configuration of the enantiomer in excess will be described.

  4. Molecular Chirality: Enantiomer Differentiation by High-Resolution Spectroscopy

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    Hirota, Eizi

    2014-06-01

    I have demonstrated that triple resonance performed on a three-rotational-level system of a chiral molecule of C1 symmetry exhibits signals opposite in phase for different enantiomers, thereby making enantiomer differentiation possible by microwave spectroscopy This prediction was realized by Patterson et al. on 1,2-propanediol and 1,3-butanediol. We thus now add a powerful method: microwave spectroscopy to the study of chiral molecules, for which hitherto only the measurement of optical rotation has been employed. Although microwave spectroscopy is applied to molecules in the gaseous phase, it is unprecedentedly superior to the traditional method: polarimeter in resolution, accuracy, sensitivity, and so on, and I anticipate a new fascinating research area to be opened in the field of molecular chirality. More versatile and efficient systems should be invented and developed for microwave spectroscopy, in order to cope well with new applications expected for this method For C2 and Cn (n ≥ 3)chiral molecules, the three-rotational-level systems treated above for C1 molecules are no more available within one vibronic state. It should, however, be pointed out that, if we take into account an excited vibronic state in addition to the ground state, for example, we may encounter many three-level systems. Namely, either one rotational transition in the ground state is combined with two vibronic transitions, or such a rotational transition in an excited state may be connected through two vibronic transitions to a rotational level in the ground state manifold. The racemization obviously plays a crucial role in the study of molecular chirality. However, like many other terms employed in chemistry, this important process has been "defined" only in a vague way, in other words, it includes many kinds of processes, which are not well classified on a molecular basis. I shall mention an attempt to obviate these shortcomings in the definition of racemization and also to clarify the

  5. Ultrafast time-resolved vibrational spectroscopies of carotenoids in photosynthesis.

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    Hashimoto, Hideki; Sugisaki, Mitsuru; Yoshizawa, Masayuki

    2015-01-01

    This review discusses the application of time-resolved vibrational spectroscopies to the studies of carotenoids in photosynthesis. The focus is on the ultrafast time regime and the study of photophysics and photochemistry of carotenoids by femtosecond time-resolved stimulated Raman and four-wave mixing spectroscopies. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Vibrational spectroscopies and bioenergetic systems.

  6. A chiral rhenium complex with predicted high parity violation effects: synthesis, stereochemical characterization by VCD spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations.

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    Saleh, Nidal; Zrig, Samia; Roisnel, Thierry; Guy, Laure; Bast, Radovan; Saue, Trond; Darquié, Benoît; Crassous, Jeanne

    2013-07-14

    With their rich electronic, vibrational, rotational and hyperfine structure, molecular systems have the potential to play a decisive role in precision tests of fundamental physics. For example, electroweak nuclear interactions should cause small energy differences between the two enantiomers of chiral molecules, a signature of parity symmetry breaking. Enantioenriched oxorhenium(VII) complexes S-(-)- and R-(+)-3 bearing a chiral 2-methyl-1-thio-propanol ligand have been prepared as potential candidates for probing molecular parity violation effects via high resolution laser spectroscopy of the Re=O stretching. Although the rhenium atom is not a stereogenic centre in itself, experimental vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra revealed a surrounding chiral environment, evidenced by the Re=O bond stretching mode signal. The calculated VCD spectrum of the R enantiomer confirmed the position of the sulfur atom cis to the methyl, as observed in the solid-state X-ray crystallographic structure, and showed the presence of two conformers of comparable stability. Relativistic quantum chemistry calculations indicate that the vibrational shift between enantiomers due to parity violation is above the target sensitivity of an ultra-high resolution infrared spectroscopy experiment under active preparation.

  7. Determination of absolute configuration of chiral molecules using vibrational optical activity: a review.

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    He, Yanan; Wang, Bo; Dukor, Rina K; Nafie, Laurence A

    2011-07-01

    Determination of the absolute handedness, known as absolute configuration (AC), of chiral molecules is an important step in any field related to chirality, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. Vibrational optical activity (VOA) has become a powerful tool for the determination of the AC of chiral molecules in the solution state after nearly forty years of evolution. VOA offers a novel alternative, or supplement, to X-ray crystallography, permitting AC determinations on neat liquid, oil, and solution samples without the need to grow single crystals of the pure chiral sample molecules as required for X-ray analysis. By comparing the sign and intensity of the measured VOA spectrum with the corresponding ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculated VOA spectrum of a chosen configuration, one can unambiguously assign the AC of a chiral molecule. Comparing measured VOA spectra with calculated VOA spectra of all the conformers can also provide solution-state conformational populations. VOA consists of infrared vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and vibrational Raman optical activity (ROA). Currently, VCD is used routinely by researchers in a variety of backgrounds, including molecular chirality, asymmetric synthesis, chiral catalysis, drug screening, pharmacology, and natural products. Although the application of ROA in AC determination lags behind that of VCD, with the recent implementation of ROA subroutines in commercial quantum chemistry software, ROA will in the future complement VCD for AC determination. In this review, the basic principles of the application of VCD to the determination of absolute configuration in chiral molecules are described. The steps required for VCD spectral measurement and calculation are outlined, followed by brief descriptions of recently published papers reporting the determination of AC in small organic, pharmaceutical, and natural product molecules.

  8. Isolating the chiral contribution in optical two-dimensional chiral spectroscopy using linearly polarized light

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    Holdaway, David I. H.; Collini, Elisabetta; Olaya-Castro, Alexandra

    2017-03-01

    The full development of mono- or multi-dimensional time-resolved spectroscopy techniques incorporating optical activity signals has been strongly hampered by the challenge of identifying the small chiral signals over the large achiral background. Here we propose a new methodology to isolate chiral signals removing the achiral background from two commonly used configurations for performing two dimensional optical spectroscopy, known as BOXCARS and GRadient Assisted Photon Echo Spectroscopy (GRAPES). It is found that in both cases an achiral signal from an isotropic system can be completely eliminated by small manipulations of the relative angles between the linear polarizations of the four input laser pulses. Starting from the formulation of a perturbative expansion of the signal in the angle between the beams and the propagation axis, we derive analytic expressions that can be used to estimate how to change the polarization angles of the four pulses to minimize achiral contributions in the studied configurations. The generalization to any other possible experimental configurations has also been discussed. %We derive analytic expressions to changes required to the polarizations in terms of a perturbative expansion in the angle between the beams and the colinear axis. We also numerically estimate higher order coefficients which cover arbitrarily large angles and thus any experimental configuration.

  9. Enantiomer Identification in Chiral Mixtures with Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Shubert, V. Alvin; Schmitz, David; Medcraft, Chris; Patterson, David; Doyle, John M.; Schnell, Melanie

    2014-06-01

    In nature and as products of chemical syntheses, chiral molecules often exist in mixtures with other chiral molecules. The analysis of these complex mixtures to identify the components, determine which enantiomers are present, and to measure the enantiomeric excesses (ee) is still one of the challenging but very important tasks of analytical chemistry. These analyses are required at every step of modern drug development, from candidate searches to production and regulation. We present here a new method of identifying individual enantiomers in mixtures of chiral molecules in the gas phase. It is based on broadband rotational spectroscopy and employs a sum or difference frequency generation three-wave mixing process that involves a closed cycle of three rotational transitions. The phase of the acquired signal bares the signature of the enantiomer (see figure), as it depends upon the combined quantity, μaμbμc, which is of opposite sign between members of an enantiomeric pair. Furthermore, because the signal amplitude is proportional to the ee, this technique allows for both determining which enantiomer is in excess and by how much. The high resolution of our technique allows us to perform molecule specific measurements of mixtures of chiral molecules with μaμbμc ≠ 0, even when the molecules are very similar (e.g. conformational isomers). We introduce the technique and present results on the analysis of mixtures of the terpenes, carvone, menthone, and carvomenthenol. D. Patterson, M. Schnell, J. M. Doyle, Nature. 497, 475-477, 2013 V. A. Shubert, D. Schmitz, D. Patterson, J. M. Doyle, M. Schnell, Ang. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 1152-1155,2014

  10. Dissipative vibrational model for chiral recognition in olfaction

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    Tirandaz, Arash; Taher Ghahramani, Farhad; Shafiee, Afshin

    2015-09-01

    We examine the olfactory discrimination of left- and right-handed enantiomers of chiral odorants based on the odorant-mediated electron transport from a donor to an acceptor of the olfactory receptors embodied in a biological environment. The chiral odorant is effectively described by an asymmetric double-well potential whose minima are associated to the left- and right-handed enantiomers. The introduced asymmetry is considered an overall measure of chiral interactions. The biological environment is conveniently modeled as a bath of harmonic oscillators. The resulting spin-boson model is adapted by a polaron transformation to derive the corresponding Born-Markov master equation with which we obtain the elastic and inelastic electron tunneling rates. We show that the inelastic tunneling through left- and right-handed enantiomers occurs with different rates. The discrimination mechanism depends on the ratio of tunneling frequency to localization frequency.

  11. Multidimensional Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Vibrational Coherence in Biopolyenes

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    Buckup, Tiago; Motzkus, Marcus

    2014-04-01

    Multidimensional femtosecond time-resolved vibrational coherence spectroscopy allows one to investigate the evolution of vibrational coherence in electronic excited states. Methods such as pump-degenerate four-wave mixing and pump-impulsive vibrational spectroscopy combine an initial ultrashort laser pulse with a nonlinear probing sequence to reinduce vibrational coherence exclusively in the excited states. By carefully exploiting specific electronic resonances, one can detect vibrational coherence from 0 cm-1 to over 2,000 cm-1 and map its evolution. This review focuses on the observation and mapping of high-frequency vibrational coherence for all-trans biological polyenes such as β-carotene, lycopene, retinal, and retinal Schiff base. We discuss the role of molecular symmetry in vibrational coherence activity in the S1 electronic state and the interplay of coupling between electronic states and vibrational coherence.

  12. Optimization of chiral lattice based metastructures for broadband vibration suppression using genetic algorithms

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    Abdeljaber, Osama; Avci, Onur; Inman, Daniel J.

    2016-05-01

    One of the major challenges in civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering is to develop vibration suppression systems with high efficiency and low cost. Recent studies have shown that high damping performance at broadband frequencies can be achieved by incorporating periodic inserts with tunable dynamic properties as internal resonators in structural systems. Structures featuring these kinds of inserts are referred to as metamaterials inspired structures or metastructures. Chiral lattice inserts exhibit unique characteristics such as frequency bandgaps which can be tuned by varying the parameters that define the lattice topology. Recent analytical and experimental investigations have shown that broadband vibration attenuation can be achieved by including chiral lattices as internal resonators in beam-like structures. However, these studies have suggested that the performance of chiral lattice inserts can be maximized by utilizing an efficient optimization technique to obtain the optimal topology of the inserted lattice. In this study, an automated optimization procedure based on a genetic algorithm is applied to obtain the optimal set of parameters that will result in chiral lattice inserts tuned properly to reduce the global vibration levels of a finite-sized beam. Genetic algorithms are considered in this study due to their capability of dealing with complex and insufficiently understood optimization problems. In the optimization process, the basic parameters that govern the geometry of periodic chiral lattices including the number of circular nodes, the thickness of the ligaments, and the characteristic angle are considered. Additionally, a new set of parameters is introduced to enable the optimization process to explore non-periodic chiral designs. Numerical simulations are carried out to demonstrate the efficiency of the optimization process.

  13. The role of chirality in a set of key intermediates of pharmaceutical interest, 3-aryl-substituted-γ-butyrolactones, evidenced by chiral HPLC separation and by chiroptical spectroscopies.

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    Rossi, Daniela; Nasti, Rita; Collina, Simona; Mazzeo, Giuseppe; Ghidinelli, Simone; Longhi, Giovanna; Memo, Maurizio; Abbate, Sergio

    2017-01-05

    The enantiomers of four chiral 3-aryl-substituted-γ-butyrolactones, key intermediates for the preparation of compounds of pharmaceutical interest, were successfully isolated by enantioselective chromatography, employing the Chiralpak AD-H chiral stationary phase. For all compounds the same elution order was observed, as monitored by a full set of chiroptical methods that we employed, namely ORD (optical rotatory dispersion), ECD (electronic circular dichroism, or CD in the UV range), and VCD (vibrational circular dichroism, or CD in the IR range). By density functional theory (DFT) calculations we were able to determine that the first eluted enantiomer has (S) absolute configuration in all four cases. We were able to justify the elution order by molecular docking calculations for all four enantiomeric pairs and suitable modeling of the stationary and mobile phases of the employed columns. The optimal performance of the chiroptical spectroscopies and of the DFT calculations allows us to formulate a lactone chirality rule out of the CO stretching region of the VCD spectra.

  14. 2010 GRC VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY AUGUST 1 - AUGUST 6, 2010

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    Brooks Pate

    2010-08-06

    The Vibrational Spectroscopy conference focuses on using vibrational spectroscopy to probe structure and dynamics of molecules in gases, liquids, and at interfaces. The conference explores the wide range of state-of-the-art techniques based on vibrational motion. These techniques span the fields of time-domain, high-resolution frequency-domain, spatially-resolved, nonlinear and multidimensional spectroscopies. The conference highlights the application of these techniques in chemistry, materials, biology, and medicine. The theory of molecular vibrational motion and its connection to spectroscopic signatures and chemical reaction dynamics is the third major theme of the meeting. The goal is to bring together a collection of researchers who share common interests and who will gain from discussing work at the forefront of several connected areas. The intent is to emphasize the insights and understanding that studies of vibrations provide about a variety of molecular systems ranging from small polyatomic molecules to large biomolecules and nanomaterials.

  15. Lanthanide tris(β-diketonates) as useful probes for chirality determination of biological amino alcohols in vibrational circular dichroism: ligand to ligand chirality transfer in lanthanide coordination sphere.

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    Miyake, Hiroyuki; Terada, Keiko; Tsukube, Hiroshi

    2014-06-01

    A series of lanthanide tris(β-diketonates) functioned as useful chirality probes in the vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) characterization of biological amino alcohols. Various chiral amino alcohols induced intense VCD signals upon ternary complexation with racemic lanthanide tris(β-diketonates). The VCD signals observed around 1500 cm(-1) (β-diketonate IR absorption region) correlated well with the stereochemistry and enantiomeric purity of the targeted amino alcohol, while the corresponding monoalcohol, monoamine, and diol substrates induced very weak VCD signals. The high-coordination number and dynamic property of the lanthanide complex offer an effective chirality VCD probing of biological substrates.

  16. Vibrational spectroscopy at electrolyte/electrode interfaces with graphene gratings

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    Bie, Ya-Qing; Horng, Jason; Shi, Zhiwen; Ju, Long; Zhou, Qin; Zettl, Alex; Yu, Dapeng; Wang, Feng

    2015-01-01

    Microscopic understanding of physical and electrochemical processes at electrolyte/electrode interfaces is critical for applications ranging from batteries, fuel cells to electrocatalysis. However, probing such buried interfacial processes is experimentally challenging. Infrared spectroscopy is sensitive to molecule vibrational signatures, yet to approach the interface three stringent requirements have to be met: interface specificity, sub-monolayer molecular detection sensitivity, and electrochemically stable and infrared transparent electrodes. Here we show that transparent graphene gratings electrode provide an attractive platform for vibrational spectroscopy at the electrolyte/electrode interfaces: infrared diffraction from graphene gratings offers enhanced detection sensitivity and interface specificity. We demonstrate the vibrational spectroscopy of methylene group of adsorbed sub-monolayer cetrimonium bromide molecules and reveal a reversible field-induced electrochemical deposition of cetrimonium bromide on the electrode controlled by the bias voltage. Such vibrational spectroscopy with graphene gratings is promising for real time and in situ monitoring of different chemical species at the electrolyte/electrode interfaces. PMID:26123807

  17. The road to medical vibrational spectroscopy--a history.

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    Mantsch, Henry H

    2013-07-21

    The present Editorial chronicles the journey from classical infrared and Raman spectroscopy to medical vibrational spectroscopy, as experienced by a contemporary witness of the times. During the second half of the last century vibrational biospectroscopy became a topic of increasing global interest and has spawned a number of international conferences of which the most recent, SPEC 2012 - Shedding New Light on Disease, constitutes the basis of the present themed issue.

  18. Discrimination of Enantiomers of Dipeptide Derivatives with Two Chiral Centers by Tetraaza Macrocyclic Chiral Solvating Agents Using (1)H NMR Spectroscopy.

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    Fang, Lixia; Lv, Caixia; Wang, Guo; Feng, Lei; Stavropoulos, Pericles; Gao, Guangpeng; Ai, Lin; Zhang, Jiaxin

    2016-12-01

    (1)H NMR spectroscopy is often used to discriminate enantiomers of chiral analytes and determine their enantiomeric excess (ee) by various chiral auxiliaries. In reported research, these studies were mainly focused on chiral discriminantion of chiral analytes with only one chiral center. However, many chiral compounds possessing two or more chiral centers are often found in natural products, chiral drugs, products of asymmetric synthesis and biological systems. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate their chiral discrimination by effective chiral auxiliaries using (1)H NMR spectroscopy. In this paper, a new class of tetraaza macrocyclic chiral solvating agents (TAMCSAs) with two amide (CONH), two amino (NH) and two phenolic hydroxyl (PhOH) groups has been designed and synthsized for chiral discrimination towards dipeptide derivatives with two chiral centers. These dipeptide derivatives are important chiral species because some of them are used as clinical drugs and special dietary supplements for treatment of human diseases, such as L-alanyl-L-glutamine and aspartame. The results show that these TAMCSAs have excellent chiral discriminating properties and offer multiple detection possibilities pertaining to (1)H NMR signals of diagnostic split protons. The nonequivalent chemical shifts (up to 0.486 ppm) of various types of protons of these dipeptide derivatives were evaluated with the assistance of well-resolved (1)H NMR signals in most cases. In addition, enantiomeric excesses (ee) of the dipeptide derivatives with different optical compositions have been calculated based on integration of well-separeted proton signals. At the same time, the possible chiral discriminating behaviors have been discussed by means of Job plots, ESI mass spectra and a proposed theoretical model of (±)-G1 with TAMCSA 1c. Additionally, the association constants of enantiomers of (±)-G5 with TAMCSA 1a were calculated by employing the nonlinear curve-fitting method.

  19. The Clusters-in-a-Liquid Approach for Solvation: New Insights from the Conformer Specific Gas Phase Spectroscopy and Vibrational Optical Activity Spectroscopy

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    Perera, Angelo S.; Thomas, Javix; Poopari, Mohammad R.; Xu, Yunjie

    2016-01-01

    Vibrational optical activity spectroscopies, namely vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and Raman optical activity (ROA), have been emerged in the past decade as powerful spectroscopic tools for stereochemical information of a wide range of chiral compounds in solution directly. More recently, their applications in unveiling solvent effects, especially those associated with water solvent, have been explored. In this review article, we first select a few examples to demonstrate the unique sensitivity of VCD spectral signatures to both bulk solvent effects and explicit hydrogen-bonding interactions in solution. Second, we discuss the induced solvent chirality, or chiral transfer, VCD spectral features observed in the water bending band region in detail. From these chirality transfer spectral data, the related conformer specific gas phase spectroscopic studies of small chiral hydration clusters, and the associated matrix isolation VCD experiments of hydrogen-bonded complexes in cold rare gas matrices, a general picture of solvation in aqueous solution emerges. In such an aqueous solution, some small chiral hydration clusters, rather than the chiral solutes themselves, are the dominant species and are the ones that contribute mainly to the experimentally observed VCD features. We then review a series of VCD studies of amino acids and their derivatives in aqueous solution under different pHs to emphasize the importance of the inclusion of the bulk solvent effects. These experimental data and the associated theoretical analyses are the foundation for the proposed “clusters-in-a-liquid” approach to account for solvent effects effectively. We present several approaches to identify and build such representative chiral hydration clusters. Recent studies which applied molecular dynamics simulations and the subsequent snapshot averaging approach to generate the ROA, VCD, electronic CD, and optical rotatory dispersion spectra are also reviewed. Challenges associated with

  20. The clusters-in-a-liquid approach for solvation: New insights from the conformer specific gas phase spectroscopy and vibrational optical activity spectroscopy

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    Xu, Yunjie; Perera, Angelo; Thomas, Javix; Poopari, Mohammad

    2016-02-01

    Vibrational optical activity spectroscopies, namely vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and Raman optical activity (ROA), have been emerged in the past decade as a powerful spectroscopic tool for stereochemical information of a wide range of chiral compounds in solution directly. More recently, their applications in unveiling solvent effects, especially those associated with water solvent, have been explored. In this review article, we first select a few examples to demonstrate the unique sensitivity of VCD spectral signatures to both bulk solvent effects and explicit hydrogen-bonding interactions in solution. Second, we discuss the induced solvent chirality, or chiral transfer, VCD spectral features observed at the water bending band region in detail. From these chirality transfer spectral data, the related conformer specific gas phase spectroscopic studies of small chiral hydration clusters, and the associated matrix isolation VCD experiments of hydrogen-bonded complexes in cold rare gas matrices, a general picture of solvation in aqueous solution emerges. In such an aqueous solution, some small chiral hydration clusters, rather than the chiral solutes themselves, are the dominant species and are the ones who contribute mainly to the experimentally observed VCD features. We then review a series of VCD studies of amino acids and their derivatives in aqueous solution under different pHs to emphasize the importance of the inclusion of the bulk solvent effects. These experimental data and the associated theoretical analyses are the foundation for the proposed “clusters-in-a-liquid” approach to account for solvent effects effectively. We present several approaches to identify and build such representative chiral hydration clusters. Recent studies which applied molecular dynamics simulations and the subsequent snapshot averaging approach to generate the ROA, electronic CD, and optical rotatory dispersion spectra are also reviewed. Challenges associated with the

  1. Spectroscopy and reactions of vibrationally excited transient molecules

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    Dai, H.L.

    1993-12-01

    Spectroscopy, energy transfer and reactions of vibrationally excited transient molecules are studied through a combination of laser-based excitation techniques and efficient detection of emission from the energized molecules with frequency and time resolution. Specifically, a Time-resolved Fourier Transform Emission Spectroscopy technique has been developed for detecting dispersed laser-induced fluorescence in the IR, visible and UV regions. The structure and spectroscopy of the excited vibrational levels in the electronic ground state, as well as energy relaxation and reactions induced by specific vibronic excitations of a transient molecule can be characterized from time-resolved dispersed fluorescence in the visible and UV region. IR emissions from highly vibrational excited levels, on the other hand, reveal the pathways and rates of collision induced vibrational energy transfer.

  2. A rapid alternative to X-ray crystallography for chiral determination: case studies of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) to advance drug discovery projects.

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    Wesolowski, Steven S; Pivonka, Don E

    2013-07-15

    The absolute stereochemistry of chiral drugs is usually established via X-ray crystallography. However, vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy coupled with quantum mechanics simulations offers a rapid alternative to crystallography and is readily applied to both crystalline and non-crystalline samples. VCD is an effective complement to X-ray analysis of drug candidates, and it can be used as a high-throughput means of assessing absolute stereochemistry at all phases of the discovery process (hundreds of assignments per year). The practical implementation (or fee-for-service outsourcing) of VCD and selected case studies are illustrated with an emphasis on providing utility and impact to pharmaceutical discovery programs.

  3. Chiral discrimination of α-hydroxy acids and N-Ts-α-amino acids induced by tetraaza macrocyclic chiral solvating agents by using (1)H NMR spectroscopy.

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    Lv, Caixia; Feng, Lei; Zhao, Hongmei; Wang, Guo; Stavropoulos, Pericles; Ai, Lin

    2017-02-21

    In the field of chiral recognition, reported chiral discrimination by (1)H NMR spectroscopy has mainly focused on various chiral analytes with a single chiral center, regarded as standard chiral substrates to evaluate the chiral discriminating abilities of a chiral auxiliary. Among them, chiral α-hydroxy acids, α-amino acids and their derivatives are chiral organic molecules involved in a wide variety of biological processes, and also play an important role in the area of preparation of pharmaceuticals, as they are part of the synthetic process in the production of chiral drug intermediates and protein-based drugs. In this paper, several α-hydroxy acids and N-Ts-α-amino acids were used to evaluate the chiral discriminating abilities of tetraaza macrocyclic chiral solvating agents (TAMCSAs) 1a-1d by (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The results indicate that α-hydroxy acids and N-Ts-α-amino acids were successfully discriminated in the presence of TAMCSAs 1a-1d by (1)H NMR spectroscopy in most cases. The enantiomers of the α-hydroxy acids and N-Ts-α-amino acids were assigned based on the change of integration of the (1)H NMR signals of the corresponding protons. The enantiomeric excesses (ee) of N-Ts-α-amino acids 11 with different optical compositions were calculated based on the integration of the (1)H NMR signals of the CH3 protons (Ts group) of the enantiomers of (R)- and (S)-11 in the presence of TAMCSA 1b. At the same time, the possible chiral discriminating behaviors have been discussed by means of the Job plots of (±)-2 with TAMCSAs 1b and proposed theoretical models of the enantiomers of 2 and 6 with TAMCSA 1a, respectively.

  4. Broadband nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy by shaping a coherent fiber supercontinuum

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    Liu, Yuan; King, Matthew D.; Tu, Haohua; Zhao, Youbo; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2013-01-01

    Vibrational spectroscopy has been widely applied in different fields due to its label-free chemical-sensing capability. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) provides stronger signal and faster acquisition than spontaneous Raman scattering, making it especially suitable for molecular imaging. Coherently-controlled single-beam CARS simplifies the conventional multi-beam setup, but the vibrational bandwidth and non-trivial spectrum retrieval have been limiting factors. In this work, a coherent supercontinuum generated in an all-normal-dispersion nonlinear fiber is phase-shaped within a narrow bandwidth for broadband vibrational spectroscopy. The Raman spectra can be directly retrieved from the CARS measurements, covering the fingerprint regime up to 1750 cm−1. The retrieved spectra of several chemical species agree with their spontaneous Raman data. The compact fiber supercontinuum source offers broad vibrational bandwidth with high stability and sufficient power, showing the potential for spectroscopic imaging in a wide range of applications. PMID:23571917

  5. Seventh international conference on time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy

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    Dyer, R.B.; Martinez, M.A.D.; Shreve, A.; Woodruff, W.H.

    1997-04-01

    The International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy (TRVS) is widely recognized as the major international forum for the discussion of advances in this rapidly growing field. The 1995 conference was the seventh in a series that began at Lake Placid, New York, 1982. Santa Fe, New Mexico, was the site of the Seventh International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy, held from June 11 to 16, 1995. TRVS-7 was attended by 157 participants from 16 countries and 85 institutions, and research ranging across the full breadth of the field of time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy was presented. Advances in both experimental capabilities for time-resolved vibrational measurements and in theoretical descriptions of time-resolved vibrational methods continue to occur, and several sessions of the conference were devoted to discussion of these advances and the associated new directions in TRVS. Continuing the interdisciplinary tradition of the TRVS meetings, applications of time-resolved vibrational methods to problems in physics, biology, materials science, and chemistry comprised a large portion of the papers presented at the conference.

  6. Dynamic Localization of Electronic Excitation in Photosynthetic Complexes Revealed with Chiral Two-Dimensional Spectroscopy

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    Fidler, Andrew F.; Singh, Ved P.; Long, Phillip D.; Dahlberg, Peter D.; Engel, Gregory S.

    2014-01-01

    Time-resolved ultrafast optical probes of chiral dynamics provide a new window allowing us to explore how interactions with such structured environments drive electronic dynamics. Incorporating optical activity into time-resolved spectroscopies has proven challenging due to the small signal and large achiral background. Here, we demonstrate that two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy can be adapted to detect chiral signals and that these signals reveal how excitations delocalize and contract following excitation. We dynamically probe the evolution of chiral electronic structure in the light harvesting complex 2 of purple bacteria following photoexcitation by creating a chiral two-dimensional mapping. The dynamics of the chiral two-dimensional signal directly reports on changes in the degree of delocalization of the excitonic state following photoexcitation. The mechanism of energy transfer in this system may enhance transfer probability due to the coherent coupling among chromophores while suppressing fluorescence that arises from populating delocalized states. This generally applicable spectroscopy will provide an incisive tool to probe ultrafast transient molecular fluctuations that are obscured in non-chiral experiments. PMID:24504144

  7. Nonplanar tertiary amides in rigid chiral tricyclic dilactams. Peptide group distortions and vibrational optical activity.

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    Pazderková, Markéta; Profant, Václav; Hodačová, Jana; Sebestík, Jaroslav; Pazderka, Tomáš; Novotná, Pavlína; Urbanová, Marie; Safařík, Martin; Buděšínský, Miloš; Tichý, Miloš; Bednárová, Lucie; Baumruk, Vladimír; Maloň, Petr

    2013-08-22

    We investigate amide nonplanarity in vibrational optical activity (VOA) spectra of tricyclic spirodilactams 5,8-diazatricyclo[6,3,0,0(1,5)]undecan-4,9-dione (I) and its 6,6',7,7'-tetradeuterio derivative (II). These rigid molecules constrain amide groups to nonplanar geometries with twisted pyramidal arrangements of bonds to amide nitrogen atoms. We have collected a full range vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and Raman optical activity (ROA) spectra including signals of C-H and C-D stretching vibrations. We report normal-mode analysis and a comparison of calculated to experimental VCD and ROA. The data provide band-to-band assignment and offer a possibility to evaluate roles of constrained nonplanar tertiary amide groups and rigid chiral skeletons. Nonplanarity shows as single-signed VCD and ROA amide I signals, prevailing the couplets expected to arise from the amide-amide interaction. Amide-amide coupling dominates amide II (mainly C'-N stretching, modified in tertiary amides by the absence of a N-H bond) transitions (strong couplet in VCD, no significant ROA) probably due to the close proximity of amide nitrogen atoms. At lower wavenumbers, ROA spectra exhibit another likely manifestation of amide nonplanarity, showing signals of amide V (δ(oop)(N-C) at ~570 cm(-1)) and amide VI (δ(oop)(C'═O) at ~700 cm(-1) and ~650 cm(-1)) vibrations.

  8. Evidence of dihydrogen bonding of a chiral amine-borane complex in solution by VCD spectroscopy.

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    Merten, Christian; Berger, Christopher J; McDonald, Robert; Xu, Yunjie

    2014-09-08

    IR and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of a chiral amine-borane in solution are investigated. By comparison of experimental and calculated spectra, unique VCD spectral signatures, which can be attributed to the formation of dihydrogen-bonded dimers in solution, are identified for the first time. These VCD features are highly sensitive to the specific dihydrogen-bonding topologies utilized by the chiral amine-borane subunits and thus provide direct structural information of these dihydrogen-bonded species in solution. Differences in the dihydrogen binding arrangements in solution and in solid state are also revealed.

  9. Vibrational photodetachment spectroscopy near the electron affinity of S2

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    Barrick, J. B.; Yukich, J. N.

    2016-02-01

    We have conducted laser photodetachment spectroscopy near the detachment threshold of the electron affinity of S2 in a 1.8-T field. The ions are prepared by dissociative electron attachment to carbonyl sulfide. The experiment is conducted in a Penning ion trap and with a narrow-band, tunable, Ti:sapphire laser. A hybrid model for photodetachment in an ion trap is fit to the data using the appropriate Franck-Condon factors. The observations reveal detachment from and to the first few vibrational levels of the anion and the neutral molecule, respectively. Evaporative cooling of the anion ensemble condenses the thermal distribution to the lowest initial vibrational states. The subsequent detachment spectroscopy yields results consistent with a vibrationally cooled anion population.

  10. Recent Advances in Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopy for Chiral Recognition of Organic Compounds.

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    Silva, Márcio S

    2017-02-07

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a powerful tool for the elucidation of chemical structure and chiral recognition. In the last decade, the number of probes, media, and experiments to analyze chiral environments has rapidly increased. The evaluation of chiral molecules and systems has become a routine task in almost all NMR laboratories, allowing for the determination of molecular connectivities and the construction of spatial relationships. Among the features that improve the chiral recognition abilities by NMR is the application of different nuclei. The simplicity of the multinuclear NMR spectra relative to ¹H, the minimal influence of the experimental conditions, and the larger shift dispersion make these nuclei especially suitable for NMR analysis. Herein, the recent advances in multinuclear ((19)F, (31)P, (13)C, and (77)Se) NMR spectroscopy for chiral recognition of organic compounds are presented. The review describes new chiral derivatizing agents and chiral solvating agents used for stereodiscrimination and the assignment of the absolute configuration of small organic compounds.

  11. Determining the static electronic and vibrational energy correlations via two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy

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    Dong, Hui; Lewis, Nicholas H. C.; Oliver, Thomas A. A.; ...

    2015-05-07

    Changes in the electronic structure of pigments in protein environments and of polar molecules in solution inevitably induce a re-adaption of molecular nuclear structure. Both changes of electronic and vibrational energies can be probed with visible or infrared lasers, such as two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy or vibrational spectroscopy. The extent to which the two changes are correlated remains elusive. The recent demonstration of two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy potentially enables a direct measurement of this correlation experimentally. However, it has hitherto been unclear how to characterize the correlation from the spectra. In this report, we present a theoretical formalism to demonstrate themore » slope of the nodal line between the excited state absorption and ground state bleach peaks in the spectra as a characterization of the correlation between electronic and vibrational transition energies. In conclusion, we also show the dynamics of the nodal line slope is correlated to the vibrational spectral dynamics. Additionally, we demonstrate the fundamental 2DEV spectral line-shape of a monomer with newly developed response functions« less

  12. Determining the static electronic and vibrational energy correlations via two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy

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    Dong, Hui; Lewis, Nicholas H. C.; Oliver, Thomas A. A.; Fleming, Graham R.

    2015-05-07

    Changes in the electronic structure of pigments in protein environments and of polar molecules in solution inevitably induce a re-adaption of molecular nuclear structure. Both changes of electronic and vibrational energies can be probed with visible or infrared lasers, such as two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy or vibrational spectroscopy. The extent to which the two changes are correlated remains elusive. The recent demonstration of two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy potentially enables a direct measurement of this correlation experimentally. However, it has hitherto been unclear how to characterize the correlation from the spectra. In this paper, we present a theoretical formalism to demonstrate the slope of the nodal line between the excited state absorption and ground state bleach peaks in the spectra as a characterization of the correlation between electronic and vibrational transition energies. We also show the dynamics of the nodal line slope is correlated to the vibrational spectral dynamics. Additionally, we demonstrate the fundamental 2DEV spectral line-shape of a monomer with newly developed response functions.

  13. Determining the static electronic and vibrational energy correlations via two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Dong, Hui; Lewis, Nicholas H C; Oliver, Thomas A A; Fleming, Graham R

    2015-05-07

    Changes in the electronic structure of pigments in protein environments and of polar molecules in solution inevitably induce a re-adaption of molecular nuclear structure. Both changes of electronic and vibrational energies can be probed with visible or infrared lasers, such as two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy or vibrational spectroscopy. The extent to which the two changes are correlated remains elusive. The recent demonstration of two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy potentially enables a direct measurement of this correlation experimentally. However, it has hitherto been unclear how to characterize the correlation from the spectra. In this paper, we present a theoretical formalism to demonstrate the slope of the nodal line between the excited state absorption and ground state bleach peaks in the spectra as a characterization of the correlation between electronic and vibrational transition energies. We also show the dynamics of the nodal line slope is correlated to the vibrational spectral dynamics. Additionally, we demonstrate the fundamental 2DEV spectral line-shape of a monomer with newly developed response functions.

  14. Determining the static electronic and vibrational energy correlations via two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy

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    Dong, Hui; Lewis, Nicholas H. C.; Oliver, Thomas A. A.; Fleming, Graham R.

    2015-05-07

    Changes in the electronic structure of pigments in protein environments and of polar molecules in solution inevitably induce a re-adaption of molecular nuclear structure. Both changes of electronic and vibrational energies can be probed with visible or infrared lasers, such as two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy or vibrational spectroscopy. The extent to which the two changes are correlated remains elusive. The recent demonstration of two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy potentially enables a direct measurement of this correlation experimentally. However, it has hitherto been unclear how to characterize the correlation from the spectra. In this report, we present a theoretical formalism to demonstrate the slope of the nodal line between the excited state absorption and ground state bleach peaks in the spectra as a characterization of the correlation between electronic and vibrational transition energies. In conclusion, we also show the dynamics of the nodal line slope is correlated to the vibrational spectral dynamics. Additionally, we demonstrate the fundamental 2DEV spectral line-shape of a monomer with newly developed response functions

  15. Nonlinear Vibrational Spectroscopy: a Method to Study Vibrational Self-Trapping

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    Hamm, Peter; Edler, Julian

    We review the capability of nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy to study vibrational self-trapping in hydrogen-bonded molecular crystals. For that purpose, the two relevant coupling mechanisms, excitonic coupling and nonlinear exciton-phonon coupling, are first introduced separately using appropriately chosen molecular systems as examples. Both coupling mechanisms are subsequently combined, yielding vibrational selftrapping. The experiments unambiguously prove that both the N-H and the C=O band of crystalline acetanilide (ACN), a model system for proteins, show vibrational self-trapping. The C=O band is self-trapped only at low enough temperature, while thermally induced disorder destroys the mechanism at room temperature. The binding energy of the N-H band, on the other hand, is considerably larger and self-trapping survives thermal fluctuations even at room temperature.

  16. Thermal degradation of polyketones. Vibrational spectroscopy studies

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    Conti, G.; Sommazzi, A.

    1993-03-01

    Thermal degradation studies of regular alternating polymers of carbon monoxide and olefin have been followed by FT-IR spectroscopy. The I.R spectra of solid samples, performed in inert atmosphere and in high vacuum, were recorded as a function of time at different temperatures. From the I.R. data it is possible to conclude that the reaction process, near the melting point of the polymers, could consist of intra or intermolecular hydrogen transfer yielding an enol and a small quantity of insaturations. The thermal degradation process, at temperatures higher than melting point, involves the scission of the polymer chain and produces fragments with a large number of insaturations.

  17. Vibrational spectroscopy standoff detection of threat chemicals

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    Ortiz-Rivera, William; Pacheco-Londoño, Leonardo C.; Castro-Suarez, John R.; Felix-Rivera, Hilsamar; Hernandez-Rivera, Samuel P.

    2011-06-01

    Spectroscopy based standoff detection systems: Raman and FTIR have been tested for detection of threat chemicals, including highly energetic materials, homemade explosives, explosives formulations and high explosives mixtures. Other threat chemicals studied included toxic industrial compounds (TIC) and chemical agent simulants. Microorganisms and biological threat agent simulants have also been detected at standoff distances. Open Path FTIR has been used to detect vapors and chemicals deposited on metal surfaces at μg/cm2 levels at distances as far as 30 m in active mode and 60 m in passive mode. In the case of Raman telescope, standoff distances for acetonitrile and ammonium nitrate were 140 m.

  18. Vibrational spectroscopy standoff detection of explosives.

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    Pacheco-Londoño, Leonardo C; Ortiz-Rivera, William; Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M; Hernández-Rivera, Samuel P

    2009-09-01

    Standoff infrared and Raman spectroscopy (SIRS and SRS) detection systems were designed from commercial instrumentation and successfully tested in remote detection of high explosives (HE). The SIRS system was configured by coupling a Fourier-transform infrared interferometer to a gold mirror and detector. The SRS instrument was built by fiber coupling a spectrograph to a reflective telescope. HE samples were detected on stainless steel surfaces as thin films (2-30 microg/cm(2)) for SIRS experiments and as particles (3-85 mg) for SRS measurements. Nitroaromatic HEs: TNT, DNT, RDX, C4, and Semtex-H and TATP cyclic peroxide homemade explosive were used as targets. For the SIRS experiments, samples were placed at increasing distances and an infrared beam was reflected from the stainless steel surfaces coated with the target chemicals at an angle of approximately 180 degrees from surface normal. Stainless steel plates containing TNT and RDX were first characterized for coverage distribution and surface concentration by reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy. Targets were then placed at the standoff distance and SIRS spectra were collected in active reflectance mode. Limits of detection (LOD) were determined for all distances measured for the target HE. LOD values of 18 and 20 microg/cm(2) were obtained for TNT and RDX, respectively, for the SIR longest standoff distance measured. For SRS experiments, as low as 3 mg of TNT and RDX were detected at 7 m source-target distance employing 488 and 514.5 nm excitation wavelengths. The first detection and quantification study of the important formulation C4 is reported. Detection limits as function of laser powers and acquisition times and at a standoff distance of 7 m were obtained.

  19. Finite element analysis of effective mechanical properties, vibration and acoustic performance of auxetic chiral core sandwich structures

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    Joshi, Hrishikesh Ravindra

    Honeycomb cellular materials are widely used in engineering applications due to their high strength to weight ratio and controllable effective mechanical properties. The effective properties are controlled by varying the geometry of the repetitive unit cells of honeycomb structure. Sandwich panels made of honeycomb cores are beneficial in many applications including vibration isolation and sound transmission reduction. Sandwich panels with standard honeycomb core configurations have previously been studied with regards to sound transmission behavior. It has been established that the auxetic honeycomb cores, having negative in-plane Poisson's ratio, exhibit higher sound transmission loss as compared to regular honeycomb cores. In this study, the vibration and sound transmission response of novel auxetic chiral honeycomb structures (both hexa-chiral and anti-tetra chiral), have been investigated in detail using finite element analysis with two-dimensional plane elasticity elements. Chiral honeycomb structures are made up of a linear tessellation of periodic unit cell, which consists of circular nodes of radius ' r ' connected to each other by tangent ligaments of length ' L '. The distance between two adjacent circular nodes is ' R '. These geometric parameters are tailored to obtain the chiral structure with desired effective mechanical properties of in-plane Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus and shear modulus. Results show that, for both the hexa-chiral and anti-tetra-chiral configurations with same thickness, structures with smaller node radius 'r' have higher in-plane negative Poisson's ratio, effective Young's modulus, and shear modulus. The Poisson's ratio of anti-tetra-chiral structure with small node radius and thickness is found to approach the limit of -1. A steady state dynamic response of the chiral honeycomb sandwich panel subjected to uniform pressure load on the bottom face-sheet is also investigated over a frequency range of 1 Hz to 2000 Hz. It is

  20. Vibrational characterization of pheomelanin and trichochrome F by Raman spectroscopy

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    Galván, Ismael; Jorge, Alberto; Solano, Francisco; Wakamatsu, Kazumasa

    2013-06-01

    We characterize for the first time the vibrational state of natural pheomelanin using Raman spectroscopy and model pigment synthesized from 5-S-cysteinyldopa. The shape of the Raman spectrum was very different from that of eumelanin. Four Raman bands were visible in the 500-2000 cm-1 wavenumber region about 500, 1150, 1490 and 2000 cm-1, which we assigned to the out-of-plane deformation and the stretching vibration of the phenyl rings, to the stretching vibration of C-N bonds or the stretching and wagging vibration of CH2, and to overtone or combination bands. Interestingly, we also show that the Raman spectrum of synthetic trichochrome F, a pigment that may be produced along with pheomelanin during pheomelanogenesis, is different from that of pheomelanin and similar to the spectrum of eumelanin. We could detect Raman signal of both eumelanin and pheomelanin in feathers and hairs where both pigments simultaneously occur without the need of isolating the pigment. This indicates that Raman spectroscopy represents a non-invasive method to detect pheomelanin and distinguish it from other pigments. This may be especially relevant to detect pheomelanin in animal skin including humans, where it has been associated with animal appearance and classification, human phototypes, prevention of skin diseases and cancer risk.

  1. Detailed spectroscopy of the chiral-twin candidate bands in {sup 136}Pm

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    Hartley, D. J.; Riedinger, L. L.; Riley, M. A.; Balabanski, D. L.; Kondev, F. G.; Laird, R. W.; Pfohl, J.; Archer, D. E.; Brown, T. B.; Clark, R. M.

    2001-09-01

    The chiral-twin candidate bands recently observed in {sup 136}Pm have been extended to high spins [I=(21)] using the Gammasphere {gamma}-ray spectrometer and the Microball charged-particle detector array. A more-detailed spectroscopy of the bands was possible, where the rotational alignments and B(M1)/B(E2) ratios confirm that both sequences have the {pi}h{sub 11/2}{nu}h{sub 11/2} configuration. Particle-rotor calculations of intraband and interband transition strength ratios of the chiral-twin bands are compared with experimental values for the first time. Good agreement was found between the predicted transition strength ratios and the experimental values, thus supporting the possible chiral nature of the {pi}h{sub 11/2}{nu}h{sub 11/2} configuration in {sup 136}Pm.

  2. Vibrational spectroscopy of microhydrated conjugate base anions.

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    Asmis, Knut R; Neumark, Daniel M

    2012-01-17

    Conjugate-base anions are ubiquitous in aqueous solution. Understanding the hydration of these anions at the molecular level represents a long-standing goal in chemistry. A molecular-level perspective on ion hydration is also important for understanding the surface speciation and reactivity of aerosols, which are a central component of atmospheric and oceanic chemical cycles. In this Account, as a means of studying conjugate-base anions in water, we describe infrared multiple-photon dissociation spectroscopy on clusters in which the sulfate, nitrate, bicarbonate, and suberate anions are hydrated by a known number of water molecules. This spectral technique, used over the range of 550-1800 cm(-1), serves as a structural probe of these clusters. The experiments follow how the solvent network around the conjugate-base anion evolves, one water molecule at a time. We make structural assignments by comparing the experimental infrared spectra to those obtained from electronic structure calculations. Our results show how changes in anion structure, symmetry, and charge state have a profound effect on the structure of the solvent network. Conversely, they indicate how hydration can markedly affect the structure of the anion core in a microhydrated cluster. Some key results include the following. The first few water molecules bind to the anion terminal oxo groups in a bridging fashion, forming two anion-water hydrogen bonds. Each oxo group can form up to three hydrogen bonds; one structural result, for example, is the highly symmetric, fully coordinated SO(4)(2-)(H(2)O)(6) cluster, which only contains bridging water molecules. Adding more water molecules results in the formation of a solvent network comprising water-water hydrogen bonding in addition to hydrogen bonding to the anion. For the nitrate, bicarbonate, and suberate anions, fewer bridging sites are available, namely, three, two, and one (per carboxylate group), respectively. As a result, an earlier onset of water

  3. Detection of complex formation and determination of intermolecular geometry through electrical anharmonic coupling of molecular vibrations using electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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    Guo, Rui; Fournier, Frederic; Donaldson, Paul M; Gardner, Elizabeth M; Gould, Ian R; Klug, David R

    2009-10-14

    Electrical interactions between molecular vibrations can be non-linear and thereby produce intermolecular coupling even in the absence of a chemical bond. We use this fact to detect the formation of an intermolecular complex using electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (EVV 2DIR) and also to determine the distance and angle between the two molecular species.

  4. Enhanced Vibrational Spectroscopies as Tools for Small Molecule Biosensing

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    Boujday, Souhir; Lamy de la Chapelle, Marc; Srajer, Johannes; Knoll, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    In this short summary we summarize some of the latest developments in vibrational spectroscopic tools applied for the sensing of (small) molecules and biomolecules in a label-free mode of operation. We first introduce various concepts for the enhancement of InfraRed spectroscopic techniques, including the principles of Attenuated Total Reflection InfraRed (ATR-IR), (phase-modulated) InfraRed Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS/PM-IRRAS), and Surface Enhanced Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (SEIRAS). Particular attention is put on the use of novel nanostructured substrates that allow for the excitation of propagating and localized surface plasmon modes aimed at operating additional enhancement mechanisms. This is then be complemented by the description of the latest development in Surface- and Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopies, again with an emphasis on the detection of small molecules or bioanalytes. PMID:26343666

  5. VCD Studies on Chiral Characters of Metal Complex Oligomers

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    Sato, Hisako; Yamagishi, Akihiko

    2013-01-01

    The present article reviews the results on the application of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy to the study of stereochemical properties of chiral metal complexes in solution. The chiral characters reflecting on the vibrational properties of metal complexes are revealed by measurements of a series of β-diketonato complexes with the help of theoretical calculation. Attention is paid to the effects of electronic properties of a central metal ion on vibrational energy levels or low-lying electronic states. The investigation is further extended to the oligomers of β-diketonato complex units. The induction of chiral structures is confirmed by the VCD spectra when chiral inert moieties are connected with labile metal ions. These results have demonstrated how VCD spectroscopy is efficient in revealing the static and dynamic properties of mononuclear and multinuclear chiral metal complexes, which are difficult to clarify by means of other spectroscopes. PMID:23296273

  6. VCD studies on chiral characters of metal complex oligomers.

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    Sato, Hisako; Yamagishi, Akihiko

    2013-01-07

    The present article reviews the results on the application of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy to the study of stereochemical properties of chiral metal complexes in solution. The chiral characters reflecting on the vibrational properties of metal complexes are revealed by measurements of a series of β-diketonato complexes with the help of theoretical calculation. Attention is paid to the effects of electronic properties of a central metal ion on vibrational energy levels or low-lying electronic states. The investigation is further extended to the oligomers of β-diketonato complex units. The induction of chiral structures is confirmed by the VCD spectra when chiral inert moieties are connected with labile metal ions. These results have demonstrated how VCD spectroscopy is efficient in revealing the static and dynamic properties of mononuclear and multinuclear chiral metal complexes, which are difficult to clarify by means of other spectroscopes.

  7. Surface sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy of nonpolar media

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    Sun, Shumei; Tian, Chuanshan; Shen, Y. Ron

    2015-04-27

    Sum-frequency generation spectroscopy is surface specific only if the bulk contribution to the signal is negligible. Negligible bulk contribution is, however, not necessarily true, even for media with inversion symmetry. The inevitable challenge is to find the surface spectrum in the presence of bulk contribution, part of which has been believed to be inseparable from the surface contribution. Here, we show that, for nonpolar media, it is possible to separately deduce surface and bulk spectra from combined phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopic measurements in reflection and transmission. Finally, the study of benzene interfaces is presented as an example.

  8. Vibrational spectroscopy of cinnamaldehyde on graphite and supported Pd islands

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    Grimaud, C.-M.; Radosavkic, D.; Ustaze, S.; Palmer, R. E.

    2001-07-01

    We report the first experimental study of the adsorption of cinnamaldehyde on surfaces under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Cinnamaldehyde is an α,β-unsaturated aldehyde with important applications in the fine chemicals sector. High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) is employed to investigate the vibrational modes of cinnamaldehyde condensed on graphite at 100 K and absorbed on the surface of a Pd islands film (supported on graphite), also at 100 K. In the case of the Pd film, we find strong evidence for a parallel orientation of the phenyl ring consistent with theoretical calculations.

  9. Chiroptical studies on supramolecular chirality of molecular aggregates.

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    Sato, Hisako; Yajima, Tomoko; Yamagishi, Akihiko

    2015-10-01

    The attempts of applying chiroptical spectroscopy to supramolecular chirality are reviewed with a focus on vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). Examples were taken from gels, solids, and monolayers formed by low-molecular mass weight chiral gelators. Particular attention was paid to a group of gelators with perfluoroalkyl chains. The effects of the helical conformation of the perfluoroalkyl chains on the formation of chiral architectures are reported. It is described how the conformation of a chiral gelator was determined by comparing the experimental and theoretical VCD spectra together with a model proposed for the molecular aggregation in fibrils. The results demonstrate the potential utility of the chiroptical method in analyzing organized chiral aggregates.

  10. Vibrational optical activity of chiral carbon nanoclusters treated by a generalized π-electron method

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    Nagy, Péter R.; Surján, Péter R.; Szabados, Ágnes

    2014-01-28

    Cross sections of inelastic light scattering accompanied by vibronic excitation in large conjugated carbon structures is assessed at the π-electron level. Intensities of Raman and vibrational Raman optical activity (VROA) spectra of fullerenes are computed, relying on a single electron per atom. When considering only first neighbor terms in the Hamiltonian (a tight-binding (TB) type or Hückel-model), Raman intensities are captured remarkably well, based on comparison with frequency-dependent linear response of the self-consistent field (SCF) method. Resorting to π-electron levels when computing spectral intensities brings a beneficial reduction in computational cost as compared to linear response SCF. At difference with total intensities, the first neighbor TB model is found inadequate for giving the left and right circularly polarized components of the scattered light, especially when the molecular surface is highly curved. To step beyond first neighbor approximation, an effective π-electron Hamiltonian, including interaction of all sites is derived from the all-electron Fockian, in the spirit of the Bloch-equation. Chiroptical cross-sections computed by this novel π-electron method improve upon first-neighbor TB considerably, with no increase in computational cost. Computed VROA spectra of chiral fullerenes, such as C{sub 76} and C{sub 28}, are reported for the first time, both by conventional linear response SCF and effective π-electron models.

  11. [Structure analysis of disease-related proteins using vibrational spectroscopy].

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    Hiramatsu, Hirotsugu

    2014-01-01

    Analyses of the structure and properties of identified pathogenic proteins are important for elucidating the molecular basis of diseases and in drug discovery research. Vibrational spectroscopy has advantages over other techniques in terms of sensitivity of detection of structural changes. Spectral analysis, however, is complicated because the spectrum involves a substantial amount of information. This article includes examples of structural analysis of disease-related proteins using vibrational spectroscopy in combination with additional techniques that facilitate data acquisition and analysis. Residue-specific conformation analysis of an amyloid fibril was conducted using IR absorption spectroscopy in combination with (13)C-isotope labeling, linear dichroism measurement, and analysis of amide I band features. We reveal a pH-dependent property of the interacting segment of an amyloidogenic protein, β2-microglobulin, which causes dialysis-related amyloidosis. We also reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying pH-dependent sugar-binding activity of human galectin-1, which is involved in cell adhesion, using spectroscopic techniques including UV resonance Raman spectroscopy. The decreased activity at acidic pH was attributed to a conformational change in the sugar-binding pocket caused by protonation of His52 (pKa 6.3) and the cation-π interaction between Trp68 and the protonated His44 (pKa 5.7). In addition, we show that the peak positions of the Raman bands of the C4=C5 stretching mode at approximately 1600 cm(-1) and the Nπ-C2-Nτ bending mode at approximately 1405 cm(-1) serve as markers of the His side-chain structure. The Raman signal was enhanced 12 fold using a vertical flow apparatus.

  12. Theory of surface Andreev bound states and tunneling spectroscopy in three-dimensional chiral superconductors

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    Tamura, Shun; Kobayashi, Shingo; Bo, Lu; Tanaka, Yukio

    2017-03-01

    We study the surface Andreev bound states (SABSs) and quasiparticle tunneling spectroscopy of three-dimensional (3D) chiral superconductors by changing their surface (interface) misorientation angles. We obtain an analytical formula for the SABS energy dispersion of a general pair potential, for which an original 4 ×4 BdG Hamiltonian can be reduced to two 2 ×2 blocks. The resulting SABS for 3D chiral superconductors with a pair potential given by kz(kx+i ky) ν (ν =1 ,2 ) has a complicated energy dispersion owing to the coexistence of both point and line nodes. We focus on the tunneling spectroscopy of this pairing in the presence of an applied magnetic field, which induces a Doppler shift in the quasiparticle spectra. In contrast to the previously known Doppler effect in unconventional superconductors, a zero-bias conductance dip can change into a zero-bias conductance peak owing to an external magnetic field. We also study SABSs and tunneling spectroscopy for possible pairing symmetries of UPt3. For this purpose, we extend a standard formula for the tunneling conductance of unconventional superconductor junctions to treat spin-triplet nonunitary pairings. Magnetotunneling spectroscopy, i.e., tunneling spectroscopy in the presence of a magnetic field, can serve as a guide to determine the pairing symmetry of this material.

  13. VLT-CRIRES: ``Good Vibrations'' Rotational-vibrational molecular spectroscopy in astronomy

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    Käufl, H. U.

    2010-05-01

    Near-Infrared high spectral and spatial resolution spectroscopy offers new and innovative observing opportunities for astronomy. The ``traditional'' benefits of IR-astronomy - strongly reduced extinction and availability of adaptive optics - more than offset for many applications the compared to CCD-based astronomy strongly reduced sensitivity. Especially in high resolution spectroscopy interferences by telluric lines can be minimized. Moreover for abundance studies many important atomic lines can be accessed in the NIR. A novel spectral feature available for quantitative spectroscopy are the molecular rotational-vibrational transitions which allow for fundamentally new studies of condensed objects and atmospheres. This is also an important complement to radio-astronomy, especially with ALMA, where molecules are generally only observed in the vibrational ground state. Rot-vib transitions also allow high precision abundance measurements - including isotopic ratios - fundamental to understand the thermo-nuclear processes in stars beyond the main sequence. Quantitative modeling of atmospheres has progressed such that the unambiguous interpretation of IR-spectra is now well established. In combination with adaptive optics spectro-astrometry is even more powerful and with VLT-CRIRES a spatial resolution of better than one milli-arcsecond has been demonstrated. Some highlights and recent results will be presented: our solar system, extrasolar planets, star- and planet formation, stellar evolution and the formation of galactic bulges.

  14. Structural dynamics in complex liquids studied with multidimensional vibrational spectroscopy

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    Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2013-08-31

    The development of new sustainable energy sources is linked to our understanding of the molecular properties of water and aqueous solutions. Energy conversion, storage, and transduction processes, particularly those that occur in biology, fuel cells, and batteries, make use of water for the purpose of moving energy in the form of charges and mediating the redox chemistry that allows this energy to be stored as and released from chemical bonds. To build our fundamental knowledge in this area, this project supports work in the Tokmakoff group to investigate the molecular dynamics of water’s hydrogen bond network, and how these dynamics influence its solutes and the mechanism of proton transport in water. To reach the goals of this grant, we developed experiments to observe molecular dynamics in water as directly as possible, using ultrafast multidimensional vibrational spectroscopy. We excite and probe broad vibrational resonances of water, molecular solutes, and protons in water. By correlating how molecules evolve from an initial excitation frequency to a final frequency, we can describe the underlying molecular dynamics. Theoretical modeling of the data with the help of computational spectroscopy coupled with molecular dynamics simulations provided the atomistic insight in these studies.

  15. Design of Selenium-Based Chiral Chemical Probes for Simultaneous Enantio- and Chemosensing of Chiral Carboxylic Acids with Remote Stereogenic Centers by NMR Spectroscopy.

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    Shyshkanov, Sergey A; Orlov, Nikolai V

    2016-10-17

    Selenium-based enantiopure chiral chemical probes have been designed in a modular way starting from available amino alcohols. The probes developed were found to be efficient in chemoselective interaction with carboxylic functions of chiral substrates leading to diastereomeric amide formation and in sensing α-, β-, and remote (up to seven bonds away from the carboxylic group) chiral centers by using (77) Se NMR spectroscopy. As a result, it was possible to determine the enantiomeric ratio of structurally diverse individual chiral acids including polyfunctional compounds and drugs with high accuracy. An approach to analyzing the crude reaction mixtures has been successfully developed by using bifunctional selenium- and fluorine-containing chiral probes. More importantly, it was revealed that, based on the (77) Se NMR data obtained, it is possible to obtain primary information about the location and nature of the substituents at the chiral center (chemo- and enantiosensing), which can simplify the structural elucidation of complex compounds. The derivatization procedure takes as little as 5 min and can be performed directly in an NMR tube followed by NMR measurements without any isolation and purification steps.

  16. Exploiting the diagnostic potential of biomolecular fingerprinting with vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Kendall, Catherine; Hutchings, Joanne; Barr, Hugh; Shepherd, Neil; Stone, Nicholas

    2011-01-01

    There is immense clinical need for techniques that can detect the biochemical changes associated with pre-malignancy. The ideal diagnostic test would provide rapid, non-invasive diagnosis at the point of care with high throughput and without prior tissue processing. Over the past decade vibrational spectroscopy techniques have demonstrated their ability to provide non-destructive, rapid, clinically relevant diagnostic information. Biochemical fingerprints of tissues measured using Raman and infrared spectroscopy analysed in conjunction with advanced chemometrics have shown great potential in the diagnostic assessment of biological material. Development of Raman probes is enabling the potential of in vivo clinical measurements to be realised. A novel probe design has been evaluated in clinical studies to identify and classify the subtle pre-malignant biochemical changes related to the carcinogenesis process. Exciting recent developments have enabled the probing of tissue samples at depth with huge potential for breast and prostate cancer diagnostics. Furthermore, the potential of vibrational spectroscopy to provide prognostic information is tantalising. Raman spectral data acquired on oesophageal biopsy samples analysed in conjunction with patient outcome data has shown the power of spectral biomolecular fingerprinting in predicting the outcome of patients with high-grade dysplasia in Barrett's oesophagus. Raman mapping can also be used to analyse thin tissue sections on calcium fluoride slides enabling the distribution of tissue constituents to be realised. The spectral data acquired effectively enables multiplexing of digital tissue stains since a whole array of information is gathered simultaneously. Technological developments are bringing the technologies closer to the clinical reality of spectral pathology and high-throughput non-destructive measurement with high resolution.

  17. Isotopic hydration of cellobiose: vibrational spectroscopy and dynamical simulations.

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    Pincu, Madeleine; Cocinero, Emilio J; Mayorkas, Nitzan; Brauer, Brina; Davis, Benjamin G; Gerber, R Benny; Simons, John P

    2011-09-01

    The conformation and structural dynamics of cellobiose, one of the fundamental building blocks in nature, its C4' epimer, lactose, and their microhydrated complexes, isolated in the gas phase, have been explored through a combination of experiment and theory. Their structures at low temperature have been determined through double resonance, IR-UV vibrational spectroscopy conducted under molecular beam conditions, substituting D(2)O for H(2)O to separate isotopically, the carbohydrate (OH) bands from the hydration (OD) bands. Car-Parrinello (CP2K) simulations, employing dispersion corrected density functional potentials and conducted "on-the-fly" from ∼20 to ∼300 K, have been used to explore the consequences of raising the temperature. Comparisons between the experimental data, anharmonic vibrational self-consistent field calculations based upon ab initio potentials, and the CP2K simulations have established the role of anharmonicity; the reliability of classical molecular dynamics predictions of the vibrational spectra of carbohydrates and the accuracy of the dispersion corrected (BLYP-D) force fields employed; the structural consequences of increasing hydration; and the dynamical consequences of increasing temperature. The isolated and hydrated cellobiose and lactose units both present remarkably rigid structures: their glycosidic linkages adopt a "cis" (anti-ϕ and syn-ψ) conformation bound by inter-ring hydrogen bonds. This conformation is maintained when the temperature is increased to ∼300 K and it continues to be maintained when the cellobiose (or lactose) unit is hydrated by one or two explicitly bound water molecules. Despite individual fluctuations in the intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonding pattern and some local structural motions, the water molecules remain locally bound and the isolated carbohydrates remain trapped within the cis potential well. The Car-Parrinello dynamical simulations do not suggest any accessible pathway to the trans

  18. Discovery of Cellulose Surface Layer Conformation by Nonlinear Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Libing; Fu, Li; Wang, Hong-Fei; Yang, Bin

    2017-03-01

    Significant questions remain in respect to cellulose’s structure and polymorphs, particularly the cellulose surface layers and the bulk crystalline core as well as the conformational differences. Total Internal Reflection Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy (TIR-SFG-VS) combined with conventional SFG-VS (non-TIR) enables selectively characterizing the molecular structures of surface layers and the crystalline core of cellulose, revealing their differences for the first time. From the SFG spectra in the C-H and O-H regions, we found that the surface layers of Avicel are essentially amorphous while the surface layers of Iβ cellulose are crystalline but with different structural and spectroscopic signatures compared with its crystalline core. The differences between hydrogen bonding networks of cellulose surface and crystalline core were also shown by the SFG signal. The discovery here represents yet another instance of the importance of spectroscopic observations in transformative advances to understand the structure of the cellulosic biomass.

  19. Cross-Propagation Sum-Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Fu, Li; Chen, Shun-li; Gan, Wei; Wang, Hong-fei

    2016-02-27

    Here we report the theory formulation and the experiment realization of sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS) in the cross-propagation (XP) geometry or configuration. In the XP geometry, the visible and the infrared (IR) beams in the SFG experiment are delivered to the same location on the surface from visible and IR incident planes perpendicular to each other, avoiding the requirement to have windows or optics to be transparent to both the visible and IR frequencies. Therefore, the XP geometry is applicable to study surfaces in the enclosed vacuum or high pressure chambers with far infrared (FIR) frequencies that can directly access the metal oxide and other lower frequency surface modes, with much broader selection of visible and IR transparent window materials.

  20. Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of CD_2H^+

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    Asvany, Oskar; Jusko, Pavol; Brünken, Sandra; Schlemmer, Stephan

    2016-06-01

    The lowest rotational levels (J=0-5) of the CD_2H^+ ground state have been probed by high-resolution rovibrational and pure rotational spectroscopy in a cryogenic 22-pole ion trap. For this, the ν_1 rovibrational band has been revisited, detecting 107 transitions, among which 35 are new. The use of a frequency comb system allowed to measure the rovibrational transitions with high precision and accuracy, typically better than 1 MHz. The high precision has been confirmed by comparing combination differences in the ground and vibrationally excited state. For the ground state, this allowed for equally precise predictions of pure rotational transitions, 24 of which have been measured directly by a novel IR - mm-wave double resonance method. M.-F. Jagod et al, J. Molec. Spectrosc. 153, 666, 1992 S. Gartner et al, J. Phys. Chem. A 117, 9975, 2013

  1. Discovery of Cellulose Surface Layer Conformation by Nonlinear Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Libing; Fu, Li; Wang, Hong-fei; Yang, Bin

    2017-01-01

    Significant questions remain in respect to cellulose’s structure and polymorphs, particularly the cellulose surface layers and the bulk crystalline core as well as the conformational differences. Total Internal Reflection Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy (TIR-SFG-VS) combined with conventional SFG-VS (non-TIR) enables selectively characterizing the molecular structures of surface layers and the crystalline core of cellulose, revealing their differences for the first time. From the SFG spectra in the C-H and O-H regions, we found that the surface layers of Avicel are essentially amorphous while the surface layers of Iβ cellulose are crystalline but with different structural and spectroscopic signatures compared with its crystalline core. The differences between hydrogen bonding networks of cellulose surface and crystalline core were also shown by the SFG signal. The discovery here represents yet another instance of the importance of spectroscopic observations in transformative advances to understand the structure of the cellulosic biomass. PMID:28290542

  2. Liquid Space Lubricants Examined by Vibrational Micro-Spectroscopy

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    Street, Kenneth W., Jr.

