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  1. Fast photoinduced electron transfer through DNA intercalation.

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    Murphy, C J; Arkin, M R; Ghatlia, N D; Bossmann, S; Turro, N J; Barton, J K

    1994-06-07

    We report evidence for fast photoinduced electron transfer mediated by the DNA helix that requires metal complexes that are avid intercalators of DNA. Here the donor bis(phenanthroline)(dipyridophenazine)ruthenium(II) [Ru(phen)2dppz2+] and acceptor bis(9,10-phenanthrenequinone diimine)(phenanthroline)rhodium(III) [Rh(phi)2phen3+] intercalate into DNA with Kb > 10(6) M-1. Luminescence quenching experiments in the presence of two different lengths of DNA yield upward-curving Stern-Volmer plots and the loss of luminescence intensity far exceeds the change in emission lifetimes. In the presence of a nonintercalative electron acceptor, Ru(NH3)3+(6), Ru(phen)2dppz2+ luminescence is quenched much less efficiently compared to that found for the intercalative Rh(phi)2phen3+ quencher and follows linear Stern-Volmer kinetics; steady-state and time-resolved Stern-Volmer plots are comparable in scale. These experiments are consistent with a model involving fast long-range electron transfer between intercalators through the DNA helix.

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer of chlorophyll in lipid bilayer system

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    Photoinduced electron transfer from chlorophyll- through the interface of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) headgroup of the lipid bilayers was studied with electron magnetic resonance (EMR). The photoproduced radicals were identified with electron spin resonance (ESR) and radical yields of chlorophyll- were ...

  3. Photoinduced electron transfer in model systems of photosynthesis

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    Hofstra, U.

    1988-01-01

    This Thesis describes Investigations on photoinduced electron transfer (ET) for several compounds, serving as model systems of the natural photosynthesis. In addition, the properties of the systems, e.g. the conformation in solution and the electronic properties of the photoexcited states

  4. Photoinduced electron transfer in [N]phenylenes

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    Dosche, Carsten; Mickler, Wulfhard; Löhmannsröben, Hans-Gerd; Agent, Nicolas; Vollhardt, K. Peter C.

    2007-01-01

    First studies of electron transfer in [N]phenylenes were performed in bimolecular quenching reactions of angular [3]- and triangular [4]phenylene with various electron acceptors. The relation between the quenching rate constants kq and the free energy change of the electron transfer (ΔG0CS ) could be described by the Rehm-Weller equation. From the experimental results, a reorganization energy λ of 0.7 eV was derived. Intramolecular electron transfer reactions were studied in an [N]phenylene b...

  5. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber

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    Englich, Florian V.; Foo, Tze Cheung; Richardson, Andrew C.; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Sumby, Christopher J.; Monro, Tanya M.

    2011-01-01

    We combine suspended-core microstructured optical fibers with the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) effect to demonstrate a new type of fluorescent optical fiber-dip sensing platform for small volume ion detection. A sensor design based on a simple model PET-fluoroionophore system and small core microstructured optical fiber capable of detecting sodium ions is demonstrated. The performance of the dip sensor operating in a high sodium concentration regime (925 ppm Na+) and for lower sodium concentration environments (18.4 ppm Na+) is explored and future approaches to improving the sensor’s signal stability, sensitivity and selectivity are discussed. PMID:22163712

  6. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber

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    Tanya M. Monro

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available We combine suspended-core microstructured optical fibers with the photoinduced electron transfer (PET effect to demonstrate a new type of fluorescent optical fiber-dip sensing platform for small volume ion detection. A sensor design based on a simple model PET-fluoroionophore system and small core microstructured optical fiber capable of detecting sodium ions is demonstrated. The performance of the dip sensor operating in a high sodium concentration regime (925 ppm Na+ and for lower sodium concentration environments (18.4 ppm Na+ is explored and future approaches to improving the sensor’s signal stability, sensitivity and selectivity are discussed.

  7. Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Bimolecular Donor-Acceptor Systems

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    Alsulami, Qana A.

    2016-11-30

    The efficiency of photoconversion systems, such as organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells, is largely controlled by a series of fundamental photophysical processes occurring at the interface before carrier collection. A profound understanding of ultrafast interfacial charge transfer (CT), charge separation (CS), and charge recombination (CR) is the key determinant to improving the overall performances of photovoltaic devices. The discussion in this dissertation primarily focuses on the relevant parameters that are involved in photon absorption, exciton separation, carrier transport, carrier recombination and carrier collection in organic photovoltaic devices. A combination of steady-state and femtosecond broadband transient spectroscopies was used to investigate the photoinduced charge carrier dynamics in various donor-acceptor systems. Furthermore, this study was extended to investigate some important factors that influence charge transfer in donor-acceptor systems, such as the morphology, energy band alignment, electronic properties and chemical structure. Interestingly, clear correlations among the steady-state measurements, time-resolved spectroscopy results, grain alignment of the electron transporting layer (ETL), carrier mobility, and device performance are found. In this thesis, we explored the significant impacts of ultrafast charge separation and charge recombination at donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces on the performance of a conjugated polymer PTB7-Th device with three fullerene acceptors: PC71BM, PC61BM and IC60BA. Time-resolved laser spectroscopy and high-resolution electron microscopy can illustrate the basis for fabricating solar cell devices with improved performances. In addition, we studied the effects of the incorporation of heavy metals into π-conjugated chromophores on electron transfer by monitoring the triplet state lifetime of the oligomer using transient absorption spectroscopy, as understanding the mechanisms controlling intersystem crossing and

  8. Long-Range Photoinduced Electron Transfer Through a DNA Helix

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    Murphy, C. J.; Arkin, M. R.; Jenkins, Y.; Ghatlia, N. D.; Bossmann, S. H.; Turro, N. J.; Barton, J. K.

    1993-11-01

    Rapid photoinduced electron transfer is demonstrated over a distance of greater than 40 angstroms between metallointercalators that are tethered to the 5' termini of a 15-base pair DNA duplex. An oligomeric assembly was synthesized in which the donor is Ru(phen)_2dppz^2+ (phen, phenanthroline, and dppz, dipyridophenazine) and the acceptor is Rh(phi)_2phen^3+ (phi, phenanthrenequinone diimine). These metal complexes are intercalated either one or two base steps m from the helix termini. Although the ruthenium-modified oligonucleotide hybridized to an unmodified complement luminesces intensely, the ruthenium-modified oligomer hybridized to the rhodium-modified oligomer shows no detectable luminescence. Time-resolved studies point to a lower limit of 109 per second for the quenching rate. No quenching was observed upon metallation of two complementary octamers by Ru(phen)_32+ and Rh(phen)_33+ under conditions where the phen complexes do not intercalate. The stacked aromatic heterocycles of the DNA duplex therefore serve as an efficient medium for coupling electron donors and acceptors over very long distances.

  9. Long-range photoinduced electron transfer through a DNA helix

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    Murphy, C.J.; Arkin, M.R.; Jenkins, Y.; Barton, J.K. (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States)); Ghatlia, N.D.; Bossmann, S.H.; Turro, N.J. (Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States))

    1993-11-12

    Rapid photoinduced electron transfer is demonstrated over a distance of greater than 40 angstroms between metallointercalators that are tethered to the 5' termini of a 15-base pair DNA duplex. An oligomeric assembly was synthesized in which the donor is Ru(phen)[sub 2]dppz[sup 2+] (phen, phenanthroline, and dppz, dipyridophenazine) and the acceptor is Rh(phi)[sub 2]phen[sup 3+] (phi, phenanthrenequinone diimine). These metal complexes are intercalated either one or two base steps in from the helix termini. Although the ruthenium-modified oligonucleotide hybridized to an unmodified complement luminesces intensely, the ruthenium-modified oligomer hybridized to the rhodium-modified oligomer shows no detectable luminescence. Time-resolved studies point to a lower limit of 10[sup 9] per second for the quenching rate. No quenching was observed upon metallation of two complementary octamers by Ru(phen)[sub 3][sup 2+] and Rh(phen)[sub 3][sup 3+] under conditions where the phen complexes do not intercalate. The stacked aromatic heterocycles of the DNA duplex therefore serve as an efficient medium for coupling electron donors and acceptors over very long distances.

  10. Photoinduced intermolecular electron transfer in complex liquids: Experiment and theory

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    Tavernier, H. L.; Kalashnikov, M. M.; Fayer, M. D.

    2000-12-01

    Photoinduced intermolecular electron transfer between Rhodamine 3B and N,N-dimethylaniline has been studied in a series of seven liquids: acetonitrile, ethanol, propylene glycol, and mixtures of ethanol, 2-butanol, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and glycerol. In each liquid, the donor and acceptors have different diffusion constants and experience distinct dielectric properties. Ps time-dependent fluorescence measurements and steady-state fluorescence yield measurements were made and analyzed using a detailed statistical mechanical theory that includes a distance-dependent Marcus rate constant, diffusion with the hydrodynamic effect, and solvent structure. All solvent-dependent parameters necessary for calculations were measured, including dielectric constants, diffusion constants, and redox potentials, leaving the electronic coupling unknown. Taking the distance-dependence of the coupling to be β=1 Å-1, data were fit to a single parameter, the coupling matrix element at contact, J0. The theory is able to reproduce both the functional form of the time-dependence and the concentration-dependence of the data in all seven liquids by fitting only J0. Despite the substantial differences in the properties of the experimental systems studied, fits to the data are very good and the values for J0 are very similar for all solvents.