    2008-01-01

    Considerable effort has been expended to develop liquid lubricants for satellites and space exploration vehicles. These lubricants must often perform under a range of harsh conditions such as vacuum, radiation, and temperature extremes while in orbit or in transit and in extremely dusty environments at destinations such as the Moon and Mars. Historically, oil development was guided by terrestrial application, which did not provide adequate space lubricants. Novel fluids such as the perfluorinated polyethers provided some relief but are far from ideal. With each new fluid proposed to solve one problem, other problems have arisen. Much of the work performed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC) in elucidating the mechanisms by which chemical degradation of space oils occur has been done by vibrational micro-spectroscopic techniques such as infrared and Raman, which this review details. Presented are fundamental lubrication studies as well as actual case studies in which vibrational spectroscopy has led to millions of dollars in savings and potentially prevented loss of mission.

  3. Structural characterization and vibrational spectroscopy of the arsenate mineral wendwilsonite.

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    Frost, Ray L; Scholz, Ricardo; López, Andrés; Belotti, Fernanda Maria; Xi, Yunfei

    2014-01-24

    In this paper, we have investigated on the natural wendwilsonite mineral with the formulae Ca2(Mg,Co)(AsO4)2⋅2(H2O). Raman spectroscopy complimented with infrared spectroscopy has been used to determine the molecular structure of the wendwilsonite arsenate mineral. A comparison is made with the roselite mineral group with formula Ca2B(AsO4)2⋅2H2O (where B may be Co, Fe(2+), Mg, Mn, Ni, Zn). The Raman spectra of the arsenate related to tetrahedral arsenate clusters with stretching region shows strong differences between that of wendwilsonite and the roselite arsenate minerals which is attributed to the cation substitution for calcium in the structure. The Raman arsenate (AsO4)(3-) stretching region shows strong differences between that of wendwilsonite and the roselite arsenate minerals which is attributed to the cation substitution for calcium in the structure. In the infrared spectra complexity exists of multiple to tetrahedral (AsO4)(3-) clusters with antisymmetric stretching vibrations observed indicating a reduction of the tetrahedral symmetry. This loss of degeneracy is also reflected in the bending modes. Strong Raman bands around 450 cm(-1) are assigned to ν4 bending modes. Multiple bands in the 350-300 cm(-1) region assigned to ν2 bending modes provide evidence of symmetry reduction of the arsenate anion. Three broad bands for wendwilsonite found at 3332, 3119 and 3001 cm(-1) are assigned to OH stretching bands. By using a Libowitzky empirical equation, hydrogen bond distances of 2.65 and 2.75Å are estimated. Vibrational spectra enable the molecular structure of the wendwilsonite mineral to be determined and whilst similarities exist in the spectral patterns with the roselite mineral group, sufficient differences exist to be able to determine the identification of the minerals.

  4. Symmetry Breaking in Chiral Ionic Liquids Evidenced by Vibrational Optical Activity.

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    Oulevey, Patric; Luber, Sandra; Varnholt, Birte; Bürgi, Thomas

    2016-09-19

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are receiving increasing interest for their use in synthetic laboratories and industry. Being composed of charged entities, they show a complex and widely unexplored dynamic behavior. Chiral ionic liquids (CILs) have a high potential as solvents for use in asymmetric synthesis. Chiroptical methods, owing to their sensitivity towards molecular conformation, offer unique possibilities to study the structure of these chiral ionic liquids. Raman optical activity proved particularly useful to study ionic liquids composed of amino acids and the achiral 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium counterion. We could substantiate, supported by selected theoretical methods, that the achiral counterion adopts an overall chiral conformation in the presence of chiral amino acid ions. These findings suggest that in the design of chiral ionic liquids for asymmetric synthesis, the structure of the achiral counter ion also has to be carefully considered.

  5. "Superchiral" Spectroscopy: Detection of Protein Higher Order Hierarchical Structure with Chiral Plasmonic Nanostructures.

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    Tullius, Ryan; Karimullah, Affar S; Rodier, Marion; Fitzpatrick, Brian; Gadegaard, Nikolaj; Barron, Laurence D; Rotello, Vincent M; Cooke, Graeme; Lapthorn, Adrian; Kadodwala, Malcolm

    2015-07-08

    Optical spectroscopic methods do not routinely provide information on higher order hierarchical structure (tertiary/quaternary) of biological macromolecules and assemblies. This necessitates the use of time-consuming and material intensive techniques, such as protein crystallography, NMR, and electron microscopy. Here we demonstrate a spectroscopic phenomenon, superchiral polarimetry, which can rapidly characterize ligand-induced changes in protein higher order (tertiary/quaternary) structure at the picogram level, which is undetectable using conventional CD spectroscopy. This is achieved by utilizing the enhanced sensitivity of superchiral evanescent fields to mesoscale chiral structure.

  6. Investigation of Chiral Molecular Micelles by NMR Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Morris, Kevin F.; Billiot, Eugene J.; Billiot, Fereshteh H.; Lipkowitz, Kenny B.; Southerland, William M.; Fang, Yayin

    2013-01-01

    NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation analyses of the chiral molecular micelles poly-(sodium undecyl-(L,L)-leucine-valine) (poly-SULV) and poly-(sodium undecyl-(L,L)- valine-leucine) (poly-(SUVL)) are reported. Both molecular micelles are used as chiral selectors in electrokinetic chromatography and each consists of covalently linked surfactant chains with chiral dipeptide headgroups. To provide experimental support for the structures from MD simulations, NOESY spectra were used to identify protons in close spatial proximity. Results from the NOESY analyses were then compared to radial distribution functions from MD simulations. In addition, the hydrodynamic radii of both molecular micelles were calculated from NMR-derived diffusion coefficients. Corresponding radii from the MD simulations were found to be in agreement with these experimental results. NMR diffusion experiments were also used to measure association constants for polar and non-polar binaphthyl analytes binding to both molecular micelles. Poly(SUVL) was found to bind the non-polar analyte enantiomers more strongly, while the more polar analyte enantiomers interacted more strongly with poly(SULV). MD simulations in tum showed that poly(SUL V) had a more open structure that gave greater access for water molecules to the dipeptide headgroup region. PMID:23991355

  7. Vibrationally resolved anion photoelectron spectroscopy of metal clusters

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    Miller, Stephen R.

    Vibrationally resolved anion photoelectron spectroscopy of metal clusters Vibrationally resolved anion photoelectron spectroscopy (APES) and density functional theory (DFT) are applied to the study of structure and reactivity in small metal containing molecules. The studies described fall into two general categories: the study of bare metal clusters and the study of metal/organic ligand reactions. The current lack of spectroscopic data for small, bare gas-phase metal compounds makes the experimental study of such compounds important for understanding structure and bonding in open-shell metallic species. The heteronuclear diatomic anions MCu- (M = Cr, Mo) were prepared in a flowing afterglow ion-molecule reactor, and studied experimentally with APES. Anion and neutral vibrational frequencies and MCu electron affinities were obtained for both systems. The experiments were supplemented by DFT calculations. The combined use of experiment and theory allows for the assignment of both photoelectron spectra, including a reassignment of the CrCu ground state reported in the literature. Similarly, DFT was used to assign the anionic/neutral electronic states observed in the photoelectron spectra of Al3- and Al3O-. The study of partially ligated organometallic complexes offers a means of examining the interactions between metal atoms and individual ligand molecules. DFT was used to assign electronic states observed in the photoelectron spectra of NbC2H2-, NbC4H4 -NbC6H6- and VC6H 6-. Comparison of the NbnHn - (n = 2, 4, 6) spectra (obtained through the reaction of C2 H4 and Nb) with DFT results provides the first direct spectroscopic evidence of the conversion of ethylene to benzene by a gas phase metal atom. Experiments were used to probe the reactivity of Y with C2H 4 in an effort to examine the generality of the metal induced C 2H4 dehydrogenation/cyclization reactions. Some of the key products in the Y reactions were YC2H-, YC 2H2-, and YC6H5 -. However, the results

  8. Theoretical Study of the Vibrational Spectroscopy of the Ethyl Radical

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    Tabor, Daniel P.; Sibert, Edwin. L. Sibert, Iii

    2013-06-01

    The rich spectroscopy of the ethyl radical has attracted the attention of several experimental and theoretical investigations. The purpose of these studies was to elucidate the signatures of hyperconjugation, torsion, inversion, and Fermi coupling in the molecular spectra. Due to the number of degrees of freedom in the system, previous theoretical studies have implemented reduced-dimensional models. Our ultimate goal is a full-dimensional theoretical treatment of the vibrations using both Van Vleck and variational approaches. The methods will be combined with the potential that we have calculated using the CCSD(T) method on the cc-pVTZ basis set. In this talk we will discuss our initial work, which builds up from these reduced-dimensional models. Our calculations use coordinates that exploit the system's G_{12} PI symmetry in a simple fashion. By systematically adding more degrees of freedom to our model, we can determine the effects of specific couplings on the spectroscopy. T. Häber, A. C. Blair, D. J. Nesbitt and M. D. Schuder J. Chem. Phys. {124}, 054316, (2006). G .E. Douberly, unpublished. R. S. Bhatta, A. Gao and D. S. Perry J. Mol. Struct.: THEOCHEM {941}, 22, (2010).

  9. Conformational studies on chiral rhodium complexes by ECD and VCD spectroscopy.

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    Szilvágyi, Gábor; Majer, Zsuzsa; Vass, Elemér; Hollósi, Miklós

    2011-04-01

    This article reports vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopic studies in acetonitrile on the chiral Rh(2)(O-Phe-Cbz)(1)(OAc)(3) and Rh(2)(O-Phe-Ac)(1)(OAc)(3) complexes (abbreviated Rh(2)Z(1) and Rh(2)Ac(1) , respectively; Phe, L-phenylalanine; Cbz, benzyloxycarbonyl; Ac, acetyl) supported by theoretical calculations. The ECD spectra of the complexes depend on temperature that indicates the conformational mobility of the chiral ligands. Calculations of the VCD spectra were performed at ab initio (DFT) level of theory using Gaussian 03 [B3LYP functional combined with the LANL2DZ basis set for the dirhodium core and the 6-31G(d) basis set for other atoms]. The population-weighted sums of the computed VCD spectra of the conformers are in excellent agreement with the experimental VCD spectra. The combination of the VCD and ECD spectroscopic methods led us to the structural characterization of the complexes.

  10. Chiral-index resolved length mapping of carbon nanotubes in solution using electric-field induced differential absorption spectroscopy

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    Li, Wenshan; Hennrich, Frank; Flavel, Benjamin S.; Kappes, Manfred M.; Krupke, Ralph

    2016-09-01

    The length of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is an important metric for the integration of SWCNTs into devices and for the performance of SWCNT-based electronic or optoelectronic applications. In this work we propose a rather simple method based on electric-field induced differential absorption spectroscopy to measure the chiral-index-resolved average length of SWCNTs in dispersions. The method takes advantage of the electric-field induced length-dependent dipole moment of nanotubes and has been verified and calibrated by atomic force microscopy. This method not only provides a low cost, in situ approach for length measurements of SWCNTs in dispersion, but due to the sensitivity of the method to the SWCNT chiral index, the chiral index dependent average length of fractions obtained by chromatographic sorting can also be derived. Also, the determination of the chiral-index resolved length distribution seems to be possible using this method.

  11. Observation of terahertz vibrations in Pyrococcus furiosus rubredoxin via impulsive coherent vibrational spectroscopy and nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy--interpretation by molecular mechanics.

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    Tan, Ming-Liang; Bizzarri, Anna Rita; Xiao, Yuming; Cannistraro, Salvatore; Ichiye, Toshiko; Manzoni, Cristian; Cerullo, Giulio; Adams, Michael W W; Jenney, Francis E; Cramer, Stephen P

    2007-03-01

    We have used impulsive coherent vibrational spectroscopy (ICVS) to study the Fe(S-Cys)(4) site in oxidized rubredoxin (Rd) from Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf). In this experiment, a 15 fs visible laser pulse is used to coherently pump the sample to an excited electronic state, and a second <10 fs pulse is used to probe the change in transmission as a function of the time delay. PfRd was observed to relax to the ground state by a single exponential decay with time constants of approximately 255-275 fs. Superimposed on this relaxation are oscillations caused by coherent excitation of vibrational modes in both excited and ground electronic states. Fourier transformation reveals the frequencies of these modes. The strongest ICV mode with 570 nm excitation is the symmetric Fe-S stretching mode near 310 cm(-1), compared to 313 cm(-1) in the low temperature resonance Raman. If the rubredoxin is pumped at 520 nm, a set of strong bands occurs between 20 and 110 cm(-1). Finally, there is a mode at approximately 500 cm(-1) which is similar to features near 508 cm(-1) in blue Cu proteins that have been attributed to excited state vibrations. Normal mode analysis using 488 protein atoms and 558 waters gave calculated spectra that are in good agreement with previous nuclear resonance vibrational spectra (NRVS) results. The lowest frequency normal modes are identified as collective motions of the entire protein or large segments of polypeptide. Motion in these modes may affect the polar environment of the redox site and thus tune the electron transfer functions in rubredoxins.

  12. Investigating buried polymer interfaces using sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy

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    Chen, Zhan

    2010-01-01

    This paper reviews recent progress in the studies of buried polymer interfaces using sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy. Both buried solid/liquid and solid/solid interfaces involving polymeric materials are discussed. SFG studies of polymer/water interfaces show that different polymers exhibit varied surface restructuring behavior in water, indicating the importance of probing polymer/water interfaces in situ. SFG has also been applied to the investigation of interfaces between polymers and other liquids. It has been found that molecular interactions at such polymer/liquid interfaces dictate interfacial polymer structures. The molecular structures of silane molecules, which are widely used as adhesion promoters, have been investigated using SFG at buried polymer/silane and polymer/polymer interfaces, providing molecular-level understanding of polymer adhesion promotion. The molecular structures of polymer/solid interfaces have been examined using SFG with several different experimental geometries. These results have provided molecular-level information about polymer friction, adhesion, interfacial chemical reactions, interfacial electronic properties, and the structure of layer-by-layer deposited polymers. Such research has demonstrated that SFG is a powerful tool to probe buried interfaces involving polymeric materials, which are difficult to study by conventional surface sensitive analytical techniques. PMID:21113334

  13. Detection of chiral defects in crystalline organic solids using solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Berendt, Robert T; Munson, Eric J

    2011-05-01

    The marketing of enantiopure pharmaceuticals has become more common due to regulatory and safety concerns surrounding the potential differences in biological activity of opposite enantiomers. However, achieving the desired enantiopurity can be a challenge, and low levels of the undesired enantiomer (chiral impurity) may be present in the final product. The location and nature of this impurity can potentially alter pharmaceutically relevant properties. In this article, we show that it is possible to identify and quantitate the crystallographic locations of small amounts of one enantiomer (l) in the presence of predominantly the opposite D-enantiomer using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Proline was used as a model compound, and crystalline samples containing both D- and L-proline were prepared by solvent evaporation, lyophilization, spray drying, and cryogrinding. Isotopic labeling, (13)C cross polarization-magic angle spinning NMR spectral subtractions, and (1)H T(1) spin-lattice relaxation measurements allowed selective observation and characterization of the crystal environments into which the L-proline impurity was incorporated upon concurrent crystallization with D-proline. Results show that L-proline was incorporated in up to four different crystalline forms, including L-proline as a kinetically trapped substitutional chiral defect in the D-proline host crystal lattice.

  14. Vibrational Spectroscopy of CO2- Radical Anion in Water

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    Janik, Ireneusz; Tripathi, G. N. R.

    2016-06-01

    The reductive conversion of CO2 into industrial products (e.g., oxalic acid, formic acid, and methanol) can occur via aqueous CO2- as a transient intermediate. While the formation, structure and reaction pathways of this radical anion have been modelled for decades using various spectroscopic and theoretical approaches, we present here, for the first time, a vibrational spectroscopic investigation in liquid water, using pulse radiolysis time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopy for its preparation and observation. Excitation of the radical in resonance with its 235 nm absorption displays a transient Raman band at 1298 wn, attributed to the symmetric CO stretch, which is at 45 wn higher frequency than in inert matrices. Isotopic substitution at C (13CO2-) shifts the frequency downwards by 22 wn which confirms its origin and the assignment. A Raman band of moderate intensity compared to the stronger 1298 wn band also appears at 742 wn, and is assignable to the OCO bending mode. A reasonable resonance enhancement of this mode is possible only in a bent CO2-(C2v/Cs) geometry. These resonance Raman features suggest a strong solute-solvent interaction, the water molecules acting as constituents of the radical structure, rather than exerting a minor solvent perturbation. However, there is no evidence of the non-equivalence (Cs) of the two CO bonds. A surprising resonance Raman feature is the lack of overtones of the symmetric CO stretch, which we interpret due to the detachment of the electron from the CO2- moiety towards the solvation shell. Electron detachment occurs at the energies of 0.28+/-0.03 eV or higher with respect to the zero point energy of the ground electronic state. The issue of acid-base equilibrium of the radical which has been in contention for decades, as reflected in a wide variation in the reported pKa (-0.2 to 3.9), has been resolved. A value of 3.4+/-0.2 measured in this work is consistent with the vibrational properties, bond structure and charge

  15. Characterizing Anharmonic Vibrational Modes of Quinones with Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Cyran, Jenée D; Nite, Jacob M; Krummel, Amber T

    2015-07-23

    Two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectroscopy was used to study the vibrational modes of three quinones--benzoquinone, naphthoquinone, and anthraquinone. The vibrations of interest were in the spectral range of 1560-1710 cm(-1), corresponding to the in-plane carbonyl and ring stretching vibrations. Coupling between the vibrational modes is indicated by the cross peaks in the 2D IR spectra. The diagonal and off-diagonal anharmonicities range from 4.6 to 17.4 cm(-1) for the quinone series. In addition, there is significant vibrational coupling between the in-plane carbonyl and ring stretching vibrations. The diagonal anharmonicity, off-diagonal anharmonicity, and vibrational coupling constants are reported for benzoquinone, naphthoquinone, and anthraquinone.

  16. Vibrationally-resolved polyatomic photoelectron spectroscopy: Mode-specific behavior

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    Rathbone, G. J.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Bozek, J. D.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2002-05-01

    We report the first vibrationally-resolved photoelectron spectra for polyatomic molecules performed over a broad spectral range. Such studies elucidate vibrationally mode-specific aspects of the photoelectron scattering dynamics. Three linear triatomic systems (CO_2, N_2O, and CS_2) are studied, and the results exhibit striking differences for alternative modes. For CO_2^+(C^2Σ_g^+), a continuum resonance results in a 15 eV wide dip for the symmetric stretch branching ratio, while strong peaks are observed for vibrational branching ratios associated with the two symmetry forbidden modes. For CS_2^+(B^2Σ_u^+), mode-specific behavior is displayed, as resonance enhancement of a single quantum excitation is weak for the symmetric stretch, but strong for the bending vibration. For N_2O^+(A^2Σ^+), many vibrational excitations are observed and families of vibrational branching ratio spectra emerge.

  17. Vibrational predissociation spectroscopy of Ar-tagged, trisubstituted silyl cations

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    DeBlase, Andrew F.; Scerba, Michael T.; Lectka, Thomas; Johnson, Mark A.

    2013-05-01

    Vibrational predissociation spectra of the (CH3)2RSi+·Arn, (R = H and CH3, n = 1 and 2) ions are compared with harmonic calculations to structurally characterize these putative reactive intermediates. Although the vibrational photofragmentation behavior indicates that the Ar-Si bond is quite strong relative to that found in closed shell ions, formation of the Ar adducts is calculated to cause only minor perturbations to the intrinsic vibrational band patterns of the isolated ions. In both (R = H and CH3) cases, the vibrational spectra are very simple, consisting entirely of sharp features readily assigned to fundamentals anticipated by their harmonic spectra.

  18. Molecular Structure and Chirality Determination from Pulsed-Jet Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Lobsiger, Simon; Perez, Cristobal; Evangelisti, Luca; Seifert, Nathan A.; Pate, Brooks; Lehmann, Kevin

    2014-06-01

    Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) spectroscopy has been used for many years as one of the most accurate methods to determine gas-phase structures of molecules and small molecular clusters. In the last years two pioneering works ushered in a new era applications. First, by exploiting the reduced measurement time and the high sensitivity, the development of chirped-pulse CP-FTMW spectrometers enabled the full structural determination of molecules of increasing size as well as molecular clusters. Second, and more recently, Patterson et al. showed that rotational spectroscopy can also be used for enantiomer-specific detection. Here we present an experimental approach that combines both in a single spectrometer. This set-up is capable to rapidly obtain the full heavy-atom substitution structure using the CP-FTMW features. The inclusion of an extra set of broadband horns allows for a chirality-sensitive measurement of the sample. The measurement we implement is a three-wave mixing experiment that uses time-separated pulses to optimally create the chiral coherence - an approach that was proposed recently. Using samples of R-, S- and racemic Solketal, the physical properties of the three-wave mixing experiment were studied. This involved the measurement of the corresponding nutation curves (molecular signal intensity vs excitation pulse duration) to demonstrate the optimal pulse sequence. The phase stability of the chiral signal, required to assign the absolute stereochemistry, has been studied as a function of the measurement signal-to-noise ratio using a "phasogram" method. G. G. Brown, B. C. Dian, K. O. Douglass, S. M. Geyer, S. T. Shipman, B. H. Pate, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2008, 79, 053103. D. Patterson, M. Schnell, J. M. Doyle, Nature 2013, 497, 475-477. D. Patterson, J. M. Doyle, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013, 111, 023008. V. A. Shubert, D. Schmitz, D. Patterson, J. M. Doyle, M. Schnell, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 1152-1155. J.-U. Grabow, Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 11914

  19. Absolute Configuration Assignment of 3',4'-di-O-acylkhellactones Using Vibrational Circular Dichroism Exciton Chirality.

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    Buendía-Trujillo, Abigail I; Torrres-Valencia, J Martín; Joseph-Nathan, Pedro; Burgueño-Tapia, Eleuterio

    2015-06-01

    The 3'R,4'R absolute configuration (AC) of the angular-type pyranocoumarins (-)-3',4'-di-O-acetylkhellactone (2), (-)-4'-O-acetyl-3'-O-angeloylkhellactone (3), (+)-3'-O-acetyl-4'-O-isobutyroylkhellactone (4), and (-)-3'-O-angeloyl-4'-O-senecioylkhellactone (5), isolated from the aerial parts of Prionosciadium thapsoides, was assigned by vibrational circular dichroism exciton chirality (VCDEC), and confirmed by comparison of their VCD frequencies with those calculated using DFT at the B3LYP/DGDZVP level. This again reveals that AC assignments based on optical rotation data are not very confident. Evaluation of Flack and Hooft parameters obtained after single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of 3, independently confirmed this AC.

  20. Observation of the Interference Effect in Vibrationally Resolved Electron Momentum Spectroscopy of H2

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    Zhang, Zhe; Shan, Xu; Wang, Tian; Wang, Enliang; Chen, Xiangjun

    2014-01-01

    We report the first measurement on vibrationally resolved electron momentum spectroscopy of H2 by using a high-resolution (e, 2e) spectrometer. The vibrational-specific experimental momentum profiles have been obtained and shown to be in agreement with calculations of (e, 2e) ionization cross sections taking into account the vibrational wave functions. Distinct deviations from Franck-Condon predictions have been observed in vibrational ratios of cross sections, which can readily be ascribed to the Young-type two-center interference. Unlike previous (e, 2e) work, the present observation of an interference effect does not rely on the comparison with the one-center atomic cross section.

  1. Vibrational self-consistent field calculations for spectroscopy of biological molecules: new algorithmic developments and applications.

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    Roy, Tapta Kanchan; Gerber, R Benny

    2013-06-28

    This review describes the vibrational self-consistent field (VSCF) method and its other variants for computing anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy of biological molecules. The superiority and limitations of this algorithm are discussed with examples. The spectroscopic accuracy of the VSCF method is compared with experimental results and other available state-of-the-art algorithms for various biologically important systems. For large biological molecules with many vibrational modes, the scaling of computational effort is investigated. The accuracy of the vibrational spectra of biological molecules using the VSCF approach for different electronic structure methods is also assessed. Finally, a few open problems and challenges in this field are discussed.

  2. Investigation of Thermal and Chirality Effects on Vibration of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Embedded in a Polymeric Matrix Using Nonlocal Elasticity Theories

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    Bensattalah, T.; Daouadji, T. H.; Zidour, M.; Tounsi, A.; Bedia, E. A. Adda

    2016-09-01

    Using a nonlocal elasticity theory and the Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam theories, the free vibration of single-walled carbon nanotubes embedded in an elastic medium in investigated with account of thermal and chirality effects. The mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes and polymer matrix are treated as functions of temperature, and an analytical solution is derived using the governing equations of the nonlocal Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam models. The results obtained show that the frequency ratio is significantly affected by the chirality of the single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  3. DFT study of structural, electronic, vibrational, and magnetic properties of the chirality cage-like molecule C24O12.

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    Liu, Feng-Ling; Wang, Chen-Hui

    2008-10-01

    Bonding, vibrational and magnetic properties of the cage-like molecule C24O12 are studied by DFT calculations. Infrared- and Raman-active vibrational frequencies of the cage-like molecule C24O12 are assigned. Two 13C and one 17O nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectral signals of the cage-like molecule C24O12 are characterized. Heat of formation of the cage-like molecule C24O12 is estimated. Compared to C60 and the cage-like molecule C24O12, only from the thermodynamic points of view, C24O12 is more stable than C60. Thus we believe that the cage-like molecule C24O12 has sufficient stability to allow its experimental preparation. We proposed that it could be synthesized by using the condensation of molecules C6(OH)6 and C12Cl12. Since the symmetry of C24O12 is D6, it is a chiral molecule.

  4. Vibrational dynamics of aqueous hydroxide solutions probed using broadband 2DIR spectroscopy

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    Mandal, Aritra; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-11-21

    We employed ultrafast transient absorption and broadband 2DIR spectroscopy to study the vibrational dynamics of aqueous hydroxide solutions by exciting the O–H stretch vibrations of the strongly hydrogen-bonded hydroxide solvation shell water and probing the continuum absorption of the solvated ion between 1500 and 3800 cm{sup −1}. We observe rapid vibrational relaxation processes on 150–250 fs time scales across the entire probed spectral region as well as slower vibrational dynamics on 1–2 ps time scales. Furthermore, the O–H stretch excitation loses its frequency memory in 180 fs, and vibrational energy exchange between bulk-like water vibrations and hydroxide-associated water vibrations occurs in ∼200 fs. The fast dynamics in this system originate in strong nonlinear coupling between intra- and intermolecular vibrations and are explained in terms of non-adiabatic vibrational relaxation. These measurements indicate that the vibrational dynamics of the aqueous hydroxide complex are faster than the time scales reported for long-range transport of protons in aqueous hydroxide solutions.

  5. Application of THz Vibrational Spectroscopy to Molecular Characterization and the Theoretical Fundamentals: An Illustration Using Saccharide Molecules.

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    Zhang, Feng; Wang, Houng-Wei; Tominaga, Keisuke; Hayashi, Michitoshi; Hasunuma, Tomohisa; Kondo, Akihiko

    2017-02-01

    This work illustrates several theoretical fundamentals for the application of THz vibrational spectroscopy to molecular characterization in the solid state using two different types of saccharide systems as examples. Four subjects have been specifically addressed: (1) the qualitative differences in the molecular vibrational signatures monitored by THz and mid-IR vibrational spectroscopy; (2) the selection rules for THz vibrational spectroscopy as applied to crystalline and amorphous systems; (3) a normal mode simulation, using α-l-xylose as an example; and (4) a rigorous mode analysis to quantify the percentage contributions of the intermolecular and intramolecular vibrations to the normal mode of interest.

  6. Intermolecular vibrations and vibrational dynamics of a phenol⋯methanol binary complex studied by LIF spectroscopy

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    Mukhopadhyay, Deb Pratim; Biswas, Souvick; Chakraborty, Tapas

    2017-04-01

    Low-frequency intermolecular vibrations in S0 and S1 states of p-fluorophenol (pFP) methanol binary complex have been studied using laser induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy in a supersonic jet expansion. Vibrational fundamentals of five such modes show up in fluorescence excitation (FE) spectrum, and corresponding ground state frequencies are obtained measuring disperse fluorescence (DF) spectra. Signatures of strong coupling between the hydrogen bond stretching fundamental (σ01) and a ring mode of pFP moiety in S1 state are revealed. In comparison with the analogous pFP-water complex, the present system displays very low threshold (∼170 cm-1) for vibrational energy relaxation in S1 state.

  7. 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy - Formal Schedule and Speaker/Poster Program

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    Geiger, Franz

    2012-08-10

    The Vibrational Spectroscopy conference brings together experimentalists and theoreticians working at the frontiers of modern vibrational spectroscopy, with a special emphasis on spectroscopies that probe the structure and dynamics of molecules in gases, liquids, and at interfaces. The conference explores the wide range of state-of-the-art techniques based on vibrational motion. These techniques span the fields of time-domain, high-resolution frequency-domain, spatially-resolved, nonlinear, and multidimensional spectroscopies. The conference highlights both the application of these techniques in chemistry, materials, biology, the environment, and medicine as well as the development of theoretical models that enable one to connect spectroscopic signatures to underlying molecular motions including chemical reaction dynamics. The conference goal is to advance the field of vibrational spectroscopy by bringing together a collection of researchers who share common interests and who will gain from discussing work at the forefront of several connected areas. The intent is to emphasize the insights and understanding that studies of vibrations provide about a variety of molecular systems ranging from small polyatomic molecules to large biomolecules, nanomaterials, and environmental systems.

  8. VCD study of alpha-methylbenzyl amine derivatives: detection of the unchanged chiral motif.

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    Merten, Christian; Amkreutz, Marc; Hartwig, Andreas

    2010-08-01

    Chiral alpha-methylbenzyl amine is a well known and often used chiral auxiliary, e.g., in the resolution of racemates or asymmetric catalysis. In this work, alpha-methylbenzyl amine and its derivatives N,alpha-dimethylbenzyl amine, N,N,alpha-trimethylbenzyl amine, and bis[alpha-methylbenzyl] amine were investigated by vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT). For all compounds, stable low energy conformers were obtained by the DFT calculations and based on those, the theoretical vibrational absorption (VA) and VCD spectra were calculated and compared with experimental spectra. Hence, the absolute configurations and conformational preferences were determined. A qualitative comparison of all the experimental VCD spectra of the investigated chiral molecules supported by the calculated ones is given which clearly shows similarities between the spectra of the different chiral amines. These can be assigned to vibrations of the unchanged chiral center.

  9. a Peptide CO Solvent in a Chirality Induction Model System: Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy of the 2,2,2-TRIFLUOROETHANOL- - Ene Oxide Adduct

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    Thomas, Javix; Xu, Yunjie

    2014-06-01

    Chirality induction in a model system, i.e. the 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE)- -propylene oxide (PO) adduct, was investigated in detail using chirped pulse and cavity based Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy, complemented with high level ab initio calculations. Hydrogen-bonding interaction of TFE with the permanently chiral PO molecule results in eight binary TFE- -PO diastereomers. Rotational spectra of four of them were observed experimentally and unambiguously assigned and identified. Unlike the TFE dimer where an extreme case of chirality synchronization was previously reported, diastereomers due to both the g+ and g- forms of TFE were observed, indicating that the tunneling between the two isoenergetic gauche forms of TFE was quenched. Comparison to the previous studies reveals that perfluorination increases the hydrogen-bonding energy by about 70% over its ethanol counterpart. TFE- -PO serves as a prototype system for chirality induction which leads to chirality amplification rather than a system with chirality synchronization.

  10. Sum-Frequency Generation from Chiral Media and Interfaces

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    Ji, Na

    2006-02-13

    Sum frequency generation (SFG), a second-order nonlinear optical process, is electric-dipole forbidden in systems with inversion symmetry. As a result, it has been used to study chiral media and interfaces, systems intrinsically lacking inversion symmetry. This thesis describes recent progresses in the applications of and new insights into SFG from chiral media and interfaces. SFG from solutions of chiral amino acids is investigated, and a theoretical model explaining the origin and the strength of the chiral signal in electronic-resonance SFG spectroscopy is discussed. An interference scheme that allows us to distinguish enantiomers by measuring both the magnitude and the phase of the chiral SFG response is described, as well as a chiral SFG microscope producing chirality-sensitive images with sub-micron resolution. Exploiting atomic and molecular parity nonconservation, the SFG process is also used to solve the Ozma problems. Sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy is used to obtain the adsorption behavior of leucine molecules at air-water interfaces. With poly(tetrafluoroethylene) as a model system, we extend the application of this surface-sensitive vibrational spectroscopy to fluorine-containing polymers.

  11. Measuring correlated electronic and vibrational spectral dynamics using line shapes in two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy

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    Lewis, Nicholas H. C.; Dong, Hui; Oliver, Thomas A. A.; Fleming, Graham R.

    2015-05-07

    Two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy is an experimental technique that shows great promise in its ability to provide detailed information concerning the interactions between the electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in molecular systems. The physical quantities 2DEV is particularly suited for measuring have not yet been fully determined, nor how these effects manifest in the spectra. In this work, we investigate the use of the center line slope of a peak in a 2DEV spectrum as a measure of both the dynamic and static correlations between the electronic and vibrational states of a dye molecule in solution. We show how this center line slope is directly related to the solvation correlation function for the vibrational degrees of freedom. We also demonstrate how the strength with which the vibration on the electronic excited state couples to its bath can be extracted from a set of 2DEV spectra. These analytical techniques are then applied to experimental data from the laser dye 3,3′-diethylthiatricarbocyanine iodide in deuterated chloroform, where we determine the lifetime of the correlation between the electronic transition frequency and the transition frequency for the backbone C = C stretch mode to be ∼1.7 ps. Furthermore, we find that on the electronic excited state, this mode couples to the bath ∼1.5 times more strongly than on the electronic ground state.

  12. ULTRAFAST CHEMISTRY: Using Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy for Interrogation of Structural Dynamics

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    Nibbering, Erik T. J.; Fidder, Henk; Pines, Ehud

    2005-05-01

    Time-resolved infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy elucidates molecular structure evolution during ultrafast chemical reactions. Following vibrational marker modes in real time provides direct insight into the structural dynamics, as is evidenced in studies on intramolecular hydrogen transfer, bimolecular proton transfer, electron transfer, hydrogen bonding during solvation dynamics, bond fission in organometallic compounds and heme proteins, cis-trans isomerization in retinal proteins, and transformations in photochromic switch pairs. Femtosecond IR spectroscopy monitors the site-specific interactions in hydrogen bonds. Conversion between excited electronic states can be followed for intramolecular electron transfer by inspection of the fingerprint IR- or Raman-active vibrations in conjunction with quantum chemical calculations. Excess internal vibrational energy, generated either by optical excitation or by internal conversion from the electronic excited state to the ground state, is observable through transient frequency shifts of IR-active vibrations and through nonequilibrium populations as deduced by Raman resonances.

  13. Vibrational levels of p-xylene cation determined by mass-analyzed threshold ionization spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Bing; Aigner, Udo; Ludwig Selzle, Heinrich; William Schlag, Edward

    2003-10-01

    Mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy and two-color resonant two-photon ionization method were used for the determination of the vibrational levels of the p-xylene cation. The MATI spectrum was recorded via the 0 0 vibrationless level of the S 1 state of p-xylene. The spectrum shows a rich structure and some vibrational frequencies of the cation are determined. The experimental findings are well supported by ab initio calculation.

  14. A practical guide for nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) of biochemical samples and model compounds.

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    Wang, Hongxin; Alp, Esen Ercan; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Cramer, Stephen P

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) has been used by physicists for many years. However, it is still a relatively new technique for bioinorganic users. This technique yields a vibrational spectrum for a specific element, which can be easily interpreted. Furthermore, isotopic labeling allows for site-specific experiments. In this chapter, we discuss how to access specific beamlines, what kind of equipment is used in NRVS, and how the sample should be prepared and the data collected and analyzed.

  15. Vibrational energy dynamics of water studied with ultrafast Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy

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    Wang, Zhaohui; Pang, Yoonsoo; Dlott, Dana D.

    2004-10-01

    The transient Stokes Raman spectroscopy method is introduced to study the dynamics of OH-stretching vibrations in water excited by ultrashort infrared pulses. The combination of Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman probing allows the the absorption and emission contributions to be measured separately. Experiments with 3400 cm -1 pumping of OH-stretching of HOD solute in D 2O solvent are reported. The Stokes Raman method is used to study the delay between the excited-state decay and the ground-state recovery, the vibrational Stokes shift, and the generation of weakened hydrogen bonding due to heat released by vibrational relaxation.

  16. Surface Vibrational Spectroscopy on Shear-Aligned Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Films

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    Ji, Na; Ostroverkhov, Victor; Lagugné-Labarthet, Francois; Shen, Y. R.

    2004-03-01

    Sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy was used to obtain the first surface vibrational spectra of shear-deposited highly-oriented poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) thin films. The analysis of spectra taken with different polarization combinations of the input and output beams allowed us to assess orientation of the polymer chains on the film surface. The surface PTFE chains appeared to lie along the shearing direction. Vibrational modes observed at 1142 and 1204 cm-1 were found to have the E1 symmetry, in support of some earlier analysis in the long-lasting controversy over the assignment of these modes.

  17. Theoretical and experimental vibrational spectroscopy study on rotational isomer of 4-phenylbutylamine

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    Ünal, A.; Okur, M.

    2017-02-01

    The possible four stable rotational isomers of 4-phenylbutylamine (4PBA) molecule were experimentally and theoretically studied by vibrational spectroscopy. The FT-IR (4000-400 cm-1) and Raman (3700-60 cm-1) spectra of 4PBA were recorded at room temperature in liquid phase. The complete vibrational wavenumbers and corresponding vibrational assignments of 4PBA molecule were discussed assisted with B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory along with scaled quantum mechanics force field (SQM-FF) method. Results from experimental and theoretical data the most stable form of 4PBA molecule was obtained.

  18. Inversion vibration of PH3+(X~ 2A2'') studied by zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Yang, Jie; Li, Juan; Hao, Yusong; Zhou, Chang; Mo, Yuxiang

    2006-08-01

    We report the first rotationally resolved spectroscopic studies on PH3+(X˜A2″2) using zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy and coherent VUV radiation. The spectra about 8000cm-1 above the ground vibrational state of PH3+(X˜A2″2) have been recorded. We observed the vibrational energy level splittings of PH3+(X˜A2″2) due to the tunneling effect in the inversion (symmetric bending) vibration (ν2+). The energy splitting for the first inversion vibrational state (0+/0-) is 5.8cm-1. The inversion vibrational energy levels, rotational constants, and adiabatic ionization energies (IEs) for ν2+=0-16 have been determined. The bond angles between the neighboring P-H bonds and the P-H bond lengths are also obtained using the experimentally determined rotational constants. With the increasing of the inversion vibrational excitations (ν2+), the bond lengths (P-H) increase a little and the bond angles (H-P-H) decrease a lot. The inversion vibrational energy levels have also been calculated by using one dimensional potential model and the results are in good agreement with the experimental data for the first several vibrational levels. In addition to inversion vibration, we also observed firstly the other two vibrational modes: the symmetric P-H stretching vibration (ν1+) and the degenerate bending vibration (ν4+). The fundamental frequencies for ν1+ and ν4+ are 2461.6 (±2) and 1043.9 (±2)cm-1, respectively. The first IE for PH3 was determined as 79670.9 (±1)cm-1.

  19. Separation of overlapping vibrational peaks in terahertz spectra using two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy

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    Hoshina, Hiromichi; Ishii, Shinya; Otani, Chiko

    2014-07-01

    In this study, the terahertz (THz) absorption spectra of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) were measured during isothermal crystallization at 90-120 °C. The temporal changes in the absorption spectra were analyzed using two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2DCOS). In the asynchronous plot, cross peaks were observed around 2.4 THz, suggesting that two vibrational modes overlap in the raw spectrum. By comparing this to the peak at 2.9 THz corresponding to the stretching mode of the helical structure of PHB and the assignment obtained using polarization spectroscopy, we concluded that the high-frequency band could be attributed to the vibration of the helical structure and the low-frequency band to the vibration between the helical structures. The exact frequencies of the overlapping vibrational bands and their assignments provide a new means to inspect the thermal behavior of the intermolecular vibrational modes. The large red-shift of the interhelix vibrational mode suggests a large anharmonicity in the vibrational potential.

  20. Vibrational spectroscopy and the development of new force fields for biological molecules.

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    Gerber, R B; Chaban, G M; Gregurick, S K; Brauer, B

    2003-03-01

    The role of vibrational spectroscopy in the testing of force fields of biological molecules and in the determination of improved force fields is discussed. Analysis shows that quantitative testing of potential energy surfaces by comparison with spectroscopic data generally requires calculations that include anharmonic couplings between different vibrational modes. Applications of the vibrational self-consistent field (VSCF) method to calculations of spectroscopy of biological molecules are presented, and comparison with experiment is used to determine the merits and flaws of various types of force fields. The main conclusions include the following: (1) Potential surfaces from ab initio methods at the level of MP2 yield very satisfactory agreement with spectroscopic experimental data. (2) By the test of spectroscopy, ab initio force fields are considerably superior to the standard versions of force fields such as AMBER or OPLS. (3) Much of the spectroscopic weakness of AMBER and OPLS is due to incorrect description of anharmonic coupling between different vibrational modes. (4) Potential surfaces of the QM/MM (Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics) type, and potentials based on improved versions of semi-empirical electronic structure theory, which are feasible for large biological molecules, yield encouraging results by the test of vibrational spectroscopy.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopy and intramolecular dynamics of 1-butyne.

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    Portnov, Alexander; Rosenwaks, Salman; Bar, Ilana

    2004-09-22

    Photodissociation of jet-cooled vibrationally excited 1-butyne, C(2)H(5)C[Triple Bond]C[Single Bond]H, coupled with mass spectrometric detection of H photofragments, facilitated measurements of action spectra and Doppler profiles, expressing the yield of the ensuing fragments versus the vibrational excitation and UV probe lasers, respectively. Both the action spectra and the simultaneously measured room temperature photoacoustic spectra in the 2nu(1), 3nu(1), and 4nu(1) C[Single Bond]H acetylenic stretch regions exhibit unresolved rotational envelopes with significant narrowing of the former due to temperature-related change in the rotational structure. The narrowing of the action spectrum in the 3nu(1) region exposed a resonance splitting, implying intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) time of approximately 1 ps. Asymmetric rotor simulation of the band contours provided the rotational constants and estimates for the homogeneous broadening arising from IVR to the bath vibrational states. The homogenous linewidth of 4nu(1) is anomalously narrower than that of 2nu(1) and 3nu(1), indicating a longer lived 4nu(1) state despite the increasing background state density, suggestive of a lack of low-order resonances or of mode-specific coupling with the bath states. The Doppler profiles indicate that the H photofragments are released with low average translational energies, pointing to an indirect dissociation process occurring after internal conversion (IC) to the ground electronic state or after IC and isomerization to butadiene.

  2. Hydrogen Bonding and Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Theoretical Study

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    Chaban, Galina M.

    2005-01-01

    Effects of hydrogen bonding on vibrational spectra are studied for several hydrogen-bonded complexes, in which hydrogen bonding ranges from weak (<5 kcal/mol) to very strong (>25 kcal/mol). The systems studied include complexes of inorganic acids and salts with water and ammonia, as well as complexes of several organic molecules (nitriles and amino acids) with water. Since anharmonic effects are very strong in hydrogen-bonded systems, anharmonic vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities are computed using the correlation-corrected vibrational self-consistent field (CC-VSCF) method with ab initio potential surfaces at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels. The most common spectral effects induced by hydrogen bonding are red shifts of stretching vibrational frequencies ranging from approx.200/cm to over 2000/cm and significant increases of infrared intensities for those bonds that participate in hydrogen bonding. However, some systems (e.g. nitrile-water complexes) exhibit shifts in the opposite direction (to the blue) upon formation of hydrogen bonds.

  3. Quantitative Sum-Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy of Molecular Surfaces and Interfaces: Lineshape, Polarization and Orientation

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    Wang, Hongfei; Velarde, Luis; Gan, Wei; Fu, Li

    2015-04-01

    Sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) can provide detailed information and understanding of molecular vibrational spectroscopy, orientational and conformational structure, and interactions of molecular surfaces and interfaces, through quantitative measurement and analysis. In this review, we present the current status and discuss the main developments on the measurement of intrinsic SFG spectral lineshape, formulations for polarization measurement and orientation analysis of the SFG-VS spectra. The main focus is to present a coherent formulation and discuss the main concepts or issues that can help to make SFG-VS a quantitative analytical and research tool in revealing the chemistry and physics of complex molecular surface and interface.

  4. Intermolecular Interactions of a Chiral Amine Borane Adduct Revealed by VCD Spectroscopy.

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    Osowski, Tobias; Golbek, Julia; Merz, Klaus; Merten, Christian

    2016-06-23

    Amine boranes feature strong hydrogen bonding acceptor and donor moieties in close proximity, leading, for instance, to dihydrogen bonding driven self-aggregation. In this work, the infrared (IR) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of the bulky bis(α-phenylethyl)amine borane 1 in chloroform and acetonitrile solution are reported. By comparison with calculated spectra, the VCD spectral features observed in chloroform solution can clearly be associated with the presence of monomeric species. A shift of the conformational preferences occurs when changing the solvent to acetonitrile, which can only be deduced from the VCD spectral signatures but not from the IR spectrum. Using variable-temperature IR and VCD spectroscopy, the dihydrogen bonded dimeric species is characterized experimentally at -50 °C and theoretically by means of density functional theory calculations.

  5. Multidimensional infrared spectroscopy reveals the vibrational and solvation dynamics of isoniazid

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    Shaw, Daniel J.; Adamczyk, Katrin; Frederix, Pim W. J. M.; Simpson, Niall; Robb, Kirsty; Greetham, Gregory M.; Towrie, Michael; Parker, Anthony W.; Hoskisson, Paul A.; Hunt, Neil T.

    2015-06-01

    The results of infrared spectroscopic investigations into the band assignments, vibrational relaxation, and solvation dynamics of the common anti-tuberculosis treatment Isoniazid (INH) are reported. INH is known to inhibit InhA, a 2-trans-enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase enzyme responsible for the maintenance of cell walls in Mycobacterium tuberculosis but as new drug-resistant strains of the bacterium appear, next-generation therapeutics will be essential to combat the rise of the disease. Small molecules such as INH offer the potential for use as a biomolecular marker through which ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopies can probe drug binding and so inform design strategies but a complete characterization of the spectroscopy and dynamics of INH in solution is required to inform such activity. Infrared absorption spectroscopy, in combination with density functional theory calculations, is used to assign the vibrational modes of INH in the 1400-1700 cm-1 region of the infrared spectrum while ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy measurements determine the vibrational relaxation dynamics and the effects of solvation via spectral diffusion of the carbonyl stretching vibrational mode. These results are discussed in the context of previous linear spectroscopy studies on solid-phase INH and its usefulness as a biomolecular probe.

  6. Fourier transform spectroscopy in the vibrational fingerprint region with a birefringent interferometer.

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    Réhault, J; Borrego-Varillas, R; Oriana, A; Manzoni, C; Hauri, C P; Helbing, J; Cerullo, G

    2017-02-20

    We introduce a birefringent interferometer for Fourier transform (FT) spectroscopy in the mid-infrared, covering the vibrational fingerprint region (5-10 µm, 1000-2000 cm-1), which is crucial for molecular identification. Our interferometer employs the crystal calomel (Hg2Cl2), which combines high birefringence (ne-no≈0.55) with a broad transparency range (0.38-20 µm). We adopt a design based on birefringent wedges, which is simple and compact and guarantees excellent delay accuracy and long-term stability. We demonstrate FTIR spectroscopy, with a frequency resolution of 3 cm-1, as well as two-dimensional IR (2DIR) spectroscopy. Our setup can be extended to other spectroscopic modalities such as vibrational circular dichroism and step-scan FT spectroscopy.

  7. Vibrational Spectroscopy of the CCl[subscript 4] v[subscript 1] Mode: Theoretical Prediction of Isotopic Effects

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    Gaynor, James D.; Wetterer, Anna M.; Cochran, Rea M.; Valente, Edward J.; Mayer, Steven G.

    2015-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy is a powerful experimental technique, yet it is often missing from the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory curriculum. Tetrachloromethane (CCl[subscript 4]) is the ideal molecule for an introductory vibrational spectroscopy experiment and the symmetric stretch vibration contains fine structure due to isotopic variations…

  8. Damage-free vibrational spectroscopy of biological materials in the electron microscope

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    Rez, Peter; Aoki, Toshihiro; March, Katia; Gur, Dvir; Krivanek, Ondrej L.; Dellby, Niklas; Lovejoy, Tracy C.; Wolf, Sharon G.; Cohen, Hagai

    2016-03-10

    Vibrational spectroscopy in the electron microscope would be transformative in the study of biological samples, provided that radiation damage could be prevented. However, electron beams typically create high-energy excitations that severely accelerate sample degradation. Here this major difficulty is overcome using an ‘aloof’ electron beam, positioned tens of nanometres away from the sample: high-energy excitations are suppressed, while vibrational modes of energies o1 eV can be ‘safely’ investigated. To demonstrate the potential of aloof spectroscopy, we record electron energy loss spectra from biogenic guanine crystals in their native state, resolving their characteristic C–H, N–H and C=O vibrational signatures with no observable radiation damage. Furthermore, the technique opens up the possibility of non-damaging compositional analyses of organic functional groups, including non-crystalline biological materials, at a spatial resolution of ~10nm, simultaneously combined with imaging in the electron microscope.

  9. Expanded Choices for Vibration-Rotation Spectroscopy in the Physical Chemistry Teaching Laboratory

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    Schmitz, Joel R.; Dolson, David A.

    2015-06-01

    Many third-year physical chemistry laboratory students in the US analyze the vibration-rotation spectrum of HCl in support of lecture concepts in quantum theory and molecular spectroscopy. Contemporary students in physical chemistry teaching laboratories increasingly have access to FTIR spectrometers with 1/8th wn resolution, which allows for expanded choices of molecules for vibration-rotation spectroscopy. Here we present the case for choosing HBr/DBr for such a study, where the 1/8th wn resolution enables the bromine isotopic lines to be resolved. Vibration-rotation lines from the fundamental and first-overtone bands of four hydrogen bromide isotopomers are combined in a global analysis to determine molecular spectroscopic constants. Sample production, spectral appearance, analysis and results will be presented for various resolutions commonly available in teaching laboratories.

  10. Damage-free vibrational spectroscopy of biological materials in the electron microscope

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    Rez, Peter; Aoki, Toshihiro; March, Katia; Gur, Dvir; Krivanek, Ondrej L.; Dellby, Niklas; Lovejoy, Tracy C.; Wolf, Sharon G.; Cohen, Hagai

    2016-01-01

    Vibrational spectroscopy in the electron microscope would be transformative in the study of biological samples, provided that radiation damage could be prevented. However, electron beams typically create high-energy excitations that severely accelerate sample degradation. Here this major difficulty is overcome using an ‘aloof' electron beam, positioned tens of nanometres away from the sample: high-energy excitations are suppressed, while vibrational modes of energies <1 eV can be ‘safely' investigated. To demonstrate the potential of aloof spectroscopy, we record electron energy loss spectra from biogenic guanine crystals in their native state, resolving their characteristic C–H, N–H and C=O vibrational signatures with no observable radiation damage. The technique opens up the possibility of non-damaging compositional analyses of organic functional groups, including non-crystalline biological materials, at a spatial resolution of ∼10 nm, simultaneously combined with imaging in the electron microscope. PMID:26961578

  11. Vibrational Spectroscopy in Ion-Irradiated Carbon-Based Thin Films

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    Compagnini, Giuseppe; Puglisi, Orazio; Baratta, Giuseppe A.; Strazzulla, Giovanni

    In this work we present and discuss some selected experiments on ion-irradiated carbon-based thin films. Vibrational spectroscopy is used to investigate the materials structure and to explore the mechanisms of ion beam-induced modifications in many carbon solids such as crystalline carbon and carbon alloys, hydrocarbon molecules and exotic carbon species.

  12. Structure Study of the Chiral Lactide Molecules by Chirped-Pulse Ftmw Spectroscopy

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    Zaleski, Daniel P.; Neill, Justin L.; Pate, Brooks H.; Bialkowska-Jaworska, Ewa; Kisiel, Zbigniew

    2011-06-01

    Lactide is a six member cyclic diester with two chiral centers that forms from lactic acid in the presence of heat and an acid catalyst. It can form either a homo-chiral (RR) structure with both methyl groups equatorial or a hetero-chiral (RS) structure where one methyl group is equatorial and the other methyl group is axial. Structurally lactide is similar to lactic acid dimer; however, the kinked ring is covalently bonded and two waters are lost. And unlike lactic acid dimer, which has a very small dipole moment, the dipole moment of lactide is on the order of 3 Debye. Here the microwave spectra of the highly rigid homo- and hetero-chiral lactides are presented, which were first assigned in a heated lactic acid spectrum where the chemistry took place in the reservoir nozzles. Further isotopic information from a commercial sample of predominately homo-chiral lactide was obtained leading to a Kraitchman substitution structure of the homo-chiral lactide. Preliminary results of the cluster of homo-chiral lactide with one water molecule attached are also presented.

  13. Vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy using inverted visible pulses.

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    Weeraman, Champika; Mitchell, Steven A; Lausten, Rune; Johnston, Linda J; Stolow, Albert

    2010-05-24

    We present a broadband vibrational sum frequency generation (BB-VSFG) scheme using a novel ps visible pulse shape. We generate the fs IR pulse via standard procedures and simultaneously generate an 'inverted' time-asymmetric narrowband ps visible pulse via second harmonic generation in the pump depletion regime using a very long nonlinear crystal which has high group velocity mismatch (LiNbO3). The 'inverted' ps pulse shape minimally samples the instantaneous nonresonant response but maximally samples the resonant response, maintaining high spectral resolution. We experimentally demonstrate this scheme, presenting SFG spectra of canonical organic monolayer systems in the C-H stretch region (2800-3000 cm(-1)).

  14. Visualization of Vibrational Modes in Real Space by Tip-Enhanced Non-Resonant Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Duan, Sai; Tian, Guangjun; Luo, Yi

    2016-01-18

    We present a general theory to model the spatially resolved non-resonant Raman images of molecules. It is predicted that the vibrational motions of different Raman modes can be fully visualized in real space by tip-enhanced non-resonant Raman scattering. As an example, the non-resonant Raman images of water clusters were simulated by combining the new theory and first-principles calculations. Each individual normal mode gives rise its own distinct Raman image, which resembles the expected vibrational motions of the atoms very well. The characteristics of intermolecular vibrations in supermolecules could also be identified. The effects of the spatial distribution of the plasmon as well as nonlinear scattering processes were also addressed. Our study not only suggests a feasible approach to spatially visualize vibrational modes, but also provides new insights in the field of nonlinear plasmonic spectroscopy.

  15. Chiral discrimination of secondary alcohols and carboxylic acids by NMR spectroscopy.

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    Pal, Indrani; Chaudhari, Sachin R; Suryaprakash, Nagaraja Rao

    2015-02-01

    The manuscript reports two novel ternary ion-pair complexes, which serve as chiral solvating agents, for enantiodiscrimination of secondary alcohols and carboxylic acids. The protocol for discrimination of secondary alcohols is designed by using one equivalent mixture each of enantiopure mandelic acid, 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) and a chiral alcohol. For discrimination of carboxylic acids, the ternary complex is obtained by one equivalent mixture each of enantiopure chiral alcohol, DMAP and a carboxylic acid. The designed protocols also permit accurate measurement of enantiomeric composition.

  16. Anharmonic vibrational modes of nucleic acid bases revealed by 2D IR spectroscopy.

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    Peng, Chunte Sam; Jones, Kevin C; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2011-10-05

    Polarization-dependent two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectra of the purine and pyrimadine base vibrations of five nucleotide monophosphates (NMPs) were acquired in D(2)O at neutral pH in the frequency range 1500-1700 cm(-1). The distinctive cross-peaks between the ring deformations and carbonyl stretches of NMPs indicate that these vibrational modes are highly coupled, in contrast with the traditional peak assignment, which is based on a simple local mode picture such as C═O, C═N, and C═C double bond stretches. A model of multiple anharmonically coupled oscillators was employed to characterize the transition energies, vibrational anharmonicities and couplings, and transition dipole strengths and orientations. No simple or intuitive structural correlations are found to readily assign the spectral features, except in the case of guanine and cytosine, which contain a single local CO stretching mode. To help interpret the nature of these vibrational modes, we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations and found that multiple ring vibrations are coupled and delocalized over the purine and pyrimidine rings. Generally, there is close correspondence between the experimental and computational results, provided that the DFT calculations include explicit waters solvating hydrogen-bonding sites. These results provide direct experimental evidence of the delocalized nature of the nucleotide base vibrations via a nonperturbative fashion and will serve as building blocks for constructing a structure-based model of DNA and RNA vibrational spectroscopy.

  17. Vibration spectroscopy of a sessile drop and its contact line.

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    Mettu, S; Chaudhury, M K

    2012-10-02

    Resonance frequencies of small sessile liquid drops (1-20 μL) were estimated from the power spectra of their height fluctuations after subjecting them to white noise vibration. Various resonance modes could be identified with this method as a function of the mass of the drop. Studies with water drops on such supports as polystyrene (θ ≈ 80°) and a superhydrophobic surface of microfibrillar silicone rubber (θ ≈ 162°) demonstrated that the resonant frequency decreases with the contact angle, θ. This trend is in remarkable agreement with the current models of the resonant vibration of sessile drops. A novel aspect of this study is the analysis of the modes of a slipping contact line that indicated that its higher frequency modes are more severely damped than its lower ones. Another case is with the glycerol-water solutions, where the resonance frequency decreases with the concentration of glycerol purely due to the capillary effects. The interface fluctuation, on the other hand, is strongly correlated with the kinematic viscosity of the liquid. Thus, these experiments provide a means to measure the surface tension and the viscosity of very small droplets.

  18. Synthesis of a Chiral Crystal Form of MOF-5, CMOF-5, by Chiral Induction.

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    Zhang, Shi-Yuan; Li, Dan; Guo, Dong; Zhang, Hui; Shi, Wei; Cheng, Peng; Wojtas, Lukasz; Zaworotko, Michael J

    2015-12-16

    Chiral variants of the prototypal metal-organic framework MOF-5, Λ-CMOF-5 and Δ-CMOF-5, have been synthesized by preparing MOF-5 in the presence of L-proline or D-proline, respectively. CMOF-5 crystallizes in chiral space group P213 instead of Fm3̅m as exhibited by MOF-5. The phase purity of CMOF-5 was validated by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, N2 adsorption, microanalysis, and solid-state vibrational circular dichroism. CMOF-5 undergoes a reversible single crystal-to-single crystal phase change to MOF-5 when immersed in a variety of organic solvents, although N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) does not induce loss of chirality. Indeed, MOF-5 undergoes chiral induction when immersed in NMP, affording racemic CMOF-5.

  19. Activated vibrational modes and Fermi resonance in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

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    Sun, Mengtao; Fang, Yurui; Zhang, Zhenyu; Xu, Hongxing

    2013-02-01

    Using p-aminothiophenol (PATP) molecules on a gold substrate and high-vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (HV-TERS), we show that the vibrational spectra of these molecules are distinctly different from those in typical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Detailed first-principles calculations help to assign the Raman peaks in the TERS measurements as Raman-active and IR-active vibrational modes of dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB), providing strong spectroscopic evidence for the dimerization of PATP molecules to DMAB under the TERS setup. The activation of the IR-active modes is due to enhanced electromagnetic field gradient effects within the gap region of the highly asymmetric tip-surface geometry. Fermi resonances are also observed in HV-TERS. These findings help to broaden the versatility of TERS as a promising technique for ultrasensitive molecular spectroscopy.

  20. Vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory study of 4-mercaptophenol

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    Li, Ran; Ji, Wei; Chen, Lei; Lv, Haiming; Cheng, Jianbo; Zhao, Bing

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, 4-mercaptophenol (4-MPH) was designed as a model molecule for theoretical and experimental studies of the molecule structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to predict the IR and Raman spectra for the molecule. In addition, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectra of the compound have been obtained experimentally. All FTIR and Raman bands of the compound obtained experimentally were assigned based on the modeling results obtained at the B3LYP/6-311 + G** level. Our calculated vibrational frequencies are in good agreement with the experimental vales. The molecular electrostatic potential surface calculation was performed and the result suggested that the 4-MPH has two hydrogen bond donors and three hydrogen bond acceptors. HOMO-LUMO gap was also obtained theoretically at B3LYP/6-311 + G** level.

  1. Nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy of surfactants at liquid interfaces

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    Miranda, Paulo B.

    1998-12-14

    Surfactants are widely used to modify physical and chemical properties of interfaces. They play an important role in many technological problems. Surfactant monolayer are also of great scientific interest because they are two-dimensional systems that may exhibit a very rich phase transition behavior and can also be considered as a model system for biological interfaces. In this Thesis, we use a second-order nonlinear optical technique (Sum-Frequency Generation - SFG) to obtain vibrational spectra of surfactant monolayer at Iiquidhapor and solid/liquid interfaces. The technique has several advantages: it is intrinsically surface-specific, can be applied to buried interfaces, has submonolayer sensitivity and is remarkably sensitive to the confirmational order of surfactant monolayers.

  2. Chiral bis(phthalocyaninato) yttrium double-decker complexes. Synthesis, structure, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry.

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    Zhou, Hang; Wang, Kang; Qi, Dongdong; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2014-01-28

    Two new chiral sandwich-type bis(phthalocyaninato) yttrium double-decker complexes including the homoleptic species (R)- and (S)-Y[Pc(OBNP)4]2 (1) and a heteroleptic analogue (R)- and (S)-Y(Pc)[Pc(OBNP)4] (2) {Pc = unsubstituted phthalocyaninate; [Pc(OBNP)4] = tetrakis(dinaphtho[1,2-e:1',2'-g]-1,4-(dioxocine)[2,3-b;2',3'-k;2'',3''-t;2''',3'''-c']phthalocyaninate)} have been synthesized and spectroscopically characterized. In particular, the molecular structures of (R)- and (S)-1 were determined on the basis of single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, representing the first structurally characterized chiral bis(phthalocyaninato) rare earth double-decker complexes. Perfect mirror-image CD signals observed in the whole phthalocyanine absorption range of the CD spectra of the (R)- and (S)-enantiomers for both compounds reveal the effective chiral information transfer from the peripheral binaphthyl moieties to the phthalocyanine chromophore, while the difference observed in the CD spectrum between 1 and 2 indicates the effect of the chiral substituent number on the chiral information transfer. Nevertheless, the absolute structures unambiguously elucidated for both enantiomers of the homoleptic double-decker render it possible to clarify the chirality of optically active bis(phthalocyaninato) rare earth compounds.

  3. Towards the Limits of Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy: VCD Spectra of Some Alkyl Vinylethers.

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    Zinna, Francesco; Pescitelli, Gennaro

    2016-02-01

    Three alkyl vinylethers from our collection of chiral samples were investigated through VCD spectroscopy, in combination with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. Despite the simplicity of the compounds, reproducing all the spectral features is an involved task, since the many significantly populated conformers contribute to the total VCD spectrum with bands which often have opposite signatures. Nevertheless, we show that certain bands can be satisfactorily reproduced by calculation and therefore they may be employed for the determination of absolute configuration in these and similar compounds, for which no simple alternative method is available.

  4. Correlating the motion of electrons and nuclei with two-dimensional electronic–vibrational spectroscopy

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    Oliver, Thomas A. A.; Lewis, Nicholas H. C.; Fleming, Graham R.

    2014-01-01

    Multidimensional nonlinear spectroscopy, in the electronic and vibrational regimes, has reached maturity. To date, no experimental technique has combined the advantages of 2D electronic spectroscopy and 2D infrared spectroscopy, monitoring the evolution of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom simultaneously. The interplay and coupling between the electronic state and vibrational manifold is fundamental to understanding ensuing nonradiative pathways, especially those that involve conical intersections. We have developed a new experimental technique that is capable of correlating the electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom: 2D electronic–vibrational spectroscopy (2D-EV). We apply this new technique to the study of the 4-(di-cyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-p-(dimethylamino)styryl-4H-pyran (DCM) laser dye in deuterated dimethyl sulfoxide and its excited state relaxation pathways. From 2D-EV spectra, we elucidate a ballistic mechanism on the excited state potential energy surface whereby molecules are almost instantaneously projected uphill in energy toward a transition state between locally excited and charge-transfer states, as evidenced by a rapid blue shift on the electronic axis of our 2D-EV spectra. The change in minimum energy structure in this excited state nonradiative crossing is evident as the central frequency of a specific vibrational mode changes on a many-picoseconds timescale. The underlying electronic dynamics, which occur on the hundreds of femtoseconds timescale, drive the far slower ensuing nuclear motions on the excited state potential surface, and serve as a excellent illustration for the unprecedented detail that 2D-EV will afford to photochemical reaction dynamics. PMID:24927586

  5. Simulating Energy Relaxation in Pump-Probe Vibrational Spectroscopy of Hydrogen-Bonded Liquids.

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    Dettori, Riccardo; Ceriotti, Michele; Hunger, Johannes; Melis, Claudio; Colombo, Luciano; Donadio, Davide

    2017-03-14

    We introduce a nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation approach, based on the generalized Langevin equation, to study vibrational energy relaxation in pump-probe spectroscopy. A colored noise thermostat is used to selectively excite a set of vibrational modes, leaving the other modes nearly unperturbed, to mimic the effect of a monochromatic laser pump. Energy relaxation is probed by analyzing the evolution of the system after excitation in the microcanonical ensemble, thus providing direct information about the energy redistribution paths at the molecular level and their time scale. The method is applied to hydrogen-bonded molecular liquids, specifically deuterated methanol and water, providing a robust picture of energy relaxation at the molecular scale.