  11. Final Report: Vibrational Dynamics in Photoinduced Electron Transfer

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    Kenneth G. Spears

    2006-04-19

    The objective of this grant was to understand how molecular vibrational states (geometry distortions) are involved in photoinduced electron transfer rates of molecules. This subject is an important component of understanding how molecular absorbers of light convert that energy into charge separation. This is important because the absorption usually excites molecular vibrations in a new electronic state prior to electron transfer to other molecules or semiconductor nanoparticles, as in some types of solar cells. The speeds of charge separation and charge recombination are key parameters that require experiments such as those in this work to test the rules governing electron transfer rates. Major progress was made on this goal. Some of the molecular structures selected for developing experimental data were bimolecular charge transfer complexes that contained metals of cobalt or vanadium. The experiments used the absorption of an ultrafast pulse of light to directly separate charges onto the two different molecular parts of the complex. The charge recombination then proceeds naturally, and one goal was to measure the speed of this recombination for different types of molecular vibrations. We used picosecond and femtosecond duration pulses with tunable colors at infrared wavelengths to directly observe vibrational states and their different rates of charge recombination (also called electron transfer). We discovered that different contact geometries in the complexes had very different electron transfer rates, and that one geometry had a significant dependence on the amount of vibration in the complex. This is the first and only measurement of such rates, and it allowed us to confirm our interpretation with a number of molecular models and test the sensitivity of electron transfer to vibrational states. This led us to develop a general theory, where we point out how molecular distortions can change the electron transfer rates to be much faster than prior theories

  12. Photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer kinetics in small unilamellar vesicles

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    Choudhury, Sharmistha Dutta; Kumbhakar, Manoj; Nath, Sukhendu; Pal, Haridas

    2007-11-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from N,N-dimethylaniline to some coumarin derivatives has been studied in small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs) of the phospholipid, DL-α-dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine, using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching, both below and above the phase transition temperature of the vesicles. The primary interest was to examine whether Marcus inversion [H. Sumi and R. A. Marcus, J. Chem. Phys. 84, 4894 (1986)] could be observed for the present ET systems in these organized assemblies. The influence of the topology of SUVs on the photophysical properties of the reactants and consequently on their ET kinetics has also been investigated. Absorption and fluorescence spectral data of the coumarins in SUVs and the variation of their fluorescence decays with temperature indicate that the dyes are localized in the bilayer of the SUVs. Time-resolved area normalized emission spectra analysis, however, reveals that the dyes are distributed in two different microenvironments in the SUVs, which we attribute to the two leaflets of the bilayer, one toward bulk water and the other toward the inner water pool. The microenvironments in the two leaflets are, however, not indicated to be that significantly different. Time-resolved anisotropy decays were biexponential for all the dyes in SUVs, and this has been interpreted in terms of the compound motion model according to which the dye molecules can experience a fast wobbling-in-cone type of motion as well as a slow overall rotating motion of the cone containing the molecule. The expected bimolecular diffusion-controlled rates in SUVs, as estimated by comparing the microviscosities in SUVs (determined from rotational correlation times) and that in acetonitrile solution, are much slower than the observed fluorescence quenching rates, suggesting that reactant diffusion (translational) does not play any role in the quenching kinetics in the present systems. Accordingly, clear inversions are

  13. Photoinduced melting of magnetic order in the correlated electron insulator NdNiO 3

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    Caviglia, A.D.; Först, M.; Scherwitzl, R.; Khanna, V.; Bromberger, H.; Mankowsky, R.; Singla, R.; Chuang, Y.D.; Lee, W.S.; Krupin, O.; Schlotter, W.F.; Turner, J.J.; Dakovski, G.L.; Minitti, M.P.; Robinson, J.; Scagnoli, V.; Wilkins, S.B.; Cavill, S.A.; Gibert, M.; Gariglio, S.; Zubko, P.; Triscone, J.M.; Hill, J.P.; Dhesi, S.S.; Cavalleri, A.

    2013-01-01

    Using ultrafast resonant soft x-ray diffraction, we demonstrate photoinduced melting of antiferromagnetic order in the correlated electron insulator NdNiO 3 . Time-dependent analysis of the resonant diffraction spectra allows us to follow the temporal evolution of the charge imbalance between

  14. Exciplex mediated photoinduced electron transfer reactions of phthalocyanine-fullerene dyads

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    Niemi, Marja; Tkachenko, Nikolai V.; Efimov, Alexander; Lehtivuori, Heli; Ohkubo, Kei; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Lemmetyinen, Helge

    2008-01-01

    Evidences of an intramolecular exciplex intermediate in a photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reaction of double-linked free-base and zinc phthalocyanine-C-60 dyads were found. This was the first time for a dyad with phthalocyanine donor. Excitation of the phthalocyanine moiety of the dyads results

  15. Design of Polymer Networks Involving a Photoinduced Electronic Transmission Circuit toward Artificial Photosynthesis.

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    Okeyoshi, Kosuke; Kawamura, Ryuzo; Yoshida, Ryo; Osada, Yoshihito

    2016-01-19

    Many strategies have been explored to achieve artificial photosynthesis utilizing mediums such as liposomes and supramolecules. Because the photochemical reaction is composed of multiple functional molecules, the surrounding microenvironment is expected to be rationally integrated as observed during photosynthesis in chloroplasts. In this study, photoinduced electronic transmission surrounding the microenvironment of Ru(bpy)3(2+) in a polymer network was investigated using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-Ru(bpy)3), poly(acrylamide-co-Ru(bpy)3), and Ru(bpy)3-conjugated microtubules. Photoinduced energy conversion was evaluated by investigating the effects of (i) Ru(bpy)3(2+) immobilization, (ii) polymer type, (iii) thermal energy, and (iv) cross-linking. The microenvironment surrounding copolymerized Ru(bpy)3(2+) in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) suppressed quenching and had a higher radiative process energy than others. This finding is related to the nonradiative process, i.e., photoinduced H2 generation with significantly higher overall quantum efficiency (13%) than for the bulk solution. We envision that useful molecules will be generated by photoinduced electronic transmission in polymer networks, resulting in the development of a wide range of biomimetic functions with applications for a sustainable society.

  16. Direct estimation of the transfer integral for photoinduced electron transfer from TD DFT calculations.

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    Blancafort, Lluís; Voityuk, Alexander A

    2017-11-20

    The rate of photoinduced ET in molecular systems is controlled by electronic coupling of the locally excited and charge transfer states. We generalize the Bixon-Jortner-Verhoeven expression for electronic coupling to systems with a small energy gap and derive the transfer integral for charge separation in two model heterojunctions using the excitation energies and oscillator strengths computed with TD DFT. The estimated couplings are in good agreement with the reference values.

  17. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer in green fluorescent protein bearing a genetically encoded electron acceptor.

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    Lv, Xiaoxuan; Yu, Yang; Zhou, Meng; Hu, Cheng; Gao, Feng; Li, Jiasong; Liu, Xiaohong; Deng, Kai; Zheng, Peng; Gong, Weimin; Xia, Andong; Wang, Jiangyun

    2015-06-17

    Electron transfer (ET) is widely used for driving the processes that underlie the chemistry of life. However, our abilities to probe electron transfer mechanisms in proteins and design redox enzymes are limited, due to the lack of methods to site-specifically insert electron acceptors into proteins in vivo. Here we describe the synthesis and genetic incorporation of 4-fluoro-3-nitrophenylalanine (FNO2Phe), which has similar reduction potentials to NAD(P)H and ferredoxin, the most important biological reductants. Through the genetic incorporation of FNO2Phe into green fluorescent protein (GFP) and femtosecond transient absorption measurement, we show that photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from the GFP chromophore to FNO2Phe occurs very fast (within 11 ps), which is comparable to that of the first electron transfer step in photosystem I, from P700* to A0. This genetically encoded, low-reduction potential unnatural amino acid (UAA) can significantly improve our ability to investigate electron transfer mechanisms in complex reductases and facilitate the design of miniature proteins that mimic their functions.

  18. Photoinduced excess electron injection into DNA duplexes containing mismatched base pairs.

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    Ito, Takeo; Kondo, Akiko; Hayashi, Aiko; Uchida, Tsukasa; Tanabe, Kazuhito; Nishimoto, Sei-ichi

    2008-01-01

    A series of DNA containing photoinduced electron donors and mismatched DNA base pairs have been prepared and applied for the chemical investigation of excess electron transfer (EET) in the duplex DNA. As the electron donors, phenothiazine (PTZ) with a flexible linker was tethered to the 5'-end or in the middle of the sequences, or diaminostilbene (DAS) was covalently linked to form a hairpin structure. The presence of mismatched base pair lowered EET efficiency in the DAS-capped DNA hairpins, on the other hand, efficient EET beyond the mismatch site was observed in the PTZ-conjugated DNA.