  6. Edge chlorination of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene investigated by density functional theory and vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Maghsoumi, Ali; Narita, Akimitsu; Dong, Renhao; Feng, Xinliang; Castiglioni, Chiara; Müllen, Klaus; Tommasini, Matteo

    2016-04-28

    We investigate the molecular structure and vibrational properties of perchlorinated hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC-Cl) by density functional theory (DFT) calculations and IR and Raman spectroscopy, in comparison to the parent HBC. The theoretical and experimental IR and Raman spectra demonstrated very good agreement, elucidating a number of vibrational modes corresponding to the observed peaks. Compared with the parent HBC, the edge chlorination significantly alters the planarity of the molecule. Nevertheless, the results indicated that such structural distortion does not significantly impair the π-conjugation of such polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

  7. Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy of coherent vibrational and electronic excitations in solids

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    Williams*, Leah Ruby; Nelson, Keith A.

    1986-08-01

    ``Impulsive'' stimulated scattering (ISS) of femtosecond laser pulses was used to coherently excite and probe a low-lying (61-cm-1) electronic excitation in the cooperative Jahn-Teller crystal, terbium vanadate. Coherent terahertz oscillations and their dephasing were observed in the time domain. ISS is a general aspect of ultrashort-pulse interactions with matter, through which coherent excitations are produced whenever a sufficiently short laser pulse enters a Raman-active medium. Its use for measurement of vibrational and electronic dephasing and lifetimes, and for time-resolved spectroscopy of vibrationally distorted crystals and molecules, is discussed.

  8. Torsional vibrational modes of tryptophan studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Yu, B; Zeng, F; Yang, Y; Xing, Q; Chechin, A; Xin, X; Zeylikovich, I; Alfano, R R

    2004-03-01

    The low-frequency torsional modes, index of refraction, and absorption of a tryptophan film and pressed powders from 0.2 to 2.0 THz (6.6-66 cm(-1)) were measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy at room temperature. It was found that there were two dominated torsional vibrational modes at around 1.435 and 1.842 THz. The associated relaxation lifetimes ( approximately 1 ps) for these modes of the tryptophan molecule were measured. Using a density-functional calculation, the origins of the observed torsional vibrations were assigned to the chain and ring of the tryptophan molecule.

  9. Vibrational spectroscopy and DFT calculations of flavonoid derriobtusone A

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    Marques, A. N. L.; Mendes Filho, J.; Freire, P. T. C.; Santos, H. S.; Albuquerque, M. R. J. R.; Bandeira, P. N.; Leite, R. V.; Braz-Filho, R.; Gusmão, G. O. M.; Nogueira, C. E. S.; Teixeira, A. M. R.

    2017-02-01

    Flavonoids are secondary metabolites of plants which perform various functions. One subclass of flavonoid is auronol that can present immunostimulating activity. In this work Fourier-Transform Infrared with Attenuated Total Reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and Fourier-Transform Raman (FT-Raman) spectra of an auronol, derriobtusone A (C18H12O4), were obtained at room temperature. Theoretical calculations using Density Functional Theory (DFT) were performed in order to assign the normal modes and to interpret the spectra of the derriobtusone A molecule. The FTIR-ATR and FT-Raman spectra of the crystal, were recorded at room temperature in the regions 600 cm-1 to 4000 cm-1 and 40 cm-1 to 4000 cm-1, respectively. The normal modes of vibrations were obtained using Density Functional Theory with B3LYP functional and 6-31G+ (d,p) basis set. The calculated frequencies are in good agreement with those obtained experimentally. Detailed assignments of the normal modes present in both the Fourier-Transform infrared and the Fourier-Transform Raman spectra of the crystal are given.

  10. Vibrational spectroscopy for online monitoring of extraction solvent degradation products

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    Peterson, J.; Robinson, T.; Bryan, S.A.; Levitskaia, T.G.

    2013-07-01

    In our research, we are exploring the potential of online monitoring of the organic solvents for the flowsheets relevant to the used nuclear fuel reprocessing and tributyl phosphate (TBP)- based extraction processes in particular. Utilization of vibrational spectroscopic techniques permits the discrimination of the degradation products from the primary constituents of the loaded extraction solvent. Multivariate analysis of the spectral data facilitates development of the regression models for their quantification in real time and potentially enables online implementation of a monitoring system. Raman and FTIR spectral databases were created and used to develop the regression partial least squares (PLS) chemometric models for the quantitative prediction of HDBP (dibutyl phosphoric acid) degradation product, TBP, and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} extraction organic product phase. It was demonstrated that both these spectroscopic techniques are suitable for the quantification of the Purex solvent components in the presence of UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}. Developed PLS models successfully predicted HDBP and TBP organic concentrations in simulated Purex solutions.

  11. Vibrational neutron spectroscopy of collagen and model polypeptides.

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    Middendorf, H D; Hayward, R L; Parker, S F; Bradshaw, J; Miller, A

    1995-01-01

    A pulsed source neutron spectrometer has been used to measure vibrational spectra (20-4000 cm-1) of dry and hydrated type I collagen fibers, and of two model polypeptides, polyproline II and (prolyl-prolyl-glycine)10, at temperatures of 30 and 120 K. the collagen spectra provide the first high resolution neutron views of the proton-dominated modes of a protein over a wide energy range from the low frequency phonon region to the rich spectrum of localized high frequency modes. Several bands show a level of fine structure approaching that of optical data. The principal features of the spectra are assigned. A difference spectrum is obtained for protein associated water, which displays an acoustic peak similar to pure ice and a librational band shifted to lower frequency by the influence of the protein. Hydrogen-weighted densities of states are extracted for collagen and the model polypeptides, and compared with published calculations. Proton mean-square displacements are calculated from Debye-Waller factors measured in parallel quasi-elastic neutron-scattering experiments. Combined with the collagen density of states function, these yield an effective mass of 14.5 a.m.u. for the low frequency harmonic oscillators, indicating that the extended atom approximation, which simplifies analyses of low frequency protein dynamics, is appropriate. PMID:8527680

  12. Investigating Microbial (Micro)colony Heterogeneity by Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Choo-Smith, L.-P.; Maquelin, K.; van Vreeswijk, T.; Bruining, H. A.; Puppels, G. J.; Thi, N. A. Ngo; Kirschner, C.; Naumann, D.; Ami, D.; Villa, A. M.; Orsini, F.; Doglia, S. M.; Lamfarraj, H.; Sockalingum, G. D.; Manfait, M.; Allouch, P.; Endtz, H. P.

    2001-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared and Raman microspectroscopy are currently being developed as new methods for the rapid identification of clinically relevant microorganisms. These methods involve measuring spectra from microcolonies which have been cultured for as little as 6 h, followed by the nonsubjective identification of microorganisms through the use of multivariate statistical analyses. To examine the biological heterogeneity of microorganism growth which is reflected in the spectra, measurements were acquired from various positions within (micro)colonies cultured for 6, 12, and 24 h. The studies reveal that there is little spectral variance in 6-h microcolonies. In contrast, the 12- and 24-h cultures exhibited a significant amount of heterogeneity. Hierarchical cluster analysis of the spectra from the various positions and depths reveals the presence of different layers in the colonies. Further analysis indicates that spectra acquired from the surface of the colonies exhibit higher levels of glycogen than do the deeper layers of the colony. Additionally, the spectra from the deeper layers present with higher RNA levels than the surface layers. Therefore, the 6-h colonies with their limited heterogeneity are more suitable for inclusion in a spectral database to be used for classification purposes. These results also demonstrate that vibrational spectroscopic techniques can be useful tools for studying the nature of colony development and biofilm formation. PMID:11282591

  13. Two-photon vibrational spectroscopy for biosciences based on surface-enhanced hyper-Raman scattering

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    Kneipp, Janina; Kneipp, Harald; Kneipp, Katrin

    2006-01-01

    Two-photon excitation is gaining rapidly in interest and significance in spectroscopy and microscopy. Here we introduce a new approach that suggests versatile optical labels suitable for both one- and two-photon excitation and also two-photon-excited ultrasensitive, nondestructive chemical probing. The underlying spectroscopic effect is the incoherent inelastic scattering of two photons on the vibrational quantum states called hyper-Raman scattering (HRS). The rather weak effect can be strengthened greatly if HRS takes place in the local optical fields of gold and silver nanostructures. This so-called surface-enhanced HRS (SEHRS) is the two-photon analogue to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). SEHRS provides structurally sensitive vibrational information complementary to those obtained by SERS. SEHRS combines the advantages of two-photon spectroscopy with the structural information of vibrational spectroscopy and the high-sensitivity and nanometer-scale local confinement of plasmonics-based spectroscopy. We infer effective two-photon cross-sections for SEHRS on the order of 10−46 to 10−45 cm4·s, similar to or higher than the best “action” cross-sections (product of the two-photon absorption cross-section and fluorescence quantum yield) for two-photon fluorescence, and we demonstrate HRS on biological structures such as single cells after incubation with gold nanoparticles. PMID:17088534

  14. OH-stretch vibrational spectroscopy of hydroxymethyl hydroperoxide.

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    Fry, Juliane L; Matthews, Jamie; Lane, Joseph R; Roehl, Coleen M; Sinha, Amitabha; Kjaergaard, Henrik G; Wennberg, Paul O

    2006-06-08

    We report measurement and analysis of the photodissociation spectrum of hydroxymethyl hydroperoxide (HOCH(2)OOH) and its partially deuterated analogue, HOCD(2)OOH, in the OH-stretching region. Spectra are obtained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in the 1nu(OH) and 2nu(OH) regions, and by laser induced fluorescence detection of the OH fragment produced from dissociation of HOCH(2)OOH initiated by excitation of the 4nu(OH) and 5nu(OH) overtone regions (action spectroscopy). A one-dimensional local-mode model of each OH chromophore is used with ab initio calculated OH-stretching potential energy and dipole moment curves at the coupled-cluster level of theory. Major features in the observed absorption and photodissociation spectra are explained by our local-mode model. In the 4nu(OH) region, explanation of the photodissocation spectrum requires a nonuniform quantum yield, which is estimated by assuming statistical energy distribution in the excited state. Based on the estimated dissociation threshold, overtone photodissociation is not expected to significantly influence the atmospheric lifetime of hydroxymethyl hydroperoxide.

  15. Vibrational Coupling at the Topmost Surface of Water Revealed by Heterodyne-Detected Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy.

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    Suzuki, Yudai; Nojima, Yuki; Yamaguchi, Shoichi

    2017-03-15

    Unraveling vibrational coupling is the key to consistently interpret vibrational spectra of complex molecular systems. The vibrational spectrum of the water surface heavily suffers from vibrational coupling, which hinders complete understanding of the molecular structure and dynamics of the water surface. Here we apply heterodyne-detected sum frequency generation spectroscopy to the water surface and accomplish the assignment of a weak vibrational band located at the lower energy side of the free OH stretch. We find that this band is due to a combination mode of the hydrogen-bonded OH stretch and a low-frequency intermolecular vibration, and this combination band appears in the surface vibrational spectrum through anharmonic vibrational coupling that takes place exclusively at the topmost surface.

  16. Communication: Vibrational and vibronic coherences in the two dimensional spectroscopy of coupled electron-nuclear motion

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    Albert, Julian; Falge, Mirjam; Hildenbrand, Heiko; Engel, Volker; Gomez, Sandra; Sola, Ignacio R.

    2015-07-28

    We theoretically investigate the photon-echo spectroscopy of coupled electron-nuclear quantum dynamics. Two situations are treated. In the first case, the Born-Oppenheimer (adiabatic) approximation holds. It is then possible to interpret the two-dimensional (2D) spectra in terms of vibrational motion taking place in different electronic states. In particular, pure vibrational coherences which are related to oscillations in the time-dependent third-order polarization can be identified. This concept fails in the second case, where strong non-adiabatic coupling leads to the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer-approximation. Then, the 2D-spectra reveal a complicated vibronic structure and vibrational coherences cannot be disentangled from the electronic motion.

  17. Far-infrared vibrational modes of DNA components studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Fischer, B M; Walther, M; Uhd Jepsen, P

    2002-11-07

    The far-infrared dielectric function of a wide range of organic molecules is dominated by vibrations involving a substantial fraction of the atoms forming the molecule and motion associated with intermolecular hydrogen bond vibrations. Due to their collective nature such modes are highly sensitive to the intra- and intermolecular structure and thus provide a unique fingerprint of the conformational state of the molecule and effects of its environment. We demonstrate the use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) for recording the far-infrared (0.5-4.0 THz) dielectric function of the four nucleobases and corresponding nucleosides forming the building blocks of deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA). We observe numerous distinct spectral features with large differences between the molecules in both frequency-dependent absorption coefficient and index of refraction. Assisted by results from density-functional calculations we interpret the origin of the observed resonances as vibrations of hydrogen bonds between the molecules.

  18. High-resolution vibrational and rotational spectroscopy of CD2H+ in a cryogenic ion trap

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    Jusko, Pavol; Stoffels, Alexander; Thorwirth, Sven; Brünken, Sandra; Schlemmer, Stephan; Asvany, Oskar

    2017-02-01

    The low-lying rotational states (J = 0, … , 5) of CD2H+ have been probed by high-resolution ro-vibrational and pure rotational spectroscopy, applying several action spectroscopic methods in a cryogenic 22-pole ion trap. For this, the ν1 ro-vibrational band has been revisited, detecting 108 transitions, among which 36 are new. The use of a frequency comb system allowed us to measure the ro-vibrational transitions with high precision and accuracy, typically better than 1 MHz. The high precision has been confirmed by comparing equal combination differences in the ground and excited state. Moreover, precise predictions of pure rotational transitions were possible for the ground state. Twenty-five rotational transitions have been detected directly by a novel IR-mm-wave double resonance method, giving rise to highly accurate ground state spectroscopic parameters.

  19. Communication: Vibrational and vibronic coherences in the two dimensional spectroscopy of coupled electron-nuclear motion

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    Albert, Julian; Falge, Mirjam; Gomez, Sandra; Sola, Ignacio R.; Hildenbrand, Heiko; Engel, Volker

    2015-07-01

    We theoretically investigate the photon-echo spectroscopy of coupled electron-nuclear quantum dynamics. Two situations are treated. In the first case, the Born-Oppenheimer (adiabatic) approximation holds. It is then possible to interpret the two-dimensional (2D) spectra in terms of vibrational motion taking place in different electronic states. In particular, pure vibrational coherences which are related to oscillations in the time-dependent third-order polarization can be identified. This concept fails in the second case, where strong non-adiabatic coupling leads to the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer-approximation. Then, the 2D-spectra reveal a complicated vibronic structure and vibrational coherences cannot be disentangled from the electronic motion.

  20. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Transient Dipolar Radicals via Autodetachment of Dipole-Bound States of Cold Anions

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    Huang, Dao-Ling; Liu, Hong-Tao; Dau, Phuong Diem; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2014-06-01

    High-resolution vibrational spectroscopy of transient species is important for determining their molecular structures and understanding their chemical reactivity. However, the low abundance and high reactivity of molecular radicals pose major challenges to conventional absorption spectroscopic methods. The observation of dipole-bound states (DBS) in anions extend autodetachment spectroscopy to molecular anions whose corresponding neutral radicals possess a large enough dipole moment (>2.5 D).1,2 However, due to the difficulty of assigning the congested spectra at room temperature, there have been only a limited number of autodetachment spectra via DBS reported. Recently, we have built an improved version of a cold trap3 coupled with high-resolution photoelectron imaging.4 The first observation of mode-specific auotodetachment of DBS of cold phenoxide have shown that not only vibrational hot bands were completely suppressed, but also rotational profile was observed.5 The vibrational frequencies of the DBS were found to be the same as those of the neutral radical, suggesting that vibrational structures of dipolar radicals can be probed via DBS.5 More significantly, the DBS resonances allowed a number of vibrational modes with very weak Frank-Condon factors to be "lightened" up via vibrational autodetachment.5 Recently, our first high-resolution vibrational spectroscopy of the dehydrogenated uracil radical, with partial rotational resolution, via autodetachment from DBS of cold deprotonated uracil anions have been reported.6 Rich vibrational information is obtained for this important radical species. The resolved rotational profiles also allow us to characterize the rotational temperature of the trapped anions for the first time.6 1 K. R. Lykke, D. M. Neumark, T. Andersen, V. J. Trapa, and W. C. Lineberger, J. Chem. Phys. 87, 6842 (1987). 2 D. M. Wetzel, and J. I. Brauman, J. Chem. Phys. 90, 68 (1989). 3 P. D. Dau, H. T. Liu, D. L. Huang, and L. S. Wang, J. Chem. Phys

  1. Application of Infrared Multiphoton Dissociation Spectroscopy for the Study of Chiral Recognition in the Protonated Serine Clusters: Part II

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    Sunahori, Fumie X.; Kitova, Elena N.; Klassen, John S.; Xu, Yunjie; Yang, Guochun

    2011-06-01

    Serine is an amino acid which has long been known to form the magic-number serine octamer [Ser_8 + H]^+. It has been shown that the serine octamer exhibits strong preference for homochirality. Although a few possible structures for the homochiral serine octamer have been proposed, no definite conclusion has so far been drawn. Last year at this conference, we reported on the study of the protonated serine octamer and dimer as well as the chiral recognition in these clusters using infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopic technique coupled with a Fourier transform ion cyclotron (FTICR) mass spectrometer. Here we present our latest results on the search for the infrared signatures of chiral recognition in the serine octamer and the dimer using a mixture of the deuterated 2,3,3-d_3-L-serine and normal D-serine solution. Using the isotopic labeled species, we could isolate the heterochiral species and obtain their IRMPD spectra which can be directly compared with those of the homochiral species. As an aid to interpret the observed spectra, molecular structures and vibrational frequencies of both homochiral and heterochiral octamer and dimer have been predicted by ab initio calculations. New insights into the hitherto undetermined structure of the serine octamer will be discussed. S. C. Nanita and R. G. Cooks Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 45, (554), 2006.

  2. Characteristics of chiral and racemic ketoprofen drugs using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Du, Yong; Liu, Jianjun; Hong, Zhi

    2013-08-01

    Absorption spectra of chiral S-(+)- and racemic RS-ketoprofen pharmaceutical molecules in crystalline form were recorded in the terahertz region between 6 and 66 cm-1 (0.2 ~ 2.0 THz) by using time-domain terahertz spectroscopic (THz-TDS) measurement. Different distinctive absorption features were observed which are strikingly sensitive to the change of subtle conformational structures within such isostructural crystal molecules. The results suggest that the THz-TDS technique can be definitely used for distinguishing between chiral and racemic compounds in pharmaceutical and biological fields.

  3. Rotational Spectroscopy of TETRAHYDRO-2-FUROIC Acid, its Chiral Aggregates and its Complex with Water

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    Thomas, Javix; Jäger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2016-06-01

    Rotational spectra of Tetrahydro-2-furoic acid (THA), a chiral acid, and its homo- and heterochiral dimers, and its complex with water have been recorded using a chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. This chiral acid was predicted to have nine conformers, although only the most stable one was detected experimentally and its rotational spectrum assigned. We have analyzed its intramolecular H-bonding pattern in detail. Eleven conformers have been predicted for the 1:1 hydration complex between THA and water and 14 conformers for (THA)2. The assignments of these complexes are currently underway and will be presented.

  4. Microwave Spectroscopy of the Excited Vibrational States of Methanol

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    Pearson, John; Daly, Adam M.; Bermúdez, Celina

    2015-06-01

    Methanol is the simplest molecule with a three-fold internal rotation and the observation of its νb{8} band served the primary catalyst for the development of internal rotation theory(a,b). The 75 subsequent years of investigation into the νb{8} band region have yielded a large number assignments, numerous high precision energy levels and a great deal of insight into the coupling of νb{t}=3 & 4 with νb{8}, νb{7}, νb{11} and other nearby states(c). In spite of this progress numerous assignment mysteries persist, the origin of almost half the far infrared laser lines remain unknown and all attempts to model the region quantum mechanically have had very limited success. The C3V internal rotation Hamiltonian has successfully modeled the νb{t}=0,1 & 2 states of methanol and other internal rotors(d). However, successful modeling of the coupling between torsional bath states and excited small amplitude motion remains problematic and coupling of multiple interacting excited small amplitude vibrations featuring large amplitude motions remains almost completely unexplored. Before such modeling can be attempted, identifying the remaining low lying levels of νb{7} and νb{11} is necessary. We present an investigation into the microwave spectrum of νb{7}, νb{8} and νb{11} along with the underlying torsional bath states in νb{t}=3 and νb{t}= 4. (a) A. Borden, E.F. Barker J. Chem. Phys., 6, 553 (1938). (b) J. S. Koehler and D. M. Dennison, Phys. Rev. 57, 1006 (1940). (c) R. M. Lees, Li-Hong Xu, J. W. C. Johns, B. P. Winnewisser, and M. Lock, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 243, 168 (2007). (d) L.-H. Xu, J. Fisher, R.M. Lees, H.Y. Shi, J.T. Hougen, J.C. Pearson, B.J. Drouin, G.A. Blake, R. Braakman J. Mol. Spectrosc., 251, 305 (2008).

  5. VSI@ESS: Case study for a vibrational spectroscopy instrument at the european spallation source

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    Zoppi, Marco; Fedrigo, Anna; Celli, Milva; Colognesi, Daniele

    2015-01-01

    Neutron Vibrational Spectroscopy is a well-established experimental technique where elementary excitations at relatively high frequency are detected via inelastic neutron scattering. This technique attracts a high interest in a large fraction of the scientific community in the fields of chemistry, materials science, physics, and biology, since one of its main applications exploits the large incoherent scattering cross section of the proton with respect to all the other elements, whose dynamics can be spectroscopically detected, even if dissolved in very low concentration in materials composed of much heavier atoms. We have proposed a feasibility study for a Vibrational Spectroscopy Instrument (VSI) at the European Spallation Source ESS. Here, we will summarize the preliminary design calculations and the corresponding McStas simulation results for a possible ToF, Inverted Geometry, VSI beamline.

  6. Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) of rubredoxin and MoFe protein crystals

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    Guo, Yisong; Brecht, Eric; Aznavour, Kristen; Nix, Jay C.; Xiao, Yuming; Wang, Hongxin; George, Simon J.; Bau, Robert; Keable, Stephen; Peters, John W.; Adams, Michael W.W.; Jenney, Francis; Sturhahn, Wolfgang; Alp, Ercan E.; Zhao, Jiyong; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2014-01-01

    We have applied 57Fe nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) for the first time to study the dynamics of Fe centers in Fe-S protein crystals, including oxidized wild type rubredoxin crystals from Pyrococcus furiosus, and the MoFe protein of nitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii. Thanks to the NRVS selection rule, selectively probed vibrational modes have been observed in both oriented rubredoxin and MoFe protein crystals. The NRVS work was complemented by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) measurements on oxidized wild type rubredoxin crystals from Pyrococcus furiosus. The EXAFS spectra revealed the Fe-S bond length difference in oxidized Pf Rd protein, which is qualitatively consistent with the X-ray crystal structure. PMID:26052177

  7. Phthalocyanine adsorption to graphene on Ir(111): Evidence for decoupling from vibrational spectroscopy

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    Endlich, M. Gozdzik, S.; Néel, N.; Kröger, J.; Rosa, A. L. da; Frauenheim, T.; Wehling, T. O.

    2014-11-14

    Phthalocyanine molecules have been adsorbed to Ir(111) and to graphene on Ir(111). From a comparison of scanning tunneling microscopy images of individual molecules adsorbed to the different surfaces alone it is difficult to discern potential differences in the molecular adsorption geometry. In contrast, vibrational spectroscopy using inelastic electron scattering unequivocally hints at strong molecule deformations on Ir(111) and at a planar adsorption geometry on graphene. The spectroscopic evidence for the different adsorption configurations is supported by density functional calculations.

  8. How fissors works: observing vibrationally adiabatic conformational change through femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy.

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    Cina, Jeffrey A; Kovac, Philip A

    2013-07-25

    With the help of a two-dimensional model system comprising a slow conformational degree of freedom and a higher-frequency vibration, we investigate the molecular-level origin and dynamical information content of femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (fissors) signals. Our treatment avails itself of the time scale separation between conformational and vibrational modes by incorporating a vibrationally adiabatic approximation to the conformational dynamics. We derive an expression for the fissors signal without resort to the macroscopic concepts of light- and phonon-wave propagation employed in prior coupled-wave analyses. Numerical calculations of fissors spectra illustrate the case of relatively small conformational mass (still large enough that conformational motion does not induce any change in the vibrational quantum number) in which conformational sidebands accompany a central peak in the Raman gain at a conformationally averaged vibrational transition frequency, and the case of a larger conformational mass in which the sidebands merge with the central peak and the frequency of the latter tracks the time-evolving conformational coordinate.

  9. Vibrational spectroscopy studies of formalin-fixed cervix tissues.

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    Krishna, C M; Sockalingum, G D; Vadhiraja, B M; Maheedhar, K; Rao, A C K; Rao, L; Venteo, L; Pluot, M; Fernandes, D J; Vidyasagar, M S; Kartha, V B; Manfait, M

    2007-02-15

    Optical histopathology is fast emerging as a potential tool in cancer diagnosis. Fresh tissues in saline are ideal samples for optical histopathology. However, evaluation of suitability of ex vivo handled tissues is necessitated because of severe constraints in sample procurement, handling, and other associated problems with fresh tissues. Among these methods, formalin-fixed samples are shown to be suitable for optical histopathology. However, it is necessary to further evaluate this method from the point of view discriminating tissues with minute biochemical variations. A pilot Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopic studies of formalin-fixed tissues normal, malignant, and after-2-fractions of radiotherapy from the same malignant cervix subjects were carried out, with an aim to explore the feasibility of discriminating these tissues, especially the tissues after-2-fractions of radiotherapy from other two groups. Raman and FTIR spectra exhibit large differences for normal and malignant tissues and subtle differences are seen between malignant and after-2-fractions of radiotherapy tissues. Spectral data were analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA) and it provided good discrimination of normal and malignant tissues. PCA of data of three tissues, normal, malignant, and 2-fractions after radiotherapy, gave two clusters corresponding to normal and malignant + after-2-fractions of radiotherapy tissues. A second step of PCA was required to achieve discrimination between malignant and after-2-fractions of radiotherapy tissues. Hence, this study not only further supports the use of formalin-fixed tissues in optical histopathology, especially from Raman spectroscopy point of view, it also indicates feasibility of discriminating tissues with minute biochemical differences such as malignant and after-2-fractions of radiotherapy.

  10. Resin-bound chiral derivatizing agents for assignment of configuration by NMR spectroscopy.

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    Porto, Silvia; Seco, José Manuel; Espinosa, Juan Félix; Quiñoá, Emilio; Riguera, Ricardo

    2008-08-01

    A general methodology for assigning the configuration of chiral mono- and polyfunctional compounds by NMR is presented. The approach is based on the use of polystyrene-bound chiral derivatizing agents (CDA-resins) specifically designed to achieve the high-yield formation of the covalent linkages (amide or ester bonds) between the substrate and the chiral auxiliary within the NMR tube, without the need for other manipulations, on a microscale level and in a short time. The deuterated NMR solvents (CDCl3, CD3CN, CS2/CD2Cl2) are also the reaction solvents and separations, purifications or workups of any kind are not necessary prior to recording the spectra. The CDA-resins prepared included MPA, 9-AMA, BPG, MTPA, and 2-NTBA as auxiliary agents incorporated either as single enantiomers or as mixed combinations of the (R)- and the (S)-enantiomers at unequal and known ratios. The high versatility of these systems was successfully demonstrated in a variety of ways based on double and single derivatization, low temperature experiments, or the formation of metal complexes. The approach allowed the absolute configurations of chiral primary amines, primary and secondary alcohols, cyanohydrins, thiols, diols, triols, and amino alcohols to be determined. Extensive high-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) NMR experiments allowed the characterization of the new CDA-resins and enabled the study of their stability and regioselectivity.

  11. Vibrational spectral signatures of crystalline cellulose using high resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS)

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    Zhang, Libing; Lu, Zhou; Velarde, Luis; ...

    2015-03-03

    Both the C–H and O–H region spectra of crystalline cellulose were studied using the sub-wavenumber high-resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS) for the first time. The resolution of HR-BB-SFG-VS is about 10-times better than conventional scanning SFG-VS and has the capability of measuring the intrinsic spectral lineshape and revealing many more spectral details. With HR-BB-SFG-VS, we found that in cellulose samples from different sources, including Avicel and cellulose crystals isolated from algae Valonia (Iα) and tunicates (Iβ), the spectral signatures in the O–H region were unique for the two allomorphs, i.e. Iα and Iβ, while the spectral signaturesmore » in the C–H regions varied in all samples examined. Even though the origin of the different spectral signatures of the crystalline cellulose in the O–H and C–H vibrational frequency regions are yet to be correlated to the structure of cellulose, these results lead to new spectroscopic methods and opportunities to classify and to understand the basic crystalline structures, as well as variations in polymorphism of the crystalline cellulose.« less

  12. Vibrational Spectral Signatures of Crystalline Cellulose Using High Resolution Broadband Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS)

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    Zhang, Libing; Lu, Zhou; Velarde Ruiz Esparza, Luis A.; Fu, Li; Pu, Yunqiao; Ding, Shi-You; Ragauskas, Art J.; Wang, Hongfei; Yang, Bin

    2015-03-03

    Here we reported the first sub-wavenumber high-resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS) study on both the C-H and O-H region spectra of crystalline cellulose. HR-BB-SFG-VS has about 10 times better resolution than the conventional scanning SFG-VS and is known to be able to measure the intrinsic spectral lineshape and to resolve much more spectral details. With HR-BB-SFG-VS, we found that in cellulose from different sources, including Avicel and cellulose crystals isolated from algae Valonia (Iα) and tunicates (Iβ), the spectral signatures in the OH regions were unique for different allomorphs, i.e. Iα and Iβ, while the spectral signatures in the C-H regions varied in all samples examined. Even though the origin of the different behaviors of the crystalline cellulose in the O-H and C-H vibrational frequency regions is yet to be correlated to the structure of cellulose, these results provided new spectroscopic methods and opportunities to classify and understand the basic crystalline structure, as well as variations, in polymorphism of the crystalline cellulose structure.

  13. Vibrational Spectra and Adsorption of Trisiloxane Superspreading Surfactant at Air/Water Interface Studied with Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Feng, Jun; Wu, Dan; Wen, Jia; Liu, Shi-lin; Wang, Hong-fei

    2008-08-01

    The C-H stretch vibrational spectra of the trisiloxane superspreading surfactant Silwet L-77 ((CH3)3Si-O-Si(CH3)(C3H6)(OCH2CH2)7-8OCH3)-O-Si(CH3)3) at the air/water interface are measured with the surface Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy (SFG-VS). The spectra are dominated with the features from the -Si-CH3 groups around 2905 cm-1 (symmetric stretch or SS mode) and 2957 cm-1 (mostly the asymmetric stretch or AS mode), and with the weak but apparent contribution from the -O-CH2- groups around 2880 cm-1 (symmetric stretch or SS mode). Comparison of the polarization dependent SFG spectra below and above the critical aggregate or micelle concentration (CAC) indicates that the molecular orientation of the C-H related molecular groups remained unchanged at different surface densities of the Silwet L-77 surfactant. The SFG-VS adsorption isotherm suggested that there was no sign of Silwet L-77 bilayer structure formation at the air/water interface. The Gibbs adsorption free energy of the Silwet surfactant to the air/water interface is -42.2±0.8kcal/mol, indicating the unusually strong adsorption ability of the Silwet L-77 superspreading surfactant.

  14. Vibrational spectral signatures of crystalline cellulose using high resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS)

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    Zhang, Libing; Lu, Zhou; Velarde, Luis; Fu, Li; Pu, Yunqiao; Ding, Shi-You; Ragauskas, Arthur; Wang, Hong-Fei; Yang, Bin

    2015-03-03

    Both the C–H and O–H region spectra of crystalline cellulose were studied using the sub-wavenumber high-resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS) for the first time. The resolution of HR-BB-SFG-VS is about 10-times better than conventional scanning SFG-VS and has the capability of measuring the intrinsic spectral lineshape and revealing many more spectral details. With HR-BB-SFG-VS, we found that in cellulose samples from different sources, including Avicel and cellulose crystals isolated from algae Valonia (Iα) and tunicates (Iβ), the spectral signatures in the O–H region were unique for the two allomorphs, i.e. Iα and Iβ, while the spectral signatures in the C–H regions varied in all samples examined. Even though the origin of the different spectral signatures of the crystalline cellulose in the O–H and C–H vibrational frequency regions are yet to be correlated to the structure of cellulose, these results lead to new spectroscopic methods and opportunities to classify and to understand the basic crystalline structures, as well as variations in polymorphism of the crystalline cellulose.

  15. Exciton-vibrational coupling in the dynamics and spectroscopy of Frenkel excitons in molecular aggregates

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    Schröter, M.; Ivanov, S. D.; Schulze, J.; Polyutov, S. P.; Yan, Y.; Pullerits, T.; Kühn, O.

    2015-03-01

    The influence of exciton-vibrational coupling on the optical and transport properties of molecular aggregates is an old problem that gained renewed interest in recent years. On the experimental side, various nonlinear spectroscopic techniques gave insight into the dynamics of systems as complex as photosynthetic antennae. Striking evidence was gathered that in these protein-pigment complexes quantum coherence is operative even at room temperature conditions. Investigations were triggered to understand the role of vibrational degrees of freedom, beyond that of a heat bath characterized by thermal fluctuations. This development was paralleled by theory, where efficient methods emerged, which could provide the proper frame to perform non-Markovian and non-perturbative simulations of exciton-vibrational dynamics and spectroscopy. This review summarizes the state of affairs of the theory of exciton-vibrational interaction in molecular aggregates and photosynthetic antenna complexes. The focus is put on the discussion of basic effects of exciton-vibrational interaction from the stationary and dynamics points of view. Here, the molecular dimer plays a prominent role as it permits a systematic investigation of absorption and emission spectra by numerical diagonalization of the exciton-vibrational Hamiltonian in a truncated Hilbert space. An extension to larger aggregates, having many coupled nuclear degrees of freedom, becomes possible with the Multi-Layer Multi-Configuration Time-Dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) method for wave packet propagation. In fact it will be shown that this method allows one to approach the limit of almost continuous spectral densities, which is usually the realm of density matrix theory. Real system-bath situations are introduced for two models, which differ in the way strongly coupled nuclear coordinates are treated, as a part of the relevant system or the bath. A rather detailed exposition of the Hierarchy Equations Of Motion (HEOM) method will be

  16. Analysis of the major chiral compounds of Artemisia herba-alba essential oils (EOs) using reconstructed vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra: En route to a VCD chiral signature of EOs.

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    Said, Mohammed El-Amin; Vanloot, Pierre; Bombarda, Isabelle; Naubron, Jean-Valère; Dahmane, El Montassir; Aamouche, Ahmed; Jean, Marion; Vanthuyne, Nicolas; Dupuy, Nathalie; Roussel, Christian

    2016-01-15

    An unprecedented methodology was developed to simultaneously assign the relative percentages of the major chiral compounds and their prevailing enantiomeric form in crude essential oils (EOs). In a first step the infrared (IR) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of the crude essential oils were recorded and in a second step they were modelized as a linear weighted combination of the IR and VCD spectra of the individual spectra of pure enantiomer of the major chiral compounds present in the EOs. The VCD spectra of enantiomer of known enantiomeric excess shall be recorded if they are not yet available in a library of VCD spectra. For IR, the spectra of pure enantiomer or racemic mixture can be used. The full spectra modelizations were performed using a well known and powerful mathematical model (least square estimation: LSE) which resulted in a weighting of each contributing compound. For VCD modelization, the absolute value of each weighting represented the percentage of the associate compound while the attached sign addressed the correctness of the enantiomeric form used to build the model. As an example, a model built with the non-prevailing enantiomer will show a negative sign of the weighting value. For IR spectra modelization, the absolute value of each weighting represented the percentage of the compounds without of course accounting for the chirality of the prevailing enantiomers. Comparison of the weighting values issuing from IR and VCD spectra modelizations is a valuable source of information: if they are identical, the EOs are composed of nearly pure enantiomers, if they are different the chiral compounds of the EOs are not in an optically pure form. The method was applied on four samples of essential oil of Artemisia herba-alba in which the three major compounds namely (-)-α-thujone, (+)-β-thujone and (-)-camphor were found in different proportions as determined by GC-MS and chiral HPLC using polarimetric detector. In order to validate the

  17. Investigation of organometallic reaction mechanisms with one and two dimensional vibrational spectroscopy

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    Cahoon, James Francis

    2008-12-01

    One and two dimensional time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy has been used to investigate the elementary reactions of several prototypical organometallic complexes in room temperature solution. The electron transfer and ligand substitution reactions of photogenerated 17-electron organometallic radicals CpW(CO)3 and CpFe(CO)2 have been examined with one dimensional spectroscopy on the picosecond through microsecond time-scales, revealing the importance of caging effects and odd-electron intermediates in these reactions. Similarly, an investigation of the photophysics of the simple Fischer carbene complex Cr(CO)5[CMe(OMe)] showed that this class of molecule undergoes an unusual molecular rearrangement on the picosecond time-scale, briefly forming a metal-ketene complex. Although time-resolved spectroscopy has long been used for these types of photoinitiated reactions, the advent of two dimensional vibrational spectroscopy (2D-IR) opens the possibility to examine the ultrafast dynamics of molecules under thermal equilibrium conditions. Using this method, the picosecond fluxional rearrangements of the model metal carbonyl Fe(CO)5 have been examined, revealing the mechanism, time-scale, and transition state of the fluxional reaction. The success of this experiment demonstrates that 2D-IR is a powerful technique to examine the thermally-driven, ultrafast rearrangements of organometallic molecules in solution.

  18. Photoinduced molecular chirality probed by ultrafast resonant X-ray spectroscopy

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    Rouxel, Jérémy R.; Kowalewski, Markus; Mukamel, Shaul

    2017-01-01

    Recently developed circularly polarized X-ray light sources can probe the ultrafast chiral electronic and nuclear dynamics through spatially localized resonant core transitions. We present simulations of time-resolved circular dichroism signals given by the difference of left and right circularly polarized X-ray probe transmission following an excitation by a circularly polarized optical pump with the variable time delay. Application is made to formamide which is achiral in the ground state and assumes two chiral geometries upon optical excitation to the first valence excited state. Probes resonant with various K-edges (C, N, and O) provide different local windows onto the parity breaking geometry change thus revealing the enantiomer asymmetry. PMID:28191484

  19. Double resonant absorption measurement of acetylene symmetric vibrational states probed with cavity ring down spectroscopy

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    Karhu, J.; Nauta, J.; Vainio, M.; Metsälä, M.; Hoekstra, S.; Halonen, L.

    2016-06-01

    A novel mid-infrared/near-infrared double resonant absorption setup for studying infrared-inactive vibrational states is presented. A strong vibrational transition in the mid-infrared region is excited using an idler beam from a singly resonant continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator, to populate an intermediate vibrational state. High output power of the optical parametric oscillator and the strength of the mid-infrared transition result in efficient population transfer to the intermediate state, which allows measuring secondary transitions from this state with a high signal-to-noise ratio. A secondary, near-infrared transition from the intermediate state is probed using cavity ring-down spectroscopy, which provides high sensitivity in this wavelength region. Due to the narrow linewidths of the excitation sources, the rovibrational lines of the secondary transition are measured with sub-Doppler resolution. The setup is used to access a previously unreported symmetric vibrational state of acetylene, ν 1 + ν 2 + ν 3 + ν4 1 + ν5 - 1 in the normal mode notation. Single-photon transitions to this state from the vibrational ground state are forbidden. Ten lines of the newly measured state are observed and fitted with the linear least-squares method to extract the band parameters. The vibrational term value was measured to be at 9775.0018(45) cm-1, the rotational parameter B was 1.162 222(37) cm-1, and the quartic centrifugal distortion parameter D was 3.998(62) × 10-6 cm-1, where the numbers in the parenthesis are one-standard errors in the least significant digits.

  20. Baryons and chiral symmetry

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    Liu, Keh-Fei

    The relevance of chiral symmetry in baryons is highlighted in three examples in the nucleon spectroscopy and structure. The first one is the importance of chiral dynamics in understanding the Roper resonance. The second one is the role of chiral symmetry in the lattice calculation of πNσ term and strangeness. The third one is the role of chiral U(1) anomaly in the anomalous Ward identity in evaluating the quark spin and the quark orbital angular momentum. Finally, the chiral effective theory for baryons is discussed.

  1. Damage-free vibrational spectroscopy of biological materials in the electron microscope

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    Rez, Peter; Aoki, Toshihiro; March, Katia; ...

    2016-03-10

    Vibrational spectroscopy in the electron microscope would be transformative in the study of biological samples, provided that radiation damage could be prevented. However, electron beams typically create high-energy excitations that severely accelerate sample degradation. Here this major difficulty is overcome using an ‘aloof’ electron beam, positioned tens of nanometres away from the sample: high-energy excitations are suppressed, while vibrational modes of energies o1 eV can be ‘safely’ investigated. To demonstrate the potential of aloof spectroscopy, we record electron energy loss spectra from biogenic guanine crystals in their native state, resolving their characteristic C–H, N–H and C=O vibrational signatures with nomore » observable radiation damage. Furthermore, the technique opens up the possibility of non-damaging compositional analyses of organic functional groups, including non-crystalline biological materials, at a spatial resolution of ~10nm, simultaneously combined with imaging in the electron microscope.« less

  2. Femtosecond Broadband Stimulated Raman: A New Approach for High-Performance Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    McCAMANT, DAVID W.; KUKURA, PHILIPP; MATHIES, RICHARD A.

    2005-01-01

    Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) is a new technique that produces high-quality vibrational spectra free from background fluorescence. FSRS combines a narrow-bandwidth picosecond Raman pump pulse with an ∼80 fs continuum probe pulse to produce stimulated Raman spectra from the pump-induced gain in the probe spectrum. The high intensity of the Raman pump combined with the broad bandwidth of the probe produces high signal-to-noise vibrational spectra with very short data acquisition times. FSRS spectra of standard solutions and solvents such as aqueous Na2SO4, aqueous KNO3, methanol, isopropanol, and cyclohexane are collected in seconds. Furthermore, stimulated Raman spectra can be obtained using just a single pump–probe pulse pair that illuminates the sample for only ∼1 ps. Fluorescence rejection is demonstrated by collecting FSRS spectra of dyes (rhodamine 6G, chlorophyll a, and DTTCI) with varying degrees of fluorescence background and resonance enhancement. The high signal-to-noise, short data acquisition time, fluorescence rejection, and high spectral and temporal resolution of femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy make it a valuable new vibrational spectroscopic technique. PMID:14658143

  3. Interpreting nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy with the classical mechanical analogs of double-sided Feynman diagrams.

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    Noid, W G; Loring, Roger F

    2004-10-15

    Observables in coherent, multiple-pulse infrared spectroscopy may be computed from a vibrational nonlinear response function. This response function is conventionally calculated quantum-mechanically, but the challenges in applying quantum mechanics to large, anharmonic systems motivate the examination of classical mechanical vibrational nonlinear response functions. We present an approximate formulation of the classical mechanical third-order vibrational response function for an anharmonic solute oscillator interacting with a harmonic solvent, which establishes a clear connection between classical and quantum mechanical treatments. This formalism permits the identification of the classical mechanical analog of the pure dephasing of a quantum mechanical degree of freedom, and suggests the construction of classical mechanical analogs of the double-sided Feynman diagrams of quantum mechanics, which are widely applied to nonlinear spectroscopy. Application of a rotating wave approximation permits the analytic extraction of signals obeying particular spatial phase matching conditions from a classical-mechanical response function. Calculations of the third-order response function for an anharmonic oscillator coupled to a harmonic solvent are compared to numerically correct classical mechanical results.

  4. Study of stereoselective interactions of carbamoylated quinine and quinidine with 3,5-dinitrobenzoyl α-amino acids using VCD spectroscopy in the region of C−H stretching vibrations.

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    Julínek, Ondřej; Lindner, Wolfgang; Urbanová, Marie

    2011-04-01

    The stereoselective complexation of tert-butylcarbamoyl quinine and tert-butylcarbamoyl quinidine selectors (SOs) with 3,5-dinitrobenzoyl (DNB) derivatives of D- and L-alpha amino acids (DNB-Ala, DNB-Val, DNB-Leu, and DNB-Ile) as well as achiral DNB-Gly has been studied by vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy in the spectral region of C−H stretching vibrations. All the complexes of SOs and sterically compatible enantiomers of derivatized amino acid selectands (SAs) showed induced circular dichroism (ICD) bands in the region of aromatic C−H stretching vibrations, indicating the occurrence of a π-π interaction between the aromatic moieties of SA and SO. To our knowledge, this is the first report in which a π-π interaction was observed by VCD spectroscopy in this spectral region. No ICD bands were disclosed in the spectra of the sterically incompatible SA and SO complexes. The spectral pattern in the region of aliphatic C−H stretching vibrations showed interaction-induced conformational adaptations in sterically favorable SA and SO complexes. No such spectral changes were observed for any of the sterically incompatible complexes. The DNB-Gly complexes exhibited spectral patterns similar to those observed for sterically favorable pairs of SOs and chiral SAs.

  5. Electron Momentum Spectroscopy Investigation of Molecular Conformations of Ethanol Considering Vibrational Effects.

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    Tang, Yaguo; Shan, Xu; Niu, Shanshan; Liu, Zhaohui; Wang, Enliang; Watanabe, Noboru; Yamazaki, Masakazu; Takahashi, Masahiko; Chen, Xiangjun

    2017-01-12

    The interpretation of experimental electron momentum distributions (EMDs) of ethanol, one of the simplest molecules having conformers, has confused researchers for years. High-level calculations of Dyson orbital EMDs by thermally averaging the gauche and trans conformers as well as molecular dynamical simulations failed to quantitatively reproduce the experiments for some of the outer valence orbitals. In this work, the valence shell electron binding energy spectrum and EMDs of ethanol are revisited by the high-sensitivity electron momentum spectrometer employing symmetric noncoplanar geometry at an incident energy of 1200 eV plus binding energy, together with a detailed analysis of the influence of vibrational motions on the EMDs for the two conformers employing a harmonic analytical quantum mechanical (HAQM) approach by taking into account all of the vibrational modes. The significant discrepancies between theories and experiments in previous works have now been interpreted quantitatively, indicating that the vibrational effect plays a significant role in reproducing the experimental results, not only through the low-frequency OH and CH3 torsion modes but also through other high-frequency ones. Rational explanation of experimental momentum profiles provides solid evidence that the trans conformer is slightly more stable than the gauche conformer, in accordance with thermodynamic predictions and other experiments. The case of ethanol demonstrates the significance of considering vibrational effects when performing a conformational study on flexible molecules using electron momentum spectroscopy.

  6. The Microwave Spectroscopy of Aminoacetonitrile in the Vibrational Excited States 2

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    Fujita, Chiho; Higurashi, Haruka; Ozeki, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Kaori

    2016-06-01

    Aminoacetonitrile (NH_2CH_2CN) is a potential precursor of the simplest amino acid, glycine in the interstellar space and was detected toward SgrB2(N). We have extended measurements up to 1.3 THz so that the strongest transitions that may be found in the terahertz region should be covered. Aminoacetonitrile has a few low-lying vibrational excited states and indeed the pure rotational transitions in these vibrational excited states were found. The pure rotational transitions in six vibrational excited states in the 80-180 GHz range have been assigned and centrifugal distortion constants up to the sextic terms were determined. Based on spectral intensities and the vibrational information from Bak et al., They were assigned to the 3 low-lying fundamentals, 1 overtone and 2 combination bands. In the submillimeter wavelength region, perturbations were recognized and some of the lines were off by more than a few MHz. At this moment, these perturbed transitions are not included in our analysis. A. Belloche, K. M. Menten, C. Comito, H. S. P. Müller, P. Schilke, J. Ott, S. Thorwirth, and C. Hieret, 2008, Astronom. & Astrophys. 482, 179 (2008). Y. Motoki, Y. Tsunoda, H. Ozeki, and K. Kobayashi, Astrophys. J. Suppl. Ser. 209, 23 (2013). B. Bak, E. L. Hansen, F. M. Nicolaisen, and O. F. Nielsen, Can. J. Phys. 53, 2183 (1975) C. Fujita, H. Ozeki, and K. Kobayashi, 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (2015), MH14.

  7. Experimental and theoretical investigation on the vibrational spectroscopy of L-theanine

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    Chen, Yongjian; Xi, Gangqin; Chen, Rong; Li, Yongzeng; Feng, Shangyuan; Lei, Jinping; Lin, Hongxing

    2011-12-01

    In this work, experimental and theoretical investigations on vibrational spectroscopy of L-theanine were presented. FT-IR and Raman spectra of L-theanine powder sample were recorded and corresponding theoretical calculations were performed based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) at B3LYP level using 6-31++G(d,p) and 6-311++G(d,p) basis sets combined with the Polarized Continuum Model (PCM) with water as the solvent. The experimental vibrational bands were assigned based on the basis of calculations while the predicted geometric parameters were compared with those obtained in experiment, most of the bands measured were well reproduced in the calculations while the discrepancies are significant for the bands mainly related to the vibrations of protonated amino group ( NH3+) and ionized carboxyl group (COO -), which are affected by the intramolecular hydrogen bond interaction. Good agreements between the theoretical and experimental results confirm the feasibility of the DFT method combined with PCM in the study of the molecular structure and vibrational spectra of L-theanine.

  8. Ultra-sensitive vibrational spectroscopy of protein monolayers with plasmonic nanoantenna arrays

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    Adato, Ronen; Yanik, Ahmet A.; Amsden, Jason J.; Kaplan, David L.; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G.; Hong, Mi K.; Erramilli, Shyamsunder; Altug, Hatice

    2009-01-01

    Infrared absorption spectroscopy enabling direct access to vibrational fingerprints of the molecular structure is a powerful method for functional studies of bio-molecules. Although the intrinsic absorption cross-sections of IR active modes of proteins are nearly 10 orders of magnitude larger than the corresponding Raman cross-sections, they are still small compared to that of fluorescence-label based methods. Here, we developed a new tool based on collective excitation of plasmonic nanoantenna arrays and demonstrated direct detection of vibrational signatures of single protein monolayers. We first tailored the geometry of individual nanoantennas to form resonant structures that match the molecular vibrational modes. The tailored nanoantennas are then arranged in such a way that their in-phase dipolar coupling leads to a collective excitation of the ensemble with strongly enhanced near fields. The combined collective and individual plasmonic responses of the antenna array play a critical role in attaining signal enhancement factors of 104–105. We achieved measurement of the vibrational spectra of proteins at zeptomole levels for the entire array, corresponding to only 145 molecules per antenna. The near-field nature of the plasmonic enhancement of the absorption signals is demonstrated with progressive loading of the nanoantennas with varying protein film thicknesses. Finally, an advanced model based on nonequilibrium Green's function formalism is introduced, which explains the observed Fano-type absorption line-shapes and tuning of the absorption strengths with the antenna resonance. PMID:19880744

  9. Ultra-sensitive vibrational spectroscopy of protein monolayers with plasmonic nanoantenna arrays.

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    Adato, Ronen; Yanik, Ahmet A; Amsden, Jason J; Kaplan, David L; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G; Hong, Mi K; Erramilli, Shyamsunder; Altug, Hatice

    2009-11-17

    Infrared absorption spectroscopy enabling direct access to vibrational fingerprints of the molecular structure is a powerful method for functional studies of bio-molecules. Although the intrinsic absorption cross-sections of IR active modes of proteins are nearly 10 orders of magnitude larger than the corresponding Raman cross-sections, they are still small compared to that of fluorescence-label based methods. Here, we developed a new tool based on collective excitation of plasmonic nanoantenna arrays and demonstrated direct detection of vibrational signatures of single protein monolayers. We first tailored the geometry of individual nanoantennas to form resonant structures that match the molecular vibrational modes. The tailored nanoantennas are then arranged in such a way that their in-phase dipolar coupling leads to a collective excitation of the ensemble with strongly enhanced near fields. The combined collective and individual plasmonic responses of the antenna array play a critical role in attaining signal enhancement factors of 10(4)-10(5). We achieved measurement of the vibrational spectra of proteins at zeptomole levels for the entire array, corresponding to only 145 molecules per antenna. The near-field nature of the plasmonic enhancement of the absorption signals is demonstrated with progressive loading of the nanoantennas with varying protein film thicknesses. Finally, an advanced model based on nonequilibrium Green's function formalism is introduced, which explains the observed Fano-type absorption line-shapes and tuning of the absorption strengths with the antenna resonance.

  10. NH stretching vibrations of pyrrole clusters studied by infrared cavity ringdown spectroscopy.

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    Matsumoto, Yoshiteru; Honma, Kenji

    2007-11-14

    The IR spectra for various sizes of pyrrole clusters were measured in the NH stretching vibration region by infrared cavity ringdown spectroscopy. The hydrogen-bonded structures and normal modes of the pyrrole clusters were analyzed by a density functional theory calculation of the B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level. Two types of pulsed nozzles, a slit and a large pinhole, were used to generate different cluster size distributions in a supersonic jet. A rotational contour analysis of the NH stretching vibration for the monomer revealed that the slit nozzle provides a warmer jet condition than the pinhole one. The IR spectra, measured under the warmer condition, showed the intense bands at 3444, 3392, and 3382 cm(-1), which were assigned to hydrogen-bonded NH stretching vibrations due to the dimer, the trimer, and the tetramer, respectively. On the other hand, the IR spectra measured under a lower temperature condition by a pinhole nozzle showed a broad absorption feature in addition to sharp bands. This broad absorption was reproduced by the sum of two Gaussians peaks at 3400 and 3372 cm(-1) with widths of 30 and 50 cm(-1) (FWHM), respectively. Compared with the spectra of the condensed phase, two bands at 3400 and 3372 cm(-1) were assigned to hydrogen-bonded NH stretching vibrations of larger clusters having liquid-like and solid-like structures, respectively.

  11. Accurate Lineshapes from Sub-1 cm-1 Resolution Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy of α-Pinene at Room Temperature

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    Mifflin, Amanda L.; Velarde Ruiz Esparza, Luis A.; Ho, Junming; Psciuk, Brian; Negre, Christian; Ebben, Carlena J.; Upshur, Mary Alice; Lu, Zhou; Strick, Benjamin; Thomson, Regan; Batista, Victor; Wang, Hongfei; Geiger, Franz M.

    2015-02-26

    Room temperature sub-wavenumber high-resolution broadband sum frequency generation (HR-BB-SFG) spectra of the common terpene (+)-α-pinene reveal ten peaks in the C–H stretching region. The spectral resolution exceeds that of Fourier transform infrared, femtosecond stimulated Raman, and traditional BB-SFG and scanning SFG spectroscopy of the same molecule. Experiment and simulation show the spectral lineshapes to be accurate. Homogeneous vibrational decoherence lifetimes of up to 1.7 psec are assigned to specific oscillators and compare favorably to lifetimes computed from density functional tight binding molecular dynamics calculations, while phase-resolved spectra yield orientation information for them. We propose the new spectroscopy as an attractive alternative to time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy or heterodyne-detection schemes for studying vibrational energy relaxation and vibrational coherences in molecules.

  12. Rotational spectroscopy and three-wave mixing of 4-carvomenthenol: A technical guide to measuring chirality in the microwave regime

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    Shubert, V. Alvin; Schmitz, David; Medcraft, Chris; Krin, Anna; Patterson, David; Doyle, John M.; Schnell, Melanie

    2015-06-07

    We apply chirality sensitive microwave three-wave mixing to 4-carvomenthenol, a molecule previously uncharacterized with rotational spectroscopy. We measure its rotational spectrum in the 2-8.5 GHz range and observe three molecular conformers. We describe our method in detail, from the initial step of spectral acquisition and assignment to the final step of determining absolute configuration and enantiomeric excess. Combining fitted rotational constants with dipole moment components derived from quantum chemical calculations, we identify candidate three-wave mixing cycles which were further tested using a double resonance method. Initial optimization of the three-wave mixing signal is done by varying the duration of the second excitation pulse. With known transition dipole matrix elements, absolute configuration can be directly determined from a single measurement.

  13. Vibrationally resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy with time-dependent density functional based tight binding.

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    Rüger, Robert; Niehaus, Thomas; van Lenthe, Erik; Heine, Thomas; Visscher, Lucas

    2016-11-14

    We report a time-dependent density functional based tight-binding (TD-DFTB) scheme for the calculation of UV/Vis spectra, explicitly taking into account the excitation of nuclear vibrations via the adiabatic Hessian Franck-Condon method with a harmonic approximation for the nuclear wavefunction. The theory of vibrationally resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy is first summarized from the viewpoint of TD-DFTB. The method is benchmarked against time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations for strongly dipole allowed excitations in various aromatic and polar molecules. Using the recent 3ob:freq parameter set of Elstner's group, very good agreement with TD-DFT calculations using local functionals was achieved.

  14. The Vibrational Spectra of Bactericide molecules: Terahertz Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Calculations

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    Wang, Xiaowei; Wang, Qiang

    2011-02-01

    In the room temperature and nitrogen conditions, we presented well-resolved absorption spectra and indexes of refraction of bactericide molecules in the far infrared radiation (FIR) spectral region recorded by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). As illustrative examples we discussed the absorption spectra of captan and folpet in THz region. The absorption coefficient and index of refraction of them were obtained. Meanwhile, density functional theory (DFT) with software package Gaussian 03 using B3LYP theory was employed for optimization and vibration analysis. With the help of Gaussian View 3.09, the distinct absorption peaks of those molecules were assigned with reliable accuracy. They were caused by intermolecular hydrogen-bonding, molecular torsion or vibration modes, absorption of water molecules, etc. As the absorption spectra are highly sensitive to the overall structure and configuration of the molecules, the THz-TDS procedure can provide a direct fingerprint of the molecular structure or conformational state of a compound.

  15. Vibrational Spectra of Cryogenic Peptide Ions Using H_2 Predissociation Spectroscopy

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    Leavitt, Christopher M.; Wolk, Arron B.; Kamrath, Michael Z.; Garand, Etienne; Johnson, Mark A.; Stipdonk, Michael J. Van

    2011-06-01

    H_2 predissociation spectroscopy was used to collect the vibrational spectra of the model protonated peptides, GlyGly, GlySar, SarGly and SarSar (Gly=glycine and Sar=sarcosine). H_2 molecules were condensed onto protonated peptide ions in a quadrupole ion trap cooled to approximately 10 K. The resulting spectra yielded clearly resolved vibrational transitions throughout the mid IR region, 600-4200 Cm-1, with linewidths of approximately 6 Cm-1. Protonation nominally occurred on the amino terminus giving rise to an intramolecular H-bond between the protonated amine and the neighboring amide oxygen. The sarcosine containing peptides incorporate a methyl group onto either the amino group or the amide nitrogen causing the peptide backbone to adopt a different structure, resulting in the shifts in the amide I and II bands and the N-H stretches.

  16. Vibrationally resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy with time-dependent density functional based tight binding

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    Rüger, Robert; Niehaus, Thomas; van Lenthe, Erik; Heine, Thomas; Visscher, Lucas

    2016-11-01

    We report a time-dependent density functional based tight-binding (TD-DFTB) scheme for the calculation of UV/Vis spectra, explicitly taking into account the excitation of nuclear vibrations via the adiabatic Hessian Franck-Condon method with a harmonic approximation for the nuclear wavefunction. The theory of vibrationally resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy is first summarized from the viewpoint of TD-DFTB. The method is benchmarked against time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations for strongly dipole allowed excitations in various aromatic and polar molecules. Using the recent 3ob:freq parameter set of Elstner's group, very good agreement with TD-DFT calculations using local functionals was achieved.

  17. Resolving fine spectral features in lattice vibrational modes using femtosecond coherent spectroscopy

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    Card, A.; Mokim, M.; Ganikhanov, F.

    2016-02-01

    We show resolution of fine spectral features within several Raman active vibrational modes in potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal. Measurements are performed using a femtosecond time-domain coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy technique that is capable of delivering equivalent spectral resolution of 0.1 cm-1. The Raman spectra retrieved from our measurements show several spectral components corresponding to vibrations of different symmetry with distinctly different damping rates. In particular, linewidths for unassigned optical phonon mode triplet centered at around 820 cm-1 are found to be 7.5 ± 0.2 cm-1, 9.1 ± 0.3 cm-1, and 11.2 ± 0.3 cm-1. Results of our experiments will ultimately help to design an all-solid-state source for sub-optical-wavelength waveform generation that is based on stimulated Raman scattering.

  18. Rotational Spectroscopy of Vibrationally Excited N_2H^+ and N_2D^+ up to 2 Thz

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    Yu, Shanshan; Pearson, John; Drouin, Brian; Crawford, Timothy J.; Daly, Adam M.; Elliott, Ben; Amano, Takayoshi

    2015-06-01

    Terahertz absorption spectroscopy was employed to extend the measurements on the pure rotational transitions of N_2H^+, N_2D^+ and their 15N-containing isotopologues in the ground state and first excited vibrational states for the three fundamental vibrational modes. In total 88 new pure rotational transitions were observed in the range of 0.7--2.0~THz. The observed transition frequencies were fit to experimental accuracy, and the improved molecular parameters were obtained. The new measurements and predictions will support the analysis of high-resolution astronomical observations made with facilities such as SOFIA and ALMA where laboratory rest frequencies with uncertainties of 1 MHz or smaller are required for proper analysis of velocity resolved astrophysical components.

  19. Vibrational spectroscopy: a tool being developed for the noninvasive monitoring of wound healing

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    Crane, Nicole J.; Elster, Eric A.

    2012-01-01

    Wound care and management accounted for over 1.8 million hospital discharges in 2009. The complex nature of wound physiology involves hundreds of overlapping processes that we have only begun to understand over the past three decades. The management of wounds remains a significant challenge for inexperienced clinicians. The ensuing inflammatory response ultimately dictates the pace of wound healing and tissue regeneration. Consequently, the eventual timing of wound closure or definitive coverage is often subjective. Some wounds fail to close, or dehisce, despite the use and application of novel wound-specific treatment modalities. An understanding of the molecular environment of acute and chronic wounds throughout the wound-healing process can provide valuable insight into the mechanisms associated with the patient's outcome. Pathologic alterations of wounds are accompanied by fundamental changes in the molecular environment that can be analyzed by vibrational spectroscopy. Vibrational spectroscopy, specifically Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, offers the capability to accurately detect and identify the various molecules that compose the extracellular matrix during wound healing in their native state. The identified changes might provide the objective markers of wound healing, which can then be integrated with clinical characteristics to guide the management of wounds.

  20. Communication: Structural locking mediated by a water wire: A high-resolution rotational spectroscopy study on hydrated forms of a chiral biphenyl derivative

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    Domingos, Sérgio R.; Pérez, Cristóbal; Schnell, Melanie

    2016-10-01

    We report the observation of structural changes in an axially chiral molecule, biphenyl-2-carboxaldehyde, due to aggregation with water. Using high-resolution broadband rotational spectroscopy we find that two water molecules link opposite sides of the molecule, resembling a water wire. We show that this effect can be explained by a cooperative rearrangement of both molecule and a water dimer. Hydrogen bonding interactions are shown to change the original structure upon aggregation of water. This phenomenon is insightful on the role of microsolvation in assisting structural morphing of stereo-selective chiral molecular systems.

  1. Ion aggregation in high salt solutions. III. Computational vibrational spectroscopy of HDO in aqueous salt solutions

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    Choi, Jun-Ho; Lim, Sohee; Chon, Bonghwan; Cho, Minhaeng; Kim, Heejae; Kim, Seongheun

    2015-05-28

    The vibrational frequency, frequency fluctuation dynamics, and transition dipole moment of the O—D stretch mode of HDO molecule in aqueous solutions are strongly dependent on its local electrostatic environment and hydrogen-bond network structure. Therefore, the time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy the O—D stretch mode has been particularly used to investigate specific ion effects on water structure. Despite prolonged efforts to understand the interplay of O—D vibrational dynamics with local water hydrogen-bond network and ion aggregate structures in high salt solutions, still there exists a gap between theory and experiment due to a lack of quantitative model for accurately describing O—D stretch frequency in high salt solutions. To fill this gap, we have performed numerical simulations of Raman scattering and IR absorption spectra of the O—D stretch mode of HDO in highly concentrated NaCl and KSCN solutions and compared them with experimental results. Carrying out extensive quantum chemistry calculations on not only water clusters but also ion-water clusters, we first developed a distributed vibrational solvatochromic charge model for the O—D stretch mode in aqueous salt solutions. Furthermore, the non-Condon effect on the vibrational transition dipole moment of the O—D stretch mode was fully taken into consideration with the charge response kernel that is non-local polarizability density. From the fluctuating O—D stretch mode frequencies and transition dipole vectors obtained from the molecular dynamics simulations, the O—D stretch Raman scattering and IR absorption spectra of HDO in salt solutions could be calculated. The polarization effect on the transition dipole vector of the O—D stretch mode is shown to be important and the asymmetric line shapes of the O—D stretch Raman scattering and IR absorption spectra of HDO especially in highly concentrated NaCl and KSCN solutions are in quantitative agreement with experimental results. We

  2. Constraining long-range parity violation in gravitation using high resolution spectroscopy of chiral molecules

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    Bargueño, Pedro; Pérez de Tudela, Ricardo

    2008-11-01

    New bounds on long-range parity violation in gravitation are reported from inconclusive searches of parity violating energy differences (PVED) in chiral molecules. In particular, it is found that Leitner-Okubo-Hari Dass’s α2 (or A2) parameter is constrained by current experimental searches of PVED between molecular enantiomers. The possibility of constraining other parameters which parametrize the strength of contact parity violation in gravity, as well as other long-range parity violating potentials will be briefly commented.