  19. Magnetic resonance studies of photo-induced electron transfer reactions

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    van Willigen, H.

    1992-11-01

    Fourier Transform Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (FT EPR) is useful in study of photochemical reactions: a microwave pulse rotates the electron spin magnetization vector from z (magnetic field) into xy plane ([pi]/2 pulse); the time evolution of magnetization in xy plane, the free induction decay (FID), is sampled. Fourier transform of FID gives the frequency domain EPR spectrum of the free radicals, and the method is ideal for time-resolved studies of free radicals produced by pulsed-laser excitation. Investigations of electron transfer reactions focused on porphyrin (donor) - quinone (acceptor) systems. First, two hydrogen abstraction reactions were studied with FT EPR: photoreduction of acetone with 2-propanol, yielding the acetone ketyl radical, and the reaction of 2-propanol with t-butoxy radicals. Then, the FT EPR study of benzoquinone or duroquinone anion radicals generated by pulsed-laser induced electron transfer from zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) or tetrasulfonated Zn(TPP), was carried out in homogeneous solution, micellar solutions, and silica gel. Finally, FT EPR was used to study electron transfer quenching of triplet C[sub 60] by electron donors.

  20. Role of solvent dynamics in ultrafast photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in solution.

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    Hazra, Anirban; Soudackov, Alexander V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2010-09-30

    A theoretical formulation for modeling photoinduced nonequilibrium proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions in solution is presented. In this formulation, the PCET system is described by donor and acceptor electron-proton vibronic free energy surfaces that depend on a single collective solvent coordinate. Dielectric continuum theory is used to obtain a generalized Langevin equation of motion for this collective solvent coordinate. The terms in this equation depend on the solvent properties, such as the dielectric constants, relaxation time, and molecular moment of inertia, as well as the solute properties characterizing the vibronic surfaces. The ultrafast dynamics following photoexcitation is simulated using a surface hopping method in conjunction with the Langevin equation of motion. This methodology is used to examine a series of model photoinduced PCET systems, where the initial nonequilibrium state is prepared by vertical photoexcitation from the ground electronic state to the donor electronic state. Analysis of the dynamical trajectories provides insight into the interplay between the solvent dynamics and the electron-proton transfer for these types of processes. In addition, these model studies illustrate how the coupling between the electron-proton transfer and the solvent dynamics can be tuned by altering the solute and solvent properties.

  1. Photoinduced electron transfer of chlorophyll in lipid bilayer system

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    electron donors and acceptors, relative to the solvent typically water. Although the structures of ... slightly water soluble, surface-active compounds such as alcohols and cholesterol modify the assembly interface. ... was purchased from Sigma Chemical Co. and was used without further purification. *For correspondence ...

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer in singly labeled thiouredopyrenetrisulfonate azurin derivatives

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    Borovok, N; Kotlyar, A B; Pecht, I

    1999-01-01

    efficiency. TUPS derivatives of azurin, singly labeled at specific lysine residues, were prepared and purified to homogeneity by ion exchange HPLC. Transient absorption spectroscopy was used to directly monitor the rates of the electron transfer reaction from the photoexcited triplet state of TUPS to Cu......(II) and the back reaction from Cu(I) to the oxidized dye. For all singly labeled derivatives, the rate constants of copper ion reduction were one or two orders of magnitude larger than for its reoxidation, consistent with the larger thermodynamic driving force for the former process. Using 3-D coordinates...

  3. Photoinduced charge accumulation by metal ion-coupled electron transfer.

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    Bonn, Annabell G; Wenger, Oliver S

    2015-10-07

    An oligotriarylamine (OTA) unit, a Ru(bpy)3(2+) photosensitizer moiety (Ru), and an anthraquinone (AQ) entity were combined to a molecular dyad (Ru-OTA) and a molecular triad (AQ-Ru-OTA). Pulsed laser excitation at 532 nm led to the formation of charge-separated states of the type Ru(-)-OTA(+) and AQ(-)-Ru-OTA(+) with lifetimes of ≤10 ns and 2.4 μs, respectively, in de-aerated CH3CN at 25 °C. Upon addition of Sc(OTf)3, very long-lived photoproducts were observed. Under steady-state irradiation conditions using a flux of (6.74 ± 0.21) × 10(15) photons per second at 450 nm, the formation of twofold oxidized oligotriarylamine (OTA(2+)) was detected in aerated CH3CN containing 0.02 M Sc(3+), as demonstrated unambiguously by comparison with UV-Vis absorption spectra obtained in the course of chemical oxidation with Cu(2+). Photodriven charge accumulation on the OTA unit of Ru-OTA and AQ-Ru-OTA is possible due to the lowering of the O2 reduction potential caused by the interaction of superoxide with the strong Lewis acid Sc(3+). The presence of the anthraquinone unit in AQ-Ru-OTA accelerates the rate-determining reaction step for charge accumulation by a factor of 10 compared to the Ru-OTA dyad. This is attributed to the formation of Sc(3+)-stabilized anthraquinone radical anion intermediates in the triad. Possible mechanistic pathways leading to charge accumulation are discussed. Photodriven charge accumulation is of key importance for solar fuels because their production will have to rely on multi-electron chemistry rather than single-electron reaction steps. Our study is the first to demonstrate that metal ion-coupled electron transfer (MCET) can be exploited to accumulate charges on a given molecular unit using visible light as an energy input. The approach of using a combination of intra- and intermolecular electron transfer reactions which are enabled by MCET is conceptually novel, and the fundamental insights gained from our study are relevant in the greater

  4. Electronic Structure of the Perylene / Zinc Oxide Interface: A Computational Study of Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Impact of Surface Defects

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    Li, Jingrui

    2015-07-29

    The electronic properties of dye-sensitized semiconductor surfaces consisting of pery- lene chromophores chemisorbed on zinc oxide via different spacer-anchor groups, have been studied at the density-functional-theory level. The energy distributions of the donor states and the rates of photoinduced electron transfer from dye to surface are predicted. We evaluate in particular the impact of saturated versus unsaturated aliphatic spacer groups inserted between the perylene chromophore and the semiconductor as well as the influence of surface defects on the electron-injection rates.

  5. Photoinduced melting of magnetic order in the correlated electron insulator NdNiO3

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    Caviglia, A. D.; Först, M.; Scherwitzl, R.; Khanna, V.; Bromberger, H.; Mankowsky, R.; Singla, R.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Lee, W. S.; Krupin, O.; Schlotter, W. F.; Turner, J. J.; Dakovski, G. L.; Minitti, M. P.; Robinson, J.; Scagnoli, V.; Wilkins, S. B.; Cavill, S. A.; Gibert, M.; Gariglio, S.; Zubko, P.; Triscone, J.-M.; Hill, J. P.; Dhesi, S. S.; Cavalleri, A.

    2013-12-01

    Using ultrafast resonant soft x-ray diffraction, we demonstrate photoinduced melting of antiferromagnetic order in the correlated electron insulator NdNiO3. Time-dependent analysis of the resonant diffraction spectra allows us to follow the temporal evolution of the charge imbalance between adjacent Ni sites. A direct correlation between the melting of magnetic order and charge rebalancing is found. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the magnetic ordering on the Ni and Nd sites, which are locked together in equilibrium, become decoupled during this nonthermal process.

  6. Photoinduced electron transfer interaction of anthraquinones with aniline quenchers: Influence of methyl substitution in aniline donors

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    Sivakumar, V.; Ponnamma, Deepalekshmi; Hussein, Yasser H. A.

    2017-02-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer between triplet state of 9,10-anthraquinone (AQ) and its two derivatives: 2-chloro-9,10-anthraquinone (CAQ) and sodium anthraquinone-2-sulfonate (AQS) and ground state aniline (AN) and its dimethyl substitutions: 2,3-dimethylaniline (2,3-DMA), 2,6-dimethylaniline (2,6-DMA), 3,5-dimethylaniline (3,5-DMA) and N,N-dimethylaniline (N,N-DMA) is studied using nanosecond laser flash photolysis at room temperature. Detection of radical bands of quinone anions and aniline cations along with their formation and/or decay kinetics are used to confirm the electron transfer (ET) process. In MeCN medium, AN quenches the triplet state of CAQ (CAQT) but not the triplets AQT or AQST. However in aqueous medium, AN quenches AQST and forms radical ion pair. All the DMAs can react through ET with all the triplet quinones at different degrees of efficiency in MeCN medium. Noticeably, the ring substituted DMAs are less efficient in electron donation to AQT or AQST while the N,N-DMA shows high efficiency in donating electron to all triplet quinones in MeCN medium. Charge distribution of donor molecules, in MeCN medium is calculated using density functional theory (DFT), and shows an enhancement of electron density of the ring of N,N-DMA, making it an ideal electron donor for ET studies compared to other DMAs. This systematic selection and usage of anilines with electrochemically tunable quinones can be viewed as a working model of donor-acceptor system that can be utilized in photoinduced ET applications.