  3. A conformational study of hydroxyflavones by vibrational spectroscopy coupled to DFT calculations

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    Machado, N. F. L.; Batista de Carvalho, L. A. E.; Otero, J. C.; Marques, M. P. M.

    2013-05-01

    The conformational preferences of a series of hydroxyflavones were studied by Raman and FTIR spectroscopies, coupled to Density Functional Theory calculations. Special attention was paid to the effect of hydroxyl substitution, due to its importance on the biological activity of these compounds. Their conformational preferences were found to be determined mainly by the orientation of the hydroxylic groups at C7 and within the catechol moiety, leading to the occurrence of distinct conformers in the solid state. A complete assignment of the experimental spectra was carried out for these molecules, in the light of their most stable conformers and the corresponding predicted vibrational pattern.

  4. Communication: Atomic force detection of single-molecule nonlinear optical vibrational spectroscopy

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    Saurabh, Prasoon Mukamel, Shaul

    2014-04-28

    Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) allows for a highly sensitive detection of spectroscopic signals. This has been first demonstrated for NMR of a single molecule and recently extended to stimulated Raman in the optical regime. We theoretically investigate the use of optical forces to detect time and frequency domain nonlinear optical signals. We show that, with proper phase matching, the AFM-detected signals closely resemble coherent heterodyne-detected signals. Applications are made to AFM-detected and heterodyne-detected vibrational resonances in Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (χ{sup (3)}) and sum or difference frequency generation (χ{sup (2)})

  5. Communication: atomic force detection of single-molecule nonlinear optical vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Saurabh, Prasoon; Mukamel, Shaul

    2014-04-28

    Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) allows for a highly sensitive detection of spectroscopic signals. This has been first demonstrated for NMR of a single molecule and recently extended to stimulated Raman in the optical regime. We theoretically investigate the use of optical forces to detect time and frequency domain nonlinear optical signals. We show that, with proper phase matching, the AFM-detected signals closely resemble coherent heterodyne-detected signals. Applications are made to AFM-detected and heterodyne-detected vibrational resonances in Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (χ((3))) and sum or difference frequency generation (χ((2))).

  6. Multipulse polarisation selective spectroscopy of rotational and vibrational responses of molecules in a liquid

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    Nikiforov, V G

    2013-02-28

    The amplitude control of time-resolved optical responses in a liquid is theoretically analysed under nonresonant irradiation of the system by a train of femtosecond pulses with parallel and orthogonal polarisations. The control parameters, specifying the excitation scenarios, are the duration of pulses, their relative intensities, polarisation, and the delays between the pulses. It is shown that the choice of specific excitation scenarios transfers the system into a state in which only one response is detected from a set of responses of coherent intramolecular Raman active vibrational modes, coherent molecular librations and orientational rotations. (laser spectroscopy)

  7. Vibrational frequencies of anti-diabetic drug studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Du, S. Q.; Li, H.; Xie, L.; Chen, L.; Peng, Y.; Zhu, Y. M.; Li, H.; Dong, P.; Wang, J. T.

    2012-04-01

    By using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, the absorption spectra of seven anti-diabetic pills have been investigated. For gliquidone, glipizide, gliclazide, and glimepiride, an obvious resonance peak is found at 1.37 THz. Furthermore, to overcome the limit of density functional theory that can analyze the normal mode frequencies of the ground state of organic material, we also present a method that relies on pharmacophore recognition, from which we can obtain the resonance peak at 1.37 THz can be attributed to the vibration of sulfonylurea group. The results indicate that the veracity of density functional theory can be increased by combining pharmacophore recognition.

  8. Biomolecular interactions in HCV nucleocapsid-like particles as revealed by vibrational spectroscopy

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    Rodríguez-Casado, Arantxa; Molina, Marina; Carmona, Pedro

    2007-05-01

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) occurs in the form of 55-65 nm spherical particles, but the structure of the virion remains to be clarified. Structural studies of HCV have been hampered by the lack of an appropriate cell culture system. However, structural analyses of HCV components can provide an essential framework for understanding of the molecular mechanism of virion assembly. This article reviews the potential of vibrational spectroscopy aimed at the knowledge of HCV structural biology, particularly regarding biomolecular interactions in nucleocapsid-like particles obtained in vitro.

  9. Structural origins of chiral second-order optical nonlinearity in collagen: amide I band.

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    Reiser, Karen M; McCourt, Alexander B; Yankelevich, Diego R; Knoesen, André

    2012-11-21

    The molecular basis of nonlinear optical (NLO) chiral effects in the amide I region of type I collagen was investigated using sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy; chiral and achiral tensor elements were separated using different input/output beam polarization conditions. Spectra were obtained from native rat tail tendon (RTT) collagen and from cholesteric liquid crystal-like (LC) type I collagen films. Although RTT and LC collagen both possess long-range order, LC collagen lacks the complex hierarchical organization of RTT collagen. Their spectra were compared to assess the role of such organization in NLO chirality. No significant differences were observed between RTT and LC with respect to chiral or achiral spectra. These findings suggest that amide I NLO chiral effects in type I collagen assemblies arise predominantly from the chiral organization of amide chromophores within individual collagen molecules, rather than from supramolecular structures. The study suggests that sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy may be uniquely valuable in exploring fundamental aspects of chiral nonlinearity in complex macromolecular structures.

  10. Probing the Interaction of Quantum Dots with Chiral Capping Molecules Using Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy

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    2016-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) induced at exciton transitions by chiral ligands attached to single component and core/shell colloidal quantum dots (QDs) was used to study the interactions between QDs and their capping ligands. Analysis of the CD line shapes of CdSe and CdS QDs capped with l-cysteine reveals that all of the features in the complex spectra can be assigned to the different excitonic transitions. It is shown that each transition is accompanied by a derivative line shape in the CD response, indicating that the chiral ligand can split the exciton level into two new sublevels, with opposite angular momentum, even in the absence of an external magnetic field. The role of electrons and holes in this effect could be separated by experiments on various types of core/shell QDs, and it was concluded that the induced CD is likely related to interactions of the highest occupied molecular orbitals of the ligands with the holes. Hence, CD was useful for the analysis of hole level–ligand interactions in quantum semiconductor heterostructures, with promising outlook toward better general understanding the properties of the surface of such systems. PMID:27960517

  11. On the applicability of centroid and ring polymer path integral molecular dynamics for vibrational spectroscopy

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    Witt, Alexander; Ivanov, Sergei D.; Shiga, Motoyuki; Forbert, Harald; Marx, Dominik

    2009-05-01

    Centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) and ring polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD) are two conceptually distinct extensions of path integral molecular dynamics that are able to generate approximate quantum dynamics of complex molecular systems. Both methods can be used to compute quasiclassical time correlation functions which have direct application in molecular spectroscopy; in particular, to infrared spectroscopy via dipole autocorrelation functions. The performance of both methods for computing vibrational spectra of several simple but representative molecular model systems is investigated systematically as a function of temperature and isotopic substitution. In this context both CMD and RPMD feature intrinsic problems which are quantified and investigated in detail. Based on the obtained results guidelines for using CMD and RPMD to compute infrared spectra of molecular systems are provided.

  12. Determination of the absolute configurations at stereogenic centers in the presence of axial chirality.

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    Polavarapu, Prasad L; Jeirath, Neha; Kurtán, Tibor; Pescitelli, Gennaro; Krohn, Karsten

    2009-01-01

    Cephalochromin, a homodimeric naphthpyranone natural product, contains both axial chirality due to the hindered rotation along the biaryl axis and central chirality due to the C-2, C-2' stereogenic centers of the fused pyranone ring. For determining the absolute configurations (ACs) of central chirality elements, different chiroptical spectroscopic methods, namely vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), electronic circular dichroism (ECD), and optical rotation (OR), have been used. From these experimental data, in conjunction with corresponding quantum chemical predictions at B3LYP/6-311G* level, it is found that the ECD spectra of cephalochromin are dominated by its axial chirality and are not suitable to distinguish the (aS,2S,2'S) and (aS,2R,2'R) diastereomers and hence to determine the ACs of the central chirality elements. OR signs also did not distinguish the (aS,2S,2'S) and (aS,2R,2'R) diastereomers. On other hand, VCD spectrum of cephalochromin exhibited separate spectral features attributable to axial chirality and stereogenic centers, thereby allowing the determination of both types of chirality elements. This is the first investigation demonstrating that, because of vibrations specific to the studied stereogenic centers, VCD spectroscopy can be used to simultaneously determine the ACs of axial and central chirality elements whenever other chiroptical methods (ECD and OR) fail to report on them.

  13. Sub-Thz Vibrational Spectroscopy for Analysis of Ovarian Cancer Cells

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    Ferrance, Jerome P.; Sizov, Igor; Jazaeri, Amir; Moyer, Aaron; Gelmont, Boris; Globus, Tatiana

    2016-06-01

    Sub-THz vibrational spectroscopy utilizes wavelengths in the submillimeter-wave range ( 1.5-30 wn), beyond those traditionally used for chemical and biomolecular analysis. This low energy radiation excites low-frequency internal molecular motions (vibrations) involving hydrogen bonds and other weak connections within these molecules. The ability of sub-THz spectroscopy to identify and quantify biological molecules is based on detection of signature resonance absorbance at specific frequencies between 0.05 and 1 THz, for each molecule. The long wavelengths of this radiation, mean that it can even pass through entire cells, detecting the combinations of proteins and nucleic acids that exist within the cell. This research introduces a novel sub-THz resonance spectroscopy instrument with spectral resolution sufficient to identify individual resonance absorption peaks, for the analysis of ovarian cancer cells. In vitro cell cultures of SK-OV-3 and ES-2 cells, two human ovarian cancer subtypes, were characterized and compared with a normal non-transformed human fallopian tube epithelial cell line (FT131). A dramatic difference was observed between the THz absorption spectra of the cancer and normal cell sample materials with much higher absorption intensity and a very strong absorption peak at a frequency of 13 wn dominating the cancer sample spectra. Comparison of experimental spectra with molecular dynamic simulated spectroscopic signatures suggests that the high intensity spectral peak could originate from overexpressed mi-RNA molecules specific for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer cells are utilized as a proof of concept, but the sub-THz spectroscopy method is very general and could also be applied to other types of cancer.

  14. Vibrational spectroscopy of synthetic analogues of ankoleite, chernikovite and intermediate solid solution

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    Clavier, N.; Crétaz, F.; Szenknect, S.; Mesbah, A.; Poinssot, C.; Descostes, M.; Dacheux, N.

    2016-03-01

    Ankoleite (K(UO2)PO4·nH2O), chernikovite (H3O(UO2)PO4·nH2O) and intermediate solid solutions are frequently encountered in the uranium ores that result from the alteration of uranium primary minerals. This paper reports a thorough FTIR and Raman study related to synthetic analogues for these minerals. First, the vibration bands associated to the UO22 + uranyl ion were used to calculate the U = O bond length which appeared in good agreement with the data coming from PXRD. Then, the examination of the phosphate vibration modes in both sets of spectra confirmed the general formulation of the samples and ruled out the presence of hydrogenphosphate groups. Finally, the presence of H2O as well as protonated H3O+ and/or H5O2+ species was also pointed out, and could be used to clearly differentiate the various phases prepared. Vibrational spectroscopy then appeared as an efficient method for the investigation of such analogues of natural samples. It should be particularly relevant when identifying these phases in mineral ores or assemblies.

  15. Vibrational spectroscopy of O-H and O-D centers in TiO2

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    Bekisli, Figen; Stavola, Michael; Fowler, W. Beall

    2012-02-01

    While the vibrational properties of O-H centers in TiO2 have been studied for many years, recent experiments suggest a new picture of their behavior. In the 1970s, Bates and Perkins found a single, sharp, strongly polarized O-H line in TiO2, and similarly for O-D and O-T [1]. On the contrary, recent studies by Herklotz et al. [2] find three closely spaced O-H (O-D) lines that were assigned to two different charge states of an O-H (O-D) shallow donor. We have in our possession the very TiO2 samples studied many years ago by Bates and Perkins. We have introduced H and D into these samples and also into TiO2 samples obtained recently. High-resolution vibrational spectroscopy performed as a function of temperature at Lehigh provides new insight into the different vibrational properties seen for O-H in TiO2 in the 1970's and in recent studies by Herklotz et al. [1] J.B. Bates and R.A. Perkins, Phys. Rev. B 16, 3713 (1977). [2] F. Herklotz et al., Phys. Rev. B 83, 235202 (2011)..

  16. SEM, EDX and vibrational spectroscopy of the phosphate mineral vauxite from Llallagua, Bolívia.

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    Scholz, Ricardo; Frost, Ray L; Frota, Laura; Belotti, Fernanda Maria; López, Andrés

    2015-12-05

    We have undertaken a vibrational spectroscopic study of vauxite from Llallagua, Bolívia. This source is important source for rare and unusual secondary phosphate minerals and is the type locality for a number of rare phosphates such as vauxite, sigloite, metavauxite and for jeanbandyite. The chemical formula was determined as (Fe0.98 Mn0.01)∑0.99(Al2.00)(PO4)∑2.03(OH)1.98·5.95(H2O). The Raman spectrum is dominated by intense Raman bands at 978, 1000, 1009, 1027 cm(-1) assigned to the PO4(3-) and HPO4(2-) stretching modes. Low intensity Raman bands are found at 1046, 1059, 1070, 1105, 1122, 1134 and 1150 cm(-1) and are assigned to the PO4(3-) ν3 antisymmetric stretching vibrations. Raman bands of at 498, 502, 517, 523 and 535 cm(-1) are assigned to the ν4 PO4(3-) bending modes while the Raman bands at 418, 451, 461 and 470 cm(-1) are due to the ν2 PO4(3-) bending modes. The Raman spectral profile of vauxite in the hydroxyl stretching region is broad with component bands resolved at 2918, 3103, 3328, 3402, 3555 and 3648 cm(-1). Vibrational spectroscopy enables the assessment of the molecular structure of vauxite to be undertaken.

  17. Metamaterial-enhanced vibrational absorption spectroscopy for the detection of protein molecules.

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    Bui, Tung S; Dao, Thang D; Dang, Luu H; Vu, Lam D; Ohi, Akihiko; Nabatame, Toshihide; Lee, YoungPak; Nagao, Tadaaki; Hoang, Chung V

    2016-08-24

    From visible to mid-infrared frequencies, molecular sensing has been a major successful application of plasmonics because of the enormous enhancement of the surface electromagnetic nearfield associated with the induced collective motion of surface free carriers excited by the probe light. However, in the lower-energy terahertz (THz) region, sensing by detecting molecular vibrations is still challenging because of low sensitivity, complicated spectral features, and relatively little accumulated knowledge of molecules. Here, we report the use of a micron-scale thin-slab metamaterial (MM) architecture, which functions as an amplifier for enhancing the absorption signal of the THz vibration of an ultrathin adsorbed layer of large organic molecules. We examined bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a prototype large protein molecule and Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) and 3,3'-diethylthiatricarbocyanine iodide (DTTCI) as examples of small molecules. Among them, our MM significantly magnified only the signal strength of bulky BSA. On the other hand, DTTCI and Rh6G are inactive, as they lack low-frequency vibrational modes in this frequency region. The results obtained here clearly demonstrate the promise of MM-enhanced absorption spectroscopy in the THz region for detection and structural monitoring of large biomolecules such as proteins or pathogenic enzymes.

  18. Metamaterial-enhanced vibrational absorption spectroscopy for the detection of protein molecules

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    Bui, Tung S.; Dao, Thang D.; Dang, Luu H.; Vu, Lam D.; Ohi, Akihiko; Nabatame, Toshihide; Lee, YoungPak; Nagao, Tadaaki; Hoang, Chung V.

    2016-01-01

    From visible to mid-infrared frequencies, molecular sensing has been a major successful application of plasmonics because of the enormous enhancement of the surface electromagnetic nearfield associated with the induced collective motion of surface free carriers excited by the probe light. However, in the lower-energy terahertz (THz) region, sensing by detecting molecular vibrations is still challenging because of low sensitivity, complicated spectral features, and relatively little accumulated knowledge of molecules. Here, we report the use of a micron-scale thin-slab metamaterial (MM) architecture, which functions as an amplifier for enhancing the absorption signal of the THz vibration of an ultrathin adsorbed layer of large organic molecules. We examined bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a prototype large protein molecule and Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) and 3,3′-diethylthiatricarbocyanine iodide (DTTCI) as examples of small molecules. Among them, our MM significantly magnified only the signal strength of bulky BSA. On the other hand, DTTCI and Rh6G are inactive, as they lack low-frequency vibrational modes in this frequency region. The results obtained here clearly demonstrate the promise of MM-enhanced absorption spectroscopy in the THz region for detection and structural monitoring of large biomolecules such as proteins or pathogenic enzymes. PMID:27555217

  19. Metamaterial-enhanced vibrational absorption spectroscopy for the detection of protein molecules

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    Bui, Tung S.; Dao, Thang D.; Dang, Luu H.; Vu, Lam D.; Ohi, Akihiko; Nabatame, Toshihide; Lee, Youngpak; Nagao, Tadaaki; Hoang, Chung V.

    2016-08-01

    From visible to mid-infrared frequencies, molecular sensing has been a major successful application of plasmonics because of the enormous enhancement of the surface electromagnetic nearfield associated with the induced collective motion of surface free carriers excited by the probe light. However, in the lower-energy terahertz (THz) region, sensing by detecting molecular vibrations is still challenging because of low sensitivity, complicated spectral features, and relatively little accumulated knowledge of molecules. Here, we report the use of a micron-scale thin-slab metamaterial (MM) architecture, which functions as an amplifier for enhancing the absorption signal of the THz vibration of an ultrathin adsorbed layer of large organic molecules. We examined bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a prototype large protein molecule and Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) and 3,3‧-diethylthiatricarbocyanine iodide (DTTCI) as examples of small molecules. Among them, our MM significantly magnified only the signal strength of bulky BSA. On the other hand, DTTCI and Rh6G are inactive, as they lack low-frequency vibrational modes in this frequency region. The results obtained here clearly demonstrate the promise of MM-enhanced absorption spectroscopy in the THz region for detection and structural monitoring of large biomolecules such as proteins or pathogenic enzymes.

  20. Dye aggregation identified by vibrational coupling using 2D IR spectroscopy

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    Oudenhoven, Tracey A.; Laaser, Jennifer E.; Zanni, Martin T.; Joo, Yongho; Gopalan, Padma

    2015-06-07

    We report that a model dye, Re(CO){sub 3}(bypy)CO{sub 2}H, aggregates into clusters on TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles regardless of our preparation conditions. Using two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectroscopy, we have identified characteristic frequencies of monomers, dimers, and trimers. A comparison of 2D IR spectra in solution versus those deposited on TiO{sub 2} shows that the propensity to dimerize in solution leads to higher dimer formation on TiO{sub 2}, but that dimers are formed even if there are only monomers in solution. Aggregates cannot be washed off with standard protocols and are present even at submonolayer coverages. We observe cross peaks between aggregates of different sizes, primarily dimers and trimers, indicating that clusters consist of microdomains in close proximity. 2D IR spectroscopy is used to draw these conclusions from measurements of vibrational couplings, but if molecules are close enough to be vibrationally coupled, then they are also likely to be electronically coupled, which could alter charge transfer.

  1. Photo-vibrational spectroscopy of solid and liquid chemicals using laser Doppler vibrometer.

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    Hu, Qi; Lim, Jacob Song Kiat; Liu, Huan; Fu, Yu

    2016-08-22

    Photoacoustic/photothermal spectroscopy is an established technique for trace detection of chemicals and explosives. However, prior sample preparation is required and the analysis is conducted in a sealed space with a high-sensitivity microphone or a piezo sensor coupled with a lock-in amplifier, limiting the technique to applications in a laboratory environment. Due to the aforementioned requirements, traditionally this technique may not be suitable for defense and security applications where the detection of explosives or hazardous chemicals is required in an open environment at a safe standoff distance. In this study, chemicals in various forms (membrane, powder and liquid) were excited by an intensity-modulated quantum cascade laser (QCL), while a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) based on the Mach-Zehnder interferometer was applied to detect the vibration signal resulting from the photocoustic/photothermal effect. The photo-vibrational spectrum obtained by scanning the QCL's wavelength in MIR range, coincides well with the corresponding spectrum obtained using typical FTIR equipment. The experiment demonstrated that the LDV is a capable sensor for applications in photoacoustic/photothermal spectroscopy, with potential to enable the detection of chemicals in open environment at safe standoff distance.

  2. Far-field nanoscale infrared spectroscopy of vibrational fingerprints of molecules with graphene plasmons

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    Hu, Hai; Yang, Xiaoxia; Zhai, Feng; Hu, Debo; Liu, Ruina; Liu, Kaihui; Sun, Zhipei; Dai, Qing

    2016-01-01

    Infrared spectroscopy, especially for molecular vibrations in the fingerprint region between 600 and 1,500 cm−1, is a powerful characterization method for bulk materials. However, molecular fingerprinting at the nanoscale level still remains a significant challenge, due to weak light–matter interaction between micron-wavelengthed infrared light and nano-sized molecules. Here we demonstrate molecular fingerprinting at the nanoscale level using our specially designed graphene plasmonic structure on CaF2 nanofilm. This structure not only avoids the plasmon–phonon hybridization, but also provides in situ electrically-tunable graphene plasmon covering the entire molecular fingerprint region, which was previously unattainable. In addition, undisturbed and highly confined graphene plasmon offers simultaneous detection of in-plane and out-of-plane vibrational modes with ultrahigh detection sensitivity down to the sub-monolayer level, significantly pushing the current detection limit of far-field mid-infrared spectroscopies. Our results provide a platform, fulfilling the long-awaited expectation of high sensitivity and selectivity far-field fingerprint detection of nano-scale molecules for numerous applications. PMID:27460765

  3. Far-field nanoscale infrared spectroscopy of vibrational fingerprints of molecules with graphene plasmons

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    Hu, Hai; Yang, Xiaoxia; Zhai, Feng; Hu, Debo; Liu, Ruina; Liu, Kaihui; Sun, Zhipei; Dai, Qing

    2016-07-01

    Infrared spectroscopy, especially for molecular vibrations in the fingerprint region between 600 and 1,500 cm-1, is a powerful characterization method for bulk materials. However, molecular fingerprinting at the nanoscale level still remains a significant challenge, due to weak light-matter interaction between micron-wavelengthed infrared light and nano-sized molecules. Here we demonstrate molecular fingerprinting at the nanoscale level using our specially designed graphene plasmonic structure on CaF2 nanofilm. This structure not only avoids the plasmon-phonon hybridization, but also provides in situ electrically-tunable graphene plasmon covering the entire molecular fingerprint region, which was previously unattainable. In addition, undisturbed and highly confined graphene plasmon offers simultaneous detection of in-plane and out-of-plane vibrational modes with ultrahigh detection sensitivity down to the sub-monolayer level, significantly pushing the current detection limit of far-field mid-infrared spectroscopies. Our results provide a platform, fulfilling the long-awaited expectation of high sensitivity and selectivity far-field fingerprint detection of nano-scale molecules for numerous applications.

  4. Univariate and multivariate analysis of tannin-impregnated wood species using vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Schnabel, Thomas; Musso, Maurizio; Tondi, Gianluca

    2014-01-01

    Vibrational spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools in polymer science. Three main techniques--Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), FT-Raman spectroscopy, and FT near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy--can also be applied to wood science. Here, these three techniques were used to investigate the chemical modification occurring in wood after impregnation with tannin-hexamine preservatives. These spectroscopic techniques have the capacity to detect the externally added tannin. FT-IR has very strong sensitivity to the aromatic peak at around 1610 cm(-1) in the tannin-treated samples, whereas FT-Raman reflects the peak at around 1600 cm(-1) for the externally added tannin. This high efficacy in distinguishing chemical features was demonstrated in univariate analysis and confirmed via cluster analysis. Conversely, the results of the NIR measurements show noticeable sensitivity for small differences. For this technique, multivariate analysis is required and with this chemometric tool, it is also possible to predict the concentration of tannin on the surface.

  5. Searches for chirality-flipping interactions via cyclotron-radiation spectroscopy

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    Garcia, A.; Fertl, M.; Guigue, M.; Kammel, P.; Leredde, A.; Mueller, P.; Robertson, R. G. H.; Rybka, G.; Savard, G.; Swanson, H. E.; Vandevender, B. A.; Young, A.

    2016-09-01

    The measurement of the beta spectrum from 6He allows for sensitive searches of tensor (chirality flipping) interactions. A source that delivers about 1010 6He atoms per second in a stable fashion exists at the University of Washington. The recent demonstration by the Project 8 collaboration that detection of cyclotron radiation yields excellent energy resolution for electrons of < 32 keV emitted from a gaseous source invites application of the technique to higher-energy betas. Calculations and considerations showing the applicability of the technique for the 6He case will be presented. We acknoledge support from DOE under Grants DE-FG02-97ER41020 and DE-FG02-97ER41042 and NSF under Grant 1307426.

  6. Two-photon polarization dependent spectroscopy in chirality: a novel experimental-theoretical approach to study optically active systems.

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    Hernández, Florencio E; Rizzo, Antonio

    2011-04-18

    Many phenomena, including life itself and its biochemical foundations are fundamentally rooted in chirality. Combinatorial methodologies for catalyst discovery and optimization remain an invaluable tool for gaining access to enantiomerically pure compounds in the development of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and flavors. Some exotic metamaterials exhibiting negative refractive index at optical frequencies are based on chiral structures. Chiroptical activity is commonly quantified in terms of circular dichroism (CD) and optical rotatory dispersion (ORD). However, the linear nature of these effects limits their application in the far and near-UV region in highly absorbing and scattering biological systems. In order to surmount this barrier, in recent years we made important advancements on a novel non linear, low-scatter, long-wavelength CD approach called two-photon absorption circular dichroism (TPACD). Herein we present a descriptive analysis of the optics principles behind the experimental measurement of TPACD, i.e., the double L-scan technique, and its significance using pulsed lasers. We also make an instructive examination and discuss the reliability of our theoretical-computational approach, which uses modern analytical response theory, within a Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) approach. In order to illustrate the potential of this novel spectroscopic tool, we first present the experimental and theoretical results obtained in C(2)-symmetric, axially chiral R-(+)-1,1'-bi(2-naphthol), R-BINOL, a molecule studied at the beginning of our investigation in this field. Next, we reveal some preliminary results obtained for (R)-3,3'-diphenyl-2,2'-bi-1-naphthol, R-VANOL, and (R)-2,2'-diphenyl-3,3'-(4-biphenanthrol), R-VAPOL. This family of optically active compounds has been proven to be a suitable model for the structure-property relationship study of TPACD, because its members are highly conjugated yet photo-stable, and easily derivatized at the 5

  7. From cosmic chirality to protein structure: Lord Kelvin's legacy.

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    Barron, Laurence D

    2012-11-01

    A selection of my work on chirality is sketched in two distinct parts of this lecture. Symmetry and Chirality explains how the discrete symmetries of parity P, time reversal T, and charge conjugation C may be used to characterize the properties of chiral systems. The concepts of true chirality (time-invariant enantiomorphism) and false chirality (time-noninvariant enantiomorphism) that emerge provide an extension of Lord Kelvin's original definition of chirality to situations where motion is an essential ingredient thereby clarifying, inter alia, the nature of physical influences able to induce absolute enantioselection. Consideration of symmetry violations reveals that strict enantiomers (exactly degenerate) are interconverted by the combined CP operation. Raman optical activity surveys work, from first observation to current applications, on a new chiroptical spectroscopy that measures vibrational optical activity via Raman scattering of circularly polarized light. Raman optical activity provides incisive information ranging from absolute configuration and complete solution structure of smaller chiral molecules and oligomers to protein and nucleic acid structure of intact viruses.

  8. Coherent Vibrational Dynamics and High-Resolution Nonlinear Spectroscopy: A Comparison with the Air/DMSO Liquid Interface

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    Velarde Ruiz Esparza, Luis A.; Lu, Zhou; Wang, Hongfei

    2013-12-27

    In this report we present a comparative study on the C-H stretching vibrations at air/DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) interface with both the free-induction decay (FID) coherent vibrational dynamics and sub-wavenumber high resolution sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy measurements. In principle the frequency-domain and time-domain spectroscopic measurements should generate identical information for a given molecular system. However, when the molecular systems are with several coupled or overlapping vibrational modes, to obtain detailed spectroscopic and coherent dynamics information is not as straightforward and rather difficult from either the time-domain or the frequency domain measurements. For the case of air/DMSO interface that is with moderately complex vibrational spectra, we show that the frequency-domain measurement with sub-wavenumber high-resolution SFGVS is probably more advantageous than the time-domain measurement in obtaining quantitative understanding of the structure and coherent dynamics of the molecular interface.

  9. Vibrational structure of the S 2 (1B u) excited state of diphenyloctatetraene observed by femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy

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    Kukura, Philipp; McCamant, David W.; Davis, Paul H.; Mathies, Richard A.

    2003-11-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) is used to study the vibrational structure and dynamics of the S 2 state of diphenyloctatetraene. Strong vibrational features at 1184, 1259 and 1578 cm -1 whose linewidths are determined by the S 2 electronic lifetime are observed at early times after photoexcitation at 397 nm. Kinetic analysis of the integrated Raman intensities as well as the transient absorption reveals an exponential decay of the S 2 state on the order of 100 fs. These results demonstrate the ability of FSRS to study the vibrational structure of excited state and chemical reaction dynamics on the femtosecond timescale.

  10. The Application of Vibrational Spectroscopy Techniques in the Qualitative Assessment of Material Traded as Ginseng.

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    Sandasi, Maxleene; Vermaak, Ilze; Chen, Weiyang; Viljoen, Alvaro

    2016-04-12

    The name "ginseng" is collectively used to describe several plant species, including Panax ginseng (Asian/Oriental ginseng), P. quinquefolius (American ginseng), P. pseudoginseng (Pseudoginseng) and Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng), each with different applications in traditional medicine practices. The use of a generic name may lead to the interchangeable use or substitution of raw materials which poses quality control challenges. Quality control methods such as vibrational spectroscopy-based techniques are here proposed as fast, non-destructive methods for the distinction of four ginseng species and the identification of raw materials in commercial ginseng products. Certified ginseng reference material and commercial products were analysed using hyperspectral imaging (HSI), mid-infrared (MIR) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. Principal component analysis (PCA) and (orthogonal) partial least squares discriminant analysis models (OPLS-DA) were developed using multivariate analysis software. UHPLC-MS was used to analyse methanol extracts of the reference raw materials and commercial products. The holistic analysis of ginseng raw materials revealed distinct chemical differences using HSI, MIR and NIR. For all methods, Eleutherococcus senticosus displayed the greatest variation from the three Panax species that displayed closer chemical similarity. Good discrimination models with high R²X and Q² cum vales were developed. These models predicted that the majority of products contained either /P. ginseng or P. quinquefolius. Vibrational spectroscopy and HSI techniques in tandem with multivariate data analysis tools provide useful alternative methods in the authentication of ginseng raw materials and commercial products in a fast, easy, cost-effective and non-destructive manner.

  11. Vibrational spectroscopy and excited state molecular dynamics of phenylene ethynylene polymers

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    Galindo Cruz, Johan Fabian

    Energy transfer is a vital process because of its critical role in photosynthesis as well as in the development of new technological devices such as biosensors, photovoltaics and light emitting devices. Dendrimeric polymers are one of the most explored light-harvesting molecules. The characterization of the excited states of this group of molecules as well as the study of their energy transfer mechanism is an important step to gain further insight into this process and its application. For this purpose, we have studied a family of two- and three- ring linear poly(phenylene ethynylene) dendrimers which are either meta or ortho substituted. These dendrimers are able to mimic energy transfer that occurs in photosynthetic systems. We have performed IR spectroscopy calculations using linear response theory and analyzed the propagation of the ground state normal modes in the excited state. We identified a band at 2150 cm-1 that is characteristic of S1 in the meta- substituted molecule, for which S1 and S2 have transition densities localized over different regions of the molecule, while the ortho- substituted case, the states are spread over the entire molecule. We find that the coupling between vibrations associated to C≡C triple bonds plays an important role in the nonadiabatic electronic energy transfer. These results are a guide to the experimental characterization of specific electronic excited state vibrations of these molecules. Next, we proceed to study the larger 2G1m-Eper, a Poly(Phenylene Ethynylene) based molecule. We have used Nonadiabatic Excited State Molecular Dynamics to study the energy transfer mechanism after an excitation at 400 nm. We have found that the initial excitation is delocalized between the two monodendrons, evolving to an intermediate state located in one of them. From this state, the system transitions to S1, localized in the perylene trap, and photon emission can take place to return to the ground state. These results are in good

  12. Low-frequency vibration study of amino acids using terahertz spectroscopy and solid-state density functional theory

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    Zhang, Feng; Tominaga, Keisuke; Hayashi, Michitoshi; Wang, Houng-Wei

    2014-11-01

    Understanding the low-frequency normal modes of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, is crucial to reveal the vibration-function relationship in the macromolecular system. Recent advances in terahertz spectroscopy (THz) and solid-state density functional theory (DFT) have ensured an accurate description of low-frequency modes of amino acids. New knowledge people have learnt so far is that the inter- and intra-molecular vibrations are strongly mixed with each other in the THz region through the vibrational coordinate mixing. Rich information is believed embedded in this phenomenon. We introduce a generalized mode-analysis method that allows for the accurate decomposition of a normal mode of interest into the three intermolecular translations, three principal librations and various intrinsic intramolecular vibrations. This mode-analysis method will be demonstrated in the crystalline C60 systems and then applied to shed light on the nature of low-frequency phonons of glycine, diglycine and triglycine. This method helps reveal new intramolecular vibrational modes on the first hand, and more importantly, illuminate a new phenomenon of the frequency distribution of intramolecular vibrations (FDIV). FDIV describes the possible broad distributions of important intramolecular vibrations in the low-frequency normal modes. The FDIV concept may indicate an additional mechanism for the intramolecular vibrations to become thermally active and participate in various biological functions.

  13. Chiral recognition of imperanene enantiomers by various cyclodextrins: a capillary electrophoresis and NMR spectroscopy study.

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    Sohajda, Tamás; Szakács, Zoltán; Szente, Lajos; Noszál, Béla; Béni, Szabolcs

    2012-05-01

    The enantiomers of imperanene, a novel polyphenolic compound of Imperata cylindrica (L.), were separated via cyclodextrin-modified capillary electrophoresis. The anionic form of the analyte at pH 9.0 was subject to complexation and enantioseparation CE studies with neutral and charged cyclodextrins. As chiral selectors 27 CDs were applied differing in cavity size, sidechain, degree of substitution (DS) and charge. Three hydroxypropylated and three sulfoalkylated CD preparations provided enantioseparation and the migration order was successfully interpreted in each case in terms of complex mobilities and stability constants. The best enantioresolution (R(S)  = 1.26) was achieved using sulfobutyl-ether-γ-CD (DS ∼4), but it could be enhanced by extensive investigations on dual selector systems. After optimization (CD concentrations and pH) R(S)  = 4.47 was achieved using a 12.5 mM sulfobutyl-ether-γ-CD and 10 mM 6-monodeoxy-6-mono-(3-hydroxy)-propylamino-β-cyclodextrin dual system. The average stoichiometry of the complex was determined with Job's method using NMR-titration and resulted in a 1:1 complex for both (2-hydroxy)propyl-β- and sulfobutyl-ether-γ-CD. Further NMR experiments suggest that the coniferyl moiety of imperanene is involved in the host-guest interaction.

  14. Circular dichroism in valence photoelectron spectroscopy of free unoriented chiral molecules: Camphor and bromocamphor

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    Lischke, T.; Boewering, N.; Schmidtke, B.; Mueller, N.; Khalil, T.; Heinzmann, U.

    2004-08-01

    The circular dichroism in the photoelectron angular distribution was investigated for valence photoionization of randomly oriented pure enantiomers of camphor and bromocamphor molecules using circularly polarized light in the vacuum ultraviolet. The forward-backward electron emission spectra were recorded simultaneously with two spectrometers at several opposite angles relative to the propagation direction of the photon beam and compared for each of the two substances. Measurements were also carried out for reversed light helicity and opposite molecular handedness. For the left- and right-handed enantiomers of both molecules we observed asymmetries of comparable magnitude up to several percent. The measured asymmetry parameters vary strongly for different orbital binding energies and also for the selected photon energies in the valence region. The results for both molecules are compared. They suggest a strong influence of the final states on the asymmetry, depending on the chiral geometry of the molecular electronic structure, as well as a significant dependence on the initial states involved. They also confirm theoretical predictions describing the effect in pure electric-dipole approximation.

  15. Conformations in crystals and solutions of d(CACGTG), d(CCGCGG) and d(GGCGCC) studied by vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Urpi, L; Ridoux, J P; Liquier, J; Verdaguer, N; Fita, I; Subirana, J A; Iglesias, F; Huynh-Dinh, T; Igolen, J; Taillandier, E

    1989-01-01

    Crystals of self complementary DNA hexamers d(CACGTG), d(CCGCGG) and d(GGCGCC) were grown by vapour diffusion technique and studied by microRaman and microIR spectroscopies. The oligonucleotides were studied in parallel in solution by vibrational spectroscopy. A B- greater than Z transition was detected by Raman spectroscopy during the crystallization process for d(CACGTG). Vibrational spectroscopy shows that the d(GGCGCC) crystals adopt a B geometry. On the contrary the d(CCGCGG) sequence which is shown to be able to undergo in solution or in films quite easily the B- greater than Z transition, remains trapped in crystals in a geometry which may correspond to an intermediate conformation often proposed in models of the B- greater than Z transition. The crystals used in this study were characterized by X-ray diffraction. The unit cell and space group have been determined. PMID:2780292

  16. Two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy of the amide I band of crystalline acetanilide: Fermi resonance, conformational substates, or vibrational self-trapping?

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    Edler, J.; Hamm, P.

    2003-08-01

    Two-dimensional infrared (2D-IR) spectroscopy is applied to investigate acetanilide, a molecular crystal consisting of quasi-one-dimensional hydrogen bonded peptide units. The amide-I band exhibits a double peak structure, which has been attributed to different mechanisms including vibrational self-trapping, a Fermi resonance, or the existence of two conformational substates. The 2D-IR spectrum of crystalline acetanilide is compared with that of two different molecular systems: (i) benzoylchloride, which exhibits a strong symmetric Fermi resonance and (ii) N-methylacetamide dissolved in methanol which occurs in two spectroscopically distinguishable conformations. Both 2D-IR spectra differ significantly from that of crystalline acetanilide, proving that these two alternative mechanisms cannot account for the anomalous spectroscopy of crystalline acetanilide. On the other hand, vibrational self-trapping of the amide-I band can naturally explain the 2D-IR response.

  17. Normal mode analysis of Pyrococcus furiosus rubredoxin via nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) and resonance raman spectroscopy.

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    Xiao, Yuming; Wang, Hongxin; George, Simon J; Smith, Matt C; Adams, Michael W W; Jenney, Francis E; Sturhahn, Wolfgang; Alp, Ercan E; Zhao, Jiyong; Yoda, Y; Dey, Abishek; Solomon, Edward I; Cramer, Stephen P

    2005-10-26

    We have used (57)Fe nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) to study the Fe(S(cys))(4) site in reduced and oxidized rubredoxin (Rd) from Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf). The oxidized form has also been investigated by resonance Raman spectroscopy. In the oxidized Rd NRVS, strong asymmetric Fe-S stretching modes are observed between 355 and 375 cm(-1); upon reduction these modes shift to 300-320 cm(-1). This is the first observation of Fe-S stretching modes in a reduced Rd. The peak in S-Fe-S bend mode intensity is at approximately 150 cm(-1) for the oxidized protein and only slightly lower in the reduced case. A third band occurs near 70 cm(-1) for both samples; this is assigned primarily as a collective motion of entire cysteine residues with respect to the central Fe. The (57)Fe partial vibrational density of states (PVDOS) were interpreted by normal mode analysis with optimization of Urey-Bradley force fields. The three main bands were qualitatively reproduced using a D(2)(d) Fe(SC)(4) model. A C(1) Fe(SCC)(4) model based on crystallographic coordinates was then used to simulate the splitting of the asymmetric stretching band into at least 3 components. Finally, a model employing complete cysteines and 2 additional neighboring atoms was used to reproduce the detailed structure of the PVDOS in the Fe-S stretch region. These results confirm the delocalization of the dynamic properties of the redox-active Fe site. Depending on the molecular model employed, the force constant K(Fe-S) for Fe-S stretching modes ranged from 1.24 to 1.32 mdyn/A. K(Fe-S) is clearly diminished in reduced Rd; values from approximately 0.89 to 1.00 mdyn/A were derived from different models. In contrast, in the final models the force constants for S-Fe-S bending motion, H(S-Fe-S), were 0.18 mdyn/A for oxidized Rd and 0.15 mdyn/A for reduced Rd. The NRVS technique demonstrates great promise for the observation and quantitative interpretation of the dynamical properties of Fe-S proteins.

  18. Structure-dependent vibrational dynamics of Mg(BH 4 ) 2 polymorphs probed with neutron vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Dimitrievska, Mirjana; White, James L.; Zhou, Wei; ...

    2016-08-19

    We investigated the structure-dependent vibrational properties of different Mg(BH4)2 polymorphs (α, β, γ, and δ phases) with a combination of neutron vibrational spectroscopy (NVS) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, with emphasis placed on the effects of the local structure and orientation of the BH4- anions. DFT simulations closely match the neutron vibrational spectra. The main bands in the low-energy region (20–80 meV) are associated with the BH4- librational modes. The features in the intermediate energy region (80–120 meV) are attributed to overtones and combination bands arising from the lower-energy modes. The features in the high-energy region (120–200 meV)more » correspond to the BH4- symmetric and asymmetric bending vibrations, of which four peaks located at 140, 142, 160, and 172 meV are especially intense. There are noticeable intensity distribution variations in the vibrational bands for different polymorphs. We can explain these differences using the spatial distribution of BH4- anions within various structures. An example of the possible identification of products after the hydrogenation of MgB2, using NVS measurements, is presented. Our results provide fundamental insights of benefit to researchers currently studying these promising hydrogen-storage materials.« less

  19. Structure-dependent vibrational dynamics of Mg(BH 4 ) 2 polymorphs probed with neutron vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Dimitrievska, Mirjana; White, James L.; Zhou, Wei; Stavila, Vitalie; Klebanoff, Leonard E.; Udovic, Terrence J.

    2016-01-01

    The structure-dependent vibrational properties of different Mg(BH4)2 polymorphs (..alpha.., ..beta.., ..gamma.., and ..delta.. phases) were investigated with a combination of neutron vibrational spectroscopy (NVS) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, with emphasis placed on the effects of the local structure and orientation of the BH4- anions. DFT simulations closely match the neutron vibrational spectra. The main bands in the low-energy region (20-80 meV) are associated with the BH4- librational modes. The features in the intermediate energy region (80-120 meV) are attributed to overtones and combination bands arising from the lower-energy modes. The features in the high-energy region (120-200 meV) correspond to the BH4- symmetric and asymmetric bending vibrations, of which four peaks located at 140, 142, 160, and 172 meV are especially intense. There are noticeable intensity distribution variations in the vibrational bands for different polymorphs. This is explained by the differences in the spatial distribution of BH4- anions within various structures. An example of the possible identification of products after the hydrogenation of MgB2, using NVS measurements, is presented. These results provide fundamental insights of benefit to researchers currently studying these promising hydrogen-storage materials.

  20. Structure-dependent vibrational dynamics of Mg(BH 4 ) 2 polymorphs probed with neutron vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Dimitrievska, Mirjana; White, James L.; Zhou, Wei; Stavila, Vitalie; Klebanoff, Leonard E.; Udovic, Terrence J.

    2016-08-19

    We investigated the structure-dependent vibrational properties of different Mg(BH4)2 polymorphs (α, β, γ, and δ phases) with a combination of neutron vibrational spectroscopy (NVS) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, with emphasis placed on the effects of the local structure and orientation of the BH4- anions. DFT simulations closely match the neutron vibrational spectra. The main bands in the low-energy region (20–80 meV) are associated with the BH4- librational modes. The features in the intermediate energy region (80–120 meV) are attributed to overtones and combination bands arising from the lower-energy modes. The features in the high-energy region (120–200 meV) correspond to the BH4- symmetric and asymmetric bending vibrations, of which four peaks located at 140, 142, 160, and 172 meV are especially intense. There are noticeable intensity distribution variations in the vibrational bands for different polymorphs. We can explain these differences using the spatial distribution of BH4- anions within various structures. An example of the possible identification of products after the hydrogenation of MgB2, using NVS measurements, is presented. Our results provide fundamental insights of benefit to researchers currently studying these promising hydrogen-storage materials.

  1. Proton translocation in cytochrome c oxidase: insights from proton exchange kinetics and vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Ishigami, Izumi; Hikita, Masahide; Egawa, Tsuyoshi; Yeh, Syun-Ru; Rousseau, Denis L

    2015-01-01

    Cytochrome c oxidase is the terminal enzyme in the electron transfer chain. It reduces oxygen to water and harnesses the released energy to translocate protons across the inner mitochondrial membrane. The mechanism by which the oxygen chemistry is coupled to proton translocation is not yet resolved owing to the difficulty of monitoring dynamic proton transfer events. Here we summarize several postulated mechanisms for proton translocation, which have been supported by a variety of vibrational spectroscopic studies. We recently proposed a proton translocation model involving proton accessibility to the regions near the propionate groups of the heme a and heme a3 redox centers of the enzyme based by hydrogen/deuterium (H/D) exchange Raman scattering studies (Egawa et al., PLoS ONE 2013). To advance our understanding of this model and to refine the proton accessibility to the hemes, the H/D exchange dependence of the heme propionate group vibrational modes on temperature and pH was measured. The H/D exchange detected at the propionate groups of heme a3 takes place within a few seconds under all conditions. In contrast, that detected at the heme a propionates occurs in the oxidized but not the reduced enzyme and the H/D exchange is pH-dependent with a pKa of ~8.0 (faster at high pH). Analysis of the thermodynamic parameters revealed that, as the pH is varied, entropy/enthalpy compensation held the free energy of activation in a narrow range. The redox dependence of the possible proton pathways to the heme groups is discussed. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Vibrational spectroscopies and bioenergetic systems.

  2. Probing the Structure, Pseudorotation, and Radial Vibrations of Cyclopentane by Femtosecond Rotational Raman Coherence Spectroscopy.

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    Kowalewski, Philipp; Frey, Hans-Martin; Infanger, Daniel; Leutwyler, Samuel

    2015-11-12

    Femtosecond time-resolved Raman rotational coherence spectroscopy (RCS) is employed to determine accurate rotational, vibration–rotation coupling constants, and centrifugal distortion constants of cyclopentane (C5H10). Its lowest-frequency vibration is a pseudorotating ring deformation that interconverts 10 permutationally distinct but energetically degenerate "twist" minima interspersed by 10 "bent" conformers. While the individual twist and bent structures are polar asymmetric tops, the pseudorotation is fast on the time scale of external rotation, rendering cyclopentane a fluxionally nonpolar symmetric top molecule. The pseudorotational level pattern corresponds to a one-dimensional internal rotor with a pseudorotation constant Bps ≈ 2.8 cm(-1). The pseudorotational levels are significantly populated up to l = ± 13 at 298 K; <10% of the molecules are in the l = 0 level. The next-higher vibration is the “radial” ν23 ring deformation mode at 273 cm–1, which is far above the pseudorotational fundamental. Femtosecond Raman RCS measurements were performed in a gas cell at T = 293 K and in a pulsed supersonic jet at T ≈ 90 K. The jet cooling reduces the pseudorotational distribution to l < ±8 and eliminates the population of ν23, allowing one to determine the rotational constant as A0 = B0 = 6484.930(11) MHz. This value is ∼300 times more precise than the previous value. The fit of the RCS transients reveals that the rotation–pseudorotation coupling constant αe,psB = −0.00070(1) MHz is diminutive, implying that excitation of the pseudorotation has virtually no effect on the B0 rotational constant of cyclopentane. The smallness of αe,psB can be realized when comparing to the vibration–rotation coupling constant of the ν23 vibration, αe,23B = -9.547(1) MHz, which is about 104 times larger.

  3. Electronic transport in oligo-para-phenylene junctions attached to carbon nanotube electrodes: Transition-voltage spectroscopy and chirality

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    Brito Silva, C. A. Jr.; Silva, S. J. S. da; Leal, J. F. P.; Pinheiro, F. A.; Del Nero, J.

    2011-06-15

    We have investigated, by means of a nonequilibrium Green's function method coupled to density functional theory, the electronic transport properties of molecular junctions composed of oligo-para-phenylene (with two, three, four, and five phenyl rings) covalently bridging the gap between metallic carbon nanotubes electrodes. We have found that the current is strongly correlated to a purely geometrical chiral parameter, both on-resonance and off-resonance. The Fowler-Nordheim plot exhibits minima, V{sub min}, that occur whenever the tail of a resonant transmission peak enters in the bias window. This result corroborates the scenario in which the coherent transport model gives the correct interpretation to transition voltage spectroscopy (TVS). We have shown that V{sub min} corresponds to voltages where a negative differential resistance (NDR) occurs. The finding that V{sub min} corresponds to voltages that exhibit NDR, which can be explained only in single-molecule junctions within the coherent transport model, further confirms the applicability of such models to adequately interpret TVS. The fact that the electrodes are organic is at the origin of differences in the behavior of V{sub min} if compared to the case of molecular junctions with nonorganic contacts treated so far.

  4. Two-Dimensional Electronic-Vibrational Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll a and b.

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    Lewis, Nicholas H C; Fleming, Graham R

    2016-03-03

    We present two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectra of isolated chlorophyll a and b in deuterated ethanol. We excite the Q-band electronic transitions and measure the effects on the carbonyl and C ═ C double-bond stretch region of the infrared spectrum. With the aid of density functional theory calculations, we provide assignments for the major features of the spectrum. We show how the 2DEV spectra can be used to readily distinguish different solvation states of the chlorophyll, with features corresponding to the minority pentacoordinate magnesium (Mg) species being resolved along each dimension of the 2DEV spectra from the dominant hexacoordinate Mg species. These assignments represent a crucial first step toward the application of 2DEV spectroscopy to chlorophyll-containing pigment-protein complexes.

  5. Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy of Pyridine Hydrogenation on Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Bratlie, Kaitlin M.; Komvopoulos, Kyriakos; Somorjai, Gabor A.

    2008-02-22

    Pyridine hydrogenation in the presence of a surface monolayer consisting of cubic Pt nanoparticles stabilized by tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (TTAB) was investigated by sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy using total internal reflection (TIR) geometry. TIR-SFG spectra analysis revealed that a pyridinium cation (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}NH{sup +}) forms during pyridine hydrogenation on the Pt nanoparticle surface, and the NH group in the C{sub 5}H{sub 5}NH{sup +} cation becomes more hydrogen bound with the increase of the temperature. In addition, the surface coverage of the cation decreases with the increase of the temperature. An important contribution of this study is the in situ identification of reaction intermediates adsorbed on the Pt nanoparticle monolayer during pyridine hydrogenation.

  6. Collective vibrational modes in biological molecules investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Walther, M; Plochocka, P; Fischer, B; Helm, H; Uhd Jepsen, P

    2002-01-01

    We present well-resolved absorption spectra of biological molecules in the far-IR (FIR) spectral region recorded by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). As an illustrative example we discuss the absorption spectra of benzoic acid, its monosubstitutes salicylic acid (2-hydroxy-benzoic acid), 3- and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, and aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) in the spectral region between 18 and 150 cm(-1). The spectra exhibit distinct features originating from low-frequency vibrational modes caused by intra- or intermolecular collective motion and lattice modes. Due to the collective origin of the observed modes the absorption spectra are highly sensitive to the overall structure and configuration of the molecules, as well as their environment. The THz-TDS procedure can provide a direct fingerprint of the molecular structure or conformational state of a compound.

  7. Extracting biomarkers of commitment to cancer development: potential role of vibrational spectroscopy in systems biology.

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    Theophilou, Georgios; Paraskevaidi, Maria; Lima, Kássio M G; Kyrgiou, Maria; Martin-Hirsch, Pierre L; Martin, Francis L

    2015-05-01

    The complex processes driving cancer have so far impeded the discovery of dichotomous biomarkers associated with its initiation and progression. Reductionist approaches utilizing 'omics' technologies have met some success in identifying molecular alterations associated with carcinogenesis. Systems biology is an emerging science that combines high-throughput investigation techniques to define the dynamic interplay between regulatory biological systems in response to internal and external cues. Vibrational spectroscopy has the potential to play an integral role within systems biology research approaches. It is capable of examining global models of carcinogenesis by scrutinizing chemical bond alterations within molecules. The application of infrared or Raman spectroscopic approaches coupled with computational analysis under the systems biology umbrella can assist the transition of biomarker research from the molecular level to the system level. The comprehensive representation of carcinogenesis as a multilevel biological process will inevitably revolutionize cancer-related healthcare by personalizing risk prediction and prevention.

  8. A new aromatic probe - The ring stretching vibration Raman spectroscopy frequency

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    Guo, Yan-bo; Liu, Zi-zhong; Liu, Hong-xia; Zhang, Feng-ying; Yin, Jun-qing

    2016-07-01

    A new aromatic criterion is presented to determine the aromatic degree of the high symmetric molecules. Group theory is used to explain the correlation between the aromatic degree and the value of Ring Stretching Vibration Raman Spectroscopic Frequency (RSVRSF). The calculations of the geometrical optimization, nucleus-independent chemical shifts (NICS) and values of the Raman Spectroscopy for the aromatic molecules-LnHn (L = C, Si, Ge, n = 3, 5-8) were performed using the Density Functional Theory (DFT) Method, as well as the correlations between the values of their RSVRSF and NICS values by Statistic Package for Social Science (SPSS17.0). There are high positive correlations between the theoretical calculated the NICS values and the value of the RSVRSF (A1g/A1‧) of the LnHn (L = C, Si, Ge, n = 3, 5-8). The bigger the aromatic degree, the bigger the RSVRSF is. The value of the RSVRSF is a new probe of aromaticity. Expectedly, it is predicted that the experimental determination of the aromatic degree can be achieved by the determination of the ring stretching vibration (A1g/A1‧) Raman spectrum frequencies for the aromatic target molecules.

  9. Determination of the Rotational Barrier in Ethane by Vibrational Spectroscopy and Statistical Thermodynamics

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    Ercolani, Gianfranco

    2005-11-01

    In a previous article in this Journal ( J. Chem. Educ. 2000 , 77 , 1495 ) we introduced a numerical method, namely, the finite-difference boundary-value method, for the solution of the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation and illustrated its application to the evaluation of energy levels and wave functions for hindered internal rotations. Here the method is used to determine, in combination with vibrational spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics, the torsional potential in ethane. In particular two distinct approaches have been exploited: the first approach is based on the experimental frequency of torsional mode, and the second, less direct but historically more relevant, approach is based on the experimental heat capacity of ethane at various temperatures and on the frequencies of the other normal modes of vibration. The two approaches provide energy barriers in good agreement with each other, 12.35 and 11.74 kJ mol 1 , respectively, and with the literature values. It is shown that the finite-difference boundary-value method, providing a great number of accurate energy levels, is ideally suited for the calculation of both energy transitions and the partition function for internal rotation. The latter is used to calculate the contribution of torsional mode to thermodynamic functions, such as heat capacity, entropy, and enthalpy. The results are in excellent agreement with those obtained from the tables of Pitzer (Lewis, G. N.; Randall, M.; Pitzer, K. S.; Brewer, L. Thermodynamics , 2nd ed.; McGraw-Hill: New York, 1961; Chapter 27).

  10. Probing the Phosphopantetheine Arm Conformations of Acyl Carrier Proteins Using Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    2015-01-01

    Acyl carrier proteins (ACPs) are universal and highly conserved domains central to both fatty acid and polyketide biosynthesis. These proteins tether reactive acyl intermediates with a swinging 4′-phosphopantetheine (Ppant) arm and interact with a suite of catalytic partners during chain transport and elongation while stabilizing the growing chain throughout the biosynthetic pathway. The flexible nature of the Ppant arm and the transient nature of ACP–enzyme interactions impose a major obstacle to obtaining structural information relevant to understanding polyketide and fatty acid biosynthesis. To overcome this challenge, we installed a thiocyanate vibrational spectroscopic probe on the terminal thiol of the ACP Ppant arm. This site-specific probe successfully reported on the local environment of the Ppant arm of two ACPs previously characterized by solution NMR, and was used to determine the solution exposure of the Ppant arm of an ACP from 6-deoxyerythronolide B synthase (DEBS). Given the sensitivity of the probe’s CN stretching band to conformational distributions resolved on the picosecond time scale, this work lays a foundation for observing the dynamic action-related structural changes of ACPs using vibrational spectroscopy. PMID:25080832

  11. Structure and conformations of isoprene by vibrational spectroscopy and gas electron diffraction

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    Traetteberg, M.; Paulen, G.; Cyvin, S. J.; Panchenko, Yu. N.; Mochalov, V. I.

    1984-04-01

    The structure of the isoprene (2-methyl-buta-1,3-diene) molecule has been studied by vibrational spectroscopy and gas electron diffraction techniques. A normal coordinate analysis was used to calculate the vibrational frequencies for the anti ( s-trans), gauche and syn ( s-cis) conformers of the molecule. Assignments of some frequencies of the anti form were revised. The experimental bands at 1255, 635, 555, 419 and 311 cm -1 are assigned as fundamentals of the gauche conformer with a high degree of confidence. Among the structural parameters determined by electron diffraction are the following bond distances (in Å): CC 1.340, CC 1.463, CC methyl 1.512, CH 1.076 and CmethylH 1.110. The abundance of the anti form was determined to be 95.3%, while the rest (4.7%) was interpreted as the gauche form with a dihedral angle of 73.5°.

  12. Electronic and vibrational spectroscopy of intermediates in methane-to-methanol conversion by CoO+

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    Altinay, Gokhan; Kocak, Abdulkadir; Silva Daluz, Jennifer; Metz, Ricardo B.

    2011-08-01

    At room temperature, cobalt oxide cations directly convert methane to methanol with high selectivity but very low efficiency. Two potential intermediates of this reaction, the [HO-Co-CH3]+ insertion intermediate and [H2O-Co=CH2]+ aquo-carbene complex are produced in a laser ablation source and characterized by electronic and vibrational spectroscopy. Reaction of laser-ablated cobalt cations with different organic precursors seeded in a carrier gas produces the intermediates, which subsequently expand into vacuum and cool. Ions are extracted into a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and spectra are measured via photofragment spectroscopy. Photodissociation of [HO-Co-CH3]+ in the visible and via infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) makes only Co+ + CH3OH, while photodissociation of [H2O-Co=CH2]+ produces CoCH2+ + H2O. The electronic spectrum of [HO-Co-CH3]+ shows progressions in the excited state Co-C stretch (335 cm-1) and O-Co-C bend (90 cm-1); the IRMPD spectrum gives νOH = 3630 cm-1. The [HO-Co-CH3]+(Ar) complex has been synthesized and its vibrational spectrum measured in the O-H stretching region. The resulting spectrum is sharper than that obtained via IRMPD and gives νOH = 3642 cm-1. Also, an improved potential energy surface for the reaction of CoO+ with methane has been developed using single point energies calculated by the CBS-QB3 method for reactants, intermediates, transition states and products.

  13. Modeling Stretching Modes of Common Organic Molecules with the Quantum Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator: An Undergraduate Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory Exercise

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    Parnis, J. Mark; Thompson, Matthew G. K.

    2004-01-01

    An introductory undergraduate physical organic chemistry exercise that introduces the harmonic oscillator's use in vibrational spectroscopy is developed. The analysis and modeling exercise begins with the students calculating the stretching modes of common organic molecules with the help of the quantum mechanical harmonic oscillator (QMHO) model.

  14. Gas Phase Vibrational Spectroscopy of Weakly Volatil Safe Taggants Using a Synchrotron Source

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    Cuisset, Arnaud; Hindle, Francis; Mouret, Gael; Gruet, Sebastien; Pirali, Olivier; Roy, Pascale

    2013-06-01

    The high performances of the AILES beamline of SOLEIL allow to study at medium resolution (0.5 cm^{-1}) the gas phase THz vibrational spectra of weakly volatil compounds. Between 2008 and 2010 we recorded and analyzed the THz/Far-IR spectra of phosphorous based nerve agents thanks to sufficient vapour pressures from liquid samples at room temperature. Recently, we extended these experiments towards the vibrational spectroscopy of vapour pressures from solid samples. This project is quite challenging since we target lower volatile compounds, and so requires very high sensitive spectrometers. Moreover a specially designed heated multipass-cell have been developped for the gas phase study of very weak vapor pressures. Thanks to skills acquired during initial studies and recent experiments performed on AILES with solid PAHs, we have recorded and assigned the gas phase vibrational fingerprints from the THz to the NIR spectral domain (10-4000 cm-1) of a set of targeted nitro-derivatives. The study was focused onto the para, ortho-mononitrotoluene (p-NT, o-NT), the 1,4 Dinitrobenzene (1,4 DNB), the 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-dinitrobutane (DMNB), and 2,4 and 2,6-dinitrotoluene (2,4-2,6 DNT), which are safe taggants widely used for the detection of commercial explosives. These taggants are usually added to plastic explosives in order to facilitate their vapour detection. Therefore, there is a continuous interest for their detection and identification in realistic conditions via optical methods. A first step consists in the recording of their gas phase vibrational spectra. These expected spectra focused onto molecules involved into defence and security domains are not yet available to date and will be very useful for the scientific community. This work is supported by the contract ANR-11-ASTR-035-01. A. Cuisset, G. Mouret, O. Pirali, P. Roy, F. Cazier, H. Nouali, J. Demaison, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2008, 112:, 12516-12525 I. Smirnova, A. Cuisset, R. Bocquet, F. Hindle, G. Mouret, O

  15. Characterization of starch polymorphic structures using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy.

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    Kong, Lingyan; Lee, Christopher; Kim, Seong H; Ziegler, Gregory R

    2014-02-20

    The polymorphic structures of starch were characterized with vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. The noncentrosymmetry requirement of SFG spectroscopy allows for the detection of the ordered domains without spectral interferences from the amorphous phase and also the distinction of the symmetric elements among crystalline polymorphs. The V-type amylose was SFG-inactive due to the antiparallel packing of single helices in crystal unit cells, whereas the A- and B-type starches showed strong SFG peaks at 2904 cm(-1) and 2952-2968 cm(-1), which were assigned to CH stretching of the axial methine group in the ring and CH2 stretching of the exocyclic CH2OH side group, respectively. The CH2/CH intensity ratios of the A- and B-type starches are significantly different, indicating that the conformation of hydroxymethyl groups in these two polymorphs may be different. Cyclodextrin inclusion complexes were also analyzed as a comparison to the V-type amylose and showed that the head-to-tail and head-to-head stacking patterns of cyclodextrin molecules govern their SFG signals and peak positions. Although the molecular packing is different between V-type amylose and cyclodextrin inclusion complexes, both crystals show the annihilation of SFG signals when the functional group dipoles are arranged pointing in opposite directions.

  16. Circular dichroism spectroscopy study of crystalline-to-amorphous transformation in chiral platinum(II) complexes.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Peng; Wu, Tao; Liu, Jian; Zhao, Jin-Cheng; Li, Cheng-Hui; You, Xiao-Zeng

    2013-07-01

    Two couples of enantiomeric platinum(II) complexes: Pt(L1a )Cl (1a), Pt(L1b )Cl (1b) and Pt(L1a )(C ≡ C - Ph) (2a), Pt(L1b )(C ≡ C - Ph) (2b) (L1a  = (+)-1,3-di-(2-(4,5-pinene)pyridyl)benzene, L1b  = (-)-1,3-di-(2-(4,5-pinene)pyridyl)benzene) were synthesized and characterized. Their absolute configurations were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction and further verified by circular dichroism (CD) spectra (including electronic circular dichroism [ECD] and vibrational circular dichroism [VCD]). These complexes show interesting mechanoluminescence and/or vapoluminescence due to crystalline-to-amorphous transformation. The crystalline solids, grinding-induced amorphous powders, and vapor-induced amorphous powders of complexes 2a and 2b were comparatively investigated by solid-state ECD and VCD spectra. The transformation from crystalline solids to amorphous powders was accompanied by significant variances of the spectral feature in both ECD and VCD spectra.

  17. Determination of a low-level percent enantiomer of a compound with no ultraviolet chromophore using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD): enantiomeric purity by VCD of a compound with three chiral centers.