  7. Inter-Fullerene Electronic Coupling Controls the Efficiency of Photoinduced Charge Generation in Organic Bulk Heterojunctions

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    Larson, Bryon W. [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Reid, Obadiah G. [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Coffey, David C. [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Department of Chemistry and Physics, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa NC 28778 USA; Avdoshenko, Stanislav M. [Liebniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden D01069 Germany; Popov, Alexey A. [Liebniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden D01069 Germany; Boltalina, Olga V. [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Strauss, Steven H. [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Kopidakis, Nikos [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Rumbles, Garry [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA

    2016-09-26

    Photoinduced charge generation (PCG) dynamics are notoriously difficult to correlate with specific molecular properties in device relevant polymer:fullerene organic photovoltaic blend films due to the highly complex nature of the solid state blend morphology. Here, this study uses six judiciously selected trifluoromethylfullerenes blended with the prototypical polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) and measure the PCG dynamics in 50 fs-500 ns time scales with time-resolved microwave conductivity and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The isomeric purity and thorough chemical characterization of the fullerenes used in this study allow for a detailed correlation between molecular properties, driving force, local intermolecular electronic coupling and, ultimately, the efficiency of PCG yield. The findings show that the molecular design of the fullerene not only determines inter-fullerene electronic coupling, but also influences the decay dynamics of free holes in the donor phase even when the polymer microstructure remains unchanged.

  8. Decoupling diffusion from the bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer reaction: a combined ultrafast spectroscopic and kinetic analysis.

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    Mukherjee, Puspal; Sen, Pratik

    2017-05-10

    We have studied the bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer (PET) reaction between benzophenone (Bp) and DABCO using femtosecond broadband transient absorption spectroscopy in different compositions of acetonitrile/1-butanol binary solvent mixtures. With the increase in the 1-butanol percentage in the mixture, we have observed an increase in the onset delay time of Bp˙(-), which is the product of the reaction. As 1-butanol is more viscous than acetonitrile, we related the onset time to the change in medium viscosity. Moreover, we undertook a complete kinetic analysis of the bimolecular PET reaction under different conditions to show that from transient absorption spectroscopy, we can get the exact rate of electron transfer. This kind of kinetic analysis along with the experimental data is the first of its kind to prove that transient absorption spectroscopy is probably the most useful tool in studying the PET reaction.

  9. Time-resolved measurement of intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer processes in perylene diimides (Conference Presentation)

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    Döring, Robin Carl; Baal, Eduard; Sundermeyer, Jörg; Chatterjee, Sangam

    2017-02-01

    Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid (PTCDA) and respective derivatives (e.g. perylene diimide - PDI) are widely used as dyes but also for device applications such as organic field effect transistors or in organic photovoltaics. Due to their intrinsically high quantum efficiencies they are also used as spectroscopic standards. One major drawback of these materials is their low solubility in organic solvents which can be addressed by long alkyl substitutions. When introducing a tertiary amine into the molecule a mechanism known as photoinduced electron transfer (PET) can occur. Here, following an optically excited HOMO-LUMO transition of the core, an electron from the electron lone pair of the amine is transferred to the HOMO of the perylene core. Hence, radiative recombination is disallowed and photoluminescence effectively quenched. Here, we perform a systematic study of the distance dependence of the PET by introducing alkyle groups as spacer units between PDI core and the tertiary amine. Dynamics of the PET are extracted from ultrafast time-resolved photoluminescence measurement data. A rate equation model, simulating a three level system, reveals rate constant of the back electron transfer, otherwise not accessible with our experimental methods. Assuming a Marcus model of electron transfer, electronic coupling strength between the electronic states involved in the respective transitions can be calculated. In addition to the distance dependence, the effects of protonation and methylation of the the tertiary amine units are studied.

  10. Nonadiabatic dynamics of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer: comparison of explicit and implicit solvent simulations.