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    Kott, Laila; Petrovic, Jelena; Phelps, Dean; Roginski, Robert; Schubert, Jared

    2014-01-01

    The chiral configuration of three of the four chiral centers in the investigational drug MLN4924 is locked by an intermediate (1S,2S,4R)-4-amino-2-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopentanol (designated as INT1a). The intermediate INT1a is a key component to the molecule, but its multiple chiral centers and lack of chromophore make it challenging to analyze for chiral purity of the desired enantiomer when it is contaminated with a small amount of its undesired enantiomer. Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) is a technique that uses the infrared (IR) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and as INT1a contains IR active groups, we considered using VCD to determine the chiral purity of INT1a. Since the VCD spectra of enantiomers are of equal intensity and opposite in sign, it was possible to construct calibration curves to detect the presence of low levels of this compound in the presence of its enantiomer. By normalizing the observed intensities of the VCD signals with the observed IR spectra, a partial least squares model was constructed having a root mean squared error of cross validation of 0.46% absolute over a range of 97 to 99.9% pure enantiomer (or 97-99.8% enantiomeric excess). This work demonstrates that VCD can be used for the low-level detection of a compound in the presence of its enantiomer and thus eliminates the need for an ultraviolet chromophore and chromatographic separation of the two enantiomers.

  18. Probing the Vibrational Spectroscopy of the Deprotonated Thymine Radical by Photodetachment and State-Selective Autodetachment Photoelectron Spectroscopy via Dipole-Bound States

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    Huang, Dao-Ling; Zhu, Guo-Zhu; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2016-06-01

    Deprotonated thymine can exist in two different forms, depending on which of its two N sites is deprotonated: N1[T-H]^- or N3[T-H]^-. Here we report a photodetachment study of the N1[T-H]^- isomer cooled in a cryogenic ion trap and the observation of an excited dipole-bound state. Eighteen vibrational levels of the dipole-bound state are observed, and its vibrational ground state is found to be 238 ± 5 wn below the detachment threshold of N1[T-H]^-. The electron affinity of the deprotonated thymine radical (N1[T-H]^.) is measured accruately to be 26 322 ± 5 wn (3.2635 ± 0.0006 eV). By tuning the detachment laser to the sixteen vibrational levels of the dipole-bound state that are above the detachment threshold, highly non-Franck-Condon resonant-enhanced photoelectron spectra are obtained due to state- and mode-selective vibrational autodetachment. Much richer vibrational information is obtained for the deprotonated thymine radical from the photodetachment and resonant-enhanced photoelectron spectroscopy. Eleven fundamental vibrational frequencies in the low-frequency regime are obtained for the N1[T-H]^. radical, including the two lowest-frequency internal rotational modes of the methyl group at 70 ± 8 wn and 92 ± 5 wn. D. L. Huang, H. T. Liu, C. G. Ning, G. Z. Zhu and L. S. Wang, Chem. Sci., 6, 3129-3138 (2015)

  19. Fast transient absorption spectroscopy of the early events in photoexcited chiral benzophenone naphthalene dyads

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    Perez-Ruiz, Raul; Groeneveld, Michiel; van Stokkum, Ivo H. M.; Tormos, Rosa; Williams, René M.; Miranda, Miguel A.

    2006-09-01

    Photoinduced intra-molecular energy transfer in two ketoprofen(KP)-naproxol(NPX) diastereomers proceeds via two pathways. Very fast singlet-triplet energy transfer ( k = 1.2 × 10 11 s -1) from KP to NPX occurs for a small percentage (6%) and the major pathway is triplet-triplet energy transfer ( k ˜ 3 × 10 9 s -1). This was shown with femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and global and target analysis. Whereas the NPX triplet decay is strongly stereospecific (ratio of 1.6), the NPX triplet state formation for both dyads is very similar (ratio of 1 for the fast process and 1.2 for the slower process).

  20. Vibrational spectroscopy of the phosphate mineral kovdorskite - Mg2PO4(OH)ṡ3H2O

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Granja, Amanda; Scholz, Ricardo; Lima, Rosa Malena Fernandes

    2013-10-01

    The mineral kovdorskite Mg2PO4(OH)ṡ3H2O was studied by electron microscopy, thermal analysis and vibrational spectroscopy. A comparison of the vibrational spectroscopy of kovdorskite is made with other magnesium bearing phosphate minerals and compounds. Electron probe analysis proves the mineral is very pure. The Raman spectrum is characterized by a band at 965 cm-1 attributed to the PO43- ν1 symmetric stretching mode. Raman bands at 1057 and 1089 cm-1 are attributed to the PO43- ν3 antisymmetric stretching modes. Raman bands at 412, 454 and 485 cm-1 are assigned to the PO43- ν2 bending modes. Raman bands at 536, 546 and 574 cm-1 are assigned to the PO43- ν4 bending modes. The Raman spectrum in the OH stretching region is dominated by a very sharp intense band at 3681 cm-1 assigned to the stretching vibration of OH units. Infrared bands observed at 2762, 2977, 3204, 3275 and 3394 cm-1 are attributed to water stretching bands. Vibrational spectroscopy shows that no carbonate bands are observed in the spectra; thus confirming the formula of the mineral as Mg2PO4(OH)ṡ3H2O.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopy of the phosphate mineral kovdorskite-Mg2PO4(OH)·3H2O.

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    Frost, Ray L; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Granja, Amanda; Scholz, Ricardo; Lima, Rosa Malena Fernandes

    2013-10-01

    The mineral kovdorskite Mg2PO4(OH)·3H2O was studied by electron microscopy, thermal analysis and vibrational spectroscopy. A comparison of the vibrational spectroscopy of kovdorskite is made with other magnesium bearing phosphate minerals and compounds. Electron probe analysis proves the mineral is very pure. The Raman spectrum is characterized by a band at 965 cm(-1) attributed to the PO4(3-) ν1 symmetric stretching mode. Raman bands at 1057 and 1089 cm(-1) are attributed to the PO4(3-) ν3 antisymmetric stretching modes. Raman bands at 412, 454 and 485 cm(-1) are assigned to the PO4(3-) ν2 bending modes. Raman bands at 536, 546 and 574 cm(-1) are assigned to the PO4(3-) ν4 bending modes. The Raman spectrum in the OH stretching region is dominated by a very sharp intense band at 3681 cm(-1) assigned to the stretching vibration of OH units. Infrared bands observed at 2762, 2977, 3204, 3275 and 3394 cm(-1) are attributed to water stretching bands. Vibrational spectroscopy shows that no carbonate bands are observed in the spectra; thus confirming the formula of the mineral as Mg2PO4(OH)·3H2O.

  2. Photodissociation yield spectroscopy of vinyl bromide cation generated by mass-analyzed threshold ionization: Vibrational spectroscopy and decay dynamics in the B ˜ state

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    Lee, Mina; Kim, Myung Soo

    2007-04-01

    A new technique [mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI)-photodissociation yield spectroscopy] to probe bound excited states of a cation was developed, which measures photodissociation yield of the cation generated by mass-analyzed threshold ionization. A vibrational spectrum of vinyl bromide cation in the B ˜ state was obtained using this technique. Optical resolution in the low vibrational energy range of the spectrum was far better than in conventional MATI spectra. The origin of the B ˜ state was found at 2.2578±0.0003eV above the first ionization onset. Almost complete vibrational assignment was possible for peaks appearing in the spectrum. Analysis of time-of-flight profiles of C2H3+ product ion obtained with different laser polarization angles suggested that photoexcited vinyl bromide cation remained in the B ˜ state for several hundred picoseconds prior to internal conversion to the ground state and dissociation therein.

  3. A new chiral uranyl phosphonate framework consisting of achiral building units generated from ionothermal reaction: structure and spectroscopy characterizations.

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    Zheng, Tao; Gao, Yang; Chen, Lanhua; Liu, Zhiyong; Diwu, Juan; Chai, Zhifang; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E; Wang, Shuao

    2015-11-07

    The ionothermal reactions of uranyl nitrate and 1,3-pbpH4 (1,3-pbpH4 = 1,3-phenylenebis(phosphonic acid) ligand in ionic liquids of [C4mim][Dbp], [C4mpyr][Br], and [Etpy][Br], respectively, afforded three new uranyl phosphonates, namely [C4mim][(UO2)2(1,3-pbpH)(1,3-pbpH)·Hmim] (1), [UO2(1,3-pbpH2)H2O·mpr] (2), and [Etpy][UO2(1,3-pbpH2)F] (3). Compound 1 exhibits a rare example of a chiral uranyl phosphonate 3D framework structure built from achiral building units of tetragonal bipyramidal uranium polyhedra and 1,3-pbp ligands. The structure adopts a network with channels extending along the b axis, which are filled with C4mim(+) and protonated 1-methylimidazole. In sharp contrast, compounds 2 & 3 both show pillared topology composed of uranyl pentagonal bipyramid polyhedra and phosphonate ligands. The layers are neutral in compound 2 with N-methylpyrrole molecules in the interlayer space, while compound 3 adopts anionic layer, and the charge is compensated with N-ethyl-pyridinium cations between the layers. Although compounds 1, 2, and 3 were synthesized under identical conditions with sole variation of the ionic liquid species, the resulting structures show a rich diversity in the local coordination environment of uranyl ions, the protonation of the phosphonate ligand, the conformation of ionic liquid ions, and the overall arrangement of the structure. All compounds were characterized by absorption, temperature dependent fluorescence, as well as infrared and Raman spectroscopies.

  4. NIR-VCD, vibrational circular dichroism in the near-infrared: experiments, theory and calculations.

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    Abbate, Sergio; Castiglioni, Ettore; Gangemi, Fabrizio; Gangemi, Roberto; Longhi, Giovanna

    2009-01-01

    The first well documented experiments of Near Infrared Vibrational Circular Dichroism (NIR-VCD) were performed around 1975. We review the thirty year history of NIR-VCD, encompassing both instrumental development and theoretical/computational methods that allow interpretation of experimental spectra, harvesting useful structural information therefrom. We hope to stimulate interest in this still scarcely explored spectroscopy of chiral molecules.

  5. Interfacial Processes in Model Lithium Ion Systems Probed with Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy

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    Nicolau, Bruno G.; Garcia Rey, Natalia; Dlott, Dana

    2014-06-01

    Vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy was used to probe electrochemical processes taking place at the interface between metal anodes and the liquid phase in model lithium ion systems. Lithium ion batteries have been extensively studied and characterized by numerous techniques. However, the mechanisms behind many properties are still unclear due to the lack of techniques that can directly probe them in situ. The formation of the electrode passivating layer known as solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) is one such example. During the first charging cycle of a battery, some of the electrolyte undergoes reduction at the electrode surface forming an electrically isolating barrier that prevents the subsequent reduction of more electrolyte molecules. The SFG selection rules suppress signals from molecules in centrosymmetric environments such as electrolyte layers, so SFG is a selective probe of interfacial environments such as the SEI. In this study, ethylene carbonate's (EC) response to potential cycling was observed. EC is commonly used as a high permittivity solvent in batteries and is widely believed to be the main component of the SEI in its reduced form, lithium ethylene dicarbonyl. EC's carbonyl stretch (1850 cm-1) was measured in conjunction with cyclic voltammetry experiments. The SFG intensity showed remarkable agreement with the changing potential, as seen in the figure below. The shoulders on each side of the peaks in (a) are especially interesting, as they correspond to the potentials where lithium metal is oxidized and reduced. Vibrational modes found at 1300-1400 cm-1, usually assigned to the reduced form of EC, are also being studied in order to provide more information on the nature of the SEI.

  6. A study of the eigenvectors of the vibrational modes in crystalline cytidine via high-pressure Raman spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Scott A; Pinnick, David A; Anderson, A

    2015-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy has been used to study the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the vibrational modes of crystalline cytidine at 295 K and high pressures by evaluating the logarithmic derivative of the vibrational frequency ω with respect to pressure P: [Formula: see text]. Crystalline samples of molecular materials have strong intramolecular bonds and weak intermolecular bonds. This hierarchy of bonding strengths causes the vibrational optical modes localized within a molecular unit ("internal" modes) to be relatively high in frequency while the modes in which the molecular units vibrate against each other ("external" modes) have relatively low frequencies. The value of the logarithmic derivative is a useful diagnostic probe of the nature of the eigenvector of the vibrational modes because stretching modes (which are predominantly internal to the molecule) have low logarithmic derivatives while external modes have higher logarithmic derivatives. In crystalline cytidine, the modes at 85.8, 101.4, and 110.6 cm(-1) are external in which the molecules of the unit cell vibrate against each other in either translational or librational motions (or some linear combination thereof). All of the modes above 320 cm(-1) are predominantly internal stretching modes. The remaining modes below 320 cm(-1) include external modes and internal modes, mostly involving either torsional or bending motions of groups of atoms within a molecule.

  7. A study of the eigenvectors of the low-frequency vibrational modes in crystalline adenosine via high pressure Raman spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Scott A; Pinnick, David A; Anderson, A

    2014-12-01

    High-pressure Raman spectroscopy has been used to study the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the vibrational modes of crystalline adenosine at 295 K by evaluating the logarithmic derivative of the vibrational frequency with respect to pressure: [Formula: see text]. Crystalline samples of molecular materials such as adenosine will have vibrational modes that are localized within a molecular unit ("internal" modes) as well as modes in which the molecular units vibrate against each other ("external" modes). The value of the logarithmic derivative is found to be a diagnostic probe of the nature of the eigenvector of the vibrational modes. Stretching modes which are predominantly internal to the molecule have low logarithmic derivatives while external modes have higher logarithmic derivatives. Particular interest is paid to the low-frequency (≤150 cm(-1)) modes. Based on the pressure dependence of its logarithmic derivative, a mode near 49 cm(-1) is identified as internal mode. The other modes below 400 cm(-1) have pressure dependences of their logarithmic derivatives consistent with being either (1) modes which are mainly external, meaning that the molecules of the unit cell vibrate against each other in translational or librational motions (or linear combinations thereof), or (2) torsional or bending modes involving a large number of atoms, mainly within a molecule. The modes above 400 cm(-1) all have pressure dependences of their logarithmic derivatives consistent with being mainly internal modes.

  8. Communication: Probing the absolute configuration of chiral molecules at aqueous interfaces

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    Lotze, Stephan Versluis, Jan; Olijve, Luuk L. C.; Schijndel, Luuk van; Milroy, Lech G.; Voets, Ilja K.; Bakker, Huib J.

    2015-11-28

    We demonstrate that the enantiomers of chiral macromolecules at an aqueous interface can be distinguished with monolayer sensitivity using heterodyne-detected vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG). We perform VSFG spectroscopy with a polarization combination that selectively probes chiral molecular structures. By using frequencies far detuned from electronic resonances, we probe the chiral macromolecular structures with high surface specificity. The phase of the sum-frequency light generated by the chiral molecules is determined using heterodyne detection. With this approach, we can distinguish right-handed and left-handed helical peptides at a water-air interface. We thus show that heterodyne-detected VSFG is sensitive to the absolute configuration of complex, interfacial macromolecules and has the potential to determine the absolute configuration of enantiomers at interfaces.

  9. Communication: Probing the absolute configuration of chiral molecules at aqueous interfaces.

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    Lotze, Stephan; Versluis, Jan; Olijve, Luuk L C; van Schijndel, Luuk; Milroy, Lech G; Voets, Ilja K; Bakker, Huib J

    2015-11-28

    We demonstrate that the enantiomers of chiral macromolecules at an aqueous interface can be distinguished with monolayer sensitivity using heterodyne-detected vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG). We perform VSFG spectroscopy with a polarization combination that selectively probes chiral molecular structures. By using frequencies far detuned from electronic resonances, we probe the chiral macromolecular structures with high surface specificity. The phase of the sum-frequency light generated by the chiral molecules is determined using heterodyne detection. With this approach, we can distinguish right-handed and left-handed helical peptides at a water-air interface. We thus show that heterodyne-detected VSFG is sensitive to the absolute configuration of complex, interfacial macromolecules and has the potential to determine the absolute configuration of enantiomers at interfaces.

  10. Theoretical study of molecular vibrations in electron momentum spectroscopy experiments on furan: An analytical versus a molecular dynamical approach

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    Morini, Filippo; Deleuze, Michael S.; Watanabe, Noboru; Takahashi, Masahiko

    2015-03-07

    The influence of thermally induced nuclear dynamics (molecular vibrations) in the initial electronic ground state on the valence orbital momentum profiles of furan has been theoretically investigated using two different approaches. The first of these approaches employs the principles of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics, whereas the so-called harmonic analytical quantum mechanical approach resorts to an analytical decomposition of contributions arising from quantized harmonic vibrational eigenstates. In spite of their intrinsic differences, the two approaches enable consistent insights into the electron momentum distributions inferred from new measurements employing electron momentum spectroscopy and an electron impact energy of 1.2 keV. Both approaches point out in particular an appreciable influence of a few specific molecular vibrations of A{sub 1} symmetry on the 9a{sub 1} momentum profile, which can be unravelled from considerations on the symmetry characteristics of orbitals and their energy spacing.

  11. Vacuum ultraviolet mass-analyzed threshold ionization spectroscopy of vinyl bromide: Franck-Condon analysis and vibrational assignment

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    Lee, Mina; Kim, Myung Soo

    2003-09-01

    Vibrational spectrum of vinyl bromide cation in the ground electronic state was obtained by one-photon mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy using coherent vacuum ultraviolet radiation generated by four-wave difference frequency mixing in Kr. From MATI spectrum, ionization energy to the ground state of the cation was determined to be 9.8171±0.0006 eV (79 180±5 cm-1). Almost complete vibrational assignments for the peaks in the MATI spectrum were possible by utilizing vibrational frequencies and Franck-Condon factors calculated at the Becke three parameter Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP)/6-311++G(df,pd) level. Franck-Condon analysis for one-photon MATI spectra is especially useful because calculations of only the ground electronic states are involved while that for two-photon MATI spectra requires excited state calculations.

  12. Theoretical study of molecular vibrations in electron momentum spectroscopy experiments on furan: an analytical versus a molecular dynamical approach.

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    Morini, Filippo; Deleuze, Michael S; Watanabe, Noboru; Takahashi, Masahiko

    2015-03-07

    The influence of thermally induced nuclear dynamics (molecular vibrations) in the initial electronic ground state on the valence orbital momentum profiles of furan has been theoretically investigated using two different approaches. The first of these approaches employs the principles of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics, whereas the so-called harmonic analytical quantum mechanical approach resorts to an analytical decomposition of contributions arising from quantized harmonic vibrational eigenstates. In spite of their intrinsic differences, the two approaches enable consistent insights into the electron momentum distributions inferred from new measurements employing electron momentum spectroscopy and an electron impact energy of 1.2 keV. Both approaches point out in particular an appreciable influence of a few specific molecular vibrations of A1 symmetry on the 9a1 momentum profile, which can be unravelled from considerations on the symmetry characteristics of orbitals and their energy spacing.

  13. Enhanced vibrational spectroscopy, intracellular refractive indexing for label-free biosensing and bioimaging by multiband plasmonic-antenna array.

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    Chen, Cheng-Kuang; Chang, Ming-Hsuan; Wu, Hsieh-Ting; Lee, Yao-Chang; Yen, Ta-Jen

    2014-10-15

    In this study, we report a multiband plasmonic-antenna array that bridges optical biosensing and intracellular bioimaging without requiring a labeling process or coupler. First, a compact plasmonic-antenna array is designed exhibiting a bandwidth of several octaves for use in both multi-band plasmonic resonance-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy and refractive index probing. Second, a single-element plasmonic antenna can be used as a multifunctional sensing pixel that enables mapping the distribution of targets in thin films and biological specimens by enhancing the signals of vibrational signatures and sensing the refractive index contrast. Finally, using the fabricated plasmonic-antenna array yielded reliable intracellular observation was demonstrated from the vibrational signatures and intracellular refractive index contrast requiring neither labeling nor a coupler. These unique features enable the plasmonic-antenna array to function in a label-free manner, facilitating bio-sensing and imaging development.

  14. Drug-Membrane Interactions Studied by Vibrational Sum-Frequency Spectroscopy

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    Wolf, Lauren; Briggman, Kimberly

    2008-03-01

    The activity of a number of drugs depends directly on their interaction with cell membranes and, thus, an understanding of drug-membrane interactions is necessary for improving their pharmacological performance. Drug molecules can interact with membranes by directly binding to membrane-bound proteins or by intercalating into the lipid matrix itself, altering membrane properties such as fluidity, thickness, internal pressure, and phase transition temperature. Here, we focus on the effects of local anesthetics incorporated into the lipid matrix, studying the structural changes induced in supported lipid bilayers by vibrational sum-frequency spectroscopy (VSFS). We find that in addition to depressing the phase transition temperature of the lipid bilayers, most anesthetics also sharpen the gel to liquid- crystalline transition, suggesting an increase in membrane constituent cooperativity. This behavior contrasts the effects of cholesterol on lipid bilayers, which increases membrane rigidity and broadens the phase transition. The structure of the membrane-intercalated anesthetics themselves will also be discussed. This work demonstrates the potential of using supported lipid bilayers and surface-sensitive techniques for future pharmacological studies.

  15. Energy calibration issues in nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy: observing small spectral shifts and making fast calibrations.

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    Wang, Hongxin; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Dong, Weibing; Huang, Songping D

    2013-09-01

    The conventional energy calibration for nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) is usually long. Meanwhile, taking NRVS samples out of the cryostat increases the chance of sample damage, which makes it impossible to carry out an energy calibration during one NRVS measurement. In this study, by manipulating the 14.4 keV beam through the main measurement chamber without moving out the NRVS sample, two alternative calibration procedures have been proposed and established: (i) an in situ calibration procedure, which measures the main NRVS sample at stage A and the calibration sample at stage B simultaneously, and calibrates the energies for observing extremely small spectral shifts; for example, the 0.3 meV energy shift between the 100%-(57)Fe-enriched [Fe4S4Cl4](=) and 10%-(57)Fe and 90%-(54)Fe labeled [Fe4S4Cl4](=) has been well resolved; (ii) a quick-switching energy calibration procedure, which reduces each calibration time from 3-4 h to about 30 min. Although the quick-switching calibration is not in situ, it is suitable for normal NRVS measurements.

  16. High-resolution monochromator for iron nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy of biological samples

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    Yoda, Yoshitaka; Okada, Kyoko; Wang, Hongxin; Cramer, Stephen P.; Seto, Makoto

    2016-12-01

    A new high-resolution monochromator for 14.4-keV X-rays has been designed and developed for the Fe nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy of biological samples. In addition to high resolution, higher flux and stability are especially important for measuring biological samples, because of the very weak signals produced due to the low concentrations of Fe-57. A 24% increase in flux while maintaining a high resolution better than 0.9 meV is achieved in the calculation by adopting an asymmetric reflection of Ge, which is used as the first crystal of the three-bounce high-resolution monochromator. A 20% increase of the exit beam size is acceptable to our biological applications. The higher throughput of the new design has been experimentally verified. A fine rotation mechanics that combines a weak-link hinge with a piezoelectric actuator was used for controlling the photon energy of the monochromatic beam. The resulting stability is sufficient to preserve the intrinsic resolution.

  17. Probing QED and fundamental constants through laser spectroscopy of vibrational transitions in HD+

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    Biesheuvel, J.; Karr, J.-Ph.; Hilico, L.; Eikema, K. S. E.; Ubachs, W.; Koelemeij, J. C. J.

    2016-01-01

    The simplest molecules in nature, molecular hydrogen ions in the form of H2+ and HD+, provide an important benchmark system for tests of quantum electrodynamics in complex forms of matter. Here, we report on such a test based on a frequency measurement of a vibrational overtone transition in HD+ by laser spectroscopy. We find that the theoretical and experimental frequencies are equal to within 0.6(1.1) parts per billion, which represents the most stringent test of molecular theory so far. Our measurement not only confirms the validity of high-order quantum electrodynamics in molecules, but also enables the long predicted determination of the proton-to-electron mass ratio from a molecular system, as well as improved constraints on hypothetical fifth forces and compactified higher dimensions at the molecular scale. With the perspective of comparisons between theory and experiment at the 0.01 part-per-billion level, our work demonstrates the potential of molecular hydrogen ions as a probe of fundamental physical constants and laws. PMID:26815886

  18. Water Oxidation Mechanisms of Metal Oxide Catalysts by Vibrational Spectroscopy of Transient Intermediates.

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    Zhang, Miao; Frei, Heinz

    2017-02-22

    Water oxidation is an essential reaction of an artificial photosystem for solar fuel generation because it provides electrons needed to reduce carbon dioxide or protons to a fuel. Earth-abundant metal oxides are among the most attractive catalytic materials for this reaction because of their robustness and scalability, but their efficiency poses a challenge. Knowledge of catalytic surface intermediates gained by vibrational spectroscopy under reaction conditions plays a key role in uncovering kinetic bottlenecks and provides a basis for catalyst design improvements. Recent dynamic infrared and Raman studies reveal the molecular identity of transient surface intermediates of water oxidation on metal oxides. Combined with ultrafast infrared observations of how charges are delivered to active sites of the metal oxide catalyst and drive the multielectron reaction, spectroscopic advances are poised to play a key role in accelerating progress toward improved catalysts for artificial photosynthesis. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 68 is April 20, 2017. Please see http://www.annualreviews.org/page/journal/pubdates for revised estimates.

  19. Vibrational and structural investigation of SOUL protein single crystals by using micro-Raman spectroscopy

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    Rossi, Barbara; Giarola, Marco; Mariotto, Gino; Ambrosi, Emmanuele; Monaco, Hugo L.

    2010-05-01

    Protein SOUL is a new member of the recently discovered putative heme-binding protein family called SOUL/HEBP and, to date, no structural information exists for this protein. Here, micro-Raman spectroscopy is used to study the vibrational properties of single crystals obtained from recombinant protein SOUL by means of two different optimization routes. This spectroscopic approach offers the valuable advantage of the in-situ collection of experimental data from protein crystals, placed onto a hanging-drop plate, under the same conditions used to grow the crystals. By focusing on the regions of amides I and III bands, some secondary structure characteristic features have been recognized. Moreover, some side-chain marker bands were observed in the Raman spectra of SOUL crystals and the unambiguous assignment of these peaks inferred by comparing the experimental Raman spectra of pure amino acids and their Raman intensities computed using quantum chemical calculations. Our comparative analysis allows to get a deeper understanding of the side-chain environments and of the interactions involving these specific amino acids in the two different SOUL crystals.

  20. Theoretical vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy of water near lipid and surfactant monolayer interfaces

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    Roy, S.; Gruenbaum, S. M.; Skinner, J. L.

    2014-11-14

    Understanding the structure of water near cell membranes is crucial for characterizing water-mediated events such as molecular transport. To obtain structural information of water near a membrane, it is useful to have a surface-selective technique that can probe only interfacial water molecules. One such technique is vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy. As model systems for studying membrane headgroup/water interactions, in this paper we consider lipid and surfactant monolayers on water. We adopt a theoretical approach combining molecular dynamics simulations and phase-sensitive VSFG to investigate water structure near these interfaces. Our simulated spectra are in qualitative agreement with experiments and reveal orientational ordering of interfacial water molecules near cationic, anionic, and zwitterionic interfaces. OH bonds of water molecules point toward an anionic interface leading to a positive VSFG peak, whereas the water hydrogen atoms point away from a cationic interface leading to a negative VSFG peak. Coexistence of these two interfacial water species is observed near interfaces between water and mixtures of cationic and anionic lipids, as indicated by the presence of both negative and positive peaks in their VSFG spectra. In the case of a zwitterionic interface, OH orientation is toward the interface on the average, resulting in a positive VSFG peak.

  1. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; ...

    2015-08-10

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique ‘wagging’ mode involving H- motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe–CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate amore » low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H- binding Ni more tightly than Fe. Lastly, the present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe–H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts.« less

  2. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2015-08-10

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique ‘wagging’ mode involving H- motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe–CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H- binding Ni more tightly than Fe. Lastly, the present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe–H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts.

  3. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2015-08-01

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique `wagging' mode involving H- motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe-CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H- binding Ni more tightly than Fe. The present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe-H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts.

  4. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2015-01-01

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique ‘wagging' mode involving H− motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe–CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H− binding Ni more tightly than Fe. The present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe–H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts. PMID:26259066

  5. Vibrational overtone combination spectroscopy (VOCSY)-a new way of using IR and NIR data.

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    Alm, Erik; Bro, Rasmus; Engelsen, Søren B; Karlberg, Bo; Torgrip, Ralf J O

    2007-05-01

    This work explores a novel method for rearranging 1st order (one-way) infra-red (IR) and/or near infra-red (NIR) ordinary spectra into a representation suitable for multi-way modelling and analysis. The method is based on the fact that the fundamental IR absorption and the first, second, and consecutive overtones of NIR absorptions represent identical chemical information. It is therefore possible to rearrange these overtone regions of the vectors comprising an IR and NIR spectrum into a matrix where the fundamental, 1st, 2nd, and consecutive overtones of the spectrum are arranged as either rows or columns in a matrix, resulting in a true three-way tensor of data for several samples. This tensorization facilitates explorative analysis and modelling with multi-way methods, for example parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC), N-way partial least squares (N-PLS), and Tucker models. The vibrational overtone combination spectroscopy (VOCSY) arrangement is shown to benefit from the "order advantage", producing more robust, stable, and interpretable models than, for example, the traditional PLS modelling method. The proposed method also opens the field of NIR for true peak decomposition--a feature unique to the method because the latent factors acquired using PARAFAC can represent pure spectral components whereas latent factors in principal component analysis (PCA) and PLS usually do not.

  6. Study of plasmonic nanoparticles interactions with skin layers by vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Jeništová, Adéla; Dendisová, Marcela; Matějka, Pavel

    2016-12-21

    The healing effects of silver and gold nanoparticles (AgNPs, AuNPs) are already known from ancient times. In addition considering to their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects speculations are being lead with respect to these nanoparticles (NPs) also about enhancement of skin penetration properties. In this work the interactions of pig skin (PS) layers and ointments with additions of AgNPs or AuNPs prepared by standard procedures and also by "green" synthesis in a different weight proportion by vibrational spectroscopy were studied. Spectra of untreated skin and skin treated by pure ointment were measured, as well as by ointment modified by vitamins without addition of NPs or with different proportion of NPs. Kinetics of interactions of modified ointments with skin was monitored during two hours with a five-minutes interval between each two consecutive measurements. The obtained series of spectra were analyzed by multivariate statistical methods namely Partial Least Squares (PLS), Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Soft Independent Modelling of Class Analogy (SIMCA) which revealed observation of spectral changes in time-dependent spectra and variations of the peak intensity ratios. The study showed that the effects of quantity and type of NPs on skin penetration characteristics are evident.

  7. Phospholipid monolayers probed by vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy: instability of unsaturated phospholipids.

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    Liljeblad, Jonathan F D; Bulone, Vincent; Tyrode, Eric; Rutland, Mark W; Johnson, C Magnus

    2010-05-19

    The surface specific technique vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy has been applied to in situ studies of the degradation of Langmuir monolayers of 1,2-diacyl-phosphocholines with various degrees of unsaturation in the aliphatic chains. To monitor the degradation of the phospholipids, the time-dependent change of the monolayer area at constant surface pressure and the sum frequency intensity of the vinyl CH stretch at the carbon-carbon double bonds were measured. The data show a rapid degradation of monolayers of phospholipids carrying unsaturated aliphatic chains compared to the stable lipids carrying fully saturated chains when exposed to the ambient laboratory air. In addition, the degradation of the phospholipids can be inhibited by purging the ambient air with nitrogen. This instability may be attributed to spontaneous degradation by oxidation mediated by various reactive species in the air. To further elucidate the process of lipid oxidation in biological membranes artificial Langmuir monolayers probed by a surface specific spectroscopic technique as in this study can serve as a model system for studying the degradation/oxidation of cell membrane constituents.

  8. Spatially resolved localized vibrational mode spectroscopy of carbon in liquid encapsulated Czochralski grown gallium arsenide wafers

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    Yau, Waifan.

    1988-04-01

    Substitutional carbon on an arsenic lattice site is the shallowest and one of the most dominant acceptors in semi-insulating Liquid Encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) GaAs. However, the role of this acceptor in determining the well known W'' shape spatial variation of neutral EL2 concentration along the diameter of a LEC wafer is not known. In this thesis, we attempt to clarify the issue of the carbon acceptor's effect on this W'' shaped variation by measuring spatial profiles of this acceptor along the radius of three different as-grown LEC GaAs wafers. With localized vibrational mode absorption spectroscopy, we find that the profile of the carbon acceptor is relatively constant along the radius of each wafer. Average values of concentration are 8 {times} 10E15 cm{sup -3}, 1.1 {times} 10E15 cm{sup -3}, and 2.2 {times} 10E15 cm{sup -3}, respectively. In addition, these carbon acceptor LVM measurements indicate that a residual donor with concentration comparable to carbon exists in these wafers and it is a good candidate for the observed neutral EL2 concentration variation. 22 refs., 39 figs.

  9. Vibrational sum-frequency spectroscopy for trace chemical detection on surfaces at stand-off distances.

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    Asher, William E; Willard-Schmoe, Ella

    2013-03-01

    Vibrational sum-frequency spectroscopy (VSFS) has been used for some time as a laboratory-based surface chemical analytical tool. Here, theoretical considerations in applying the method as a remote-sensing probe for detecting trace levels of chemicals adsorbed on surfaces are presented. Additionally, a VSFS instrument is configured to operate at a stand-off distance of 2.2 m using near-nadir incidence angles. This system was used to measure VSFS spectra for films of pure 1-amino-4-nitrobenzene (p-nitroaniline, PNA) and pure 2-hydroxy-1,3,5-trinitrobenzene (picric acid, PA) adsorbed on polished T-6061 aluminum alloy. These spectra are used to investigate the effect of optical polarization on the sum-frequency response of these compounds at nadir optical geometries. Detection limits for each compound are also estimated and found to be 0.51 μg cm(2) for PNA and 0.89 μg cm(2) for PA. The implications of these results regarding remote sensing applications of VSFS are discussed.

  10. Exploring Solvent Shape and Function Using - and Isomer-Selective Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Johnson, Mark

    2010-06-01

    We illustrate the new types of information than can be obtained through isomer-selective ``hole-burning'' spectroscopy carried out in the vibrational manifolds of Ar-tagged cluster ions. Three examples of increasing complexity will be presented where the changes in a solute ion are correlated with different morphologies of a surrounding solvent cage. In the first, we discuss the weak coupling limit where different hydration morphologies lead to small distortions of a covalent ion. We then introduce the more interesting case of the hydrated electron, where different shapes of the water network lead to dramatic changes in the extent of delocalization in the diffuse excess electron cloud. We then turn to the most complex case involving hydration of the nitrosonium ion, where different arrangements of the same number of water molecules span the range in behavior from simple solvation to actively causing a chemical reaction. The latter results are particularly interesting as they provide a microscopic, molecular-level picture of the ``solvent coordinate'' commonly used to describe solvent mediated processes.

  11. Probing QED and fundamental constants through laser spectroscopy of vibrational transitions in HD(.).

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    Biesheuvel, J; Karr, J-Ph; Hilico, L; Eikema, K S E; Ubachs, W; Koelemeij, J C J

    2016-01-27

    The simplest molecules in nature, molecular hydrogen ions in the form of H2(+) and HD(+), provide an important benchmark system for tests of quantum electrodynamics in complex forms of matter. Here, we report on such a test based on a frequency measurement of a vibrational overtone transition in HD(+) by laser spectroscopy. We find that the theoretical and experimental frequencies are equal to within 0.6(1.1) parts per billion, which represents the most stringent test of molecular theory so far. Our measurement not only confirms the validity of high-order quantum electrodynamics in molecules, but also enables the long predicted determination of the proton-to-electron mass ratio from a molecular system, as well as improved constraints on hypothetical fifth forces and compactified higher dimensions at the molecular scale. With the perspective of comparisons between theory and experiment at the 0.01 part-per-billion level, our work demonstrates the potential of molecular hydrogen ions as a probe of fundamental physical constants and laws.

  12. Vibrational spectroscopy and imaging for concurrent cellular trafficking of co-localized doxorubicin and deuterated phospholipid vesicles

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    Misra, S. K.; Mukherjee, P.; Ohoka, A.; Schwartz-Duval, A. S.; Tiwari, S.; Bhargava, R.; Pan, D.

    2016-01-01

    Simultaneous tracking of nanoparticles and encapsulated payload is of great importance and visualizing their activity is arduous. Here we use vibrational spectroscopy to study the in vitro tracking of co-localized lipid nanoparticles and encapsulated drug employing a model system derived from doxorubicin-encapsulated deuterated phospholipid (dodecyl phosphocholine-d38) single tailed phospholipid vesicles.Simultaneous tracking of nanoparticles and encapsulated payload is of great importance and visualizing their activity is arduous. Here we use vibrational spectroscopy to study the in vitro tracking of co-localized lipid nanoparticles and encapsulated drug employing a model system derived from doxorubicin-encapsulated deuterated phospholipid (dodecyl phosphocholine-d38) single tailed phospholipid vesicles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Raman and confocal images of the Deuto-DOX-NPs in cells, materials and details of methods. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07975f

  13. High Resolution Spectroscopy of 1,2-Difluoroethane in a Molecular Beam: A Case Study of Vibrational Mode-Coupling

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    1992-05-29

    Spectroscopy of 1,2- Difluoroethane in a Molecular Beam: A Case Study of Vibrational Mode-Coupling by Steven W. Mork, C. Cameron Miller, and Laura A...and sale; its distribution is unlimited. 92-14657 l9lll l l l , II a HIGH RESOLUTION SPECTROSCOPY OF 1,2- DIFLUOROETHANE IN A MOLECULAR BEAM: A CASE...14853-1301 Abstract The high resolution infrared spectrum of 1,2- difluoroethane (DFE) in a molecular beam has been obtained over the 2978-2996 cm-1

  14. Fourier transform two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy using an octave-spanning mid-IR probe.

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    Gaynor, James D; Courtney, Trevor L; Balasubramanian, Madhumitha; Khalil, Munira

    2016-06-15

    The development of coherent Fourier transform two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2D EV) spectroscopy with acousto-optic pulse-shaper-generated near-UV pump pulses and an octave-spanning broadband mid-IR probe pulse is detailed. A 2D EV spectrum of a silicon wafer demonstrates the full experimental capability of this experiment, and a 2D EV spectrum of dissolved hexacyanoferrate establishes the viability of our 2D EV experiment for studying condensed phase molecular ensembles.

  15. Understanding the vibrational mode-specific polarization effects in femtosecond Raman-induced Kerr-effect spectroscopy.

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    McAnally, Michael O; Guo, Yinsheng; Balakrishnan, Gurusamy; Schatz, George C; Van Duyne, Richard P

    2016-11-15

    Optically heterodyne-detected femtosecond Raman-induced Kerr-effect spectroscopy (OHD-FRIKES) was observed in neat cyclohexane. In this Letter, an examination of the effect of the Raman pump ellipticity on the multiplex OHD-FRIKES spectra is discussed. The Raman pump ellipticity scanned OHD-FRIKES results reproduce anomalous observables from previous OHD-FRIKES experiments and suggest new methods of tracking transient vibrational mode polarization in complex systems.

  16. Study of calcification formation and disease diagnostics utilising advanced vibrational spectroscopy

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    Kerssens, Marleen Maartje

    The accurate and safe diagnosis of breast cancer is a significant societal issue, with annual disease incidence of 48,000 women and around 370 men in the UK. Early diagnosis of the disease allows more conservative treatments and better patient outcomes. Microcalcifications in breast tissue are an important indicator for breast cancers, and often the only sign of their presence. Several studies have suggested that the type of calcification formed may act as a marker for malignancy and its presence may be of biological significance. In this work, breast calcifications are studied with FTIR, synchrotron FTIR, ATR FTIR, and Raman mapping to explore their disease specific composition. From a comparison between vibrational spectroscopy and routine staining procedures it becomes clear that calcium builds up prior to calcification formation. Raman and FTIR indicate the same size for calcifications and are in agreement with routine staining techniques. From the synchrotron FTIR measurements it can be proven that amide is present in the centre of the calcifications and the intensity of the bands depends on the pathology. Special attention is paid to the type of carbonate substitution in the calcifications relating to different pathology grades. In contrast to mammography, Raman spectroscopy has the capability to distinguish calcifications based on their chemical composition. The ultimate goal is to turn the acquired knowledge from the mapping studies into a clinical tool based on deep Raman spectroscopy. Deep Raman techniques have a considerable potential to reduce large numbers of normal biopsies, reduce the time delay between screening and diagnosis and therefore diminish patient anxiety. In order to achieve this, a deep Raman system is designed and after evaluation of its performance tested on buried calcification standards in porcine soft tissue and human mammary tissue. It is shown that, when the calcification is probed through tissue, the strong 960 cm-1 phosphate band

  17. Communication: Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of the tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) anion and accurate determination of the electron affinity of TCNQ

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    Zhu, Guo-Zhu; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2015-12-01

    Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) is widely used as an electron acceptor to form highly conducting organic charge-transfer solids. Surprisingly, the electron affinity (EA) of TCNQ is not well known and has never been directly measured. Here, we report vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) of the TCNQ- anion produced using electrospray and cooled in a cryogenic ion trap. Photoelectron spectrum taken at 354.7 nm represents the detachment transition from the ground state of TCNQ- to that of neutral TCNQ with a short vibrational progression. The EA of TCNQ is measured accurately to be 3.383 ± 0.001 eV (27 289 ± 8 cm-1), compared to the 2.8 ± 0.1 eV value known in the literature and measured previously using collisional ionization technique. In addition, six vibrational peaks are observed in the photoelectron spectrum, yielding vibrational frequencies for three totally symmetric modes of TCNQ. Two-photon PES via a bound electronic excited state of TCNQ- at 3.100 eV yields a broad low kinetic energy peak due to fast internal conversion to vibrationally excited levels of the anion ground electronic state. The high EA measured for TCNQ underlies its ability as a good electron acceptor.

  18. Communication: Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of the tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) anion and accurate determination of the electron affinity of TCNQ

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    Zhu, Guo-Zhu; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2015-12-14

    Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) is widely used as an electron acceptor to form highly conducting organic charge-transfer solids. Surprisingly, the electron affinity (EA) of TCNQ is not well known and has never been directly measured. Here, we report vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) of the TCNQ{sup −} anion produced using electrospray and cooled in a cryogenic ion trap. Photoelectron spectrum taken at 354.7 nm represents the detachment transition from the ground state of TCNQ{sup −} to that of neutral TCNQ with a short vibrational progression. The EA of TCNQ is measured accurately to be 3.383 ± 0.001 eV (27 289 ± 8 cm{sup −1}), compared to the 2.8 ± 0.1 eV value known in the literature and measured previously using collisional ionization technique. In addition, six vibrational peaks are observed in the photoelectron spectrum, yielding vibrational frequencies for three totally symmetric modes of TCNQ. Two-photon PES via a bound electronic excited state of TCNQ{sup −} at 3.100 eV yields a broad low kinetic energy peak due to fast internal conversion to vibrationally excited levels of the anion ground electronic state. The high EA measured for TCNQ underlies its ability as a good electron acceptor.

  19. Communication: Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of the tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) anion and accurate determination of the electron affinity of TCNQ.

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    Zhu, Guo-Zhu; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2015-12-14

    Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) is widely used as an electron acceptor to form highly conducting organic charge-transfer solids. Surprisingly, the electron affinity (EA) of TCNQ is not well known and has never been directly measured. Here, we report vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) of the TCNQ(-) anion produced using electrospray and cooled in a cryogenic ion trap. Photoelectron spectrum taken at 354.7 nm represents the detachment transition from the ground state of TCNQ(-) to that of neutral TCNQ with a short vibrational progression. The EA of TCNQ is measured accurately to be 3.383 ± 0.001 eV (27,289 ± 8 cm(-1)), compared to the 2.8 ± 0.1 eV value known in the literature and measured previously using collisional ionization technique. In addition, six vibrational peaks are observed in the photoelectron spectrum, yielding vibrational frequencies for three totally symmetric modes of TCNQ. Two-photon PES via a bound electronic excited state of TCNQ(-) at 3.100 eV yields a broad low kinetic energy peak due to fast internal conversion to vibrationally excited levels of the anion ground electronic state. The high EA measured for TCNQ underlies its ability as a good electron acceptor.

  20. Measurement of vibrational spectrum of liquid using monochromated scanning transmission electron microscopy-electron energy loss spectroscopy.

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    Miyata, Tomohiro; Fukuyama, Mao; Hibara, Akihide; Okunishi, Eiji; Mukai, Masaki; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu

    2014-10-01

    Investigations on the dynamic behavior of molecules in liquids at high spatial resolution are greatly desired because localized regions, such as solid-liquid interfaces or sites of reacting molecules, have assumed increasing importance with respect to improving material performance. In application to liquids, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) observed with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a promising analytical technique with the appropriate resolutions. In this study, we obtained EELS spectra from an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethyl-sulfonyl) imide (C2mim-TFSI), chosen as the sampled liquid, using monochromated scanning TEM (STEM). The molecular vibrational spectrum and the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) gap of the liquid were investigated. The HOMO-LUMO gap measurement coincided with that obtained from the ultraviolet-visible spectrum. A shoulder in the spectrum observed ∼0.4 eV is believed to originate from the molecular vibration. From a separately performed infrared observation and first-principles calculations, we found that this shoulder coincided with the vibrational peak attributed to the C-H stretching vibration of the [C2mim(+)] cation. This study demonstrates that a vibrational peak for a liquid can be observed using monochromated STEM-EELS, and leads one to expect observations of chemical reactions or aids in the analysis of the dynamic behavior of molecules in liquid.

  1. Surface processes occurring on Rh/alumina during chiral modification by cinchonidine: an ATR-IR spectroscopy study.

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    Schmidt, Erik; Ferri, Davide; Baiker, Alfons

    2007-07-17

    Cinchona alkaloids are frequently used for chiral modification of supported noble metal catalysts employed in heterogeneous enantioselective hydrogenation. In order to gain molecular insight into the surface processes occurring at the metal/liquid interface, cinchonidine (CD) adsorption on vapor-deposited Rh/Al2O3 films has been studied in the presence of solvent and hydrogen by means of attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. The spectrum of CD adsorbed on Rh exhibited two dominant signals at 1593 and 1511 cm(-1), which are characteristic of a surface species having a quinoline ring tilted with respect to the metal. Interestingly, no adsorbed modifier in the flat geometry (quinoline parallel to the metal plane) was observed. During desorption, these signals vanished, and a new prominent signal appeared at 1601 cm(-1) which belongs to a species with the quinoline ring hydrogenated on the heteroaromatic side. Concentration-dependent experiments and the reversibility of the observed phenomenon indicate that CD was readily hydrogenated to 1',2',3',4',10,11-hexahydrocinchonidine (CDH(6)) on Rh. The ATR-IR spectra also reveal that the flat species was indeed immediately hydrogenated when CD was provided from solution, and the only visible adsorbed species was the tilted species, which displaced the hydrogenation product from the metal surface. In the absence of dissolved CD, during desorption, the tilted species was converted to the flat species and rapidly hydrogenated. The hydrogenation product was stable on the metal surface only in the absence of CD. Therefore, the adsorption strength of the different species is as follows: flat > tilted > CDH(6). Evidence for the formation of the flat species and its role as an intermediate to the hydrogenation product is given by an experiment in which CD was adsorbed in the absence of dissolved hydrogen after surface cleaning. The adsorption and hydrogenation of CD on Rh deviate significantly from that

  2. Chiral Separations

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    Stalcup, A. M.

    2010-07-01

    The main goal of this review is to provide a brief overview of chiral separations to researchers who are versed in the area of analytical separations but unfamiliar with chiral separations. To researchers who are not familiar with this area, there is currently a bewildering array of commercially available chiral columns, chiral derivatizing reagents, and chiral selectors for approaches that span the range of analytical separation platforms (e.g., high-performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, supercritical-fluid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis). This review begins with a brief discussion of chirality before examining the general strategies and commonalities among all of the chiral separation techniques. Rather than exhaustively listing all the chiral selectors and applications, this review highlights significant issues and differences between chiral and achiral separations, providing salient examples from specific classes of chiral selectors where appropriate.

  3. Validation of Spectra and Phase in Sub-1 cm-1 Resolution Sum-Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy through Internal Heterodyne Phase-Resolved Measurement

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    Fu, Li; Chen, Shunli; Wang, Hongfei

    2016-03-03

    Reliably determination of the spectral features and their phases in sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS) for surfaces with closely overlapping peaks has been a standing issue. Here we present two approaches towards resolving such issue. The first utilizes the high resolution and accurate lineshape from the recently developed sub-wavenumber high resolution broadband SFG-VS (HR-BB-SFG-VS), from which the detail spectral parameters, including relative spectral phases, of overlapping peaks can be determined through reliable spectral fitting. These results are further validated by using the second method that utilizes the azimuthal angle phase dependence of the z-cut α-quartz crystal, a common phase standard, through the spectral interference between the SFG fields of the quartz surface, as the internal phase reference, and the adsorbed molecular layer. Even though this approach is limited to molecular layers that can be transferred or deposited onto the quartz surface, it is simple and straightforward, as it requires only an internal phase standard with a single measurement that is free of phase drifts. More importantly, it provides unambiguous SFG spectral phase information of such surfaces. Using this method, the absolute phase of the molecular susceptibility tensors of the CH3, CH2 and chiral C-H groups in different Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) molecular monolayers and drop-cast peptide films are determined. These two approaches are fully consistent with and complement to each other, making both easily applicable tools in SFG-VS studies. More importantly, as the HR-BB-SFG-VS technique can be easily applied to various surfaces and interfaces, such validation of the spectral and phase information from HR-BB-SFG-VS measurement demonstrates it as one most promising tool for interrogating the detailed structure and interactions of complex molecular interfaces.

  4. Phase reference in phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy

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    Sun, Shumei; Liang, Rongda; Xu, Xiaofan; Zhu, Heyuan; Shen, Y. Ron; Tian, Chuanshan

    2016-06-01

    Phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy (PS-SFVS) has been established as a powerful technique for surface characterization, but for it to generate a reliable spectrum, accurate phase measurement with a well-defined phase reference is most important. Incorrect phase measurement can lead to significant distortion of a spectrum, as recently seen in the case for the air/water interface. In this work, we show theoretically and experimentally that a transparent, highly nonlinear crystal, such as quartz and barium borate, can be a good phase reference if the surface is clean and unstrained and the crystal is properly oriented to yield a strong SF output. In such cases, the reflected SF signal is dominated by the bulk electric dipole contribution and its phase is either +90° or -90°. On the other hand, materials with inversion symmetry, such as water, fused quartz, and CaF2 are not good phase references due to the quadrupole contribution and phase dispersion at the interface. Using a proper phase reference in PS-SFVS, we have found the most reliable OH stretching spectrum for the air/water interface. The positive band at low frequencies in the imaginary component of the spectrum, which has garnered much interest and been interpreted by many to be due to strongly hydrogen-bonded water species, is no longer present. A weak positive feature however still exists. Its magnitude approximately equals to that of air/D2O away from resonances, suggesting that this positive feature is unrelated to surface resonance of water.

  5. Peptides as Model Systems for the Unfolded State of Proteins Explored By Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Schweitzer-Stenner, Reinhard; Measey, Thomas; Hagarman, Andrew

    2008-11-01

    Unfolded proteins are generally thought to be structurally random with a minimum of non-local interactions. This concept implies that with the exception of glycine and proline the conformational propensities of amino acid residues in polypeptides should be comparable in that they all sample the statistically allowed region of the Ramachandran plot. However, over the last ten years experimental and computational evidence has emerged for the notion that the conformational space of residues might be more restricted than predicted by random or statistical coil models. We have developed several algorithms which can be used to simulate the amide I band profile of the IR, isotropic Raman, anisotropic Raman and Vibrational Circular Dichroism (VCD) spectra of polypeptides based on assumed ensembles of side chain conformations. The simulations are generally restricted by 3JcαHNH coupling constants obtained from NMR spectroscopy. A comparison with experimental results reveals that e.g. alanine has a clear preference for the so called polyproline II (PPII) conformation in short peptides. The situation becomes more complex if longer polyalanines are doped with negatively charged residues. For the so-called XAO-peptide (X2A7O2, X: diaminobutyric acid, O;ornithine) we found a more compact structure owing to multiple turn conformations sampled by the X2A7 interfaces. For Salmon Calcitonin, a 32-residue hormone, we identified a mixture of PPII, β-strand and helical conformations. Currently, we are in the process of investigating short GxG (x; different natural amino acid residues) peptides in terms of conformational distributions obtained from coil libraries. This will enable us obtain the conformational preferences of amino acid residues in the absence of nearest neighbor interactions.

  6. Key hydride vibrational modes in [NiFe] hydrogenase model compounds studied by resonance Raman spectroscopy and density functional calculations.

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    Shafaat, Hannah S; Weber, Katharina; Petrenko, Taras; Neese, Frank; Lubitz, Wolfgang

    2012-11-05

    Hydrogenase proteins catalyze the reversible conversion of molecular hydrogen to protons and electrons. While many enzymatic states of the [NiFe] hydrogenase have been studied extensively, there are multiple catalytically relevant EPR-silent states that remain poorly characterized. Analysis of model compounds using new spectroscopic techniques can provide a framework for the study of these elusive states within the protein. We obtained optical absorption and resonance Raman (RR) spectra of (dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)Fe(CO)(3) and [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H)Fe(CO)(3)][BF(4)], which are structural and functional model compounds for the EPR-silent Ni-SI and Ni-R states of the [NiFe] hydrogenase active site. The studies presented here use RR spectroscopy to probe vibrational modes of the active site, including metal-hydride stretching vibrations along with bridging ligand-metal and Fe-CO bending vibrations, with isotopic substitution used to identify key metal-hydride modes. The metal-hydride vibrations are essentially uncoupled and represent isolated, localized stretching modes; the iron-hydride vibration occurs at 1530 cm(-1), while the nickel-hydride vibration is observed at 945 cm(-1). The significant discrepancy between the metal-hydride vibrational frequencies reflects the slight asymmetry in the metal-hydride bond lengths. Additionally, time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations were carried out to obtain theoretical RR spectra of these compounds. On the basis of the detailed comparison of theory and experiment, the dominant electronic transitions and significant normal modes probed in the RR experiments were assigned; the primary transitions in the visible wavelengths represent metal-to-metal and metal-to-ligand charge transfer bands. Inherent properties of metal-hydride vibrational modes in resonance Raman spectra and DFT calculations are discussed together with the prospects of observing such vibrational modes in metal-hydride-containing proteins. Such a

  7. Assignment of the Internal Vibrational Modes of C70 by Inelastic Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy and Periodic-DFT.

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    Refson, Keith; Parker, Stewart F

    2015-10-01

    The fullerene C70 may be considered as the shortest possible nanotube capped by a hemisphere of C60 at each end. Vibrational spectroscopy is a key tool in characterising fullerenes, and C70 has been studied several times and spectral assignments proposed. Unfortunately, many of the modes are either forbidden or have very low infrared or Raman intensity, even if allowed. Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopy is not subject to selection rules, and all the modes are allowed. We have obtained a new INS spectrum from a large sample recorded at the highest resolution available. An advantage of INS spectroscopy is that it is straightforward to calculate the spectral intensity from a model. We demonstrate that all previous assignments are incorrect in at least some respects and propose a new assignment based on periodic density functional theory (DFT) that successfully reproduces the INS, infrared, and Raman spectra.

  8. Binding of Na+ and K+ to the Headgroup of Palmitic Acid Monolayers Studied by Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy

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    Huang, Zishuai; Allen, Heather C.

    2012-06-01

    Alkali cations are critical in biological systems due to their electrical interaction with cell membranes. While Na+ and K+ share similar chemical and physical properties, they can exhibit differences when interacting with biological membranes. These phenomena may be modeled using a Langmuir monolayer of surfactant on alkali chloride solutions. Vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy is an interface specific technique that is widely employed to study molecular organization at surfaces and interfaces. VSFG spectroscopy was used to probe the CO2- vibrational mode for the carboxylic acid headgroup of palmitic acid (PA) spread on the surface of NaCl and KCl solutions in the vibrational region between 1400 and 1500 cm-1. The ability of Na+ and K+ to bind with the carboxylic headgroup of PA is revealed by observing peak positions (˜1410 cm-1 and ˜1470 cm-1) and relative intensity for the CO2- peaks. These results are compared and discussed with perspective toward elucidating interfacial PA headgroup organization. The time evolution for the PA CO2- peaks is also monitored after monolayer spreading via VSFG and these results are presented as well.

  9. Infrared vibration-rotation spectra of the ClO radical using tunable diode laser spectroscopy. [ozone destruction in stratosphere

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    Rogowski, R. S.; Bair, C. H.; Wade, W. R.; Hoell, J. M.; Copeland, G. E.

    1978-01-01

    Tunable diode laser spectroscopy is used to measure the infrared vibration-rotation spectra of the ClO radical. The radical is generated in a flow system where a Cl2-He mixture passes through a microwave discharge to dissociate the Cl2. An O3-O2 mixture from an ozone generator is injected into the system downstream of the microwave discharge where O3 combines with Cl to form ClO. By adjusting the gas flow rates to yield an excess of Cl atoms, all the ozone is combined. ClO concentration is measured with UV absorption at 2577 and 2772 A and a deuterium lamp as a continuous source. Total cell pressure is 5.5 torr. The diode laser spectrometer is calibrated with ammonia lines as a reference where possible. The frequency of vibration-rotation lines is expressed as a function of rotational quantum number, fundamental vibrational frequency, and the rotational constants of the upper and lower vibrational states.

  10. Vibration-rotation interactions and ring-puckering in 3,3-dimethyl oxetane by microwave spectroscopy

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    López, Juan C.; Lesarri, Alberto G.; Villamañán, Rosa M.; Alonso, Josél.

    1990-06-01

    Ring puckering in 3,3-dimethyl oxetane has been investigated using microwave spectroscopy. Microwave spectra of the ground state, the first six ring-puckering excited states, and nine excited states of the methyl groups' deformation vibrations have been observed. The μa electric dipole moment component has been determined as 2.03(3) D from Stark-effect measurements. The vibrational dependence of the rotational constants is consistent with the ring-puckering potential function derived by Duckett et al. ( J. Mol. Spectrosc.69, 159-165 (1978)). Coriolis coupling interactions have been observed and are satisfactorily accounted for with a quartic centrifugal distortion Hamiltonian. The vibrational dependence of the centrifugal distortion constants has been analyzed using the theory developed by Creswell and Mills. In order to reproduce the experimental value of the vibration-rotation interaction parameter, {δμ ab}/{δQ}, a dynamical model allowing the rocking of the CH 3CCH 3 group should be used. The equilibrium ring puckering angle calculated with this model and the ring-puckering potential function is 17.5°.

  11. Effect of impurity molecules on the low-temperature vibrational dynamics of polyisobutylene: Investigation by single-molecule spectroscopy

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    Eremchev, I. Yu.; Naumov, A. V.; Vainer, Yu. G.; Kador, L.

    2009-05-01

    The influence of impurity chromophore molecules—tetra-tert-butylterrylene (TBT) and dibenzo-anthanthrene (DBATT)—on the vibrational dynamics of the amorphous polymer polyisobutylene (PIB) has been studied via single-molecule spectroscopy. The measurements were performed in the temperature region of 7-30 K, where the interaction of the chromophores with quasilocalized low-frequency vibrational modes (LFMs) determines the observed spectral line broadening. The analysis of the individual temperature dependences of the linewidths for a large number of single probe molecules yielded effective frequency values of those LFMs which are located near the respective chromophores. In this way the distributions of the LFM frequencies were measured for the two systems, and they were found to be similar. Moreover, they are in good agreement with the vibrational density of states as measured in pure PIB by inelastic neutron scattering. This allows us to conclude that, at least in the case of PIB, doping with low concentrations of the nonpolar and neutral molecules TBT and DBATT does not affect the vibrational dynamics of the matrix markedly.

  12. Molecular structure and vibrational study of diprotonated guanazolium using DFT calculations and FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopies

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    Guennoun, L.; Zaydoun, S.; El jastimi, J.; Marakchi, K.; Komiha, N.; Kabbaj, O. K.; El Hajji, A.; Guédira, F.

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of this manuscript is to discuss our investigations of diprotonated guanazolium chloride using vibrational spectroscopy and quantum chemical methods. The solid phase FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra were recorded in the regions 4000-400 cm-1 and 3600-50 cm-1 respectively, and the band assignments were supported by deuteration effects. Different sites of diprotonation have been theoretically examined at the B3LYP/6-31G∗ level. The results of energy calculations show that the diprotonation process occurs with the two pyridine-like nitrogen N2 and N4 of the triazole ring. The molecular structure, harmonic vibrational wave numbers, infrared intensities and Raman activities were calculated for this form by DFT/B3LYP methods, using a 6-31G∗ basis set. Both the optimized geometries and the theoretical and experimental spectra for diprotonated guanazolium under a stable form are compared with theoretical and experimental data of the neutral molecule reported in our previous work. This comparison reveals that the diprotonation occurs on the triazolic nucleus, and provide information about the hydrogen bonding in the crystal. The scaled vibrational wave number values of the diprotonated form are in close agreement with the experimental data. The normal vibrations were characterized in terms of potential energy distribution (PED) using the VEDA 4 program.

  13. Molecular structure and vibrational study of diprotonated guanazolium using DFT calculations and FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopies.

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    Guennoun, L; Zaydoun, S; El Jastimi, J; Marakchi, K; Komiha, N; Kabbaj, O K; El Hajji, A; Guédira, F

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of this manuscript is to discuss our investigations of diprotonated guanazolium chloride using vibrational spectroscopy and quantum chemical methods. The solid phase FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra were recorded in the regions 4000-400cm(-1) and 3600-50cm(-1) respectively, and the band assignments were supported by deuteration effects. Different sites of diprotonation have been theoretically examined at the B3LYP/6-31G level. The results of energy calculations show that the diprotonation process occurs with the two pyridine-like nitrogen N2 and N4 of the triazole ring. The molecular structure, harmonic vibrational wave numbers, infrared intensities and Raman activities were calculated for this form by DFT/B3LYP methods, using a 6-31G basis set. Both the optimized geometries and the theoretical and experimental spectra for diprotonated guanazolium under a stable form are compared with theoretical and experimental data of the neutral molecule reported in our previous work. This comparison reveals that the diprotonation occurs on the triazolic nucleus, and provide information about the hydrogen bonding in the crystal. The scaled vibrational wave number values of the diprotonated form are in close agreement with the experimental data. The normal vibrations were characterized in terms of potential energy distribution (PED) using the VEDA 4 program.

  14. Vibration eigenmodes of the Au-(5 ×2 ) /Si(111) surface studied by Raman spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Liebhaber, M.; Halbig, B.; Bass, U.; Geurts, J.; Neufeld, S.; Sanna, S.; Schmidt, W. G.; Speiser, E.; Räthel, J.; Chandola, S.; Esser, N.

    2016-12-01

    Ordered submonolayers of adsorbate atoms on semiconductor surfaces constitute a playground for electronic correlation effects, which are tightly connected to the local atomic arrangement and the corresponding vibration eigenmodes. We report on a study of the vibration eigenmodes of Au-covered Si(111) surfaces with (5 ×2 ) reconstruction using polarized Raman spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Upon Au coverage, the vibration eigenmodes of the clean reconstructed Si(111)-(7 ×7 ) surface are quenched and replaced by new eigenmodes, determined by the Au-(5 ×2 ) reconstruction. Several polarization-dependent surface eigenmodes emerge in the spectral range from 25 to 120 cm-1 , with the strongest ones at 29, 51, and 106 cm-1. In our first-principles calculations we have determined the vibration frequencies, the corresponding elongation patterns, and the Raman intensities for two different structure models currently discussed in the literature. The best agreement with the experimental results is achieved for a model with 0.7 monolayer coverage and seven Au atoms per unit cell, proposed by S. G. Kwon and M. H. Kang [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 086101 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.086101].

  15. Vibrational and thermal characterisation of a new chiral drug under investigation for the therapy of congestive heart failure

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    Taddei, Paola; Torreggiani, Armida; Fini, Giancarlo

    2002-12-01

    Racemic (5,6-bis 2-methyl propanoic acid-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-naphtalen-2-yl)-methylammonium chloride, CHF-1035, under clinical investigation for the treatment of congestive heart failure, was here characterised by Raman and IR spectroscopies coupled with thermal analysis (thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry). These techniques proved suitable for investigating the presence of different polymorphic forms, their relative stability and interconversion tendency in relation to industrial manufacturing processes undergone by the drug (i.e. grinding, compression, heating). Crystallisation experiments were carried out and two different CHF-1035 polymorphic forms were identified. Both grinding and heating revealed to cause a polymorphic transformation of the drug crystal form. It was hypothesised that a change in molecular packing occurs in the drug by effect of both treatments. The possible sources of polymorphism were identified in the -OCOCH(CH 3) groups and in the saturated ring. The non-ground sample showed two endothermic transitions; since they are reversible and not due to desolvation processes the system is probably enantiotropic.

  16. Chiral mirrors

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    Plum, Eric; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2015-06-01

    Mirrors are used in telescopes, microscopes, photo cameras, lasers, satellite dishes, and everywhere else, where redirection of electromagnetic radiation is required making them arguably the most important optical component. While conventional isotropic mirrors will reflect linear polarizations without change, the handedness of circularly polarized waves is reversed upon reflection. Here, we demonstrate a type of mirror reflecting one circular polarization without changing its handedness, while absorbing the other. The polarization-preserving mirror consists of a planar metasurface with a subwavelength pattern that cannot be superimposed with its mirror image without being lifted out of its plane, and a conventional mirror spaced by a fraction of the wavelength from the metasurface. Such mirrors enable circularly polarized lasers and Fabry-Pérot cavities with enhanced tunability, gyroscopic applications, polarization-sensitive detectors of electromagnetic waves, and can be used to enhance spectroscopies of chiral media.

  17. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds in hetero-complexes of biologically active aromatic molecules probed by the methods of vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Semenov, M A; Blyzniuk, Iu N; Bolbukh, T V; Shestopalova, A V; Evstigneev, M P; Maleev, V Ya

    2012-09-01

    By the methods of vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman) the investigation of the hetero-association of biologically active aromatic compounds: flavin-mononucleotide (FMN), ethidium bromide (EB) and proflavine (PRF) was performed in aqueous solutions. It was shown that between the functional groups (CO and NH(2)) the intermolecular hydrogen bonds are formed in the hetero-complexes FMN-EB and FMN-PRF, additionally stabilizing these structures. An estimation of the enthalpy of Н-bonding obtained from experimental shifts of carbonyl vibrational frequencies has shown that the H-bonds do not dominate in the magnitude of experimentally measured total enthalpy of the hetero-association reactions. The main stabilization is likely due to intermolecular interactions of the molecules in these complexes and their interaction with water environment.

  18. Application of vibrational spectroscopy in the in vitro studies of carbon fiber-polylactic acid composite degradation.

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    Blazewicz, Marta; Gajewska, Maria Chomyszyn; Paluszkiewicz, Czeslawa

    1999-05-01

    Vibrational spectroscopy was used for assessment of new material for stomatology, for guided tissue regeneration (GTR) techniqe.Implants applied in the healing of periodontal defects using GTR technique have to meet stringent requirements concerning their chemical as well physical properties.At present the implants prepared from two layers membranes differing in porosity in their outer and inner layers are studied clinically. Composite plates prepared by us consist of three layers: polylactic acid film, carbon fibres coated with polylactic acid and carbon fabric.Vibrational spectroscopic studies of the material; polylactic acid- carbon fiber have made it possible to analyse chemical reactions occurring between the polymer and carbon surface. Analysis of the IR spectra of samples treated in Ringer solution allowed to describe the phenomena resulting from the composite degradation. It was shown that material biostability is related to the presence of carbon fibers.

  19. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds in hetero-complexes of biologically active aromatic molecules probed by the methods of vibrational spectroscopy

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    Semenov, M. A.; Blyzniuk, Iu. N.; Bolbukh, T. V.; Shestopalova, A. V.; Evstigneev, M. P.; Maleev, V. Ya.

    2012-09-01

    By the methods of vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman) the investigation of the hetero-association of biologically active aromatic compounds: flavin-mononucleotide (FMN), ethidium bromide (EB) and proflavine (PRF) was performed in aqueous solutions. It was shown that between the functional groups (Cdbnd O and NH2) the intermolecular hydrogen bonds are formed in the hetero-complexes FMN-EB and FMN-PRF, additionally stabilizing these structures. An estimation of the enthalpy of Н-bonding obtained from experimental shifts of carbonyl vibrational frequencies has shown that the H-bonds do not dominate in the magnitude of experimentally measured total enthalpy of the hetero-association reactions. The main stabilization is likely due to intermolecular interactions of the molecules in these complexes and their interaction with water environment.

  20. Surface Structure of Protonated R-Sapphire (1$\\bar{1}$02) Studied by Sum-Frequency Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Sung, Jaeho; Zhang, Luning; Tian, Chuanshan; Waychunas, Glenn A.; Shen, Y. Ron

    2011-03-23

    Sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy was used to study the protonated R-plane (1$\\bar{1}$02 ) sapphire surface. The OH stretch vibrational spectra show that the surface is terminated with three hydroxyl moieties, two from AlOH2 and one from Al2OH functional groups. The observed polarization dependence allows determination of the orientations of the three OH species. The results suggest that the protonated sapphire (1$\\bar{1}$02 ) surface differs from an ideal stoichimetric termination in a manner consistent with previous X-ray surface diffraction (crystal truncation rod) studies. However, in order to best explain the observed hydrogenbonding arrangement, surface oxygen spacing determined from the X-ray diffraction study requires modification.

  1. Rotational spectroscopy of vibrationally excited N2H+ and N2D+ up to 2.7 THz

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    Yu, S.; Pearson, J. C.; Drouin, B. J.; Crawford, T.; Daly, A. M.; Elliott, B.; Amano, T.

    2015-08-01

    Terahertz absorption spectroscopy was employed to extend the measurements on the pure rotational transitions of N2H+, N2D+ and their 15N-containing isotopologues in the ground state and first excited vibrational states for the three fundamental vibrational modes. In total, 91 new pure rotational transitions were observed in the range of 0.7-2.7 THz. The observed transition frequencies were fit to experimental accuracy, and the improved molecular parameters were obtained. The new measurements and predictions reported here will support the analysis of high-resolution astronomical observations made with facilities such as SOFIA and ALMA where laboratory rest frequencies with uncertainties of 1 MHz or smaller are required for proper analysis of velocity resolved astrophysical components.

  2. Computational IR spectroscopy of water: OH stretch frequencies, transition dipoles, and intermolecular vibrational coupling constants

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    Choi, Jun-Ho; Cho, Minhaeng

    2013-05-01

    The Hessian matrix reconstruction method initially developed to extract the basis mode frequencies, vibrational coupling constants, and transition dipoles of the delocalized amide I, II, and III vibrations of polypeptides and proteins from quantum chemistry calculation results is used to obtain those properties of delocalized O-H stretch modes in liquid water. Considering the water symmetric and asymmetric O-H stretch modes as basis modes, we here develop theoretical models relating vibrational frequencies, transition dipoles, and coupling constants of basis modes to local water configuration and solvent electric potential. Molecular dynamics simulation was performed to generate an ensemble of water configurations that was in turn used to construct vibrational Hamiltonian matrices. Obtaining the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the matrices and using the time-averaging approximation method, which was developed by the Skinner group, to calculating the vibrational spectra of coupled oscillator systems, we could numerically simulate the O-H stretch IR spectrum of liquid water. The asymmetric line shape and weak shoulder bands were quantitatively reproduced by the present computational procedure based on vibrational exciton model, where the polarization effects on basis mode transition dipoles and inter-mode coupling constants were found to be crucial in quantitatively simulating the vibrational spectra of hydrogen-bond networking liquid water.

  3. Linear and third- and fifth-order nonlinear spectroscopies of a charge transfer system coupled to an underdamped vibration

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    Dijkstra, Arend G. E-mail: tanimura@kuchem.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Tanimura, Yoshitaka E-mail: tanimura@kuchem.kyoto-u.ac.jp

    2015-06-07

    We study hole, electron, and exciton transports in a charge transfer system in the presence of underdamped vibrational motion. We analyze the signature of these processes in the linear and third-, and fifth-order nonlinear electronic spectra. Calculations are performed with a numerically exact hierarchical equations of motion method for an underdamped Brownian oscillator spectral density. We find that combining electron, hole, and exciton transfers can lead to non-trivial spectra with more structure than with excitonic coupling alone. Traces taken during the waiting time of a two-dimensional (2D) spectrum are dominated by vibrational motion and do not reflect the electron, hole, and exciton dynamics directly. We find that the fifth-order nonlinear response is particularly sensitive to the charge transfer process. While third-order 2D spectroscopy detects the correlation between two coherences, fifth-order 2D spectroscopy (2D population spectroscopy) is here designed to detect correlations between the excited states during two different time periods.

  4. Active vibrations of 1-cyanonaphthalene cation studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization spectroscopy

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    Shivatare, Vidya; Tzeng, Sheng Yuan; Tzeng, Wen Bih

    2013-02-01

    We apply the two-color resonant two-photon mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopic technique to record the cation spectra of 1-cyanonaphthalene via four intermediate vibronic levels. The adiabatic ionization energy is determined to be 69 466 ± 5 cm-1. The distinct bands at 416, 472, 516, 669, and 852 cm-1 result from in-plane ring deformation vibrations of the cation. Analysis of these MATI spectra suggests that the molecular geometry and vibrational coordinates of the observed vibrations of the cation in the ground D0 state resemble those of the neutral in the electronically excited S1 state.

  5. Towards Solvation of a Chiral Alpha-Hydroxy Ester: Broadband Chirp and Narrow Band Cavity Fouirier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of Methyl Lactate-Water Clusters

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    Thomas, Javix; Sukhorukov, Oleksandr; Jaeger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2013-06-01

    Methyl lactate (ML), a chiral alpha-hydroxy ester, has attracted much attention as a prototype system in studies of chirality transfer,[1] solvation effects on chiroptical signatures,[2] and chirality recognition.[3] It has multiple functional groups which can serve both as a hydrogen donor and acceptor. By applying rotational spectroscopy and high level ab initio calculations, we examine the delicate competition between inter- and intramolecular hydrogen-bonding in the ML-water clusters. Broadband rotational spectra obtained with a chirp Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) spectrometer, reveal that the insertion conformations are the most favourable ones in the binary and ternary solvated complexes. In the insertion conformations, the water molecule(s) inserts itself (themselves) into the existing intramolecular hydrogen-bonded ring formed between the alcoholic hydroxyl group and the oxygen of the carbonyl group of ML. The final frequency measurements have been carried out using a cavity based FTMW instrument where internal rotation splittings due to the ester methyl group have also been detected. A number of insertion conformers with subtle structural differences for both the binary and ternary complexes have been identified theoretically. The interconversion dynamics of these conformers and the identification of the most favorable conformers will be discussed. 1. C. Merten, Y. Xu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 2073 -2076. 2. M. Losada, Y. Xu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007, 9, 3127-3135; Y. Liu, G. Yang, M. Losada, Y. Xu, J. Chem. Phys., 2010, 132, 234513/1-11. 3. A. Zehnacker, M. Suhm, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 6970 - 6992.

  6. Interactions of L-alanine with alumina as studied by vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Garcia, Ana R; de Barros, Ricardo Brito; Fidalgo, Alexandra; Ilharco, Laura M

    2007-09-25

    The interactions of L-alanine with gamma- and alpha-alumina have been investigated by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). L-alanine/alumina samples were dried from aqueous suspensions, at 36.5 degrees C, with two amino acid concentrations (0.4 and 0.8 mmol g-1) and at different pH values (1, 6, and 13). The vibrational spectra proved that the nature of L-alanine interactions with both aluminas is the same (hydrogen bonding), although the groups involved depend on the L-alanine form and on alumina surface groups, both controlled by the pH. For samples prepared at pH 1, cationic L-alanine [CH3CH(NH3+)COOH] displaces physisorbed water from alumina, and strong hydrogen bonds are established between the carbonyl groups of alanine, as electron donors, and the surface Al-OH2+ groups of alumina. This occurs at the expense of alanine dimer dissociation and breaking of intramolecular bonds. When samples are prepared at pH 6, the interacting groups are Al-OH2+ and the carboxylate groups of zwitterionic L-alanine [CH3CH(NH3+)COO-]. The affinity of L-alanine toward alumina decreases, as the strong NH3+...-OOC intermolecular hydrogen bonds prevail over the interactions with alumina. Thus, for a load of 0.8 mmol g-1, phase segregation is observed. On alpha-alumina, crystal deposition is even observed for a load of 0.4 mmol g-1. At pH 13, the carboxylate groups of anionic L-alanine [CH3CH(NH2)COO-] are not affected by alumina. Instead, hydrogen bond interactions occur between NH2 and the Al-OH surface groups of the substrate. Complementary N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms showed that adsorption of L-alanine occurs onto the alumina pore network for samples prepared at pH 1 and 13, whereas at pH 6 the amino acid/alumina interactions are not strong enough to promote adsorption. The mesoporous structure and the high specific surface area of gamma-alumina make it a more efficient substrate for adsorption of L-alanine. For each alumina, however, it is

  7. Electron-vibration entanglement in the Born-Oppenheimer description of chemical reactions and spectroscopy.

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    McKemmish, Laura K; McKenzie, Ross H; Hush, Noel S; Reimers, Jeffrey R

    2015-10-14

    Entanglement is sometimes regarded as the quintessential measure of the quantum nature of a system and its significance for the understanding of coupled electronic and vibrational motions in molecules has been conjectured. Previously, we considered the entanglement developed in a spatially localized diabatic basis representation of the electronic states, considering design rules for qubits in a low-temperature chemical quantum computer. We extend this to consider the entanglement developed during high-energy processes. We also consider the entanglement developed using adiabatic electronic basis, providing a novel way for interpreting effects of the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) approximation. We consider: (i) BO entanglement in the ground-state wavefunction relevant to equilibrium thermodynamics, (ii) BO entanglement associated with low-energy wavefunctions relevant to infrared and tunneling spectroscopies, (iii) BO entanglement in high-energy eigenfunctions relevant to chemical reaction processes, and (iv) BO entanglement developed during reactive wavepacket dynamics. A two-state single-mode diabatic model descriptive of a wide range of chemical phenomena is used for this purpose. The entanglement developed by BO breakdown correlates simply with the diameter of the cusp introduced by the BO approximation, and a hierarchy appears between the various BO-breakdown correction terms, with the first-derivative correction being more important than the second-derivative correction which is more important than the diagonal correction. This simplicity is in contrast to the complexity of BO-breakdown effects on thermodynamic, spectroscopic, and kinetic properties. Further, processes poorly treated at the BO level that appear adequately treated using the Born-Huang adiabatic approximation are found to have properties that can only be described using a non-adiabatic description. For the entanglement developed between diabatic electronic states and the nuclear motion

  8. Structural and vibrational spectroscopy investigation of the 5-[(diphenyl) amino] isophthalic acid molecule

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    Kurt, M.; Şaş, E. Babur; Can, M.; Okur, S.; Icli, S.; Demic, S.

    2014-10-01

    The molecular structure and vibrations of 5-(diphenyl) amino] isophthalic acid (DPIFA) were investigated by different spectroscopic techniques (such as infrared and Raman). FT-IR, FT-Raman and dispersive Raman spectra were recorded in the solid phase. HOMO-LUMO analyses were performed. The theoretical calculations for the molecular structure and spectroscopic studies were performed with DFT (B3LYP) and 6-311G(d,p) basis set calculations using the Gaussian 09 program. After optimizing the geometry of the molecule, vibration wavenumbers and fundamental vibrations wavenumbers were assigned on the basis of the potential energy distribution (PED) of the vibrational modes calculated with VEDA 4 program. The results of theoretical calculations for the spectra of the title compound were compared with the observed spectra.

  9. From Conventional to Phase-Sensitive Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy: Probing Water Organization at Aqueous Interfaces.

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    Verreault, Dominique; Hua, Wei; Allen, Heather C

    2012-10-18

    Elucidation of water organization at aqueous interfaces has remained a challenging problem. Conventional vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy and its most recent extension, phase-sensitive VSFG (PS-VSFG), have emerged as powerful experimental methods for unraveling structural information at various aqueous interfaces. In this Perspective, we briefly describe the two possible VSFG detection modes, and we point out features that make these methods highly suited to address questions about water organization at air/aqueous interfaces. Several important aqueous interfacial systems are discussed to illustrate the versatility of these methods. Remaining challenges and exciting prospective directions are also presented.

  10. Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy as a tool to detect molecular vibrations in ground and excited electronic states.

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    Gelin, Maxim F; Domcke, Wolfgang; Rao, B Jayachander

    2016-05-14

    We give a detailed theoretical analysis of the simplest variant of femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy, where a picosecond Raman pump pulse and a femtosecond Raman probe pulse are applied resonantly to a chromophore in thermal equilibrium in the ground electronic state. We demonstrate that this technique is capable of the detection of dephasing-free Raman-like lines revealing vibrational modes not only in the electronic ground state but also in the excited electronic state of the chromophore. The analytical results obtained with simplifying assumptions for the shape of the laser pulses are substantiated by numerical simulations with realistic laser pulses, employing the equation-of-motion phase-matching approach.

  11. Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy as a tool to detect molecular vibrations in ground and excited electronic states

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    Gelin, Maxim F.; Domcke, Wolfgang; Rao, B. Jayachander

    2016-05-01

    We give a detailed theoretical analysis of the simplest variant of femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy, where a picosecond Raman pump pulse and a femtosecond Raman probe pulse are applied resonantly to a chromophore in thermal equilibrium in the ground electronic state. We demonstrate that this technique is capable of the detection of dephasing-free Raman-like lines revealing vibrational modes not only in the electronic ground state but also in the excited electronic state of the chromophore. The analytical results obtained with simplifying assumptions for the shape of the laser pulses are substantiated by numerical simulations with realistic laser pulses, employing the equation-of-motion phase-matching approach.

  12. Molecular orientation behavior of chiral nematic liquid crystals based on the presence of blue phases using polarized microscopic FT-IR spectroscopy

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    Matsumura, Masanori; Katayama, Norihisa

    2016-07-01

    Study on molecular orientation behavior of highly twisted chiral nematic liquid crystals (N∗LCs) expressing blue phases (BPs) is important for developing new devices. This study examines the change of molecular orientation of N∗LCs due to the presence of BPs. Polarized microscopic FT-IR spectroscopy was used to study the in- and out-of-plane molecular orientations of N∗LCs that undergo a phase transition involving BPs. The band intensity ratio of CN to CH2 stretching modes (CN/CH2) in the IR spectra was used to determine the orientation of N∗LC molecules. The measured spectra indicated that the helical axis of N∗LC molecules was perpendicular to the substrate before heating and inclined on the substrate after cooling the sample which has phase transition from BP I to chiral nematic (N∗). The N∗LC molecule in the cell of rubbed orientation film exhibited the in-plane anisotropy after a heating-cooling ramp only in samples that passed through BP I. These results indicate that the changes of molecular orientation of N∗LC by phase transition are affected by BP I.

  13. a Study of Vibrational Mode Coupling in 2-FLUOROETHANOL and 1,2-DIFLUOROETHANE Using High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Mork, Steven Wayne

    High resolution infrared spectroscopy was used to examine intramolecular vibrational interactions in 2 -fluoroethanol (2FE) and 1,2-difluoroethane (DFE). A high resolution infrared spectrophotometer capable of better than 10 MHz spectral resolution was designed and constructed. The excitation source consists of three lasers: an argon-ion pumped dye laser which pumps a color -center laser. The infrared beam from the color-center laser is used to excite sample molecules which are rotationally and vibrationally cooled in a supersonic molecular beam. Rovibrational excitation of the sample molecules is detected by monitoring the kinetic energy of the molecular beam with a bolometer. The high resolution infrared spectrum of 2FE was collected and analyzed over the 2977-2990 cm^ {-1}^ectral region. This region contains the asymmetric CH stretch on the fluorinated carbon. The spectrum revealed extensive perturbations in the rotational fine structure. Analysis of these perturbations has provided a quantitative measure of selective vibrational mode coupling between the C-H stretch and its many neighboring dark vibrational modes. Interestingly, excitation of the C-H stretch is known to induce a photoisomerization reaction between 2FE's Gg^' and Tt conformers. Implications of the role of mode coupling in the reaction mechanism are also addressed. Similarly, the high resolution infrared spectrum of DFE was collected and analyzed over the 2978-2996 cm ^{-1}^ectral region. This region contains the symmetric combination of asymmetric C-H stretches in DFE. Perturbations in the rotational fine structure indicate vibrational mode coupling to a single dark vibrational state. The dark state is split by approximately 19 cm^{-1} due to tunneling between two identical gauche conformers. The coupling mechanism is largely anharmonic with a minor component of B/C-plane Coriolis coupling. Effects of centrifugal distortion along the molecular A-axis are also observed. The coupled vibrational

  14. Self-assembly structures of 1H-indazoles in the solution and solid phases: a vibrational (IR, FIR, Raman, and VCD) spectroscopy and computational study.

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    Avilés Moreno, J R; Quesada Moreno, M M; López González, J J; Claramunt, R M; López, C; Alkorta, I; Elguero, J

    2013-10-07

    1H-indazoles are good candidates for studying the phenomena of molecular association and spontaneous resolution of chiral compounds. Thus, because the 1H-indazoles can crystallize as dimers, trimers, or catemers, depending on their structure and the phase that they are in, the difficulty in the experimental analysis of the structure of the family of 1H-indazoles becomes clear. This difficulty leads us to contemplate several questions: How can we determine the presence of different structures of a given molecular species if they change according to the phase? Could these different structures be present in the same phase simultaneously? How can they be determined? To shed light on these questions, we outline a very complete strategy by using various vibrational spectroscopic techniques that are sensitive (VCD) and insensitive (IR, FIR, and Raman) towards the chirality, together with quantum chemical calculations.

  15. Vibrational overtone spectroscopy and intramolecular dynamics of C-H stretches in pyrrole

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    Portnov, Alexander; Epshtein, Michael; Rosenwaks, Salman; Bar, Ilana

    2013-05-01

    Room-temperature photoacoustic spectra and jet-cooled action spectra of the regions of the first and second C-H stretch overtones of pyrrole were measured with the goal of gaining new insight on the vibrational patterns and the intramolecular energy flow out of the initially excited vibrational states. The rotational cooling of the action spectra helped in observing hitherto unresolved features, assisting determination of the existing multiple bands and their positions in each region. These bands were analyzed by building vibrational Hamiltonian matrices related to a simplified joint local-mode/normal-mode (LM/NM) model, accounting for two types of C-H stretches and their Fermi resonances with the CCH deformation modes. The diagonalization of the LM/NM vibrational Hamiltonians and the fitting of the eigenvalues to the band positions revealed model parameters, enabling assignment of the observed bands. The time dependences of the survival probabilities of the C-H stretches in the region of the first and second overtones, deduced from the vibrational Hamiltonian, show quantum beats due to the couplings to the deformations and decays driven by weaker interactions to the bath states. The C-H stretches, although somewhat lower in energy, show stronger coupling than the N-H stretches.

  16. Efficient anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy for large molecules using local-mode coordinates.

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    Cheng, Xiaolu; Steele, Ryan P

    2014-09-14

    This article presents a general computational approach for efficient simulations of anharmonic vibrational spectra in chemical systems. An automated local-mode vibrational approach is presented, which borrows techniques from localized molecular orbitals in electronic structure theory. This approach generates spatially localized vibrational modes, in contrast to the delocalization exhibited by canonical normal modes. The method is rigorously tested across a series of chemical systems, ranging from small molecules to large water clusters and a protonated dipeptide. It is interfaced with exact, grid-based approaches, as well as vibrational self-consistent field methods. Most significantly, this new set of reference coordinates exhibits a well-behaved spatial decay of mode couplings, which allows for a systematic, a priori truncation of mode couplings and increased computational efficiency. Convergence can typically be reached by including modes within only about 4 Å. The local nature of this truncation suggests particular promise for the ab initio simulation of anharmonic vibrational motion in large systems, where connection to experimental spectra is currently most challenging.

  17. Efficient anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy for large molecules using local-mode coordinates

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    Cheng, Xiaolu; Steele, Ryan P.

    2014-09-01

    This article presents a general computational approach for efficient simulations of anharmonic vibrational spectra in chemical systems. An automated local-mode vibrational approach is presented, which borrows techniques from localized molecular orbitals in electronic structure theory. This approach generates spatially localized vibrational modes, in contrast to the delocalization exhibited by canonical normal modes. The method is rigorously tested across a series of chemical systems, ranging from small molecules to large water clusters and a protonated dipeptide. It is interfaced with exact, grid-based approaches, as well as vibrational self-consistent field methods. Most significantly, this new set of reference coordinates exhibits a well-behaved spatial decay of mode couplings, which allows for a systematic, a priori truncation of mode couplings and increased computational efficiency. Convergence can typically be reached by including modes within only about 4 Å. The local nature of this truncation suggests particular promise for the ab initio simulation of anharmonic vibrational motion in large systems, where connection to experimental spectra is currently most challenging.

  18. Efficient anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy for large molecules using local-mode coordinates

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    Cheng, Xiaolu; Steele, Ryan P.

    2014-09-14

    This article presents a general computational approach for efficient simulations of anharmonic vibrational spectra in chemical systems. An automated local-mode vibrational approach is presented, which borrows techniques from localized molecular orbitals in electronic structure theory. This approach generates spatially localized vibrational modes, in contrast to the delocalization exhibited by canonical normal modes. The method is rigorously tested across a series of chemical systems, ranging from small molecules to large water clusters and a protonated dipeptide. It is interfaced with exact, grid-based approaches, as well as vibrational self-consistent field methods. Most significantly, this new set of reference coordinates exhibits a well-behaved spatial decay of mode couplings, which allows for a systematic, a priori truncation of mode couplings and increased computational efficiency. Convergence can typically be reached by including modes within only about 4 Å. The local nature of this truncation suggests particular promise for the ab initio simulation of anharmonic vibrational motion in large systems, where connection to experimental spectra is currently most challenging.

  19. Characterization of compounds derived from copper-oxamate and imidazolium by X-ray absorption and vibrational spectroscopies

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    do Nascimento, Gustavo M.; do Pim, Walace D.; Reis, Daniella O.; Simões, Tatiana R. G.; Pradie, Noriberto A.; Stumpf, Humberto O.

    2015-05-01

    In this work, compounds derived from copper-oxamate anions (ortho, meta, and para)-phenylenebis (oxamate) and imidazolium cations (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium) were synthesized. The compounds were characterized by Raman and FTIR spectroscopies and the band assignments were supported by DFT calculations. Strong IR bands from 1610 to 1700 cm-1 dominated the spectra of the complex and can be assigned to νCdbnd O vibrations of the [Cu(opba)]2- anions by the comparison with the DFT data. In opposition to the FTIR spectra, the main vibrational bands in the Raman spectra are observed in the 1350-1600 cm-1 range. All bands in this region are associated to the modified benzene vibrations of the copper-phenylenebis(oxamate) anions. X-ray absorption near edge (XANES) at different energies (NK and Cu L2,3 edges) was also used to probe the interionic interactions. XANES data show that anion-cation interaction in the Cu-oxamate-imidazolium changes the electronic structure around the sbnd Cusbnd Nsbnd sites in the oxamate anion.

  20. Characterization of compounds derived from copper-oxamate and imidazolium by X-ray absorption and vibrational spectroscopies.

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    do Nascimento, Gustavo M; do Pim, Walace D; Reis, Daniella O; Simões, Tatiana R G; Pradie, Noriberto A; Stumpf, Humberto O

    2015-05-05

    In this work, compounds derived from copper-oxamate anions (ortho, meta, and para)-phenylenebis (oxamate) and imidazolium cations (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium) were synthesized. The compounds were characterized by Raman and FTIR spectroscopies and the band assignments were supported by DFT calculations. Strong IR bands from 1610 to 1700cm(-1) dominated the spectra of the complex and can be assigned to νCO vibrations of the [Cu(opba)](2-) anions by the comparison with the DFT data. In opposition to the FTIR spectra, the main vibrational bands in the Raman spectra are observed in the 1350-1600cm(-1) range. All bands in this region are associated to the modified benzene vibrations of the copper-phenylenebis(oxamate) anions. X-ray absorption near edge (XANES) at different energies (NK and Cu L2,3 edges) was also used to probe the interionic interactions. XANES data show that anion-cation interaction in the Cu-oxamate-imidazolium changes the electronic structure around the CuN sites in the oxamate anion.

  1. Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy of water and aqueous N-methylacetamide: Comparison of different electronic structure/molecular dynamics approaches.

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    Schmidt, J R; Corcelli, S A; Skinner, J L

    2004-11-08

    Kwac and Cho [J. Chem. Phys. 119, 2247 (2003)] have recently developed a combined electronic structure/molecular dynamics approach to vibrational spectroscopy in liquids. The method involves fitting ab initio vibrational frequencies for a solute in a cluster of solvent molecules to a linear combination of the electrostatic potentials on the solute atoms due to the charges on the solvent molecules. These authors applied their method to the N-methylacetamide-D/D(2)O system. We (S. A. Corcelli, C. P. Lawrence, and J. L. Skinner, [J. Chem. Phys. 120, 8107 (2004)]) have recently explored a closely related method, where instead of the electrostatic potential, the solute vibrational frequencies are fit to the components of the electric fields on the solute atoms due to the solvent molecules. We applied our method to the HOD/D(2)O and HOD/H(2)O systems. In order to make a direct comparison of these two approaches, in this paper we apply their method to the water system, and our method to the N-methylacetamide system. For the water system we find that the electric field method is superior to the potential approach, as judged by comparison with experiments for the absorption line shape. For the N-methylacetamide system the two methods are comparable.

  2. Elucidating low-frequency vibrational dynamics in calcite and water with time-resolved third-harmonic generation spectroscopy.

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    Wang, Liang; Liu, Weimin; Fang, Chong

    2015-07-14

    Low-frequency vibrations are foundational for material properties including thermal conductivity and chemical reactivity. To resolve the intrinsic molecular conformational dynamics in condensed phase, we implement time-resolved third-harmonic generation (TRTHG) spectroscopy to unravel collective skeletal motions in calcite, water, and aqueous salt solution in situ. The lifetime of three Raman-active modes in polycrystalline calcite at 155, 282 and 703 cm(-1) is found to be ca. 1.6 ps, 1.3 ps and 250 fs, respectively. The lifetime difference is due to crystallographic defects and anharmonic effects. By incorporating a home-built wire-guided liquid jet, we apply TRTHG to investigate pure water and ZnCl2 aqueous solution, revealing ultrafast dynamics of water intermolecular stretching and librational bands below 500 cm(-1) and a characteristic 280 cm(-1) vibrational mode in the ZnCl4(H2O)2(2-) complex. TRTHG proves to be a compact and versatile technique that directly uses the 800 nm fundamental laser pulse output to capture ultrafast low-frequency vibrational motion snapshots in condensed-phase materials including the omnipresent water, which provides the important time dimension to spectral characterization of molecular structure-function relationships.

  3. High-Resolution Spectroscopy with a Free-Electron Laser: Vibrational Lifetimes of Hydrogen-related Defects in Silicon

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    Luepke, Gunter

    2009-03-01

    Gunter Luepke, Department of Applied Science, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187 Vibrational lifetimes of hydrogen- and deuterium-related bending and stretching modes in crystalline silicon are measured by high-resolution infrared absorption spectroscopy and pump-probe transient bleaching technique using the Jefferson Lab. Free-Electron Laser. We find that the vibrational lifetimes of the bending modes follow a universal frequency-gap law, i.e., the decay time increases exponentially with increasing decay order, with values ranging from 1 ps for a one-phonon process to 265 ps for a four-phonon process. The temperature dependence of the lifetime shows that the bending mode decays by lowest-order multi-phonon process. In contrast, the lifetimes of the stretching modes are found to be extremely dependent on the defect structure, ranging from 2 to 295 ps. Against conventional wisdom, we find that lifetimes of Si-D stretch modes typically are longer than for the corresponding Si-H modes. Our results provide new insights into vibrational decay and the giant isotope effect of hydrogen in semiconductor systems. The potential implications of the results on the physics of electronic device degradation are discussed.

  4. Vibrational spectroscopy of biofluids for disease screening or diagnosis: translation from the laboratory to a clinical setting.

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    Mitchell, Alana L; Gajjar, Ketan B; Theophilou, Georgios; Martin, Francis L; Martin-Hirsch, Pierre L

    2014-04-01

    There remains a need for objective and cost-effective approaches capable of diagnosing early-stage disease in point-of-care clinical settings. Given an increasingly ageing population resulting in a rising prevalence of chronic diseases, the need for screening to facilitate the personalising of therapies to prevent or slow down pathology development will increase. Such a tool needs to be robust but simple enough to be implemented into clinical practice. There is interest in extracting biomarkers from biofluids (e.g., plasma or serum); techniques based on vibrational spectroscopy provide an option. Sample preparation is minimal, techniques involved are relatively low-cost, and data frameworks are available. This review explores the evidence supporting the applicability of vibrational spectroscopy to generate spectral biomarkers of disease in biofluids. We extend the inter-disciplinary nature of this approach to hypothesise a microfluidic platform that could allow such measurements. With an appropriate lightsource, such engineering could revolutionize screening in the 21(st) century.

  5. Two-Dimensional Infrared Vibrational Echo Spectroscopy Measurements of the Structural Dynamics Occurring in Conducting Polymer Thin Films

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    Eigner, Audrey Ann

    2011-12-01

    The research presented in this thesis is concerned with the elucidation of the origin of structural dynamics and their relationship to charge mobility in conducting polymer systems. In the past thirty years, research in the field of electrically conducting polymers has grown immensely. Interest in such polymers is due mainly to their unique semiconducting properties and thus their potential application in plastic electronics. While it is known that the charge transport of such polymers is linked to their molecular structure, very little is known about the relationship between charge transport and structural dynamics. In particular, this work has focused on the conducting polymers poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and polyaniline (PANI). Samples of each polymer were studied using two-dimensional infrared vibrational echo spectroscopy (2D-IR VES), as well as one-dimensional infrared, UV-visible, and fluorescence spectroscopies. Additional characterizations of the polymers were performed, and included transmission electron microscopy (TEM), hole-mobility and resistance measurements. The vibrational echo technique was especially well suited for this study because it removed inhomogeneous broadening and allowed for the monitoring of the time evolution of molecular structure on the picosecond time scale. Viewed together, the studies presented in this work have begun to correlate specific structural dynamics with changes in the film conductivities.

  6. Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy of Adsorbed Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Solid-Water Interfaces

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    Holinga IV, George Joseph

    2010-09-01

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy was used to investigate the interfacial properties of several amino acids, peptides, and proteins adsorbed at the hydrophilic polystyrene solid-liquid and the hydrophobic silica solid-liquid interfaces. The influence of experimental geometry on the sensitivity and resolution of the SFG vibrational spectroscopy technique was investigated both theoretically and experimentally. SFG was implemented to investigate the adsorption and organization of eight individual amino acids at model hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces under physiological conditions. Biointerface studies were conducted using a combination of SFG and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) comparing the interfacial structure and concentration of two amino acids and their corresponding homopeptides at two model liquid-solid interfaces as a function of their concentration in aqueous solutions. The influence of temperature, concentration, equilibration time, and electrical bias on the extent of adsorption and interfacial structure of biomolecules were explored at the liquid-solid interface via QCM and SFG. QCM was utilized to quantify the biological activity of heparin functionalized surfaces. A novel optical parametric amplifier was developed and utilized in SFG experiments to investigate the secondary structure of an adsorbed model peptide at the solid-liquid interface.

  7. Deducing the molecular properties of zwitterionic, protonated, deprotonated, and double-deprotonated forms of L-cysteine from vibrational spectroscopy (IR, Raman, VCD) and quantum chemical calculations.

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    Quesada-Moreno, María Mar; Avilés-Moreno, Juan Ramón; Márquez-García, A A; López-González, Juan Jesús

    2014-06-01

    The behavior of L-cysteine (C3H7NO2S, (2R)-2-amino-3-sulfanylpropanoic acid) in water at different pH values was analyzed both experimentally and theoretically. The behavior was studied at pH values of 5.21 (at this pH, L-cysteine is a zwitterionic species), 1.00 (protonated species), 8.84 (monodeprotonated species), and 13.00 (dideprotonated species). We carried out a vibrational study using nonchiroptical (IR-Raman) and chiroptical (VCD) techniques complemented by quantum chemical calculations. We adopted a dual strategy, as follows. (i) The hybrid density functionals B3LYP and M062X and the ab initio MP2 method were employed, with the same 6-311++G (d,p) basis set, in order to characterize the relative energies and structures of an extensive set of conformers of L-cysteine. The presence of water was included by utilizing the IEF-PCM implicit solvation model. (ii) The vibrational analysis was made using a chirality-sensitive using a chirality-sensitive technique (VCD) and chirality-insensitive techniques (IR, including MIR and FIR, and Raman), especially in aqueous solution. The results obtained theoretically and experimentally were compared in order to deduce the most stable structures at each pH. Moreover, for the first time, the monodeprotonated anion of L-cysteine was detected in aqueous solution by means of IR, Raman and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). Finally, analysis of the low-frequency region using the IR and Raman techniques was shown to be a very important way to understanding the conformational preference of the zwitterionic species.

  8. Optically active mixed (phthalocyaninato)(porphyrinato) rare earth triple-decker complexes. Synthesis, spectroscopy, and effective chiral information transfer.

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    Lu, Jitao; Deng, Yanhua; Zhang, Xiaomei; Kobayashi, Nagao; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2011-03-21

    With the view to creating novel sandwich-type tetrapyrrole rare earth complexes toward potential applications in material science and chiral catalysis, two new optically active mixed (phthalocyaninato)(porphyrinato) rare earth triple-decker complexes with both (R)- and (S)-enantiomers [M(2)(Pc)(2)(TCBP)] {TCBP = Meso-tetrakis [3,4-(11,12:13,14-di(1',2'-naphtho)-1,4,7,10,15,18-hexaoxacycloeicosa-2,11,13-triene)-phenyl] porphyrinate; M = Eu (1), Y (2)} have been designed and prepared by treating optically active metal free porphyrin (R)-/(S)-H(2)TCBP with M(Pc)(2) in the presence of corresponding M(acac)(3)·nH(2)O (acac = acetylacetonate) in refluxing 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (TCB). These novel mixed ring rare earth triple-decker compounds were characterized by a wide range of spectroscopic methods including MS, (1)H NMR, IR, electronic absorption, and magnetic circular-dichroism (MCD) spectroscopic measurements in addition to elemental analysis. Perfect mirror image relationship was observed in the Soret and Q absorption regions in the circular-dichroism (CD) spectra of the (R)- and (S)-enantiomers, indicating the optically active nature of these two mixed (phthalocyaninato)(porphyrinato) rare earth triple-decker complexes. This result reveals the effective chiral information transfer from the peripheral chiral binaphthyl units to the porphyrin and phthalocyanine chromophores in the triple-decker molecule because of the intense π-π interaction between porphyrin and phthalocyanine rings. In addition, their electrochemical properties have also been investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV).

  9. Infrared overtone spectroscopy and vibrational analysis of a Fermi resonance in nitric acid: Experiment and theory.

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    Konen, Ian M; Li, Eunice X J; Lester, Marsha I; Vázquez, Juana; Stanton, John F

    2006-08-21

    High resolution infrared spectra of nitric acid have been recorded in the first OH overtone region under jet-cooled conditions using a sequential IR-UV excitation method. Vibrational bands observed at 6933.39(3), 6938.75(4), and 6951.985(3) cm(-1) (origins) with relative intensities of 0.42(1), 0.38(1), and 0.20(1) are attributed to strongly mixed states involved in a Fermi resonance. A vibrational deperturbation analysis suggests that the optically bright OH overtone stretch (2nu1) at 6939.2(1) cm(-1) is coupled directly to the nu1 + 2nu2 state at 6946.4(1) cm(-1) and indirectly to the 3nu2 + nu3 + nu7 state at 6938.5(1) cm(-1). Both the identity of the zero-order states and the indirect coupling scheme are deduced from complementary CCSD(T) calculations in conjunction with second-order vibrational perturbation theory. The deperturbation analysis also yields the experimental coupling between 2nu1 and nu1 + 2nu2 of -6.9(1) cm(-1), and that between the two dark states of +5.0(1) cm(-1). The calculated vibrational energies and couplings are in near quantitative agreement with experimentally derived values except for a predicted twofold stronger coupling of 2nu1 to nu1 + 2nu2. Weaker coupling of the strongly mixed states to a dense background of vibrational states via intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution is evident from the experimental linewidths of 0.08 and 0.25 cm(-1) for the higher energy and two overlapping lower energy bands, respectively. A comprehensive rotational analysis of the higher energy band yields spectroscopic parameters and the direction of the OH overtone transition dipole moment.

  10. Solvation of coumarin6 studied by vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory

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    Singh, Randhir; Sathe, Vasant; Sharma, Amit; Kaur, Sarvpreet; Saini, G. S. S.

    2016-02-01

    Effect of solvation on coumarin6 dye has been studied with density functional theory (DFT). Optimized structure of the dye has been obtained in various solvents and frequencies of various vibrational bands have been calculated in these solvents. Calculations predict shift in the frequency of certain bands in the solvents. Similar shifts have been observed experimentally in the vibrational spectra of the dye in solvents. In order to ascertain the origin of these shifts, the interactions of solvent molecules with the coumarin6 molecule have been studied using various tools of DFT like donor-acceptor interactions, Molecular Electrostatic potential (MEP) and HOMO-LUMO analysis etc.

  11. Water at the Surfaces of Aligned Phospholipid Multi-Bilayer Model Membranes Probed with Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Zhao, Wei; Moilanen, David E.; Fenn, Emily E.; Fayer, Michael D.

    2009-01-01

    The dynamics of water at the surface of artificial membranes composed of aligned multibilayers of the phospholipid dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine (DLPC) are probed with ultrafast polarization selective vibrational pump-probe spectroscopy. The experiments are performed at various hydration levels, x = 2 – 16 water molecules per lipid at 37 °C. The water molecules are ~1 nm above or below the membrane surface. The experiments are conducted on the OD stretching mode of dilute HOD in H2O to eliminate vibrational excitation transfer. The FT-IR absorption spectra of the OD stretch in the DLPC bilayer system at low hydration levels shows a red-shift in frequency relative to bulk water, which is in contrast to the blue shift often observed in systems such as water nanopools in reverse micelles. The spectra for x = 4 – 16 can be reproduced by a superposition of the spectra for x = 2 and bulk water. IR Pump-probe measurements reveal that the vibrational population decays (lifetimes) become longer as the hydration level is decreased. The population decays are fit well by biexponential functions. The population decays, measured as a function of the OD stretch frequency, suggest the existence of two major types of water molecules in the interfacial region of the lipid bilayers. One component may be a clathrate-like water cluster near the hydrophobic choline group and the other may be related to the hydration water molecules mainly associated with the phosphate group. As the hydration level increases, the vibrational lifetimes of these two components decrease, suggesting a continuous evolution of the hydration structures in the two components associated with the swelling of the bilayers. The agreement of the magnitudes of the two components obtained from IR spectra with those from vibrational lifetime measurements further supports the two component model. The vibrational population decay fitting also gives an estimation of the number of phosphate-associated water molecules

  12. Vibrational cooling dynamics of a [FeFe]-hydrogenase mimic probed by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Caplins, Benjamin W; Lomont, Justin P; Nguyen, Son C; Harris, Charles B

    2014-12-11

    Picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (TRIR) was performed for the first time on a dithiolate bridged binuclear iron(I) hexacarbonyl complex ([Fe₂(μ-bdt)(CO)₆], bdt = benzene-1,2-dithiolate) which is a structural mimic of the active site of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase enzyme. As these model active sites are increasingly being studied for their potential in photocatalytic systems for hydrogen production, understanding their excited and ground state dynamics is critical. In n-heptane, absorption of 400 nm light causes carbonyl loss with low quantum yield (<10%), while the majority (ca. 90%) of the parent complex is regenerated with biexponential kinetics (τ₁ = 21 ps and τ₂ = 134 ps). In order to understand the mechanism of picosecond bleach recovery, a series of UV-pump TRIR experiments were performed in different solvents. The long time decay (τ₂) of the transient spectra is seen to change substantially as a function of solvent, from 95 ps in THF to 262 ps in CCl₄. Broadband IR-pump TRIR experiments were performed for comparison. The measured vibrational lifetimes (T₁(avg)) of the carbonyl stretches were found to be in excellent correspondence to the observed τ₂ decays in the UV-pump experiments, signifying that vibrationally excited carbonyl stretches are responsible for the observed longtime decays. The fast spectral evolution (τ₁) was determined to be due to vibrational cooling of low frequency modes anharmonically coupled to the carbonyl stretches that were excited after electronic internal conversion. The results show that cooling of both low and high frequency vibrational modes on the electronic ground state give rise to the observed picosecond TRIR transient spectra of this compound, without the need to invoke electronically excited states.

  13. Vibrational spectroscopy and dynamics of W(CO)6 in solid methane as a probe of lattice properties

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    Thon, Raphael; Chin, Wutharath; Chamma, Didier; Galaup, Jean-Pierre; Ouvrard, Aimeric; Bourguignon, Bernard; Crépin, Claudine

    2016-12-01

    Methane solids present more than one accessible crystalline phase at low temperature at zero pressure. We trap W(CO)6 in CH4 and CD4 matrices between 8 and 35 K to probe the interaction between an impurity and its surrounding molecular solid under various physical conditions. Linear and nonlinear vibrational spectroscopies of W(CO)6 highlight different kinds of interaction and reveal new and remarkable signatures of the phase transition of methane. The structures in the absorption band of the antisymmetric CO stretching mode exhibit a clear modification at the transition between phase II and phase I in CH4 and motional narrowing is observed upon temperature increase. The vibrational dynamics of this mode is probed in stimulated photon echo experiments performed with a femtosecond IR laser. A short component around 10 ps is detected in the population relaxation lifetime in the high temperature phase of solid CH4 (phase I) and disappears at lower temperatures (phase II) where the vibrational lifetime is in the hundreds of ps. The analysis of the nonlinear time-resolved results suggests that the short component comes from a fast energy transfer between the vibrational excitation of the guest and the lattice in specific families of sites. Such fast transfers are observed in the case of W(CO)6 trapped in CD4 because of an energy overlap of the excitation of W(CO)6 and a lattice vibron. In solid CH4, even when these V-V transfers are not efficient, pure dephasing processes due to the molecular nature of the host occur: they are temperature dependent without a clear modification at the phase transition.

  14. Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy reveals the FeS cluster composition and active site vibrational properties of an O2-tolerant NAD+-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase

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    Lauterbach, Lars; Wang, Hongxin; Horch, Marius; ...

    2014-10-30

    Hydrogenases are complex metalloenzymes that catalyze the reversible splitting of molecular hydrogen into protons and electrons essentially without overpotential. The NAD+-reducing soluble hydrogenase (SH) from Ralstonia eutropha is capable of H2 conversion even in the presence of usually toxic dioxygen. The molecular details of the underlying reactions are largely unknown, mainly because of limited knowledge of the structure and function of the various metal cofactors present in the enzyme. Here, all iron-containing cofactors of the SH were investigated by 57Fe specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS). Our data provide experimental evidence for one [2Fe2S] center and four [4Fe4S] clusters, whichmore » is consistent with the amino acid sequence composition. Only the [2Fe2S] cluster and one of the four [4Fe4S] clusters were reduced upon incubation of the SH with NADH. This finding explains the discrepancy between the large number of FeS clusters and the small amount of FeS cluster-related signals as detected by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis of several NAD+-reducing hydrogenases. For the first time, Fe–CO and Fe–CN modes derived from the [NiFe] active site could be distinguished by NRVS through selective 13C labeling of the CO ligand. This strategy also revealed the molecular coordinates that dominate the individual Fe–CO modes. The present approach explores the complex vibrational signature of the Fe–S clusters and the hydrogenase active site, thereby showing that NRVS represents a powerful tool for the elucidation of complex biocatalysts containing multiple cofactors.« less

  15. High-Resolution Vibration-Rotation Spectroscopy of CO[subscript 2]: Understanding the Boltzmann Distribution

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    Castle, Karen J.

    2007-01-01

    In this undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory experiment, students acquire a high-resolution infrared absorption spectrum of carbon dioxide and use their data to show that the rotational-vibrational state populations follow a Boltzmann distribution. Data are acquired with a mid-infrared laser source and infrared detector. Appropriate…

  16. Precision Spectroscopy on Highly-Excited Vibrational Levels of H_2

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    Niu, Ming Li; Salumbides, Edcel John; Ubachs, Wim

    2015-06-01

    The ground electronic energy levels of H_2 have been used as a benchmark system for the most precise comparisons between ab initio calculations and experimental investigations. Recent examples include the determinations of the ionization energy [1], fundamental vibrational energy splitting [2], and rotational energy progression extending to J=16 [3]. In general, the experimental and theoretical values are in excellent agreement with each other. The energy calculations, however, reduce in accuracy with the increase in rotational and vibrational excitation, limited by the accuracy of non-Born Oppenheimer corrections, as well as the higher-order QED effects. While on the experimental side, it remains difficult to sufficiently populate these excited levels in the ground electronic state. We present here our high-resolution spectroscopic study on the X ^1σ^+_g electronic ground state levels with very high vibrational quanta (ν=10,11,12). Vibrationally-excited H_2 are produced from the photodissociation of H_2S [4], and subsequently probed by a narrowband pulsed dye laser system. The experimental results are consistent with and more accurate than the best theoretical values [5]. These vibrationally-excited level energies are also of interest to studies that extract constraints on the possible new interactions that extend beyond the Standard Model [6]. [1] J. Liu et al., J. Chem. Phys. 130, 174306 (2009). [2] G. Dickenson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 193601 (2013). [3] E.J. Salumbides et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 143005 (2011). [4] J. Steadman and T. Baer, J. Chem. Phys. 91, 6113 (1989). [5] J. Komasa et al., J. Chem. Theory Comp. 7, 3105 (2011). [6] E.J. Salumbides et al., Phys. Rev. D 87, 112008 (2013).

  17. Vibrational spectroscopy of water in hydrated lipid multi-bilayers. I. Infrared spectra and ultrafast pump-probe observables.

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    Gruenbaum, S M; Skinner, J L

    2011-08-21

    The vibrational spectroscopy of hydration water in dilauroylphosphatidylcholine lipid multi-bilayers is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations and a mixed quantum/classical model for the OD stretch spectroscopy of dilute HDO in H(2)O. FTIR absorption spectra, and isotropic and anisotropic pump-probe decay curves have been measured experimentally as a function of the hydration level of the lipid multi-bilayer, and our goal is to make connection with these experiments. To this end, we use third-order response functions, which allow us to include non-Gaussian frequency fluctuations, non-Condon effects, molecular rotations, and a fluctuating vibrational lifetime, all of which we believe are important for this system. We calculate the response functions using existing transition frequency and dipole maps. From the experiments it appears that there are two distinct vibrational lifetimes corresponding to HDO molecules in different molecular environments. In order to obtain these lifetimes, we consider a simple two-population model for hydration water hydrogen bonds. Assuming a different lifetime for each population, we then calculate the isotropic pump-probe decay, fitting to experiment to obtain the two lifetimes for each hydration level. With these lifetimes in hand, we then calculate FTIR spectra and pump-probe anisotropy decay as a function of hydration. This approach, therefore, permits a consistent calculation of all observables within a unified computational scheme. Our theoretical results are all in qualitative agreement with experiment. The vibrational lifetime of lipid-associated OD groups is found to be systematically shorter than that of the water-associated population, and the lifetimes of each population increase with decreasing hydration, in agreement with previous analysis. Our theoretical FTIR absorption spectra successfully reproduce the experimentally observed red-shift with decreasing lipid hydration, and we confirm a previous interpretation

  18. Hydrogen bond dynamics of histamine monocation in aqueous solution: Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics and vibrational spectroscopy study.

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    Stare, Jernej; Mavri, Janez; Grdadolnik, Jože; Zidar, Jernej; Maksić, Zvonimir B; Vianello, Robert

    2011-05-19

    Hydration of histamine was examined by infrared spectroscopy and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulation. Histamine is a neurotransmitter and inflammation mediator, which at physiological pH conditions is present mainly in monocationic form. Our focus was on the part of vibrational spectra that corresponds to histamine N-H stretching, since these degrees of freedom are essential for its interactions with either water molecules or transporters and receptors. Assignment of the experimental spectra revealed a broad feature between 3350 and 2300 cm(-1), being centered at 2950 cm(-1), which includes a mixed contribution from the ring N-H and the aminoethyl N-H stretching vibrations. Computational analysis was performed in two ways: first, by making Fourier transformation on the autocorrelation function of all four N-H bond distances recorded during CPMD run, and second, and most importantly, by incorporating quantum effects through applying an a posteriori quantization of all N-H stretching motions utilizing our snapshot analysis of the fluctuating proton potential. The one-dimensional vibrational Schrödinger equation was solved numerically for each snapshot, and the N-H stretching envelopes were calculated as a superposition of the 0→1 transitions. The agreement with the experiment was much better in the case of the second approach. Our calculations clearly demonstrated that the ring amino group absorbs at higher frequencies than the remaining three amino N-H protons of the protonated aminoethyl group, implying that the chemical bonding in the former group is stronger than in the three amino N-H bonds, thus forming weaker hydrogen bonding with the surrounding solvent molecules. In this way the results of the simulation complemented the experimental spectrum that cannot distinguish between the two sets of protons. The effects of deuteration were also considered. The resulting N-D absorption is narrower and red-shifted. The presented methodology is of general

  19. Investigating vibrational anharmonic couplings in cyanide-bridged transition metal mixed valence complexes using two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy

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    Slenkamp, Karla M.; Lynch, Michael S.; Van Kuiken, Benjamin E.; Brookes, Jennifer F.; Bannan, Caitlin C.; Daifuku, Stephanie L.; Khalil, Munira

    2014-02-28

    Using polarization-selective two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectroscopy, we measure anharmonic couplings and angles between the transition dipole moments of the four cyanide stretching (ν{sub CN}) vibrations found in [(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}Ru{sup III}NCFe{sup II}(CN){sub 5}]{sup −} (FeRu) dissolved in D{sub 2}O and formamide and [(NC){sub 5}Fe{sup II}CNPt{sup IV}(NH{sub 3}){sub 4}NCFe{sup II}(CN){sub 5}]{sup 4−} (FePtFe) dissolved in D{sub 2}O. These cyanide-bridged transition metal complexes serve as model systems for studying the role of high frequency vibrational modes in ultrafast photoinduced charge transfer reactions. Here, we focus on the spectroscopy of the ν{sub CN} modes in the electronic ground state. The FTIR spectra of the ν{sub CN} modes of the bimetallic and trimetallic systems are strikingly different in terms of frequencies, amplitudes, and lineshapes. The experimental 2D IR spectra of FeRu and FePtFe and their fits reveal a set of weakly coupled anharmonic ν{sub CN} modes. The vibrational mode anharmonicities of the individual ν{sub CN} modes range from 14 to 28 cm{sup −1}. The mixed-mode anharmonicities range from 2 to 14 cm{sup −1}. In general, the bridging ν{sub CN} mode is most weakly coupled to the radial ν{sub CN} mode, which involves the terminal CN ligands. Measurement of the relative transition dipole moments of the four ν{sub CN} modes reveal that the FeRu molecule is almost linear in solution when dissolved in formamide, but it assumes a bent geometry when dissolved in D{sub 2}O. The ν{sub CN} modes are modelled as bilinearly coupled anharmonic oscillators with an average coupling constant of 6 cm{sup −1}. This study elucidates the role of the solvent in modulating the molecular geometry and the anharmonic vibrational couplings between the ν{sub CN} modes in cyanide-bridged transition metal mixed valence complexes.

  20. Tracking a Paternò-Büchi reaction in real time using transient electronic and vibrational spectroscopies.

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    Harris, Stephanie J; Murdock, Daniel; Grubb, Michael P; Clark, Ian P; Greetham, Gregory M; Towrie, Michael; Ashfold, Michael N R

    2014-11-06

    A detailed mechanistic investigation of the early stages of the Paternò-Büchi reaction following 267 nm excitation of benzaldehyde in cyclohexene has been completed using ultrafast, broadband transient UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopies. Absorption due to electronically excited triplet state benzaldehyde decays on a 80 ps time scale via reaction with cyclohexene. The growth and subsequent decay of the biradical intermediate produced following C-O bond formation is followed by transient vibrational spectroscopy. The biradical decays by ring closure to an oxetane or by dissociating, reforming the ground state reactants. Detailed kinetic analysis allowed derivation of quantum yields and rate constants for these competing biradical decay processes, ϕ(oxetane) = 0.53, ϕ(diss) = 0.47, koxetane = 0.27 ± 0.09 ns(-1) and k(diss) = 0.24 ± 0.09 ns(-1). This study provides a striking illustration of the ways in which contemporary ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy methods can be used to dissect the mechanism and kinetics of a classic photoreaction.

  1. Vibrational Spectroscopy and Gas-Phase Thermochemistry of the Model Dipeptide N-Acetyl Glycine Methyl Amide

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    Leavitt, Christopher; Raston, Paul; Moody, Grant; Shirley, Caitlyne; Douberly, Gary

    2014-06-01

    The structure-function relationship in proteins is widely recognized, motivating numerous investigations of isolated neutral and ionic polypeptides that generally employ conformation specific, multidimensional UV and IR spectroscopies. This data taken in conjunction with computed harmonic frequencies has provided a snapshot of the underlying molecular physics at play in many polypeptides, but few experiments have been able to probe the energetics of these systems. In this study, we use vibrational spectroscopy to measure the gas-phase enthalpy change for isomerization between two conformations of the dipeptide N-acetyl glycine methyl amide (NAGMA). A two-stage oven source is implemented producing a gas-phase equilibrium distribution of NAGMA molecules that is flash frozen upon pickup by He nanodroplets. Using polarization spectroscopy, the IR spectrum is assigned to a mixture of two conformers having intramolecular hydrogen bonds made up of either five- or seven-membered rings, C5 and C7, respectively. The interconversion enthalpy, obtained from the van't Hoff relation, is 4.52{±}0.12 kJ/mol for isomerization from the C7 to the C5-conformer. This experimental measurement is compared to computations employing a broad range of theoretical methods.

  2. Ensemble of gold-patchy nanoparticles with multiple hot-spots for plasmon-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy

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    Dao, Thang Duy; Nghiem, Ha Lien Thi; Chen, Kai; Nagao, Tadaaki

    2016-09-01

    Plasmon-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy, including surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (SEIRA) and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), has attracted great attention in molecular sensing and nano-spectroscopy. In this work, we present a facile in situ-controlled method for the chemical synthesis of patchy SiO2@Au core-shell nanoparticles with multiple plasmonic nanogaps. The multiple sizes and shapes of Au nano-islands on patchy Au nanoshells and their plasmonic coupling exhibit broadband resonances ranging from the near infrared (NIR) region to the middle infrared (MIR) region, making patchy Au particles ensemble suitable for both SEIRA and SERS applications. In the SEIRA application, we demonstrate in situ and real-time monitoring of monolayer of reduced glutathione molecules (GSH) adsorbed on the plasmonic Au surface. By using GSH as the molecular linker, we also demonstrate in situ detection of trace amount of mercuric ions in water at nanomolar level. In the SERS application, we show the applicability of patchy Au nanoparticles for SERS at 785 nm excitation.

  3. Intense-field molecular spectroscopy: Vibrational and rotational effects in harmonic generation by H+2

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    Aubanel, E. E.; Zuo, T.; Bandrauk, A. D.

    1994-05-01

    We present results of a complete treatment of electronic, vibrational, and rotational motion in numerical calculation of harmonic generation (HG) of 1064-nm laser radiation by the H+2 molecular ion for intensities 1013<=I<=1014 W/cm2. We show that efficient HG can be enhanced by suppression of photodissociation, a phenomenon which results from vibrational trapping in laser-field-induced potential wells. The HG spectra exhibit peaks clustered around even and odd harmonic orders. All peaks can be assigned to Raman-like transitions between dressed eigenstates of the field-molecule system. Rotational excitation is shown to compete with HG. Thus harmonic generation and photon scattering in molecules holds the promise of a potential diagnostic for molecular stabilization by intense laser fields.

  4. From Ultrafast Structure Determination to Steering Reactions: Mixed IR/Non-IR Multidimensional Vibrational Spectroscopies.

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    van Wilderen, Luuk J G W; Bredenbeck, Jens

    2015-09-28

    Ultrafast multidimensional infrared spectroscopy is a powerful method for resolving features of molecular structure and dynamics that are difficult or impossible to address with linear spectroscopy. Augmenting the IR pulse sequences by resonant or nonresonant UV, Vis, or NIR pulses considerably extends the range of application and creates techniques with possibilities far beyond a pure multidimensional IR experiment. These include surface-specific 2D-IR spectroscopy with sub-monolayer sensitivity, ultrafast structure determination in non-equilibrium systems, triggered exchange spectroscopy to correlate reactant and product bands, exploring the interplay of electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom, investigation of interactions between Raman- and IR-active modes, imaging with chemical contrast, sub-ensemble-selective photochemistry, and even steering a reaction by selective IR excitation. We give an overview of useful mixed IR/non-IR pulse sequences, discuss their differences, and illustrate their application potential.

  5. Vibrational Spectroscopy and Phonon-Related Properties of the L-Aspartic Acid Anhydrous Monoclinic Crystal.

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    Silva, A M; Costa, S N; Sales, F A M; Freire, V N; Bezerra, E M; Santos, R P; Fulco, U L; Albuquerque, E L; Caetano, E W S

    2015-12-10

    The infrared absorption and Raman scattering spectra of the monoclinic P21 l-aspartic acid anhydrous crystal were recorded and interpreted with the help of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The effect of dispersive forces was taken into account, and the optimized unit cells allowed us to obtain the vibrational normal modes. The computed data exhibits good agreement with the measurements for low wavenumbers, allowing for a very good assignment of the infrared and Raman spectral features. The vibrational spectra of the two lowest energy conformers of the l-aspartic molecule were also evaluated using the hybrid B3LYP functional for the sake of comparison, showing that the molecular calculations give a limited description of the measured IR and Raman spectra of the l-aspartic acid crystal for wavenumbers below 1000 cm(-1). The results obtained reinforce the need to use solid-state calculations to describe the vibrational properties of molecular crystals instead of calculations for a single isolated molecule picture even for wavenumbers beyond the range usually associated with lattice modes (200 cm(-1) < ω < 1000 cm(-1)).

  6. Concepts in bio-molecular spectroscopy: vibrational case studies on metalloenzymes.

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    Horch, M; Hildebrandt, P; Zebger, I

    2015-07-28

    Spectroscopic techniques play a major role in the elucidation of structure-function relationships of biological macromolecules. Here we describe an integrated approach for bio-molecular spectroscopy that takes into account the special characteristics of such compounds. The underlying fundamental concepts will be exemplarily illustrated by means of selected case studies on biocatalysts, namely hydrogenase and superoxide reductase. The treatise will be concluded with an overview of challenges and future prospects, laying emphasis on functional dynamics, in vivo studies, and computational spectroscopy.

  7. Vibrational spectroscopy of the borate mineral henmilite Ca2Cu[B(OH)4]2(OH)4

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    Frost, Ray L.; Xi, Yunfei

    2013-02-01

    Henmilite is a triclinic mineral with the crystal structure consisting of isolated B(OH)4 tetrahedra, planar Cu(OH)4 groups and Ca(OH)3 polyhedra. The structure can also be viewed as having dimers of Ca polyhedra connected to each other through 2B(OH) tetrahedra to form chains parallel to the C axis. The structure of the mineral has been assessed by the combination of Raman and infrared spectra. Raman bands at 902, 922, 951, and 984 cm-1 and infrared bands at 912, 955 and 998 cm-1 are assigned to stretching vibrations of tetragonal boron. The Raman band at 758 cm-1 is assigned to the symmetric stretching mode of tetrahedral boron. The series of bands in the 400-600 cm-1 region are due to the out-of-plane bending modes of tetrahedral boron. Two very sharp Raman bands are observed at 3559 and 3609 cm-1. Two infrared bands are found at 3558 and 3607 cm-1. These bands are assigned to the OH stretching vibrations of the OH units in henmilite. A series of Raman bands are observed at 3195, 3269, 3328, 3396, 3424 and 3501 cm-1 are assigned to water stretching modes. Infrared spectroscopy also identified water and OH units in the henmilite structure. It is proposed that water is involved in the structure of henmilite. Hydrogen bond distances based upon the OH stretching vibrations using a Libowitzky equation were calculated. The number and variation of water hydrogen bond distances are important for the stability off the mineral.

  8. Comparison of the electronic and vibrational optical activity of a europium(III) complex.

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    Wu, Tao; Hudecová, Jana; You, Xiao-Zeng; Urbanová, Marie; Bouř, Petr

    2015-04-07

    The geometry and the electronic structure of chiral lanthanide(III) complexes are traditionally probed by electronic methods, such as circularly polarised luminescence (CPL) and electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopy. The vibrational phenomena are much weaker. In the present study, however, significant enhancements of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and Raman optical activity (ROA) spectral intensities were observed during the formation of a chiral bipyridine-Eu(III) complex. The ten-fold enhancement of the vibrational absorption and VCD intensities was explained by a charge-transfer process and the dominant effect of the nitrate ion on the spectra. A much larger enhancement of the ROA and Raman intensities and a hundred-fold increase of the circular intensity difference (CID) ratio were explained by the resonance of the λ = 532 nm laser light with the (7)F0 → (5)D0 transitions. This phenomenon is combined with a chirality transfer, and mixing of the Raman and luminescence effects involving low-energy (7)F states of europium. The results thus indicate that the vibrational optical activity (VOA) may be a very sensitive tool for chirality detection and probing of the electronic structure of Eu(III) and other coordination compounds.

  9. Effect of ethanol on dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine large unilamellar vesicles investigated by quasi-elastic light scattering and vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Hantz, E; Cao, A; Taillandier, E

    1988-12-01

    The gel-like liquid phase transition of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) large unilamellar vesicles prepared by reverse phase evaporation has been investigated in buffers containing ethanol by quasi-elastic light scattering (QLS) and vibrational (infrared and Raman) spectroscopy. With the QLS technique, the relative change in the vesicles area (which is related to the molecular cross-sectional area of lipid molecules) was followed versus both temperature and ethanol concentration. When the latter was low, the depression of the transition point was a linear function of the alcohol concentration, c, but the vesicles area was practically unmodified. At alcohol concentration 10% v/v, an abrupt change of the vesicles area was observed and for c greater than 10% the depression of the transition point was a non-linear function of c. The infrared and Raman spectra showed a perturbation of the hydrophobic regions, including the terminal methyl groups of the acyl tails.

  10. Elucidation of molecular structures at buried polymer interfaces and biological interfaces using sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Chi; Myers, John; Chen, Zhan

    2013-01-01

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy has been developed into an important technique to study surfaces and interfaces. It can probe buried interfaces in situ and provide molecular level structural information such as the presence of various chemical moieties, quantitative molecular functional group orientation, and time dependent kinetics or dynamics at such interfaces. This paper focuses on these three most important advantages of SFG and reviews some of the recent progress in SFG studies on interfaces related to polymer materials and biomolecules. The results discussed here demonstrate that SFG can provide important molecular structural information of buried interfaces in situ and in real time, which is difficult to obtain by other surface sensitive analytical techniques. PMID:23710244

  11. Resolving Vibrational from Electronic Coherences in Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy: The Role of the Laser Spectrum

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    de A. Camargo, Franco V.; Grimmelsmann, Lena; Anderson, Harry L.; Meech, Stephen R.; Heisler, Ismael A.

    2017-01-01

    The observation of coherent quantum effects in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes prompted the question whether quantum coherence could be exploited to improve the efficiency in new energy materials. The detailed characterization of coherent effects relies on sensitive methods such as two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D-ES). However, the interpretation of the results produced by 2D-ES is challenging due to the many possible couplings present in complex molecular structures. In this work, we demonstrate how the laser spectral profile can induce electronic coherencelike signals in monomeric chromophores, potentially leading to data misinterpretation. We argue that the laser spectrum acts as a filter for certain coherence pathways and thus propose a general method to differentiate vibrational from electronic coherences.

  12. Femtosecond pump-probe photoionization-photofragmentation spectroscopy: Photoionization-induced twisting and coherent vibrational motion of azobenzene cation

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    Ho-Wei, Jr.; Chen, Wei-Kan; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2009-10-01

    We report studies of ultrafast dynamics of azobenzene cation using femtosecond photoionization-photofragmentation spectroscopy. In our experiments, a femtosecond pump pulse first produces an ensemble of azobenzene cations via photoionization of the neutrals. A delayed probe pulse then brings the evolving ionic system to excited states that ultimately undergo ion fragmentation. The dynamics is followed by monitoring either the parent-ion depletion or fragment-ion formation as a function of the pump-probe delay time. The observed transients for azobenzene cation are characterized by a constant ion depletion modulated by a rapidly damped oscillatory signal with a period of about 1 ps. Theoretical calculations suggest that the oscillation arises from a vibration motion along the twisting inversion coordinate involving displacements in CNNC and phenyl-ring torsions. The oscillation is damped rapidly with a time constant of about 1.2 ps, suggesting that energy dissipation from the active mode to bath modes takes place in this time scale.

  13. Broadband 308 nm vibrational Raman spectroscopy of gaseous species using a potassium hydrogen phthalate liquid filter and polarization fluorescence suppression.

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    Saunders, J E A; Davy, M H

    2010-01-01

    Broadband XeCl excimer lasers operating at 308 nm are not currently used in the field of gas phase vibrational Raman spectroscopy (VRS). An explanation as to why alternative wavelengths, and in particular tuneable, narrowband lasers are currently preferred for gas phase VRS is presented in addition to demonstrating a setup which makes the XeCl laser a viable alternative when considering excitation sources for VRS. A solution of potassium hydrogen phthalate is shown to be a practical low-pass liquid filter and to reduce substantially the effects of Rayleigh scattering on collected Raman spectra. The use of a commercial beam polarizer is also shown to be effective in suppressing background fluorescence that otherwise necessitates the use of expensive tuneable, narrowband lasers when performing VRS with sources of background fluorescence. Finally, an unconventional excitation beam arrangement is shown to produce viable Raman spectra from which species concentrations and distributions can be determined.

  14. Matrix isolation technique for the study of some factors affecting the partitioning of trace elements. [using vibrational spectroscopy

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    Grzybowski, J. M.; Allen, R. O.

    1974-01-01

    The factors that affect the preferred positions of cations in ionic solid solutions were investigated utilizing vibrational spectroscopy. Solid solutions of the sulfate and chromate ions codoped with La(+3) and Ca(+2) in a KBr host lattice were examined as a function of the polyvalent cation concentration. The cation-anion pairing process was found to be random for Ca(+2), whereas the formation of La(+3)-SO4(-2) ion pairs with a C2 sub v bonding geometry is highly preferential to any type of La(+3)-CrO4(-2) ion pair formation. The relative populations of ion pair site configurations are discussed in terms of an energy-entropy competition model which can be applied to the partition of trace elements during magmatic processes.

  15. Vibrational and structural properties of amorphous n-butanol: A complementary Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction study

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    Hédoux, Alain; Guinet, Yannick; Paccou, L.; Derollez, P.; Danède, F.

    2013-06-01

    Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction experiments were performed in the liquid, undercooled liquid, and glassy states of n-butanol. Clear correlated signatures are obtained below the melting temperature, from both temperature dependences of the low-wavenumber vibrational excitations and the intermediate-range order characterized by a prepeak detected in the different amorphous states. It was found that these features are related to molecular associations via strong hydrogen bonds, which preferentially develop at low temperature, and which are not compatible with the long-range order of the crystal. This study provides information on structural heterogeneities developing in hydrogen-bonded liquids, associated to the undercooled regime and the inherent glass transition. The analysis of the isothermal abortive crystallization, 2 K above the glass transition temperature, has given the opportunity to analyze the early stages of the crystallization and to describe the origin of the frustration responsible for an uncompleted crystallization.

  16. Real sample temperature: a critical issue in the experiments of nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy on biological samples.

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    Wang, Hongxin; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Kamali, Saeed; Zhou, Zhao Hui; Cramer, Stephen P

    2012-03-01

    There are several practical and intertangled issues which make the experiments of nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) on biological samples difficult to perform. The sample temperature is one of the most important issues. In NRVS the real sample temperatures can be very different from the readings on the temperature sensors. In this study the following have been performed: (i) citing and analyzing various existing NRVS data to assess the real sample temperatures during the NRVS measurements and to understand their trends with the samples' loading conditions; (ii) designing several NRVS measurements with (Et(4)N)[FeCl(4)] to verify these trends; and (iii) proposing a new sample-loading procedure to achieve significantly lower real sample temperatures and to balance among the intertangled experimental issues in biological NRVS measurements.

  17. Complete assignment of the vibrational modes of C60 by inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy and periodic-DFT.

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    Parker, Stewart F; Bennington, Stephen M; Taylor, Jon W; Herman, Henryk; Silverwood, Ian; Albers, Peter; Refson, Keith

    2011-05-07

    In this paper we exploit the complementarity of inelastic neutron scattering (INS), infrared and Raman spectroscopies with ab initio calculations to generate an updated assignment of the vibrational modes of C(60). We have carried out periodic-DFT calculations of the high temperature face centred cubic phase modelled as the standard structure and also of the low temperature simple cubic phase, the latter for the first time. Our assignment differs from all previous work, however, it is the only one that is able to successfully reproduce the INS spectrum in terms of both transition energies and intensities. In addition to the INS spectrum we are also able to quantitatively simulate the major features of the infrared and Raman spectra in the high temperature phase and the infrared spectrum in the low temperature phase.

  18. Quantification of crystalline cellulose in lignocellulosic biomass using sum frequency generation (SFG) vibration spectroscopy and comparison with other analytical methods.

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    Barnette, Anna L; Lee, Christopher; Bradley, Laura C; Schreiner, Edward P; Park, Yong Bum; Shin, Heenae; Cosgrove, Daniel J; Park, Sunkyu; Kim, Seong H

    2012-07-01

    The non-centrosymmetry requirement of sum frequency generation (SFG) vibration spectroscopy allows the detection and quantification of crystalline cellulose in lignocellulose biomass without spectral interferences from hemicelluloses and lignin. This paper shows a correlation between the amount of crystalline cellulose in biomass and the SFG signal intensity. Model biomass samples were prepared by mixing commercially available cellulose, xylan, and lignin to defined concentrations. The SFG signal intensity was found sensitive to a wide range of crystallinity, but varied non-linearly with the mass fraction of cellulose in the samples. This might be due to the matrix effects such as light scattering and absorption by xylan and lignin, as well as the non-linear density dependence of the SFG process itself. Comparison with other techniques such as XRD, FT-Raman, FT-IR and NMR demonstrate that SFG can be a complementary and sensitive tool to assess crystalline cellulose in biomass.

  19. Molecular structure and dynamics of water at the water-air interface studied with surface-specific vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Bonn, Mischa; Nagata, Yuki; Backus, Ellen H G

    2015-05-04

    Water interfaces provide the platform for many important biological, chemical, and physical processes. The water-air interface is the most common and simple aqueous interface and serves as a model system for water at a hydrophobic surface. Unveiling the microscopic (<1 nm) structure and dynamics of interfacial water at the water-vapor interface is essential for understanding the processes occurring on the water surface. At the water interface the network of very strong intermolecular interactions, hydrogen-bonds, is interrupted and the density of water is reduced. A central question regarding water at interfaces is the extent to which the structure and dynamics of water molecules are influenced by the interruption of the hydrogen-bonded network and thus differ from those of bulk water. Herein, we discuss recent advances in the study of interfacial water at the water-air interface using laser-based surface-specific vibrational spectroscopy.

  20. Electron diffraction study of the equilibrium structure of hexamethylenetetramine involving data from quantum chemistry and vibrational spectroscopy

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    Khaikin, L. S.; Grikina, O. E.; Karasev, N. M.; Kovtun, D. M.; Kochikov, I. V.

    2014-04-01

    The equilibrium structure of the urotropine molecule is characterized by means of gas electron diffraction (GED) with the involvement of quantum chemistry and vibrational spectroscopy. A structural analysis of the GED data is performed based on the parameters of the intramolecular potential function using of the program complex SYMM/DISP/ELDIFF/LARGE. The quadratic and cubic force constants of the urotropine molecule were obtained earlier on the basis of calculations at the MP2(full)/cc-pVTZ level and assuming molecular symmetry T d . The values of the equilibrium geometric parameters r e of the urotropine molecule are found. The experimental structural parameters are in good agreement with those calculated at the MP2(full)/cc-pVTZ level.

  1. The application of BTEM to UV-vis and UV-vis CD spectroscopies: the reaction of Rh4(CO)12 with chiral and achiral ligands.

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    Cheng, Shuying; Gao, Feng; Krummel, Karl I; Garland, Marc

    2008-02-15

    Two different organometallic ligand substitution reactions were investigated: (1) an achiral reactive system consisting of Rh(4)(CO)(12)+PPh(3)right harpoon over left harpoonRh(4)(CO)(11)PPh(3)+CO in n-hexane under argon; and (2) a chiral reactive system consisting of Rh(4)(CO)(12)+(S)-BINAPright harpoon over left harpoonRh(4)(CO)(10)BINAP+2CO in cyclohexane under argon. These two reactions were run at ultra high dilution. In both multi-component reactive systems the concentrations of all the solutes were less than 40ppm and many solute concentrations were just 1-10ppm. In situ spectroscopic measurements were carried out using UV-vis (Ultraviolet-visible) spectroscopy and UV-vis CD spectroscopy on the reactive organometallic systems (1) and (2), respectively. The BTEM algorithm was applied to these spectroscopic data sets. The reconstructed UV-vis pure component spectra of Rh(4)(CO)(12), Rh(4)(CO)(11)PPh(3) and Rh(4)(CO)(10)BINAP as well as the reconstructed UV-vis CD pure component spectra of Rh(4)(CO)(10)BINAP were successfully obtained from BTEM analyses. All these reconstructed pure component spectra are in good agreement with the experimental reference spectra. The concentration profiles of the present species were obtained by performing a least square fit with mass balance constraints for the reactions (1) and (2). The present results indicate that UV-vis and UV-vis-CD spectroscopies can be successfully combined with an appropriate chemometric technique in order to monitor reactive organometallic systems having UV and Vis chromophores.

  2. Structure and charging of hydrophobic material/water interfaces studied by phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy

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    Tian, C. S.; Shen, Y. R.

    2009-01-01

    We have studied the hydrophobic water/octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) interface by using the phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy (PS-SFVS), and we obtained detailed structural information of the interface at the molecular level. Excess ions emerging at the interface were detected by changes of the surface vibrational spectrum induced by the surface field created by the excess ions. Both hydronium (H3O+) and hydroxide (OH−) ions were found to adsorb at the interface, and so did other negative ions such as Cl−. By varying the ion concentrations in the bulk water, their adsorption isotherms were measured. It was seen that among the three, OH− has the highest adsorption energy, and H3O+ has the lowest; OH− also has the highest saturation coverage, and Cl− has the lowest. The result shows that even the neat water/OTS interface is not neutral, but charged with OH− ions. The result also explains the surprising observation that the isoelectric point appeared at ∼3.0 when HCl was used to decrease the pH starting from neat water. PMID:19706483

  3. Vibrational and electronic spectroscopy of the retro-carotenoid rhodoxanthin in avian plumage, solid-state films, and solution.

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    Berg, Christopher J; LaFountain, Amy M; Prum, Richard O; Frank, Harry A; Tauber, Michael J

    2013-11-15

    Rhodoxanthin is one of few retro-carotenoids in nature. These chromophores are defined by a pattern of single and double bond alternation that is reversed relative to most carotenoids. Rhodoxanthin is found in the plumage of several families of birds, including fruit doves (Ptilinopus, Columbidae) and the red cotingas (Phoenicircus, Cotingidae). The coloration associated with the rhodoxanthin-containing plumage of these fruit dove and cotinga species ranges from brilliant red to magenta or purple. In the present study, rhodoxanthin is characterized in situ by UV-Vis reflectance and resonance Raman spectroscopy to gain insights into the mechanisms of color-tuning. The spectra are compared with those of the isolated pigment in solution and in thin solid films. Key vibrational signatures are identified for three isomers of rhodoxanthin, primarily in the fingerprint region. Electronic structure (DFT) calculations are employed to describe the normal modes of vibration, and determine characteristic modes of retro-carotenoids. These results are discussed in the context of various mechanisms that change the electronic absorption, including structural distortion of the chromophore or enhanced delocalization of π-electrons in the ground-state. From the spectroscopic evidence, we suggest that the shift in absorption is likely a consequence of perturbations that primarily affect the excited state of the chromophore.

  4. Vibrational spectroscopy at interfaces by IR-VIS sum-frequency generation using CLIO FEL

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    Peremans, A.; Tadjeddine, A.; Wan Quan, Z.

    1995-12-31

    IR-vis sum-frequency generation (SFG) has developed into a versatile technique for probing the vibrational structure of interfaces. To overcome the limited spectral range accessible by benchtop IR lasers, we have developed an SFG spectrometer that makes use of the broad band tuneable infrared beam provided by the CLIO-FEL. We will evaluate the gain in sensitivity of the FEL-SFG spectrometer in comparison to that of benchtop lasers, taking account of the surface damage by laser heating. Thereafter, we review the different research projects undertaken using this facility: (1) The interface selectivity of SFG makes it particularly suitable for probing buried liquid/solid interface. We took advantage of the spectrometer sensitivity to monitor the electrochemical deposition of hydrogen on platinum single crystals at under- and overpotential (2) Because of its sensitivity to the molecular symmetry, SFG allows probing the conformation of self assembled monolayers deposited on metals. We discuss SFG spectra of {omega}(4-nitroanilino)-dodecane adsorbed on polycrystalline gold and silver films; in the 1550 - 900 cm{sup -1} spectral range. (3) We have undertaken a spectroscopic approach for the investigation of polymer films adhesion on glass. Polyurethane/glass interface is investigated in the 2200 - 1600 cin{sup -1} spectral region. (4) The use of the CLIO FEL allows probing of the vibrational dynamics of the prominent IR active vibrations between 1500 and 500 cm{sup -1} of fullerene epitaxial films. These modes are modified upon charge transfer from the substrate to the C{sub 60} molecules. Preliminary SFG spectra of C{sub 60}/Ag interface are presented. (5) Site specific detection of CO adsorption and CO + O coadsorption on Pd(111) are studied.

  5. Modeling for proximate analysis and heating value of torrefied biomass with vibration spectroscopy.

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    Via, Brian K; Adhikari, Sushil; Taylor, Steve

    2013-04-01

    The goal of this study was to characterize the changes in biomass with torrefaction for near infrared reflectance (NIR) and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy for sweetgum, loblolly pine, and switchgrass. Calibration models were built for the prediction of proximate analysis after torrefaction. Two dimensional (2D) correlation spectroscopy between NIR and FTIR was found to precisely explain the depolymerization at key functional groups located within hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin. This novel 2D technique also demonstrated the possibility of assigning key NIR wavenumbers based on mid IR spectra. Hemicellulose based wavenumbers were found to be most sensitive to torrefaction severity with complete degradation at 250-275°C. Lignin associated wavenumbers exhibited the least degradation to severity but was still detected with 2D correlation spectroscopy. Finally, calibration models for proximate analysis were performed and while both systems could be used for rapid monitoring, NIR performed better than FTIR.

  6. Enantiomeric switching of chiral metamaterial for terahertz polarization modulation employing vertically deformable MEMS spirals

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    Kan, Tetsuo; Isozaki, Akihiro; Kanda, Natsuki; Nemoto, Natsuki; Konishi, Kuniaki; Takahashi, Hidetoshi; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi; Shimoyama, Isao

    2015-01-01

    Active modulation of the polarization states of terahertz light is indispensable for polarization-sensitive spectroscopy, having important applications such as non-contact Hall measurements, vibrational circular dichroism measurements and anisotropy imaging. In the terahertz region, the lack of a polarization modulator similar to a photoelastic modulator in the visible range hampers expansion of such spectroscopy. A terahertz chiral metamaterial has a huge optical activity unavailable in nature; nevertheless, its modulation is still challenging. Here we demonstrate a handedness-switchable chiral metamaterial for polarization modulation employing vertically deformable Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Vertical deformation of a planar spiral by a pneumatic force creates a three-dimensional spiral. Enantiomeric switching is realized by selecting the deformation direction, where the polarity of the optical activity is altered while maintaining the spectral shape. A polarization rotation as high as 28° is experimentally observed, thus providing a practical and compact polarization modulator for the terahertz range. PMID:26423346

  7. Enantiomeric switching of chiral metamaterial for terahertz polarization modulation employing vertically deformable MEMS spirals

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    Kan, Tetsuo; Isozaki, Akihiro; Kanda, Natsuki; Nemoto, Natsuki; Konishi, Kuniaki; Takahashi, Hidetoshi; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi; Shimoyama, Isao

    2015-10-01

    Active modulation of the polarization states of terahertz light is indispensable for polarization-sensitive spectroscopy, having important applications such as non-contact Hall measurements, vibrational circular dichroism measurements and anisotropy imaging. In the terahertz region, the lack of a polarization modulator similar to a photoelastic modulator in the visible range hampers expansion of such spectroscopy. A terahertz chiral metamaterial has a huge optical activity unavailable in nature; nevertheless, its modulation is still challenging. Here we demonstrate a handedness-switchable chiral metamaterial for polarization modulation employing vertically deformable Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Vertical deformation of a planar spiral by a pneumatic force creates a three-dimensional spiral. Enantiomeric switching is realized by selecting the deformation direction, where the polarity of the optical activity is altered while maintaining the spectral shape. A polarization rotation as high as 28° is experimentally observed, thus providing a practical and compact polarization modulator for the terahertz range.

  8. Vibrational motions associated with primary processes in bacteriorhodopsin studied by coherent infrared emission spectroscopy.

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    Groma, Géza I; Colonna, Anne; Martin, Jean-Louis; Vos, Marten H

    2011-03-16

    The primary energetic processes driving the functional proton pump of bacteriorhodopsin take place in the form of complex molecular dynamic events after excitation of the retinal chromophore into the Franck-Condon state. These early events include a strong electronic polarization, skeletal stretching, and all-trans-to-13-cis isomerization upon formation of the J intermediate. The effectiveness of the photoreaction is ensured by a conical intersection between the electronic excited and ground states, providing highly nonadiabatic coupling to nuclear motions. Here, we study real-time vibrational coherences associated with these motions by analyzing light-induced infrared emission from oriented purple membranes in the 750-1400 cm(-)(1) region. The experimental technique applied is based on second-order femtosecond difference frequency generation on macroscopically ordered samples that also yield information on phase and direction of the underlying motions. Concerted use of several analysis methods resulted in the isolation and characterization of seven different vibrational modes, assigned as C-C stretches, out-of-plane methyl rocks, and hydrogen out-of-plane wags, whereas no in-plane H rock was found. Based on their lifetimes and several other criteria, we deduce that the majority of the observed modes take place on the potential energy surface of the excited electronic state. In particular, the direction sensitivity provides experimental evidence for large intermediate distortions of the retinal plane during the excited-state isomerization process.

  9. Electronic and vibrational spectroscopy of 1-methylthymine and its water clusters: the dark state survives hydration.

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    Busker, Matthias; Nispel, Michael; Häber, Thomas; Kleinermanns, Karl; Etinski, Mihajlo; Fleig, Timo

    2008-08-04

    Electronic and vibrational gas phase spectra of 1-methylthymine (1MT) and 1-methyluracil (1MU) and their clusters with water are presented. Mass selective IR/UV double resonance spectra confirm the formation of pyrimidine-water clusters and are compared to calculated vibrational spectra obtained from ab initio calculations. In contrast to Y. He, C. Wu, W. Kong; J. Phys. Chem. A, 2004, 108, 94 we are able to detect 1MT/1MU and their water clusters via resonant two-photon delayed ionization under careful control of the applied water-vapor pressure. The long-living dark electronic state of 1MT and 1MU detected by delayed ionization, survives hydration and the photostability of 1MT/1MU cannot be attributed solely to hydration. Oxygen coexpansions and crossed-beam experiments indicate that the triplet state population is probably small compared to the (1)n pi* and/or hot electronic ground state population. Ab initio theory shows that solvation of 1MT by water does not lead to a substantial modification of the electronic relaxation and quenching of the (1)n pi* state. Relaxation pathways via (1)pi pi*(1)-n pi*(1) and (1)pi pi*-S(0) conical intersections and barriers have been identified, but are not significantly altered by hydration.

  10. Anharmonic Vibrational Spectroscopy of the F-(H20)n, complexes, n=1,2

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    Chaban, Galina M.; Xantheas, Sotiris; Gerber, R. Benny; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    We report anharmonic vibrational spectra (fundamentals, first overtones) for the F-(H(sub 2)O) and F-(H(sub 2)O)2 clusters computed at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory with basis sets of triple zeta quality. Anharmonic corrections were estimated via the correlation-corrected vibrational self-consistent field (CC-VSCF) method. The CC-VSCF anharmonic spectra obtained on the potential energy surfaces evaluated at the CCSD(T) level of theory are the first ones reported at a correlated level beyond MP2. We have found that the average basis set effect (TZP vs. aug-cc-pVTZ) is on the order of 30-40 cm(exp -1), whereas the effects of different levels of electron correlation [MP2 vs. CCSD(T)] are smaller, 20-30 cm(exp -1). However, the basis set effect is much larger in the case of the H-bonded O-H stretch of the F-(H(sub 2)O) cluster amounting to 100 cm(exp -1) for the fundamentals and 200 cm (exp -1) for the first overtones. Our calculations are in agreement with the limited available set of experimental data for the F-(H(sub 2)O) and F-(H(sub 2)O)2 systems and provide additional information that can guide further experimental studies.

  11. Probing the collective vibrational dynamics of a protein in liquid water by terahertz absorption spectroscopy.

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    Xu, Jing; Plaxco, Kevin W; Allen, S James

    2006-05-01

    Biological polymers are expected to exhibit functionally relevant, global, and subglobal collective modes in the terahertz (THz) frequency range (i.e., picosecond timescale). In an effort to monitor these collective motions, we have experimentally determined the absorption spectrum of solvated bovine serum albumin (BSA) from 0.3 to 3.72 THz (10-124 cm(-1)). We successfully extract the terahertz molar absorption of the solvated BSA from the much stronger attenuation of water and observe in the solvated protein a dense, overlapping spectrum of vibrational modes that increases monotonically with increasing frequency. We see no evidence of distinct, strong, spectral features, suggesting that no specific collective vibrations dominate the protein's spectrum of motions, consistent with the predictions of molecular dynamics simulations and normal mode analyses of a range of small proteins. The shape of the observed spectrum resembles the ideal quadratic spectral density expected for a disordered ionic solid, indicating that the terahertz normal mode density of the solvated BSA may be modeled, to first order, as that of a three-dimensional elastic nanoparticle with an aperiodic charge distribution. Nevertheless, there are important detailed departures from that of a disordered inorganic solid or the normal mode densities predicted for several smaller proteins. These departures are presumably the spectral features arising from the unique molecular details of the solvated BSA. The techniques used here and measurements have the potential to experimentally confront theoretical calculations on a frequency scale that is important for macromolecular motions in a biologically relevant water environment.

  12. Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics for rapid, quantitative analysis of bitter acids in hops (Humulus lupulus).

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    Killeen, Daniel P; Andersen, David H; Beatson, Ron A; Gordon, Keith C; Perry, Nigel B

    2014-12-31

    Hops, Humulus lupulus, are grown worldwide for use in the brewing industry to impart characteristic flavor and aroma to finished beer. Breeders produce many varietal crosses with the aim of improving and diversifying commercial hops varieties. The large number of crosses critical to a successful breeding program imposes high demands on the supporting chemical analytical laboratories. With the aim of reducing the analysis time associated with hops breeding, quantitative partial least-squares regression (PLS-R) models have been produced, relating reference data acquired by the industrial standard HPLC and UV methods, to vibrational spectra of the same, chemically diverse hops sample set. These models, produced from rapidly acquired infrared (IR), near-infrared (NIR), and Raman spectra, were appraised using standard statistical metrics. Results demonstrated that all three spectroscopic methods could be used for screening hops for α-acid, total bitter acids, and cohumulone concentrations in powdered hops. Models generated from Raman and IR spectra also showed potential for use in screening hops varieties for xanthohumol concentrations. NIR analysis was performed using both a standard benchtop spectrometer and a portable NIR spectrometer, with comparable results obtained by both instruments. Finally, some important vibrational features of cohumulone, colupulone, and xanthohumol were assigned using DFT calculations, which allow more insightful interpretation of PLS-R latent variable plots.

  13. Chiral superconductors.

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

    Chiral superconductivity is a striking quantum phenomenon in which an unconventional superconductor spontaneously develops an angular momentum and lowers its free energy by eliminating nodes in the gap. It is a topologically non-trivial state and, as such, exhibits distinctive topological modes at surfaces and defects. In this paper we discuss the current theory and experimental results on chiral superconductors, focusing on two of the best-studied systems, Sr2RuO4, which is thought to be a chiral triplet p-wave superconductor, and UPt3, which has two low-temperature superconducting phases (in zero magnetic field), the lower of which is believed to be chiral triplet f-wave. Other systems that may exhibit chiral superconductivity are also discussed. Key signatures of chiral superconductivity are surface currents and chiral Majorana modes, Majorana states in vortex cores, and the possibility of half-flux quantum vortices in the case of triplet pairing. Experimental evidence for chiral superconductivity from μSR, NMR, strain, polar Kerr effect and Josephson tunneling experiments are discussed.

  14. Analyzing pH-induced changes in a myofibril model system with vibrational and fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Andersen, Petter Vejle; Veiseth-Kent, Eva; Wold, Jens Petter

    2017-03-01

    The decline of pH and ultimate pH in meat postmortem greatly influences meat quality (e.g. water holding capacity). Four spectroscopic techniques, Raman, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), near infrared (NIR) and fluorescence spectroscopy, were used to study protein and amino acid modifications to determine pH-related changes in pork myofibril extracts at three different pH-levels, 5.3, 5.8 and 6.3. Protonation of side-chain carboxylic acids of aspartic and glutamic acid and changes in secondary structure, mainly the amide I-III peaks, were the most important features identified by Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy linked to changes in pH. Fluorescence spectroscopy identified tryptophan interaction with the molecular environment as the most important contributor to changes in the spectra. NIR spectroscopy gave no significant contributions to interpreting protein structure related to pH. Results from our study are useful for interpreting spectroscopic data from meat where pH is an important variable.

  15. Highly Resolved Sub-Terahertz Vibrational Spectroscopy of Biological Macromolecules and Bacteria Cells

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    2016-07-01

    TR-1385 Waleed Maswadeh Richard Vanderbeek Raphael Moon RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE Ashish Tripathi LEIDOS, INC. Gunpowder, MD...0022 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Maswadeh, Waleed; Vanderbeek, Richard; Moon , Raphael (ECBC); Tripathi, Ashish...Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) Spectroscopy Branch RDCB-DRI-S ATTN: Maswadeh, W. Vanderbeek, R. Moon , R

  16. Nonlinear Spectroscopy Study of Vibrational Self-Trapping in Hydrogen Bonded Crystals

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    Edler, Julian; Hamm, Peter

    Femtosecond pump probe spectroscopy proves that self-trapping occurs in the NH and amide I band of crystalline acetanilide (ACN). The phonon modes that mediate the self-trapping are identified. Comparison between ACN and N-methylacetamide, both model systems for proteins, shows that self-trapping is a common feature in hydrogen bonded systems.

  17. Definition of the intermediates and mechanism of the anticancer drug bleomycin using nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and related methods.

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    Liu, Lei V; Bell, Caleb B; Wong, Shaun D; Wilson, Samuel A; Kwak, Yeonju; Chow, Marina S; Zhao, Jiyong; Hodgson, Keith O; Hedman, Britt; Solomon, Edward I

    2010-12-28

    Bleomycin (BLM) is a glycopeptide anticancer drug capable of effecting single- and double-strand DNA cleavage. The last detectable intermediate prior to DNA cleavage is a low spin Fe(III) peroxy level species, termed activated bleomycin (ABLM). DNA strand scission is initiated through the abstraction of the C-4' hydrogen atom of the deoxyribose sugar unit. Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) aided by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are applied to define the natures of Fe(III)BLM and ABLM as (BLM)Fe(III)─OH and (BLM)Fe(III)(η(1)─OOH) species, respectively. The NRVS spectra of Fe(III)BLM and ABLM are strikingly different because in ABLM the δFe─O─O bending mode mixes with, and energetically splits, the doubly degenerate, intense O─Fe─N(ax) transaxial bends. DFT calculations of the reaction of ABLM with DNA, based on the species defined by the NRVS data, show that the direct H-atom abstraction by ABLM is thermodynamically favored over other proposed reaction pathways.

  18. Mixed IR/Vis two-dimensional spectroscopy: chemical exchange beyond the vibrational lifetime and sub-ensemble selective photochemistry.

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    van Wilderen, Luuk J G W; Messmer, Andreas T; Bredenbeck, Jens

    2014-03-03

    Two-dimensional exchange spectroscopy (2D EXSY) is a powerful method to study the interconversion (chemical exchange) of molecular species in equilibrium. This method has recently been realized in femtosecond 2D-IR spectroscopy, dramatically increasing the time resolution. However, current implementations allow the EXSY signal (and therefore the chemical process of interest) only to be tracked during the lifetime (T1 ) of the observed spectroscopic transition. This is a severe limitation, as typical vibrational T1 are only a few ps. An IR/Vis pulse sequence is presented that overcomes this limit and makes the EXSY signal independent of T1 . The same pulse sequence allows to collect time-resolved IR spectra after electronic excitation of a particular chemical species in a mixture of species with strongly overlapping UV/Vis spectra. Different photoreaction pathways and dynamics of coexisting isomers or of species involved in different intermolecular interactions can thus be revealed, even if the species cannot be isolated because they are in rapid equilibrium.

  19. Definition of the intermediates and mechanism of the anticancer drug bleomycin using nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and related methods.

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    Liu, L. V.; Bell, C. B., III; Wong, S. D.; Wilson, S. A.; Kwak, Y.; Chow, M.S.; Zhao, J.; Hodgson, K.O.; Hedman, B.; Solomon, E.I.

    2010-12-28

    Bleomycin (BLM) is a glycopeptide anticancer drug capable of effecting single- and double-strand DNA cleavage. The last detectable intermediate prior to DNA cleavage is a low spin Fe{sup III} peroxy level species, termed activated bleomycin (ABLM). DNA strand scission is initiated through the abstraction of the C-4{prime} hydrogen atom of the deoxyribose sugar unit. Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) aided by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are applied to define the natures of Fe{sup III}BLM and ABLM as (BLM)Fe{sup III}-OH and (BLM)Fe{sup III}({eta}{sup 1}-OOH) species, respectively. The NRVS spectra of Fe{sup III}BLM and ABLM are strikingly different because in ABLM the {delta}Fe-O-O bending mode mixes with, and energetically splits, the doubly degenerate, intense O-Fe-N{sub ax} transaxial bends. DFT calculations of the reaction of ABLM with DNA, based on the species defined by the NRVS data, show that the direct H-atom abstraction by ABLM is thermodynamically favored over other proposed reaction pathways.

  20. Definition of the intermediates and mechanism of the anticancer drug bleomycin using nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and related methods

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    Liu, Lei V.; Bell, Caleb B.; Wong, Shaun D.; Wilson, Samuel A.; Kwak, Yeonju; Chow, Marina S.; Zhao, Jiyong; Hodgson, Keith O.; Hedman, Britt; Solomon, Edward I.

    2010-01-01

    Bleomycin (BLM) is a glycopeptide anticancer drug capable of effecting single- and double-strand DNA cleavage. The last detectable intermediate prior to DNA cleavage is a low spin FeIII peroxy level species, termed activated bleomycin (ABLM). DNA strand scission is initiated through the abstraction of the C-4′ hydrogen atom of the deoxyribose sugar unit. Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) aided by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are applied to define the natures of FeIIIBLM and ABLM as (BLM)FeIII─OH and (BLM)FeIII(η1─OOH) species, respectively. The NRVS spectra of FeIIIBLM and ABLM are strikingly different because in ABLM the δFe─O─O bending mode mixes with, and energetically splits, the doubly degenerate, intense O─Fe─Nax transaxial bends. DFT calculations of the reaction of ABLM with DNA, based on the species defined by the NRVS data, show that the direct H-atom abstraction by ABLM is thermodynamically favored over other proposed reaction pathways. PMID:21149675

  1. A new ultrafast technique for measuring the terahertz dynamics of chiral molecules: the theory of optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr optical activity.

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    Wynne, Klaas

    2005-06-22

    Optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr optical activity (OHD-RIKOA) is a nonresonant ultrafast chiroptical technique for measuring the terahertz-frequency Raman spectrum of chirally active modes in liquids, solutions, and glasses of chiral molecules. OHD-RIKOA has the potential to provide much more information on the structure of molecules and the symmetries of librational and vibrational modes than the well-known nonchirally sensitive technique optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr-effect spectroscopy (OHD-RIKES). The theory of OHD-RIKOA is presented and possible practical ways of performing the experiments are analyzed.

  2. Intramolecular hydrogen bonding in myricetin and myricitrin. Quantum chemical calculations and vibrational spectroscopy

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    Vojta, Danijela; Dominković, Katarina; Miljanić, Snežana; Spanget-Larsen, Jens

    2017-03-01

    The molecular structures of myricetin (3,3‧,4‧,5,5‧,7-hexahydroxyflavone; MCE) and myricitrin (myricetin 3-O-rhamnoside; MCI) are investigated by quantum chemical calculations (B3LYP/6-311G**). Two preferred molecular rotamers of MCI are predicted, corresponding to different conformations of the O-rhamnoside subunit. The rotamers are characterized by different hydrogen bonded cross-links between the hydroxy groups of the rhamnoside substituent and the parent MCE moiety. The predicted OH stretching frequencies are compared with vibrational spectra of MCE and MCI recorded for the sake of this investigation (IR and Raman). In addition, a reassignment of the Cdbnd O stretching bands is suggested.

  3. Vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory study of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid

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    Li, Ran; Lv, Haiming; Zhang, Xiaolei; Liu, Peipei; Chen, Lei; Cheng, Jianbo; Zhao, Bing

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA/pMBA) was designed as a model molecule for theoretical and experimental studies of the molecule structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to predict the IR and Raman spectra for the molecule. In addition, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectra of the compound have been obtained experimentally. Based on the modeling results obtained at the B3LYP/6-311++G∗∗ level, all FTIR and Raman bands of the compound obtained experimentally were assigned. Our calculated vibrational frequencies are in good agreement with the experimental vales. The molecular electrostatic potential surface calculation was performed and the result suggested that the 4-MBA had two hydrogen bond donors and three hydrogen bond acceptors. HOMO-LUMO gap was also obtained theoretically at B3LYP/6-311++G∗∗ level.

  4. In vivo molecular labeling of halogenated volatile anesthetics via intrinsic molecular vibrations using nonlinear Raman spectroscopy

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    Nagashima, Yu; Suzuki, Takayuki; Terada, Sumio; Tsuji, Shoji; Misawa, Kazuhiko

    2011-01-01

    Halogenated volatile anesthetics are frequently used for inhaled anesthesia in clinical practice. No appropriate biological method has been available for visualizing their localization in action. Therefore, despite their frequent use, the mechanism of action of these drugs has not been fully investigated. We measured coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectra of sevoflurane and isoflurane, two of the most representative volatile anesthetics, and determined the low-frequency vibrational modes without nonresonant background disturbance. Molecular dynamics calculations predict that these modes are associated with multiple halogen atoms. Because halogen atoms rarely appear in biological compounds, the entire spectral landscape of these modes is expected to be a good marker for investigating the spatial localization of these drugs within the intracellular environment. Using live squid giant axons, we could detect the unique CARS spectra of sevoflurane for the first time in a biological setting.

  5. Vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory analysis of 3-O-caffeoylquinic acid

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    Mishra, Soni; Tandon, Poonam; Eravuchira, Pinkie J.; El-Abassy, Rasha M.; Materny, Arnulf

    2013-03-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are being performed to investigate the geometric, vibrational, and electronic properties of the chlorogenic acid isomer 3-CQA (1R,3R,4S,5R)-3-{[(2E)-3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)prop-2-enoyl]oxy}-1,4,5-trihydroxycyclohexanecarboxylic acid), a major phenolic compound in coffee. DFT calculations with the 6-311G(d,p) basis set produce very good results. The electrostatic potential mapped onto an isodensity surface has been obtained. A natural bond orbital analysis (NBO) has been performed in order to study intramolecular bonding, interactions among bonds, and delocalization of unpaired electrons. HOMO-LUMO studies give insights into the interaction of the molecule with other species. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies indicate that a charge transfer occurs within the molecule.

  6. Two-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy of a Dissipative System with the Optimized Mean-Trajectory Approximation

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    2015-01-01

    The optimized mean-trajectory (OMT) approximation is a semiclassical method for computing vibrational response functions from action-quantized classical trajectories connected by discrete transitions representing radiation–matter interactions. Here we apply this method to an anharmonic chromophore coupled to a harmonic bath. A forward–backward trajectory implementation of the OMT method is described that addresses the numerical challenges of applying the OMT to large systems with disparate frequency scales. The OMT is shown to well reproduce line shapes and waiting time dynamics in the pure dephasing limit of weak coupling to an off-resonant bath. The OMT is also shown to describe a case where energy transfer is the predominant source of line broadening. PMID:25275943

  7. Two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of peptides by phase-controlled femtosecond vibrational photon echoes

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    Asplund, M. C.; Zanni, M. T.; Hochstrasser, R. M.

    2000-01-01

    Two-dimensional infrared spectra of peptides are introduced that are the direct analogues of two- and three-pulse multiple quantum NMR. Phase matching and heterodyning are used to isolate the phase and amplitudes of the electric fields of vibrational photon echoes as a function of multiple pulse delays. Structural information is made available on the time scale of a few picoseconds. Line narrowed spectra of acyl-proline-NH2 and cross peaks implying the coupling between its amide-I modes are obtained, as are the phases of the various contributions to the signals. Solvent-sensitive structural differences are seen for the dipeptide. The methods show great promise to measure structure changes in biology on a wide range of time scales. PMID:10890905

  8. Adsorption and vibrational spectroscopy of ammonia at mordenite: Ab initio study

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    Bučko, T.; Hafner, J.; Benco, L.

    2004-06-01

    The adsorption of ammonia at various active centers at the outer and inner surfaces of mordenite, involving Brønsted acid (BA) sites, terminal silanol groups, and Lewis sites has been investigated using periodic ab initio density-functional theory. It is shown that ammonia forms an ammonium ion when adsorbed at strong BA sites. The calculated adsorption energies for different BA sites vary in the interval from 111.5 to 174.7 kJ/mol depending on the local environment of the adduct. The lowest adsorption energy is found for a monodentate complex in the main channel, the highest for a tetradentate configuration in the side pocket. At weak BA sites such as terminal silanol groups or a defect with a BA site in a two-membered ring ammonia is H bonded via the N atom. Additional weak H bonds are formed between H atoms of ammonia and O atoms of neighboring terminal silanol groups. The calculated adsorption energies for such adducts range between 61.7 and 70.9 kJ/mol. The interaction of ammonia with different Lewis sites is shown to range between weak (ΔEads=17.8 kJ/mol) and very strong (ΔEads=161.7 kJ/mol), the strongest Lewis site being a tricoordinated Al atom at the outer surface. Our results are in very good agreement with the distribution of desorption energies estimated from temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and microcalorimetry experiments, the multipeaked structure of the TPD spectra is shown to arise from strong and weak Brønsted and Lewis sites. The vibrational properties of the adsorption complexes are investigated using a force-constant approach. The stretching and bending modes of NH4+ adsorbed to the zeolite are strongly influenced by the local environment. The strongest redshift is calculated for the asymmetric stretching mode involving the NH group hydrogen bonded to the bridging O atom of the BA site, the shift is largest for a monodentate and smallest for a tetradentate adsorption complex. The reduced symmetry of the adsorbate also leads to a

  9. X-ray and vibrational spectroscopy of manganese complexes relevant to the oxygen-evolving complex of photosynthesis

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    Visser, Hendrik

    2001-01-01

    Manganese model complexes, relevant to the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) in photosynthesis, were studied with Mn K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), Mn Kb X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), and vibrational spectroscopy. A more detailed understanding was obtained of the influence of nuclearity, overall structure, oxidation state, and ligand environment of the Mn atoms on the spectra from these methods. This refined understanding is necessary for improving the interpretation of spectra of the OEC. Mn XANES and Kb XES were used to study a di-(mu)-oxo and a mono-(mu)-oxo di-nuclear Mn compound in the (III,III), (III,IV), and (IV,IV) oxidation states. XANES spectra show energy shifts of 0.8 - 2.2 eV for 1-electron oxidation-state changes and 0.4 - 1.8 eV for ligand-environment changes. The shifts observed for Mn XES spectra were approximately 0.21 eV for oxidation state-changes and only approximately 0.04 eV for ligand-environment changes. This indicates that Mn Kb XES i s more sensitive to the oxidation state and less sensitive to the ligand environment of the Mn atoms than XANES. These complimentary methods provide information about the oxidation state and the ligand environment of Mn atoms in model compounds and biological systems. A versatile spectroelectrochemical apparatus was designed to aid the interpretation of IR spectra of Mn compounds in different oxidation states. The design, based on an attenuated total reflection device, permits the study of a wide spectral range: 16,700 (600 nm) - 225

  10. Application of multivariate analysis and vibrational spectroscopy in classification of biological systems

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    Salman, A.; Shufan, E.; Lapidot, I.; Tsror, L.; Zeiri, L.; Sahu, R. K.; Moreh, R.; Mordechai, S.; Huleihel, M.

    2015-12-01

    Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies have emerged as powerful tools for chemical analysis. This is due to their ability to provide detailed information about the spatial distribution of chemical composition at the molecular level. A biological sample, i.e. bacteria or fungi, has a typical spectrum. This spectral fingerprint, characterizes the sample and can therefore be used for differentiating between biology samples which belong to different groups, i.e., several different isolates of a given fungi. When the spectral differences between the groups are minute, multivariate analysis should be used to provide a good differentiation. We hereby review several results which demonstrate the differentiation success obtained by combining spectroscopy measurements and multivariate analysis.

  11. Vanadium doping of LiMnPO4: Vibrational spectroscopy and first-principle studies

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    Kellerman, D.; Medvedeva, N.; Mukhina, N.; Semenova, A.; Baklanova, I.; Perelyaeva, L.; Gorshkov, V.

    2014-01-01

    The samples of pure and 10% vanadium-doped LiMnPO4 have been synthesized by the solid-state reaction technique. The results of Raman and infrared absorption spectroscopy show that the vanadium atoms replace phosphorus giving rise to LiMn(PO4)1-x(VO4)x solid solutions. This conclusion is confirmed by the first-principle studies.

  12. Structural determination of molecular stereochemistry using VCD spectroscopy and a conformational code: absolute configuration and solution conformation of a chiral liquid pesticide, (R)-(+)-malathion.

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    Izumi, Hiroshi; Ogata, Atsushi; Nafie, Laurence A; Dukor, Rina K

    2009-01-01

    The absolute configuration and solution conformation of (R)-(+)-malathion were determined by using vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy and a fragment-conformational search with a recently published conformational code. The determination of molecular stereochemistry was carried out without a conformational search using molecular mechanics calculations. Density functional theory calculations of the fragments of (R)-malathion, ethyl propionate, (R)-ethyl 2-(methylthio)propanoate, (R)-diethyl 2-(methylthio)succinate, and O,O,S-trimethyl phosphorodithioate were carried out, and the principal conformational features of the fragments were profiled. This fragment-conformational search reduces the time needed for the selection of the predominant conformations for (R)-malathion and significantly improves the accuracy of the determination of absolute configuration.

  13. Enantioseparation of Mandelic Acid Enantiomers With Magnetic Nano-Sorbent Modified by a Chiral Selector.

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    Tarhan, Tuba; Tural, Bilsen; Tural, Servet; Topal, Giray

    2015-11-01

    In this study, R(+)-α-methylbenzylamine-modified magnetic chiral sorbent was synthesized and assessed as a new enantioselective solid phase sorbent for separation of mandelic acid enantiomers from aqueous solutions. The chemical structures and magnetic properties of the new sorbent were characterized by vibrating sample magnetometry, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering. The effects of different variables such as the initial concentration of racemic mandelic acid, dosage of sorbent, and contact time upon sorption characteristics of mandelic acid enantiomers on magnetic chiral sorbent were investigated. The sorption of mandelic acid enantiomers followed a pseudo-second-order reaction and equilibrium experiments were well fitted to a Langmuir isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacity of racemic mandelic acid on to the magnetic chiral sorbent was found to be 405 mg g(-1). The magnetic chiral sorbent has a greater affinity for (S)-(+)-mandelic acid compared to (R)-(-)-mandelic acid. The optimum resolution was achieved with 10 mL 30 mM of racemic mandelic acid and 110 mg of magnetic chiral sorbent. The best percent enantiomeric excess values (up to 64%) were obtained by use of a chiralpak AD-H column.

  14. 3D Motions of Iron in Six-Coordinate {FeNO}(7) Hemes by Nuclear Resonance Vibration Spectroscopy.

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    Peng, Qian; Pavlik, Jeffrey W; Silvernail, Nathan J; Alp, E Ercan; Hu, Michael Y; Zhao, Jiyong; Sage, J Timothy; Scheidt, W Robert

    2016-04-25

    The vibrational spectrum of a six-coordinate nitrosyl iron porphyrinate, monoclinic [Fe(TpFPP)(1-MeIm)(NO)] (TpFPP=tetra-para-fluorophenylporphyrin; 1-MeIm=1-methylimidazole), has been studied by oriented single-crystal nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS). The crystal was oriented to give spectra perpendicular to the porphyrin plane and two in-plane spectra perpendicular or parallel to the projection of the FeNO plane. These enable assignment of the FeNO bending and stretching modes. The measurements reveal that the two in-plane spectra have substantial differences that result from the strongly bonded axial NO ligand. The direction of the in-plane iron motion is found to be largely parallel and perpendicular to the projection of the bent FeNO on the porphyrin plane. The out-of-plane Fe-N-O stretching and bending modes are strongly mixed with each other, as well as with porphyrin ligand modes. The stretch is mixed with v50 as was also observed for dioxygen complexes. The frequency of the assigned stretching mode of eight Fe-X-O (X=N, C, and O) complexes is correlated with the Fe-XO bond lengths. The nature of highest frequency band at ≈560 cm(-1) has also been examined in two additional new derivatives. Previously assigned as the Fe-NO stretch (by resonance Raman), it is better described as the bend, as the motion of the central nitrogen atom of the FeNO group is very large. There is significant mixing of this mode. The results emphasize the importance of mode mixing; the extent of mixing must be related to the peripheral phenyl substituents.

  15. Molecular interactions of organic molecules at the air/water interface investigated by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Wang, Wenting; Ye, Shuji

    2017-02-08

    The molecular structure and dynamics of organic molecules at the aqueous interface have attracted a number of investigations owing to their importance and specific nature. However, there are relatively few studies on the direct characterization of the molecular interactions at the air/water interface because they are extremely difficult to measure in experiments. In this study, we use dibutyl ester molecules (R1CO2R2O2CR1) as a model of organic molecules, and investigate their molecular structure and interactions using sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy. We demonstrate that the molecular interactions can be estimated by measuring the intensity ratio of the symmetric stretching (ν1) and Fermi resonant bands (2ν2) of methyl groups. Here, dibutyl ester molecules are widely used as plasticizers in polymers to improve the properties of the plastics and polymers. It is found that the orientation angles of the tailed methyl groups at the air/water interface decrease from 34° to 19° when the chain length of R2 increases from 0 to 8. The total intermolecular interactions of the dibutyl ester molecules decrease as the chain length of R2 increases because the van der Waals interactions between the hydrocarbon chains increase, while the hydrogen bond interactions between the carbonyl group and water molecules decrease. Our study demonstrates the stability of ester-based plasticizers in polymers can be well predicted from the intensity ratio of the ν1 and 2ν2 bands of methyl group. Such an intensity ratio can be thus used as an effective vibrational optical ruler for characterizing molecular interactions between plasticizers and polymers.

  16. Structural characterization of (C2H2)1-6+ cluster ions by vibrational predissociation spectroscopy

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    Relph, Rachael A.; Bopp, Joseph C.; Roscioli, Joseph R.; Johnson, Mark A.

    2009-09-01

    Vibrational predissociation spectra are reported for the cationic acetylene clusters, (C2H2)n+, n =1-6, in the region of the C-H stretching fundamentals. For n =1 and 2, predissociation could only be observed for the Ar-tagged clusters. These were prepared by charge-transfer collisions of Ark+ with C2H2 to create C2H2+ṡArm clusters, which were then converted into larger members of the (C2H2)n+ṡAr series by sequential addition of acetylene molecules. The (C2H2)2+ṡAr spectrum indicates that this species is predominantly present as the cyclobutadiene cation. Although mobility measurements on the electron-impact-generated (C2H2)3+ ion indicated that it primarily occurs as the benzene cation, [P. O. Momoh, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128, 12408 (2006)] photofragmentation of (C2H2)3+ṡAr in the C-H stretching region is dominated by the loss of C2H2 in addition to the weakly bound Ar atom. This suggests that the dominant n =3 species formed by sequential addition of C2H2 is based on a covalently bound C4H4+ core ion. Interestingly, the spectrum of this core C4H4+ species is different from that found for the cyclobutadiene cation, displaying instead a new band pattern that is retained in the higher (C2H2)3-6+ clusters. Multiple isomers are clearly involved, as yet another pattern of bands is recovered when the (C2H2)3+ṡAr action spectrum is recorded in the (minor) Ar loss fragmentation channel. One of these features does appear in the location of the single band characteristic of the Ar-tagged benzene cation reported earlier [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 4, 24 (2002)], supporting a scenario where the benzene cation is one of the isomers present. We then compare the Ar predissociation results with (C2H2)n+ spectra obtained when the ions are prepared by electron impact ionization of neutral acetylene clusters. The photofragmentation behavior and vibrational spectra indicate that the dominant species formed in this way also occur with a covalently bound C4H4+ core. There are

  17. Infrared vibrational spectroscopy of [Ru(bpy)2(bpm)]2+ and [Ru(bpy)3]2+ in the excited triplet state.

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    Mukuta, Tatsuhiko; Fukazawa, Naoto; Murata, Kei; Inagaki, Akiko; Akita, Munetaka; Tanaka, Sei'ichi; Koshihara, Shin-ya; Onda, Ken

    2014-03-03

    This work involved a detailed investigation into the infrared vibrational spectra of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes, specifically heteroleptic [Ru(bpy)2(bpm)](2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine and bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine) and homoleptic [Ru(bpy)3](2+), in the excited triplet state. Transient spectra were acquired 500 ps after photoexcitation, corresponding to the vibrational ground state of the excited triplet state, using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. We assigned the observed bands to specific ligands in [Ru(bpy)2(bpm)](2+) based on the results of deuterium substitution and identified the corresponding normal vibrational modes using quantum-chemical calculations. Through this process, the more complex vibrational bands of [Ru(bpy)3](2+) were assigned to normal vibrational modes. The results are in good agreement with the model in which excited electrons are localized on a single ligand. We also found that the vibrational bands of both complexes associated with the ligands on which electrons are little localized appear at approximately 1317 and 1608 cm(-1). These assignments should allow the study of the reaction dynamics of various photofunctional systems including ruthenium polypyridyl complexes.

  18. Local vibrations in disordered solids studied via single-molecule spectroscopy: Comparison with neutron, nuclear, Raman scattering, and photon echo data

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    Vainer, Yu. G.; Naumov, A. V.; Kador, L.

    2008-06-01

    The energy spectrum of low-frequency vibrational modes (LFMs) in three disordered organic solids—amorphous polyisobutylene (PIB), toluene and deuterated toluene glasses, weakly doped with fluorescent chromophore molecules of tetra-tert-butylterrylene (TBT) has been measured via single-molecule (SM) spectroscopy. Analysis of the individual temperature dependences of linewidths of single TBT molecules allowed us to determine the values of the vibrational mode frequencies and the SM-LFM coupling constants for vibrations in the local environment of the molecules. The measured LFM spectra were compared with the “Boson peak” as measured in pure PIB by inelastic neutron scattering, in pure toluene glass by low-frequency Raman scattering, in doped toluene glass by nuclear inelastic scattering, and with photon echo data. The comparative analysis revealed close agreement between the spectra of the local vibrations as measured in the present study and the literature data of the Boson peak in PIB and toluene. The analysis has also the important result that weak doping of the disordered matrices with nonpolar probe molecules whose chemical composition is similar to that of the matrix molecules does not influence the observed vibrational dynamics markedly. The experimental data displaying temporal stability on the time scale of a few hours of vibrational excitation parameters in local surroundings was obtained for the first time both for polymer and molecular glass.

  19. Exploration of molecular orientation in polymers using novel vibrational spectroscopy methods

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    Frisk, Simon

    The knowledge of the structure-processing-property relationships is critical to any application in materials science. This project proposes a multidimensional approach to study the structure of polymer fibers as a function of different processing parameters. The tremendous potential of polarized Raman spectroscopy for the study of oriented polymers was demonstrated using quantitative and spectral analyses. A comparison of three methods to determine the first two coefficients of the orientation distribution function is presented. Based on these results, a graphical representation of the distribution of molecular orientations and its evolution in a series of poly(propylene terephthalate) fibers melt-spun under different processing conditions was attempted. A new method to determine an orientation independent Raman scattered intensity based on various polarized Raman measurements was developed and is introduced. The equivalent term in infrared spectroscopy is the structural absorbance. As with the structural absorbance, the calculated Raman intensity allows one to observe spectral changes that are due uniquely to morphological changes in a set of different samples in the presence of orientation differences. The correlation of the quantitative and spectral analyses yielded valuable information regarding the evolution of the molecular orientation and the structure as a function of spinning speed in the series of melt-spun PPT fibers. A monotonic increase in molecular orientation was observed through the entire spin speed range. Initially, this increase was accompanied by a large increase in density. Due to the absence of a significant increase in crystallinity, it was concluded that an oriented non-crystalline phase was formed. The onset of significant crystallinity was observed for the higher spin speeds. A second objective of this work was to gain a better understanding of the deformation mechanisms in the fibers when subjected to both permanent and reversible

  20. Water at surfaces with tunable surface chemistries and the chiral imprint of water around DNA

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    Petersen, Poul

    Aqueous interfaces are ubiquitous in atmospheric chemistry and biological systems but are notoriously hard to probe experimentally. Surface-specific vibrational spectroscopy offers an avenue to directly probe the vibrational modes of the water OH stretching band but this method is challenging to implement to buried surfaces. Here we present results from sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy probing the buried interface between a functionalized surface and aqueous solutions. Studying such buried surfaces offers the advantage of being able to systematically tune the surface chemistry using self-assembled monolayers, i.e. the hydrophobic and hydrophilic character, and examine the effect on the interfacial water. In addition to water at these controlled surfaces, we have initiated studying water at biological surfaces. This includes the solvation structure around DNA. X-ray experiments at cryogenic temperatures have found crystallographic water in the minor grove of DNA giving rise to the notion of a spine of hydration surrounding DNA. Such structured water should exhibit a chiral structure adapted from DNA. We investigate if such a chiral water structure exist around DNA at room temperature using chiral SFG. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under a NSF CAREER Grant (CHE-1151079).

  1. Distinguishing gramicidin D conformers through two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of vibrational excitons

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    Stevenson, Paul; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-06-01

    Gramicidin D is a short peptide which dimerizes to form helical pores, adopting one of two conformations in the process. These conformations differ primarily in number of residues per turn and the hydrogen-bond registry between rungs of the helix. Using amide I 2D infrared (IR) and FTIR, we have demonstrated that it is possible to distinguish between the different conformers of gramicidin D in solution. We show that the spectra observed for this helical peptide bear no resemblance to the spectra of α- or 310-helices and that while the FTIR spectra appear similar to spectra of β-sheets, 2D IR reveals that the observed resonances arise from vibrational modes unlike those observed in β-sheets. We also present an idealized model which reproduces the experimental data with high fidelity. This model is able to explain the polarization-dependence of the experimental 2D IR data. Using this model, we show the coupling between the rungs of the helix dominates the spectra, and as a consequence of this, the number of residues per turn can greatly influence the amide I spectra of gramicidin D.

  2. Vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy of surfactants and phospholipid monolayers at liquid-liquid interfaces

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    Smiley, Beth L.; Walker, R. A.; Gragson, D. E.; Hannon, T. E.; Richmond, Geraldine L.

    1998-04-01

    Work from our laboratory on vibrational sum frequency spectroscopic investigations of molecular ordering at the carbon tetrachloride-water interface is reviewed. Simple charged surfactants adsorbed at the liquid-liquid interface are seen to induce alignment of interfacial water molecules to a degree which is dependent on the induced surface potential. Saturation of water molecule alignment occurs at a surfactant surface concentration corresponding to a calculated surface potential of approximately 160 mV. In complementary studies, the relative degree of hydrocarbon chain ordering within monolayers of symmetric phosphatidylcholines of different chain lengths is inferred by the relative signal contributions of the methyl and methylene symmetric stretch modes. The degree of hydrocarbon chain disorder observed depends strongly on the method of monolayer preparation. By one method, a decrease in hydrocarbon chain order is seen with increasing chain length. Another method of monolayer formation yielded very well ordered hydrocarbon chains for the longest chain phosphatidylcholine studied, and showed much greater disorder in shorter chain species which was comparable to the other preparation method. These studies are a foundation for further work with this technique geared towards understanding molecular-level structural features in membrane-like assemblies and surface biochemical interactions of relevance to biomedical research.

  3. Communication: Quantitative multi-site frequency maps for amide I vibrational spectroscopy

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    Reppert, Mike; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-08-01

    An accurate method for predicting the amide I vibrational spectrum of a given protein structure has been sought for many years. Significant progress has been made recently by sampling structures from molecular dynamics simulations and mapping local electrostatic variables onto the frequencies of individual amide bonds. Agreement with experiment, however, has remained largely qualitative. Previously, we used dipeptide fragments and isotope-labeled constructs of the protein G mimic NuG2b as experimental standards for developing and testing amide I frequency maps. Here, we combine these datasets to test different frequency-map models and develop a novel method to produce an optimized four-site potential (4P) map based on the CHARMM27 force field. Together with a charge correction for glycine residues, the optimized map accurately describes both experimental datasets, with average frequency errors of 2-3 cm-1. This 4P map is shown to be convertible to a three-site field map which provides equivalent performance, highlighting the viability of both field- and potential-based maps for amide I spectral modeling. The use of multiple sampling points for local electrostatics is found to be essential for accurate map performance.

  4. Communication: Quantitative multi-site frequency maps for amide I vibrational spectroscopy

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    Reppert, Mike; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-08-14

    An accurate method for predicting the amide I vibrational spectrum of a given protein structure has been sought for many years. Significant progress has been made recently by sampling structures from molecular dynamics simulations and mapping local electrostatic variables onto the frequencies of individual amide bonds. Agreement with experiment, however, has remained largely qualitative. Previously, we used dipeptide fragments and isotope-labeled constructs of the protein G mimic NuG2b as experimental standards for developing and testing amide I frequency maps. Here, we combine these datasets to test different frequency-map models and develop a novel method to produce an optimized four-site potential (4P) map based on the CHARMM27 force field. Together with a charge correction for glycine residues, the optimized map accurately describes both experimental datasets, with average frequency errors of 2–3 cm{sup −1}. This 4P map is shown to be convertible to a three-site field map which provides equivalent performance, highlighting the viability of both field- and potential-based maps for amide I spectral modeling. The use of multiple sampling points for local electrostatics is found to be essential for accurate map performance.

  5. Gas phase vibrational spectroscopy of cold (TiO2)n(-) (n = 3-8) clusters.

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    Weichman, Marissa L; Song, Xiaowei; Fagiani, Matias R; Debnath, Sreekanta; Gewinner, Sandy; Schöllkopf, Wieland; Neumark, Daniel M; Asmis, Knut R

    2016-03-28

    We report infrared photodissociation (IRPD) spectra for the D2-tagged titanium oxide cluster anions (TiO2)n(-) with n = 3-8 in the spectral region from 450 to 1200 cm(-1). The IRPD spectra are interpreted with the aid of harmonic spectra from BP86/6-311+G* density functional theory calculations of energetically low-lying isomers. We conclusively assign the IRPD spectra of the n = 3 and n = 6 clusters to global minimum energy structures with Cs and C2 symmetry, respectively. The vibrational spectra of the n = 4 and n = 7 clusters can be attributed to contributions of at most two low-lying structures. While our calculations indicate that the n = 5 and n = 8 clusters have many more low-lying isomers than the other clusters, the dominant contributions to their spectra can be assigned to the lowest energy structures. Through comparison between the calculated and experimental spectra, we can draw conclusions about the size-dependent evolution of the properties of (TiO2)n(-) clusters, and on their potential utility as model systems for catalysis on a bulk TiO2 surface.

  6. Distinguishing gramicidin D conformers through two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of vibrational excitons

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    Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Gramicidin D is a short peptide which dimerizes to form helical pores, adopting one of two conformations in the process. These conformations differ primarily in number of residues per turn and the hydrogen-bond registry between rungs of the helix. Using amide I 2D infrared (IR) and FTIR, we have demonstrated that it is possible to distinguish between the different conformers of gramicidin D in solution. We show that the spectra observed for this helical peptide bear no resemblance to the spectra of α- or 310-helices and that while the FTIR spectra appear similar to spectra of β-sheets, 2D IR reveals that the observed resonances arise from vibrational modes unlike those observed in β-sheets. We also present an idealized model which reproduces the experimental data with high fidelity. This model is able to explain the polarization-dependence of the experimental 2D IR data. Using this model, we show the coupling between the rungs of the helix dominates the spectra, and as a consequence of this, the number of residues per turn can greatly influence the amide I spectra of gramicidin D. PMID:26049444

  7. Statistical strategies to reveal potential vibrational markers for in vivo analysis by confocal Raman spectroscopy

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    Oliveira Mendes, Thiago de; Pinto, Liliane Pereira; Santos, Laurita dos; Tippavajhala, Vamshi Krishna; Téllez Soto, Claudio Alberto; Martin, Airton Abrahão

    2016-07-01

    The analysis of biological systems by spectroscopic techniques involves the evaluation of hundreds to thousands of variables. Hence, different statistical approaches are used to elucidate regions that discriminate classes of samples and to propose new vibrational markers for explaining various phenomena like disease monitoring, mechanisms of action of drugs, food, and so on. However, the technical statistics are not always widely discussed in applied sciences. In this context, this work presents a detailed discussion including the various steps necessary for proper statistical analysis. It includes univariate parametric and nonparametric tests, as well as multivariate unsupervised and supervised approaches. The main objective of this study is to promote proper understanding of the application of various statistical tools in these spectroscopic methods used for the analysis of biological samples. The discussion of these methods is performed on a set of in vivo confocal Raman spectra of human skin analysis that aims to identify skin aging markers. In the Appendix, a complete routine of data analysis is executed in a free software that can be used by the scientific community involved in these studies.

  8. Full characterization of vibrational coherence in a porphyrin chromophore by two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

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    Camargo, Franco V A; Anderson, Harry L; Meech, Stephen R; Heisler, Ismael A

    2015-01-08

    In this work we present experimental and calculated two-dimensional electronic spectra for a 5,15-bisalkynyl porphyrin chromophore. The lowest energy electronic Qy transition couples mainly to a single 380 cm(-1) vibrational mode. The two-dimensional electronic spectra reveal diagonal and cross peaks which oscillate as a function of population time. We analyze both the amplitude and phase distribution of this main vibronic transition as a function of excitation and detection frequencies. Even though Feynman diagrams provide a good indication of where the amplitude of the oscillating components are located in the excitation-detection plane, other factors also affect this distribution. Specifically, the oscillation corresponding to each Feynman diagram is expected to have a phase that is a function of excitation and detection frequencies. Therefore, the overall phase of the experimentally observed oscillation will reflect this phase dependence. Another consequence is that the overall oscillation amplitude can show interference patterns resulting from overlapping contributions from neighboring Feynman diagrams. These observations are consistently reproduced through simulations based on third order perturbation theory coupled to a spectral density described by a Brownian oscillator model.

  9. Vibrational spectroscopy as a probe to rapidly detect, identify, and characterize micro-organisms

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    Sockalingum, Ganesh D.; Lamfarraj, Hasnae; Beljebbar, Abdelilah; Pina, Patrick; Delavenne, Marc; Witthuhn, Fabienne; Allouch, Pierre; Manfait, Michel

    1999-04-01

    Fast and exact identification of a great number of microorganisms is becoming a serious challenge. Differentiation and identification of microorganisms is today mainly achieved by the use of a variety of distinct techniques based on morphological, serological aspects and a set of biochemical test. Vibrational spectroscopic techniques can be complementary and useful methods in this field due to their rapidity, 'fingerprinting' capabilities, and the molecular information that they can provide. Using SERS at Ag colloids, we have conducted pilot studies to rapidly detect and identify bacterial clinical strains. Using a Raman microspectrometer equipped with a He/Ne laser, a first attempt to record SERS spectra was made on colloidal solutions. Spectra were of good quality but not very reproducible due to the movement of the microorganisms. Strains were then put in presence of Ag colloids and direct on-plate analysis was performed. Spectra were more reproducible, with diminished fluorescence, and reveal characteristic cellular-level information. Different growth conditions and colloid preparations have been tested. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli clinical strains, responsible for nosocomial infections, have been our first test samples. An attempt has also been made to record SERS data from gold colloids in view of future measurement in the near-IR. Spectroscopic data are compared with ATR-FTIR results.

  10. Final Technical Report Structural Dynamics in Complex Liquids Studied with Multidimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Tokmakoff, Andrei; Fiechtner, Gregory J.

    2015-12-10

    This grant supported work in the Tokmakoff lab at the University of Chicago aimed at understanding the fundamental properties of water at a molecular level, and how water participates in proton transport in aqueous media. The physical properties of water and aqueous solutions are inextricably linked with efforts to develop new sustainable energy sources. Energy conversion, storage, and transduction processes, particularly those that occur in biology and soft matter, make use of water for the purpose of storing and moving charge. Water’s unique physical and chemical properties depend on the ability of water molecules to participate in up to four hydrogen bonds, and the rapid fluctuations and ultrafast energy dissipation of its hydrogenbonded networks. Our work during the grant period led to advances in four areas: (1) the generation of short pulses of broadband infrared light (BBIR) for use in time-resolved twodimensional spectroscopy (2D IR), (2) the investigation of the spectroscopy and transport of excess protons in water, (3) the study of aqueous hydroxide to describe the interaction of the ion and water and the dynamics of proton transfer, and (4) the coupled motion of water and its hydrogen-bonding solutes.

  11. Structural study of human growth hormone-releasing factor fragment (1?29) by vibrational spectroscopy

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    Carmona, P.; Molina, M.; Lasagabaster, A.

    1995-05-01

    The conformational structure of fragment 1-29 of human growth hormone releasing factor, hGHRF (1-29), in aqueous solution and in the solid state is investigated by infrared and Raman spectroscopy. The polypeptide backbone is found to be unordered in the solid state. However, the spectra of the peptide prepared as 5% (w/w) aqueous solutions show that approximately 28% of the peptide is involved in intermolecular β-sheet aggregation. The remainder of the peptide exists largely as disordered and β-sheet conformations with a small portion of α-helices. Tyrosine residues are found to be exposed to the solvent. The secondary structures are quantitatively examined through infrared spectroscopy, the conformational percentages being near those obtained by HONDAet al. [ Biopolymers31, 869 (1991)] using circular dichroism. The fast hydrogen/deuterium exchange in peptide groups and the absence of any NMR sign indicative of ordered structure [ G. M. CLOREet al., J. Molec. Biol.191, 553 (1986)] support that the solution conformations of the non-aggregated peptide interconvert in dynamic equilibrium. Some physiological advantages that may derive from this conformational flexibility are also discussed

  12. A Combined Synchrotron-Based High Resolution FTIR and Diode Laser Jet Infrared Spectroscopy Study of the Chiral Molecule CDBrClF

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    Albert, S.; Albert, K. Keppler; Quack, M.; Lerch, Ph.; Boudon, V.

    2013-06-01

    The experimental detection of molecular parity violation Δ_{PV}E is of great interest because of its importance in the understanding of fundamental aspects of molecular dynamics and symmetries. One possible method for this is measuring rovibrational or rotational frequency shifts in the infrared or microwave spectra of enantiomers. For that reason we have measured and analysed the rotationally resolved infrared spectrum of CDBrClF as a prototype spectrum for a chiral molecule using three different techniques. The spectrum has been recorded at room temperature with the Zurich Bruker IFS spectrometer ZP 2001 and with the Bruker interferometer 2009 connected to the Swiss synchrotron using a resolution of 0.0007 cm^{-1}. In addition, the IR spectrum of CDBrClF has been measured at low temperature with our diode laser jet setup in the ν_5 region. The spectra of the two major isotopomers CD^{81}Br^{35}ClF and CD^{79}Br^{35}ClF have been analysed within the ν_5 (CCl-stretch), ν_4 (CF-stretch) and ν_3 (CDF-bend) regions. A detailed rovibrational analysis of these bands is presented. The role for possible experiments in the experimental detection of molecular parity violation shall be discussed. M. Quack, Fundamental symmetries and symmetry violations in Handbook of High Resolution Spectroscopy, Vol. 1(Eds. M. Quack and F. Merkt), Wiley, Chichester, New York 2011, 659-722, M. Quack, J. Stohner and M. Willeke, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2008, 59, 741, A. Bakasov, T.K. Ha, and M. Quack, J. Chem. Phys. 1998, 109, 7263, R. Berger and M. Quack, J. Chem. Phys, 2000, 112, 3148. M. Quack and J. Stohner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2000, 84, 3807, M. Quack and J. Stohner. J. Chem. Phys., 2003, 119, 11228. S. Albert, K. Keppler Albert and M. Quack, High Resolution Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy in Handbook of High Resolution Spectroscopy, Vol. 2 (Eds. M. Quack and F. Merkt), Wiley, Chichester, New York 2011, 965-1019, S. Albert and M. Quack, ChemPhysChem, 2007, 8, 1271-1281. S. Albert

  13. Determination of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements using vibrational spectroscopy and chemometric methods.

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    Bekhit, Michael Yemane; Grung, Bjørn; Mjøs, Svein Are

    2014-01-01

    The potential of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), near-infrared (NIR), and Raman spectroscopic techniques combined with partial least squares (PLS) regression (PLSR) to predict concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and total omega-3 fatty acids (n-3 FAs) in fish oil supplements was investigated. FT-IR spectroscopy predicted EPA (coefficient of determination (R(2)) of 0.994, standard error of cross-validation (SECV) of 2.90%, and standard error of prediction (SEP) of 2.49%) and DHA (R(2) = 0.983, SECV = 2.89%, and SEP = 2.55%) with six to seven PLS factors, whereas a simpler PLS model with two factors was obtained for total n-3 FAs (R(2) = 0.985, SECV = 2.73%, and SEP = 2.75%). Selected regions in the NIR spectra gave models with good performances and predicted EPA (R(2) = 0.979, SECV = 2.43%, and SEP = 3.11%) and DHA (R(2) = 0.972, SECV = 2.34%, and SEP = 2.60%) with four to six PLS factors. Both the whole and selected NIR regions gave simple models (two PLS factors) with similar results (R(2) = 0.997, SECV = 2.18%, and SEP = 1.60%) for total n-3 FAs. The whole and selected regions of Raman spectra provided models with comparable results and predicted EPA (R(2) = 0.977, SECV = 3.18%, and SEP = 2.73%) and DHA (R(2) = 0.966, SECV = 3.31%, and SEP = 2.56%) with seven to eight PLS factors, whereas a simpler model (three PLS factors) with R(2) = 0.993, SECV = 2.82%, and SEP = 3.27% was obtained for total n-3 FAs. The results demonstrated that FT-IR, NIR, and Raman spectroscopy combined with PLSR can be used as simple, fast, and nondestructive methods for quantitative analysis of EPA, DHA, and total n-3 FAs. FT-IR and NIR spectroscopy, in particular, have the potential to be applied in process industries during production of fish oil supplements.

  14. Isotopic chirality

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    Floss, H.G.

    1994-12-01

    This paper deals with compounds that are chiral-at least in part, due to isotope substitution-and their use in tracing the steric course of enzyme reaction in vitro and in vivo. There are other applications of isotopically chiral compounds (for example, in analyzing the steric course of nonenzymatic reactions and in probing the conformation of biomolecules) that are important but they will not be discussed in this context.

  15. Chiral Polymers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-10-01

    Oxazoline or 1,3-Dioxane Groups. Two other chiral monomers containing polymerizable methacrylate functions were synthesized. The 2- methyl -5-phenyl-4...BOTTOM) MONOMERS the quaternary carbon of poly( methyl methacrylate ). 10 If this peak assignment for the triads in poly( a-methylene-y- 1 butyrolactone...Imd entify by block number) Vinyl oxazolines, ’Chiral Monomers * cx~-Methylene-4- methyl -’V-butyrolactone HPChia ooynr Chromatography Cia ooyes

  16. Solid state vibrational spectroscopy of anhydrous lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6)

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    Kock, L. D.; Lekgoathi, M. D. S.; Crouse, P. L.; Vilakazi, B. M.

    2012-10-01

    Raman and infrared studies of solid anhydrous lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) have been carried out. The studies were complemented by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Thermogravimetric (TG) analysis techniques. The results indicate that when solid LiPF6 is studied in a strictly anhydrous environment, more consistent thermal stability data can be obtained. TG analysis, using a scan rate of 10 °C min-1, indicate the onset of thermal decomposition of the anhydrous LiPF6 occurring at about 134.84 °C while the partially hydrolysed compound starts at 114.46 °C. The Raman spectra of anhydrous MPF6 (M = Li+, Na+ and K+) are best interpreted in terms of a cubic space group Fm3m(Ohs), (ZB = 1), giving rise to 21 vibrational modes (A1g(R)+Eg(R)+T1g+T2g(R)+3T1u(1R)+T2u) and as such, LiPF6 may be considered isostructural with NaPF6 and KPF6. Crystal symmetry distortions in the anhydrous LiPF6 give rise additional bands in the Raman spectrum due to T1u infrared active modes and the ν1 (A1g) Raman band appears in the infrared spectrum in violation of the mutual exclusion selection rule for centro-symmetric sites. When these observations are considered, the Raman spectrum of LiPF6 is similar to those of NaPF6 and KPF6, with observations of the expected shifts due to cation size and/or electronegativity effects.

  17. Interactions of ibuprofen with hybrid lipid bilayers probed by complementary surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopies

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    Levin, Carly S.; Kundu, Janardan; Janesko, Benjamin G.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Raphael, Robert M.; Halas, Naomi J.

    2016-01-01

    The incorporation of small molecules into lipid bilayers is a process of biological importance and clinical relevance that can change the material properties of cell membranes and cause deleterious side effects for certain drugs. Here we report the direct observation, using surface enhanced Raman and IR spectroscopies (SERS, SEIRA), of the insertion of ibuprofen molecules into hybrid lipid bilayers. The alkanethiol-phospholipid hybrid bilayers were formed onto gold nanoshells by self-assembly, where the underlying nanoshell substrates provided the necessary enhancements for SERS and SEIRA. The spectroscopic data reveal specific interactions between ibuprofen and phospholipid moieties and indicate that the overall hydrophobicity of ibuprofen plays an important role in its intercalation in these membrane mimics. PMID:18942873

  18. Do vibrational spectroscopies uniquely describe protein dynamics? The case for myoglobin.

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    Bialek, W; Goldstein, R F

    1985-01-01

    We develop a quasi-harmonic description of protein dynamics and apply this description to the anomalous Mössbauer, infrared, x-ray diffraction, and EXAFS (extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy) data that are available for myoglobin (Mb) and its interactions with carbon monoxide (CO). In the quasi-harmonic approximation the dynamical parameters derived from these spectroscopic data are relevant in the calculation of reaction rates, and we give a quantitative description of the nonexponential kinetics of Mb-CO binding observed at low temperatures. All these data have previously been interpreted in terms of the more complex conformational substates model for protein dynamics. We point out several problems with this model and propose experiments that can provide detailed tests of the quasi-harmonic theory proposed here. PMID:4092066

  19. Comparison of vibrational dynamics between non-ionic and ionic vibrational probes in water: Experimental study with two-dimensional infrared and infrared pump-probe spectroscopies

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    Okuda, Masaki; Ohta, Kaoru; Tominaga, Keisuke

    2016-09-01

    Dynamics of the hydration structure around small vibrational probes have been extensively studied over the past few decades. However, we need to gain insight into how vibrational dynamics is affected by the molecular nature of the probe molecules in water. In this study, 2-nitro-5-thiocyanate benzoic acid (NTBA), which has an SCN group attached to an aromatic ring, and thiocyanate ion (SCN-) were used to investigate the vibrational dynamics of two vibrational probes, including vibrational frequency fluctuations and rotational relaxation. By performing two-dimensional infrared spectroscopic measurements, the vibrational frequency fluctuations of the SCN anti-stretching modes of these solutes were compared. The frequency-frequency time correlation function (FFTCF) of these solutes can be modeled by a delta function plus an exponential function and a constant. The FFTCF of NTBA was characterized by a time constant of 1.1 ps, which is similar to that of SCN-. Moreover, no component was longer than this constant. Consequently, the loss of the correlation in frequency fluctuations of the SCN anti-stretching mode of NTBA may be controlled by a mechanism similar to that of the ionic probe, which involves the hydrogen bonding dynamics of water. Polarization-controlled IR pump-probe measurements were performed for these vibrational probes in water to study the vibrational energy relaxation (VER) and reorientational relaxation processes. The VER rate of NTBA is much smaller than that of SCN-, which indicates that the intramolecular relaxation process is significant for VER of NTBA. Based on the rotational relaxation time of NTBA being shorter than that of SCN-, the internal rotational motion of the SCN group around the Cphenyl-S bond axis, where Cphenyl denotes a carbon atom of the aromatic ring to which the SCN group is attached, may play an important role in the anisotropic decay of NTBA in H2O.

  20. Nanoscale chemical and mechanical characterization of thin films:sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy at buriedinterfaces

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    Kweskin, Sasha Joseph

    2006-01-01

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) surface vibrational spectroscopy was used to characterize interfaces pertinent to current surface engineering applications, such as thin film polymers and novel catalysts. An array of advanced surface science techniques like scanning probe microscopy (SPM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), gas chromatography (GC) and electron microscopy were used to obtain experimental measurements complementary to SFG data elucidating polymer and catalyst surface composition, surface structure, and surface mechanical behavior. Experiments reported in this dissertation concentrate on three fundamental questions: (1) How does the interfacial molecular structure differ from that of the bulk in real world applications? (2) How do differences in chemical environment affect interface composition or conformation? (3) How do these changes correlate to properties such as mechanical or catalytic performance? The density, surface energy and bonding at a solid interface dramatically alter the polymer configuration, physics and mechanical properties such as surface glass transition, adhesion and hardness. The enhanced sensitivity of SFG at the buried interface is applied to three systems: a series of acrylates under compression, the compositions and segregation behavior of binary polymer polyolefin blends, and the changes in surface structure of a hydrogel as a function of hydration. In addition, a catalytically active thin film of polymer coated nanoparticles is investigated to evaluate the efficacy of SFG to provide in situ information for catalytic reactions involving small mass adsorption and/or product development. Through the use of SFG, in situ total internal reflection (TIR) was used to increase the sensitivity of SFG and provide the necessary specificity to investigate interfaces of thin polymer films and nanostructures previously considered unfeasible. The dynamic nature of thin film surfaces is examined and it is found that the non

  1. Vibrational spectroscopy of the borate mineral tunellite SrB6O9(OH)2·3(H2O) - Implications for the molecular structure

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Scholz, Ricardo; Xi, Yunfei

    2014-02-01

    Tunellite is a strontium borate mineral with formula: SrB6O9(OH)2·3(H2O) and occurs as colorless crystals in the monoclinic pyramidal crystal system. An intense Raman band at 994 cm-1 was assigned to the BO stretching vibration of the B2O3 units. Raman bands at 1043, 1063, 1082 and 1113 cm-1 are attributed to the in-plane bending vibrations of trigonal boron. Sharp Raman bands observed at 464, 480, 523, 568 and 639 cm-1 are simply defined as trigonal and tetrahedral borate bending modes. The Raman spectrum clearly shows intense Raman bands at 3567 and 3614 cm-1, attributed to OH units. The molecular structure of a natural tunellite has been assessed by using vibrational spectroscopy.

  2. Variation of exciton-vibrational coupling in photosystem II core complexes from Thermosynechococcus elongatus as revealed by single-molecule spectroscopy.

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    Skandary, Sepideh; Hussels, Martin; Konrad, Alexander; Renger, Thomas; Müh, Frank; Bommer, Martin; Zouni, Athina; Meixner, Alfred J; Brecht, Marc

    2015-03-19

    The spectral properties and dynamics of the fluorescence emission of photosystem II core complexes are investigated by single-molecule spectroscopy at 1.6 K. The emission spectra are dominated by sharp zero-phonon lines (ZPLs). The sharp ZPLs are the result of weak to intermediate exciton-vibrational coupling and slow spectral diffusion. For several data sets, it is possible to surpass the effect of spectral diffusion by applying a shifting algorithm. The increased signal-to-noise ratio enables us to determine the exciton-vibrational coupling strength (Huang-Rhys factor) with high precision. The Huang-Rhys factors vary between 0.03 and 0.8. The values of the Huang-Rhys factors show no obvious correlation between coupling strength and wavelength position. From this result, we conclude that electrostatic rather than exchange or dispersive interactions are the main contributors to the exciton-vibrational coupling in this system.

  3. An attempt at a product vibrational analysis of a photo-induced chemical reaction by means of time-resolved (e, 2e) electron momentum spectroscopy

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    Yamazaki, M.; Nakazawa, H.; Zhu, C. Y.; Takahashi, M.

    2015-09-01

    We report on a new attempt at an analysis of the vibrational state distributions in the products of a photo-induced chemical reaction. The experiment was performed by using time- resolved electron momentum spectroscopy (TR-EMS) for the products produced by the three- body photodissociation dynamics of the deuterated acetone molecule at 195 nm. It has been found from a comparison between the experiment and associated theoretical calculations that future TR-EMS measurements with improved statistics could be useful for the vibrational analysis of reaction products, in cases when effects of molecular vibration on their electron momentum densities are large enough so as to be noticeable in the binding energy spectra.

  4. Vibrational properties of epitaxial Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} films as studied by Raman spectroscopy

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    Xu, Hao; Pan, Wenwu; Chen, Qimiao; Wu, Xiaoyan; Song, Yuxin E-mail: shumin@chalmers.se; Gong, Qian; Lu, Pengfei; Wang, Shumin E-mail: shumin@chalmers.se

    2015-08-15

    Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3}, as one of the phases of the binary Bi–Te system, shares many similarities with Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, which is known as a topological insulator and thermoelectric material. We report the micro-Raman spectroscopy study of 50 nm Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} films on Si substrates prepared by molecular beam epitaxy. Raman spectra of Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} films completely resolve the six predicted Raman-active phonon modes for the first time. Structural features and Raman tensors of Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} films are introduced. According to the wavenumbers and assignments of the six eigenpeaks in the Raman spectra of Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} films, it is found that the Raman-active phonon oscillations in Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} films exhibit the vibrational properties of those in both Bi and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} films.

  5. Vibrational spectroscopy and microscopic imaging: novel approaches for comparing barrier physical properties in native and human skin equivalents

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    Yu, Guo; Zhang, Guojin; Flach, Carol R.; Mendelsohn, Richard

    2013-06-01

    Vibrational spectroscopy and imaging have been used to compare barrier properties in human skin, porcine skin, and two human skin equivalents, Epiderm 200X with an enhanced barrier and Epiderm 200 with a normal barrier. Three structural characterizations were performed. First, chain packing and conformational order were compared in isolated human stratum corneum (SC), isolated porcine SC, and in the Epiderm 200X surface layers. The infrared (IR) spectrum of isolated human SC revealed a large proportion of orthorhombically packed lipid chains at physiological temperatures along with a thermotropic phase transition to a state with hexagonally packed chains. In contrast, the lipid phase at physiological temperatures in both porcine SC and in Epiderm 200X, although dominated by conformationally ordered chains, lacked significant levels of orthorhombic subcell packing. Second, confocal Raman imaging of cholesterol bands showed extensive formation of cholesterol-enriched pockets within the human skin equivalents (HSEs). Finally, IR imaging tracked lipid barrier dimensions as well as the spatial disposition of ordered lipids in human SC and Epiderm 200X. These approaches provide a useful set of experiments for exploring structural differences between excised human skin and HSEs, which in turn may provide a rationale for the functional differences observed among these preparations.

  6. Electron beam exposure mechanisms in hydrogen silsesquioxane investigated by vibrational spectroscopy and in-situ electron beam induced desorption

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    Olynick, D.L.; Cord, B.; Schipotinin, A.; Ogletree, D.F.; Schuck, P.J.

    2009-11-13

    Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) is used as a high-resolution resist with resolution down below 10nm half-pitch. This material or materials with related functionalities could have widespread impact in nanolithography and nanoscience applications if the exposure mechanism was understood and instabilities controlled. Here we have directly investigated the exposure mechanism using vibrational spectroscopy (both Raman and Fourier transform Infrared) and electron beam desorption spectrocscopy (EBDS). In the non-networked HSQ system, silicon atoms sit at the corners of a cubic structure. Each silicon is bonded to a hydrogen atom and bridges 3 oxygen atoms (formula: HSiO3/2). For the first time, we have shown, via changes in the Si-H2 peak at ~;;2200 cm -1 in the Raman spectra and the release of SiHx products in EBID, that electron-bam exposed materials crosslinks via a redistribution reaction. In addition, we observe the release of significantly more H2 than SiH2 during EBID, which is indicative of additional reaction mechanisms. Additionally, we compare the behavior of HSQ in response to both thermal and electron-beam induced reactions.

  7. Direct Observation of an Iron-Bound Terminal Hydride in [FeFe]-Hydrogenase by Nuclear Resonance Vibrational Spectroscopy.

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    Reijerse, Edward J; Pham, Cindy C; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; Gilbert-Wilson, Ryan; Adamska-Venkatesh, Agnieszka; Siebel, Judith F; Gee, Leland B; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Tamasaku, Kenji; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Rauchfuss, Thomas B; Cramer, Stephen P

    2017-03-29

    [FeFe]-hydrogenases catalyze the reversible reduction of protons to molecular hydrogen with extremely high efficiency. The active site ("H-cluster") consists of a [4Fe-4S]H cluster linked through a bridging cysteine to a [2Fe]H subsite coordinated by CN(-) and CO ligands featuring a dithiol-amine moiety that serves as proton shuttle between the protein proton channel and the catalytic distal iron site (Fed). Although there is broad consensus that an iron-bound terminal hydride species must occur in the catalytic mechanism, such a species has never been directly observed experimentally. Here, we present FTIR and nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) experiments in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT) calculations on an [FeFe]-hydrogenase variant lacking the amine proton shuttle which is stabilizing a putative hydride state. The NRVS spectra unequivocally show the bending modes of the terminal Fe-H species fully consistent with widely accepted models of the catalytic cycle.

  8. Towards a non-invasive quantitative analysis of the organic components in museum objects varnishes by vibrational spectroscopies: methodological approach.

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    Daher, Céline; Pimenta, Vanessa; Bellot-Gurlet, Ludovic

    2014-11-01

    The compositions of ancient varnishes are mainly determined destructively by separation methods coupled to mass spectrometry. In this study, a methodology for non-invasive quantitative analyses of varnishes by vibrational spectroscopies is proposed. For that, experimental simplified varnishes of colophony and linseed oil were prepared according to 18th century traditional recipes with an increasing mass concentration ratio of colophony/linseed oil. FT-Raman and IR analyses using ATR and non-invasive reflectance modes were done on the "pure" materials and on the different mixtures. Then, a new approach involving spectral decomposition calculation was developed considering the mixture spectra as a linear combination of the pure materials ones, and giving a relative amount of each component. Specific spectral regions were treated and the obtained results show a good accuracy between the prepared and calculated amounts of the two compounds. We were thus able to detect and quantify from 10% to 50% of colophony in linseed oil using non-invasive techniques that can also be conducted in situ with portable instruments when it comes to museum varnished objects and artifacts.

  9. Time-resolved spectroscopic fluorescence imaging, transient absorption and vibrational spectroscopy of intact and photo-inhibited photosynthetic tissue.

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    Lukins, Philip B; Rehman, Shakil; Stevens, Gregory B; George, Doaa

    2005-01-01

    Fluorescence, absorption and vibrational spectroscopic techniques were used to study spinach at the photosystem II (PS II), chloroplast and cellular levels and to determine the effects and mechanisms of ultraviolet-B (UV-B) photoinhibition of these structures. Two-photon fluorescence spectroscopic imaging of intact chloroplasts shows significant spatial variations in the component fluorescence spectra in the range 640-740 nm, indicating that the type and distribution of chlorophylls vary markedly with position in the chloroplast. The chlorophyll distributions and excitonic behaviour in chloroplasts and whole plant tissue were studied using picosecond time-gated fluorescence imaging, which also showed UV-induced kinetic changes that clearly indicate that UV-B induces both structural and excitonic uncoupling of chlorophylls within the light-harvesting complexes. Transient absorption measurements and low-frequency infrared and Raman spectroscopy show that the predominant sites of UV-B damage in PS II are at the oxygen-evolving centre (OEC) itself, as well as at specific locations near the OEC-binding sites.

  10. Rapid vibrational and rotational energy-transfer rates in heated carbon dioxide collisions by double-resonance laser spectroscopy

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    Thomason, M.D.

    1982-07-01

    Rates for resonant vibrational and rotational energy transfer from the 001 state by CO/sub 2/ + CO/sub 2/ collisions have been measured. All data were obtained by double resonance spectroscopy with CO/sub 2/ lasers in a 2.5 meter absorption cell at 700/sup 0/K. Results for rotation transfer include pumped-level relaxation and the response of other 001 levels with ..delta..J up to 18. These data are compared to four relevant collision models via a 35-level rate equation analysis. Sequence-band (002 ..-->.. 101) and hot-band (011 ..-->.. 110) lasting have been used to observe resonant nu/sub 3/-transfer relaxation involving 001 + 001 reversible 002 + 000, 001 + 100 reversible 101 + 000, and 001 + 010 reversible 011 + 000. A multilevel rate analysis has been utilized to determine the rate coefficients for 001 going to the 002, the 101, and the 011 levels. Part of the hot-band data has been interpreted as due to 110 + 000 reversible 100 + 010, and the associated rate constant has been estimated. The results of the study are compared to the theory and to other experiments.

  11. Characterization of Alginates by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Vibrational Spectroscopy (IR, NIR, Raman) in Combination with Chemometrics.

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    Jensen, Henrik Max; Larsen, Flemming Hofmann; Engelsen, Søren Balling

    2015-01-01

    This chapter describes three different spectroscopic methods for structural characterization of the commercial important hydrocolloid alginate extracted from brown seaweed. The "golden" reference method for characterization of the alginate structure is (1)H liquid-state NMR of depolymerized alginate polymers using a stepwise hydrolysis. Having implemented this method, predictive and rapid non-destructive methods using vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics can be developed. These methods can predict the M/G-ratio of the intact alginate powder with at least the same precision and accuracy as the reference method in a fraction of the time that is required to measure the alginate using the reference method. The chapter also demonstrates how solid-state (13)C CP/MAS NMR can be used to determine the M/G ratio on the intact sample by the use of multivariate chemometrics and how this method shares the characteristics of the solid-state non-destructive IR method rather than its liquid-state counterpart.

  12. Similarities and differences of copper and zinc cations binding to biologically relevant peptides studied by vibrational spectroscopies.

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    Schirer, Alicia; El Khoury, Youssef; Faller, Peter; Hellwig, Petra

    2017-03-20

    GHK and DAHK are biological peptides that bind both copper and zinc cations. Here we used infrared and Raman spectroscopies to study the coordination modes of both copper and zinc ions, at pH 6.8 and 8.9, correlating the data with the crystal structures that are only available for the copper-bound form. We found that Cu(II) binds to deprotonated backbone (amidate), the N-terminus and N(π) of the histidine side chain, in both GHK and DAHK, at pH 6.8 and 8.9. The data for the coordination of zinc at pH 6.8 points to two conformers including both nitrogens of a histidine residue. At pH 8.9, vibrational spectra of the ZnGHK complexes show that equilibria between monomers, oligomers exist, where deprotonated histidine residues as well as deprotonated amide nitrogen are involved in the coordination. A common feature is found: zinc cations coordinate to N(τ) and/or N(π) of the His leading to the formation of GHK and DAHK multimers. In contrast, Cu(II) binds His via N(π) regardless of the peptide, in a pH-independent manner.

  13. 2D IR spectroscopy of histidine: probing side-chain structure and dynamics via backbone amide vibrations.

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    Ghosh, Ayanjeet; Tucker, Matthew J; Gai, Feng

    2014-07-17

    It is well known that histidine is involved in many biological functions due to the structural versatility of its side chain. However, probing the conformational transitions of histidine in proteins, especially those occurring on an ultrafast time scale, is difficult. Herein we show, using a histidine dipeptide as a model, that it is possible to probe the tautomer and protonation status of a histidine residue by measuring the two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectrum of its amide I vibrational transition. Specifically, for the histidine dipeptide studied, the amide unit of the histidine gives rise to three spectrally resolvable amide I features at approximately 1630, 1644, and 1656 cm(-1), respectively, which, based on measurements at different pH values and frequency calculations, are assigned to a τ tautomer (1630 cm(-1) component) and a π tautomer with a hydrated (1644 cm(-1) component) or dehydrated (1656 cm(-1) component) amide. Because of the intrinsic ultrafast time resolution of 2D IR spectroscopy, we believe that the current approach, when combined with the isotope editing techniques, will be useful in revealing the structural dynamics of key histidine residues in proteins that are important for function.

  14. Condensation reaction between carbohydrazide and salicylaldehyde: in-line vibrational spectroscopy monitoring and characterization of the reaction products in solution and solid state.

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    Jednačak, Tomislav; Novak, Predrag; Hodzic, Aden; Scheibelhofer, Otto; Khinast, Johannes G; Plavec, Janez; Sket, Primož; Parlov, Vuković Jelena

    2014-01-01

    The condensation reaction between carbohydrazide and salicylaldehyde was monitored in-line by using vibrational NIR and Raman spectroscopies and statistical methods. Prior to in-line data analysis the reaction products were fully characterized in solution and solid state in order to check the potential of the in-line approach as a tool for in-process Schiff bases reaction control. It was demonstrated that a combination of vibrational spectroscopy and principal component analysis made it possible to detect and identify the reaction products, e.g. mono(salicylidene)carbohydrazide (1) and bis(salicylidene)carbohydrazide (2) in different solvents, and to determine the reaction end points in real time. Owing to complexity of the reaction mixtures and band overlapping, it was not possible to determine the relative ratio of the reaction products in-line. The off-line analysis showed that 1 was predominant in methanol while the highest portion of 2 was obtained in ethanol.

  15. Characterisation of the membrane affinity of an isoniazide peptide conjugate by tensiometry, atomic force microscopy and sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy, using a phospholipid Langmuir monolayer model.

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    Hill, Katalin; Pénzes, Csanád Botond; Schnöller, Donát; Horváti, Kata; Bosze, Szilvia; Hudecz, Ferenc; Keszthelyi, Tamás; Kiss, Eva

    2010-10-07

    Tensiometry, sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy were employed to assess the cell penetration ability of a peptide conjugate of the antituberculotic agent isoniazide. Isoniazide was conjugated to peptide (91)SEFAYGSFVRTVSLPV(106), a functional T-cell epitope of the immunodominant 16 kDa protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As a simple but versatile model of the cell membrane a phospholipid Langmuir monolayer at the liquid/air interface was used. Changes induced in the structure of the phospholipid monolayer by injection of the peptide conjugate into the subphase were followed by tensiometry and sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy. The drug penetrated lipid films were transferred to a solid support by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, and their structures were characterized by atomic force microscopy. Peptide conjugation was found to strongly enhance the cell penetration ability of isoniazide.

  16. Hydrogen-regulated chiral nanoplasmonics

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    Duan, Xiaoyang; Kamin, Simon; Sterl, Florian; Giessen, Harald; Liu, Na

    2016-11-01

    Chirality is a highly important topic in modern chemistry, given the dramatically different pharmacological effects that enantiomers can have on the body. Chirality of natural molecules can be controlled by reconfiguration of molecular structures through external stimuli. Despite the rapid progress in plasmonics, active regulation of plasmonic chirality, particularly in the visible spectral range, still faces significant challenges. In this Letter, we demonstrate a new class of hybrid plasmonic metamolecules composed of magnesium and gold nanoparticles. The plasmonic chirality from such plasmonic metamolecules can be dynamically controlled by hydrogen in real time without introducing macroscopic structural reconfiguration. We experimentally investigate the switching dynamics of the hydrogen-regulated chiroptical response in the visible spectral range using circular dichroism spectroscopy. In addition, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy is used to examine the morphology changes of the magnesium particles through hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes. Our study can enable plasmonic chiral platforms for a variety of gas detection schemes by exploiting the high sensitivity of circular dichroism spectroscopy.

  17. Evidence for Tautomerisation of Glutamine in BLUF Blue Light Receptors by Vibrational Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry

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    Domratcheva, Tatiana; Hartmann, Elisabeth; Schlichting, Ilme; Kottke, Tilman

    2016-01-01

    BLUF (blue light sensor using flavin) domains regulate the activity of various enzymatic effector domains in bacteria and euglenids. BLUF features a unique photoactivation through restructuring of the hydrogen-bonding network as opposed to a redox reaction or an isomerization of the chromophore. A conserved glutamine residue close to the flavin chromophore plays a central role in the light response, but the underlying modification is still unclear. We labelled this glutamine with 15N in two representative BLUF domains and performed time-resolved infrared double difference spectroscopy. The assignment of the signals was conducted by extensive quantum chemical calculations on large models with 187 atoms reproducing the UV-vis and infrared signatures of BLUF photoactivation. In the dark state, the comparatively low frequency of 1,667 cm−1 is assigned to the glutamine C=O accepting a hydrogen bond from tyrosine. In the light state, the signature of a tautomerised glutamine was extracted with the C=N stretch at ~1,691 cm−1 exhibiting the characteristic strong downshift by 15N labelling. Moreover, an indirect isotope effect on the flavin C4=O stretch was found. We conclude that photoactivation of the BLUF receptor does not only involve a rearrangement of hydrogen bonds but includes a change in covalent bonds of the protein. PMID:26947391

  18. Copper/oxide interface formation: a vibrational and electronic investigation by electron spectroscopies

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    Conard, T.; Ghijsen, J.; Vohs, J. M.; Thiry, P. A.; Caudano, R.; Johnson, R. L.

    1992-04-01

    In this study, we deposited copper on a MgO(100) surface at room temperature (using a Knudsen cell) and studied the interface formation using electron spectroscopy. The evolution of the AES peak intensities showed that copper grows on MgO(100) in the Stranski-Krastanov mode. In HREELS experiments, the intensity and the position of the energy loss corresponding to the MgO surface optical phonon at 80.7 meV, both decrease with increasing Cu coverage. These results agree with theoretical spectra simulated from the dielectric theory by considering a Cu 2O overlayer on a semi-infinite MgO crystal substrate at the beginning of the growth. From the HREELS data, both the formation of a homogeneous Cu metallic overlayer or a CuO overlayer on MgO can be ruled out. The synchrotron-radiation (SR) photoemission measurements were performed in the vicinity of the Cu3p3d resonance. The positions of the Cu resonance peaks as a function of Cu coverage on MgO show that at low coverage the difference in energy between the main Cu 3d peak and the resonance peak is close to that found in Cu 2O and at higher coverage close to metallic copper indicating the formation of an interacting phase at the beginning followed by the growth of metallic copper.

  19. Relations between aliphatics and silicate components in 12 stratospheric particles deduced from vibrational spectroscopy

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    Merouane, S.; Djouadi, Z.; Le Sergeant d'Hendecourt, L.

    2014-01-10

    Interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) are among the most pristine extraterrestrial samples available in the laboratory for analyses with moderate to high spatial- and spectral-resolution spectroscopic techniques. Their composition can provide precious information on the early stages of the solar nebula as well as on the processes on the surfaces of different small bodies in the solar system from which IDPs originate. In this work, we have analyzed six anhydrous IDPs and six stratospheric particles possibly of cosmic origin through infrared (IR) and Raman micro-spectroscopy to study and investigate their silicate and organic components. We find that the length/ramification of the aliphatic organics given by the CH{sub 2}/CH{sub 3} ratios in the IDPs is closely linked to the silicate family (pyroxene or olivine) present in the samples. Both IR and Raman data suggest that this relation is not correlated with either aqueous (as evidenced by the absence of aqueous related minerals) or thermal processes (as deduced from Raman measurements). Therefore, this observation might be related to the initial path of formation of the organics on the silicate surfaces, thus tracing a possible catalytic role that silicates would play in the formation and/or ramification of organic matter in the primitive nebula.

  20. The effect of calcium and vitamin D supplementation on osteoporotic rabbit bones studied by vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Lani, Athina; Kourkoumelis, Nikolaos; Baliouskas, Gerasimos; Tzaphlidou, Margaret

    2014-09-01

    Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy is utilized to examine the effects of increased calcium, vitamin D, and combined calcium-vitamin D supplementation on osteoporotic rabbit bones with induced inflammation. The study includes different bone sites (femur, tibia, humerus, vertebral rib) in an effort to explore possible differences among the sites. We evaluate the following parameters: mineral-to-matrix ratio, carbonate content, and non-apatitic species (labile acid phosphate and labile carbonate) contribution to bone mineral. Results show that a relatively high dose of calcium or calcium with vitamin D supplementation increases the bone mineralization index significantly. On the other hand, vitamin D alone is not as effective in promoting mineralization even with high intake. Mature B-type apatite was detected for the group with calcium supplementation similar to that of aged bone. High vitamin D intake led to increased labile species concentration revealing bone formation. This is directly associated with the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines linked to induced inflammation. The latter is known to adversely alter bone metabolism, contributing to the aetiopathogenesis of osteoporosis. Thus, a high intake of vitamin D under inflammation-induced osteoporosis does not promote mineralization but suppresses bone resorption and restores metabolic balance.

  1. Infrared vibrational spectroscopy: a rapid and novel diagnostic and monitoring tool for cystinuria

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    Oliver, Katherine V.; Vilasi, Annalisa; Maréchal, Amandine; Moochhala, Shabbir H.; Unwin, Robert J.; Rich, Peter R.

    2016-01-01

    Cystinuria is the commonest inherited cause of nephrolithiasis (~1% in adults; ~6% in children) and is the result of impaired cystine reabsorption in the renal proximal tubule. Cystine is poorly soluble in urine with a solubility of ~1 mM and can readily form microcrystals that lead to cystine stone formation, especially at low urine pH. Diagnosis of cystinuria is made typically by ion-exchange chromatography (IEC) detection and quantitation, which is slow, laboursome and costly. More rapid and frequent monitoring of urinary cystine concentration would significantly improve the diagnosis and clinical management of cystinuria. We used attenuated total reflection - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) to detect and quantitate insoluble cystine in 22 cystinuric and 5 healthy control urine samples. Creatinine concentration was also determined by ATR-FTIR to adjust for urinary concentration/dilution. Urine was centrifuged, the insoluble fraction re-suspended in 5 μL water and dried on the ATR prism. Cystine was quantitated using its 1296 cm−1 absorption band and levels matched with parallel measurements made using IEC. ATR-FTIR afforded a rapid and inexpensive method of detecting and quantitating insoluble urinary cystine. This proof-of-concept study provides a basis for developing a high-throughput, cost-effective diagnostic method for cystinuria, and for point-of-care clinical monitoring PMID:27721432

  2. Evidence for Tautomerisation of Glutamine in BLUF Blue Light Receptors by Vibrational Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry

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    Domratcheva, Tatiana; Hartmann, Elisabeth; Schlichting, Ilme; Kottke, Tilman

    2016-03-01

    BLUF (blue light sensor using flavin) domains regulate the activity of various enzymatic effector domains in bacteria and euglenids. BLUF features a unique photoactivation through restructuring of the hydrogen-bonding network as opposed to a redox reaction or an isomerization of the chromophore. A conserved glutamine residue close to the flavin chromophore plays a central role in the light response, but the underlying modification is still unclear. We labelled this glutamine with 15N in two representative BLUF domains and performed time-resolved infrared double difference spectroscopy. The assignment of the signals was conducted by extensive quantum chemical calculations on large models with 187 atoms reproducing the UV-vis and infrared signatures of BLUF photoactivation. In the dark state, the comparatively low frequency of 1,667 cm‑1 is assigned to the glutamine C=O accepting a hydrogen bond from tyrosine. In the light state, the signature of a tautomerised glutamine was extracted with the C=N stretch at ~1,691 cm‑1 exhibiting the characteristic strong downshift by 15N labelling. Moreover, an indirect isotope effect on the flavin C4=O stretch was found. We conclude that photoactivation of the BLUF receptor does not only involve a rearrangement of hydrogen bonds but includes a change in covalent bonds of the protein.

  3. Perspective: Watching low-frequency vibrations of water in biomolecular recognition by THz spectroscopy.

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    Xu, Yao; Havenith, Martina

    2015-11-07

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy has turned out to be a powerful tool which is able to shed new light on the role of water in biomolecular processes. The low frequency spectrum of the solvated biomolecule in combination with MD simulations provides deep insights into the collective hydrogen bond dynamics on the sub-ps time scale. The absorption spectrum between 1 THz and 10 THz of solvated biomolecules is sensitive to changes in the fast fluctuations of the water network. Systematic studies on mutants of antifreeze proteins indicate a direct correlation between biological activity and a retardation of the (sub)-ps hydration dynamics at the protein binding site, i.e., a "hydration funnel." Kinetic THz absorption studies probe the temporal changes of THz absorption during a biological process, and give access to the kinetics of the coupled protein-hydration dynamics. When combined with simulations, the observed results can be explained in terms of a two-tier model involving a local binding and a long range influence on the hydration bond dynamics of the water around the binding site that highlights the significance of the changes in the hydration dynamics at recognition site for biomolecular recognition. Water is shown to assist molecular recognition processes.

  4. Evidence for Tautomerisation of Glutamine in BLUF Blue Light Receptors by Vibrational Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry.

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    Domratcheva, Tatiana; Hartmann, Elisabeth; Schlichting, Ilme; Kottke, Tilman

    2016-03-07

    BLUF (blue light sensor using flavin) domains regulate the activity of various enzymatic effector domains in bacteria and euglenids. BLUF features a unique photoactivation through restructuring of the hydrogen-bonding network as opposed to a redox reaction or an isomerization of the chromophore. A conserved glutamine residue close to the flavin chromophore plays a central role in the light response, but the underlying modification is still unclear. We labelled this glutamine with (15)N in two representative BLUF domains and performed time-resolved infrared double difference spectroscopy. The assignment of the signals was conducted by extensive quantum chemical calculations on large models with 187 atoms reproducing the UV-vis and infrared signatures of BLUF photoactivation. In the dark state, the comparatively low frequency of 1,667 cm(-1) is assigned to the glutamine C=O accepting a hydrogen bond from tyrosine. In the light state, the signature of a tautomerised glutamine was extracted with the C=N stretch at ~1,691 cm(-1) exhibiting the characteristic strong downshift by (15)N labelling. Moreover, an indirect isotope effect on the flavin C4=O stretch was found. We conclude that photoactivation of the BLUF receptor does not only involve a rearrangement of hydrogen bonds but includes a change in covalent bonds of the protein.

  5. Vibrational Spectroscopy after OSU - From C2- to Interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

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    Allamandola, Louis J.

    2006-01-01

    The composition of interstellar ice and dust provides insight into the chemical history of the interstellar medium and early solar system. It is now possible to probe this unique and unusual chemistry and determine the composition of these microscopic interstellar particles which are hundreds to many thousands of light years away thanks to substantial progress in two areas: astronomical spectroscopic techniques in the middle-infrared, the spectral region most diagnostic of chemical composition, and laboratory simulations which realistically reproduce the critical conditions in various interstellar environments. High quality infrared spectra of many different astronomical sources, some associated with giant, dark molecular clouds -the birthplace of stars and planets- and others in more tenuous, UV radiation rich regions are now available. The fundamentals of IR spectroscopy and what comparisons of astronomical IR spectra with laboratory spectra of materials prepared under realistic simulated interstellar conditions tell us about the components of these materials is the subject of this talk. These observations have shown that mixed molecular ices comprised of H2O, CH3OH, CO, NH3 and H2CO contain most of the molecular material in molecular clouds and that gas phase, ionized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread and surprisingly abundant throughout most of the interstellar medium.

  6. XRD, Electron Microscopy and Vibrational Spectroscopy Characterization of Simulated SB6 HLW Glasses - 13028

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    Stefanovsky, S.V.; Nikonov, B.S.; Omelianenko, B.I.; Choi, A.; Marra, J.C.

    2013-07-01

    Sample glasses have been made using SB6 high level waste (HLW) simulant (high in both Al and Fe) with 12 different frit compositions at a constant waste loading of 36 wt.%. As follows from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) data, all the samples are composed of primarily glass and minor concentration of spinel phases which form both isometric grains and fine cubic (∼1 μm) crystals. Infrared spectroscopy (IR) spectra of all the glasses within the range of 400-1600 cm{sup -1} consist of the bands due to stretching and bending modes in silicon-oxygen, boron-oxygen, aluminum-oxygen and iron-oxygen structural groups. Raman spectra showed that for the spectra of all the glasses within the range of 850-1200 cm{sup -1} the best fit is achieved by suggestion of overlapping of three major components with maxima at 911-936 cm{sup -1}, 988-996 cm{sup -1} and 1020-1045 cm{sup -1}. The structural network is primarily composed of metasilicate chains and rings with embedded AlO{sub 4} and FeO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Major BO{sub 4} tetrahedra and BO{sub 3} triangles form complex borate units and are present as separate constituents. (authors)

  7. Vibrational spectroscopy via the Caldeira-Leggett model with anharmonic system potentials

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    Gottwald, Fabian; Ivanov, Sergei D.; Kühn, Oliver

    2016-04-01

    The Caldeira-Leggett (CL) model, which describes a system bi-linearly coupled to a harmonic bath, has enjoyed popularity in condensed phase spectroscopy owing to its utmost simplicity. However, the applicability of the model to cases with anharmonic system potentials, as it is required for the description of realistic systems in solution, is questionable due to the presence of the invertibility problem [F. Gottwald et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 2722 (2015)] unless the system itself resembles the CL model form. This might well be the case at surfaces or in the solid regime, which we here confirm for a particular example of an iodine molecule in the atomic argon environment under high pressure. For this purpose we extend the recently proposed Fourier method for parameterizing linear generalized Langevin dynamics [F. Gottwald et al., J. Chem. Phys. 142, 244110 (2015)] to the non-linear case based on the CL model and perform an extensive error analysis. In order to judge on the applicability of this model in advance, we give practical empirical criteria and discuss the effect of the potential renormalization term. The obtained results provide evidence that the CL model can be used for describing a potentially broad class of systems.

  8. Vibrational spectroscopy study of the oxidation of Hylamer UHMWPE explanted acetabular cups sterilized differently

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    Reggiani, Matteo; Tinti, Anna; Visentin, Manuela; Stea, Susanna; Erani, Paolo; Fagnano, Concezio

    2007-05-01

    Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been used for over 40 years for acetabular cups in total hip joint prosthesis. Hylamer is a hot isostatically pressed material with high crystallinity. Early loosening due to extensive oxidation and phase transformation has been observed for this material. To analyze the reasons for its high tendency to oxidize, we have examined by FT-IR spectroscopy explanted acetabular cups γ-sterilized in different ways. The oxidation and wear rate observed were: Hylamer cups γ-sterilized in air with a long shelf life > Hylamer cups γ-sterilized in air with short shelf life ⩾ Hylamer cups γ-sterilized in nitrogen. Our data indicate the important role of the shelf life on the oxidation of the cups: the samples γ-sterilized in air characterized by a shelf life greater than 3 years showed severe oxidation, a high wear rate, and marked debris production with delamination and the formation of a brittle zone in the more oxidated regions. In these regions we observed an increase in crystallinity, which was probably due to the decrease in the molecular weight of PE. The high oxidation was probably due to the modifications induced by the material treatment.

  9. Perspective: Watching low-frequency vibrations of water in biomolecular recognition by THz spectroscopy

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    Xu, Yao; Havenith, Martina

    2015-11-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy has turned out to be a powerful tool which is able to shed new light on the role of water in biomolecular processes. The low frequency spectrum of the solvated biomolecule in combination with MD simulations provides deep insights into the collective hydrogen bond dynamics on the sub-ps time scale. The absorption spectrum between 1 THz and 10 THz of solvated biomolecules is sensitive to changes in the fast fluctuations of the water network. Systematic studies on mutants of antifreeze proteins indicate a direct correlation between biological activity and a retardation of the (sub)-ps hydration dynamics at the protein binding site, i.e., a "hydration funnel." Kinetic THz absorption studies probe the temporal changes of THz absorption during a biological process, and give access to the kinetics of the coupled protein-hydration dynamics. When combined with simulations, the observed results can be explained in terms of a two-tier model involving a local binding and a long range influence on the hydration bond dynamics of the water around the binding site that highlights the significance of the changes in the hydration dynamics at recognition site for biomolecular recognition. Water is shown to assist molecular recognition processes.

  10. Conformational structure of bombesin as studied by vibrational and circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Carmona, P; Lasagabaster, A; Molina, M

    1995-01-19

    Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies and circular dichroism (CD) have been applied to investigate the secondary structure of bombesin in the solid state and in phosphate buffer solution (pH 3.8). At concentrations around 10(-5) M, circular dichroism reveals that bombesin exists as an irregular or disordered conformation. However, the secondary structure of the peptide appears to be a mixture of disordered structure and intermolecular beta-sheets in 0.01 M sodium phosphate buffer when the peptide concentrations are higher than around 6.5 mM. The tendency of bombesin to form aggregated beta-sheet species seems to be originated mainly in the sequence of the residues 7-14, as supported by the Raman spectra and beta-sheet propensities (P beta) of the amino-acid residues. It is the hydrophobic force of this amino-acid sequence, and not a salt bridge effect, that is the factor responsible for the formation of peptide aggregates.

  11. Strength by joining methods: combining synthesis with NMR, IR, and vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy for the determination of the relative configuration in hemicalide.

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    De Gussem, Ewoud; Herrebout, Wouter; Specklin, Simon; Meyer, Christophe; Cossy, Janine; Bultinck, Patrick

    2014-12-22

    The relative configuration of a key subunit of hemicalide, a recently isolated, highly bioactive marine natural product having potent antiproliferative activity against a panel of human cancer cell lines, was assigned by combining stereocontrolled synthesis of model substrates with NMR, IR, and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy. The assignment of the absolute configuration of asymmetric carbon center C42 in two structurally complex epimeric substructures containing six stereocenters by VCD analysis illustrates the power and reliability of combining methods.

  12. Temperature-dependent structural change of D-penicillamine-capped chiral gold nanoparticles investigated by infrared spectroscopy

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    Ock, Kwang-Su; Dembereldorj, Uuriintuya; Park, Jin; Ganbold, Erdene-Ochir; Kim, Semi; Shin, Hang-Cheol; Joo, Sang-Woo

    2013-02-01

    The structure and stability of D-penicillamine-capped gold nanoparticles (D-Pen Au NPs) were studied using spectroscopic tools. The synthesis of D-Pen Au NPs was examined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, and circular dichroism (CD). Temperature-dependent reversible structural changes of D-Pen Au NPs were observed using infrared spectroscopic tools. The three thiol, carboxyl, and amino binding groups of D-Pen were presumed to interact with Au NP surfaces on the basis of the infrared spectral features. D-Pen appeared to form quite a stable structure and desorb at a high temperature above 453 K on Au NPs. Our deconvolution analysis indicated the νs(COO-) and νas(COO-) carboxylate bands at ˜1392 and ˜1560 cm-1 appeared to be weakened, whereas the amino band at ˜1595 cm-1 remained strong in increasing the temperature from 293 to 373 K. On the other hand, the intensities of the zwitter ionic bands at ˜999, ˜1117, and ˜1631 cm-1 for NH3+ appeared to decrease presumably due to the deprotonation process at 373 K. Our infrared spectroscopic study suggests that the deprotonated amino groups bind stronger, whereas the intra-carboxylate bonds become weaker as the temperature increase. Such structural changes of D-Pen Au NPs appeared to be reversible between 293 and 373 K.

  13. Temperature-dependent structural change of D-penicillamine-capped chiral gold nanoparticles investigated by infrared spectroscopy.

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    Ock, Kwang-Su; Dembereldorj, Uuriintuya; Park, Jin; Ganbold, Erdene-Ochir; Kim, Semi; Shin, Hang-Cheol; Joo, Sang-Woo

    2013-02-01

    The structure and stability of D-penicillamine-capped gold nanoparticles (d-Pen Au NPs) were studied using spectroscopic tools. The synthesis of d-Pen Au NPs was examined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, and circular dichroism (CD). Temperature-dependent reversible structural changes of d-Pen Au NPs were observed using infrared spectroscopic tools. The three thiol, carboxyl, and amino binding groups of d-Pen were presumed to interact with Au NP surfaces on the basis of the infrared spectral features. d-Pen appeared to form quite a stable structure and desorb at a high temperature above 453 K on Au NPs. Our deconvolution analysis indicated the ν(s)(COO(-)) and ν(as)(COO(-)) carboxylate bands at ∼1,392 and ∼1,560 cm(-1) appeared to be weakened, whereas the amino band at ∼1,595 cm(-1) remained strong in increasing the temperature from 293 to 373 K. On the other hand, the intensities of the zwitter ionic bands at ∼999, ∼1,117, and ∼1,631 cm(-1) for NH(3)(+) appeared to decrease presumably due to the deprotonation process at 373 K. Our infrared spectroscopic study suggests that the deprotonated amino groups bind stronger, whereas the intra-carboxylate bonds become weaker as the temperature increase. Such structural changes of d-Pen Au NPs appeared to be reversible between 293 and 373 K.

  14. From Vibrational Spectroscopy to Force Fields and Structures of Saccharides: New Computational Algorithms and Applications

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    Pincu, Madeleine; Gerber, Robert Benny

    2013-07-17

    This work was undertaken with the main objective to investigate basic reactions that take place in relatively simple saccharides (mono-saccharides and cellobiose - the building block of cellulose) , in isolation and in cluster with few water molecules or with (gas-phase) clusters of few waters and ionic compounds (salt, isolated ions like H{sup +} or OH{sup -}). Within the context of this work, different potentials were investigated; among them, were the PM3 semi empirical potential, DFT/BLYP and a new hybrid potential constructed from MP2 for the harmonic part and from adjusted Hartree-Fock anharmonic interactions (VSCF-PT2). These potentials were evaluated by comparison with experimental data from published sources and from several collaborating groups. The findings show excellent agreement between experiments and predictions with the hybrid VSCF-PT2 potential and very good agreement with predictions obtained from dynamics with dispersion corrected DFT/BLYP potential. Investigation of hydration of cellobiose, was another topic of interest. Guided by a hydration motif demonstrated by our experimental collaborators (team of Prof J.P. Simons), we demonstrated large energetic and structural differences between the two species of cellobiose: cis and trans. The later, which is dominant in solid and liquid phases, is higher in energy in the gas-phase and compared to pure water, it does not disturb as much the network of H bonds. In contrast, the cis species exhibits asymmetric hydration in cluster with up to 25 waters, indicating that it has surfactant properties. Another highlight of this research effort was the successful first time spectrometric and spectroscopic study of a gas-phase protonated sugar derivative (alpha-D-Galactopyranoside) and its interpretation by Ab Initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. The findings demonstrate the formation of a motif in which a proton bridges between two Oxygen atoms (belonging to OH groups) at the sugar; The vibrational

  15. Vibrational spectrum of the spin crossover complex [Fe(phen)(2)(NCS)(2)] studied by IR and Raman spectroscopy, nuclear inelastic scattering and DFT calculations.

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    Ronayne, Kate L; Paulsen, Hauke; Höfer, Andreas; Dennis, Andrew C; Wolny, Juliusz A; Chumakov, Aleksandr I; Schünemann, Volker; Winkler, Heiner; Spiering, Hartmut; Bousseksou, Azzedine; Gütlich, Philipp; Trautwein, Alfred X; McGarvey, John J

    2006-10-28

    The vibrational modes of the low-spin and high-spin isomers of the spin crossover complex [Fe(phen)(2)(NCS)(2)] (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) have been measured by IR and Raman spectroscopy and by nuclear inelastic scattering. The vibrational frequencies and normal modes and the IR and Raman intensities have been calculated by density functional methods. The vibrational entropy difference between the two isomers, DeltaS(vib), which is--together with the electronic entropy difference DeltaS(el)--the driving force for the spin-transition, has been determined from the measured and from the calculated frequencies. The calculated difference (DeltaS(vib) = 57-70 J mol(-1) K(-1), depending on the method) is in qualitative agreement with experimental values (20-36 J mol(-1) K(-1)). Only the low energy vibrational modes (20% of the 147 modes of the free molecule) contribute to the entropy difference and about three quarters of the vibrational entropy difference are due to the 15 modes of the central FeN(6) octahedron.

  16. Prebiotic chirality

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    Mekki-Berrada, Ali

    Bringing closer phospholipids each other on a bilayer of liposome, causes their rotation around their fatty acids axis, generating a force which brings closer the two sheets of the bilayer. In this theoretical study I show that for getting the greater cohesion of the liposome, by these forces, the serine in the hydrophilic head must have a L chirality. In the case where the hydrophilic head is absent amino acids with L chirality could contribute to this cohesion by taking the place of L-serine. Some coenzymes having a configuration similar to ethanolamine may also contribute. This is the case of pyridoxamine, thiamine and tetrahydrofolic acid. The grouping of amino acids of L chirality and pyridoxamine on the wall could initialize the prebiotic metabolism of these L amino acids only. This would explain the origin of the homo-chirality of amino acids in living world. Furthermore I show that in the hydrophilic head, the esterification of glycerol-phosphate by two fatty acids go through the positioning of dihydroxyacetone-phosphate and L-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, but not of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, prior their hydrogenation to glycerol-3- phosphate. The accumulation of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate in the cytoplasm displace the thermodynamic equilibria towards the synthesis of D-dATP from D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, acetaldehyde and prebiotic adenine, a reaction which does not require a coenzyme in the biotic metabolism. D-dATP and thiamine, more prebiotic metabolism of L-amino acids on the wall, would initialize D-pentoses phosphate and D-nucleotides pathways from the reaction of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate + dihydroxyacetone-phosphate + prebiotic nucleic bases. The exhaustion of the prebiotic glyceraldehyde (racemic) and the nascent biotic metabolism dominated by D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, would explain the origin of homo-chirality of sugars in living world. References: http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Prebiotic_chirality

  17. Vibrational dynamics and solvatochromism of the label SCN in various solvents and hemoglobin by time dependent IR and 2D-IR spectroscopy.

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    van Wilderen, Luuk J G W; Kern-Michler, Daniela; Müller-Werkmeister, Henrike M; Bredenbeck, Jens

    2014-09-28

    We investigated the characteristics of the thiocyanate (SCN) functional group as a probe of local structural dynamics for 2D-IR spectroscopy of proteins, exploiting the dependence of vibrational frequency on the environment of the label. Steady-state and time-resolved infrared spectroscopy are performed on the model compound methylthiocyanate (MeSCN) in solvents of different polarity, and compared to data obtained on SCN as a local probe introduced as cyanylated cysteine in the protein bovine hemoglobin. The vibrational lifetime of the protein label is determined to be 37 ps, and its anharmonicity is observed to be lower than that of the model compound (which itself exhibits solvent-independent anharmonicity). The vibrational lifetime of MeSCN generally correlates with the solvent polarity, i.e. longer lifetimes in less polar solvents, with the longest lifetime being 158 ps. However, the capacity of the solvent to form hydrogen bonds complicates this simplified picture. The long lifetime of the SCN vibration is in contrast to commonly used azide labels or isotopically-labeled amide I and better suited to monitor structural rearrangements by 2D-IR spectroscopy. We present time-dependent 2D-IR data on the labeled protein which reveal an initially inhomogeneous structure around the CN oscillator. The distribution becomes homogeneous after 5 picoseconds so that spectral diffusion has effectively erased the 'memory' of the CN stretching frequency. Therefore, the 2D-IR data of the label incorporated in hemoglobin demonstrate how SCN can be utilized to sense rearrangements in the local structure on a picosecond timescale.

  18. Vibration-rotation alchemy in acetylene (12C2H2), ? at low vibrational excitation: from high resolution spectroscopy to fast intramolecular dynamics

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    Perry, David S.; Miller, Anthony; Amyay, Badr; Fayt, André; Herman, Michel

    2010-04-01

    The link between energy-resolved spectra and time-resolved dynamics is explored quantitatively for acetylene (12C2H2), ? with up to 8600 cm-1 of vibrational energy. This comparison is based on the extensive and reliable knowledge of the vibration-rotation energy levels and on the model Hamiltonian used to fit them to high precision [B. Amyay, S. Robert, M. Herman, A. Fayt, B. Raghavendra, A. Moudens, J. Thiévin, B. Rowe, and R. Georges, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 114301 (2009)]. Simulated intensity borrowing features in high resolution absorption spectra and predicted survival probabilities in intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) are first investigated for the v 4 + v 5 and v 3 bright states, for J = 2, 30 and 100. The dependence of the results on the rotational quantum number and on the choice of vibrational bright state reflects the interplay of three kinds of off-diagonal resonances: anharmonic, rotational l-type, and Coriolis. The dynamical quantities used to characterize the calculated time-dependent dynamics are the dilution factor φ d, the IVR lifetime τ IVR , and the recurrence time τ rec. For the two bright states v 3 + 2v 4 and 7v 4, the collisionless dynamics for thermally averaged rotational distributions at T = 27, 270 and 500 K were calculated from the available spectroscopic data. For the 7v 4 bright state, an apparent irreversible decay of is found. In all cases, the model Hamiltonian allows a detailed calculation of the energy flow among all of the coupled zeroth-order vibration-rotation states.

  19. Surface and buried interfacial structures of epoxy resins used as underfills studied by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Vázquez, Anne V; Holden, Brad; Kristalyn, Cornelius; Fuller, Mike; Wilkerson, Brett; Chen, Zhan

    2011-05-01

    Flip chip technology has greatly improved the performance of semiconductor devices, but relies heavily on the performance of epoxy underfill adhesives. Because epoxy underfills are cured in situ in flip chip semiconductor devices, understanding their surface and interfacial structures is critical for understanding their adhesion to various substrates. Here, sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy was used to study surface and buried interfacial structures of two model epoxy resins used as underfills in flip chip devices, bisphenol A digylcidyl ether (BADGE) and 1,4-butanediol diglycidyl ether (BDDGE). The surface structures of these epoxies were compared before and after cure, and the orientations of their surface functional groups were deduced to understand how surface structural changes during cure may affect adhesion properties. Further, the effect of moisture exposure, a known cause of adhesion failure, on surface structures was studied. It was found that the BADGE surface significantly restructured upon moisture exposure while the BDDGE surface did not, showing that BADGE adhesives may be more prone to moisture-induced delamination. Lastly, although surface structure can give some insight into adhesion, buried interfacial structures more directly correspond to adhesion properties of polymers. SFG was used to study buried interfaces between deuterated polystyrene (d-PS) and the epoxies before and after moisture exposure. It was shown that moisture exposure acted to disorder the buried interfaces, most likely due to swelling. These results correlated with lap shear adhesion testing showing a decrease in adhesion strength after moisture exposure. The presented work showed that surface and interfacial structures can be correlated to adhesive strength and may be helpful in understanding and designing optimized epoxy underfill adhesives.

  20. Coherence Spectroscopy Investigations of the Low-Frequency Vibrations of Heme: Effects of Protein-Specific Perturbations

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    Gruia, Flaviu; Kubo, Minoru; Ye, Xiong; Ionascu, Dan; Lu, Changyuan; Poole, Robert K.; Yeh, Syun-Ru; Champion, Paul M.

    2009-01-01

    Femtosecond coherence spectroscopy is used to probe the low-frequency (20–200 cm−1) vibrational modes of heme proteins in solution. Horseradish peroxidase (HRP), myoglobin (Mb), and Campylobacter jejuni globin (Cgb) are compared and significant differences in the coherence spectra are revealed. It is concluded that hydrogen bonding and ligand charge do not strongly affect the low-frequency coherence spectra and that protein-specific deformations of the heme group lower its symmetry and control the relative spectral intensities. Such deformations potentially provide a means for proteins to tune heme reaction coordinates, so that they can perform a broad array of specific functions. Native HRP displays complex spectral behavior above ~50 cm−1 and very weak activity below ~50 cm−1. Binding of the substrate analog, benzhydroxamic acid, leads to distinct changes in the coherence and Raman spectra of HRP that are consistent with the stabilization of a heme water ligand. The CN derivatives of the three proteins are studied to make comparisons under conditions of uniform heme coordination and spin-state. MbCN is dominated by a doming mode near 40 cm−1, while HRPCN displays a strong oscillation at higher frequency (96 cm−1) that can be correlated with the saddling distortion observed in the X-ray structure. In contrast, CgbCN displays low-frequency coherence spectra that contain strong modes near 30 and 80 cm−1, probably associated with a combination of heme doming and ruffling. HRPNO displays a strong doming mode near 40 cm−1 that is activated by photolysis. The damping of the coherent motions is significantly reduced when the heme is shielded from solvent fluctuations by the protein material and reduced still further when T ≲ 50 K, as pure dephasing processes due to the protein–solvent phonon bath are frozen out. PMID:18355013