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    Auer, Benjamin; Soudackov, Alexander V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2012-07-05

    Theoretical approaches for simulating the ultrafast dynamics of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions in solution are developed and applied to a series of model systems. These processes are simulated by propagating nonadiabatic surface hopping trajectories on electron-proton vibronic surfaces that depend on the solute and solvent nuclear coordinates. The PCET system is represented by a four-state empirical valence bond model, and the solvent is treated either as explicit solvent molecules or as a dielectric continuum, in which case the solvent dynamics is described in terms of two collective solvent coordinates corresponding to the energy gaps associated with electron and proton transfer. The explicit solvent simulations reveal two distinct solvent relaxation time scales, where the faster time scale relaxation corresponds to librational motions of solvent molecules in the first solvation shell, and the slower time scale relaxation corresponds to the bulk solvent dielectric response. The charge transfer dynamics is strongly coupled to both the fast and slow time scale solvent dynamics. The dynamical multistate continuum theory is extended to include the effects of two solvent relaxation time scales, and the resulting coupled generalized Langevin equations depend on parameters that can be extracted from equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. The implicit and explicit solvent approaches lead to qualitatively similar charge transfer and solvent dynamics for model PCET systems, suggesting that the implicit solvent treatment captures the essential elements of the nonequilibrium solvent dynamics for many systems. A combination of implicit and explicit solvent approaches will enable the investigation of photoinduced PCET processes in a variety of condensed phase systems.

  11. Enhancing photoinduced electron transfer efficiency of fluorescent pH-probes with halogenated phenols.

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    Aigner, Daniel; Freunberger, Stefan A; Wilkening, Martin; Saf, Robert; Borisov, Sergey M; Klimant, Ingo

    2014-09-16

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET), which causes pH-dependent quenching of fluorescent dyes, is more effectively introduced by phenolic groups than by amino groups which have been much more commonly used so far. That is demonstrated by fluorescence measurements involving several classes of fluorophores. Electrochemical measurements show that PET in several amino-modified dyes is thermodynamically favorable, even though it was not experimentally found, underlining the importance of kinetic aspects to the process. Consequently, the attachment of phenolic groups allows for fast and simple preparation of a wide selection of fluorescent pH-probes with tailor-made spectral properties, sensitive ranges, and individual advantages, so that a large number of applications can be realized. Fluorophores carrying phenolic groups may also be used for sensing analytes other than pH or molecular switching and signaling.

  12. Role of the bridge in photoinduced electron transfer in porphyrin-fullerene dyads.

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    Pelado, Beatriz; Abou-Chahine, Fawzi; Calbo, Joaquín; Caballero, Rubén; de la Cruz, Pilar; Junquera-Hernández, José M; Ortí, Enrique; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Langa, Fernando

    2015-04-07

    The role of π-conjugated molecular bridges in through-space and through-bond electron transfer is studied by comparing two porphyrin-fullerene donor-acceptor (D-A) dyads. One dyad, ZnP-Ph-C60 (ZnP = zinc porphyrin), incorporates a phenyl bridge between D and A and behaves very similarly to analogous dyads studied previously. The second dyad, ZnP-EDOTV-C60, introduces an additional 3,4-ethylenedioxythienylvinylene (EDOTV) unit into the conjugated bridge, which increases the distance between D and A, but, at the same time, provides increased electronic communication between them. Two essential outcomes that result from the introduction of the EDOTV unit in the bridge are as follows: 1) faster charge recombination, which indicates enhanced electronic coupling between the charge-separated and ground electronic states; and 2) the disappearance of the intramolecular exciplex, which mediates photoinduced charge separation in the ZnP-Ph-C60 dyad. The latter can be interpreted as a gradual decrease in electronic coupling between locally excited singlet states of D and A when introducing the EDOTV unit into the D-A bridge. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Photoinduced electron accumulation in colloidally dispersed wide band-gap semiconductor nanosheets.

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    Nakato, Teruyuki; Yamada, Yoshimi; Nakamura, Mari; Takahashi, Atsushi

    2011-02-01

    We investigated photoinduced electron accumulation in a colloidal system of layered hexaniobate that is known as a photocatalytically active wide band-gap semiconductor, and attempted to control the photoresponse by introducing additives into the colloid. The inorganic nanosheets were obtained by exfoliation of the layered oxide. UV-irradiation of the colloids led to electron accumulation in the nanosheets to generate reduced niobate species. Propylammonium ions introduced as the exfoliating reagent and present as the counter ions of niobate nanosheets were indicated as the electron donor that stabilized the electron-accumulating state. Yield and half-life of the reduced niobate species greatly increased by adding an appropriate amount of photochemically inert clay nanosheets, while they increased only a little by the addition of molecular electron donors such as EDTA and triethanolamine. Moreover, the molecular species diminished the enhancement effect of the clay nanosheets. The results suggested that the photochemical event was not explained by direct interactions between the semiconductor nanosheets and the additives at molecular level but governed by indirect interactions between the colloid components regulated by the colloid structure. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Photoinduced energy and electron transfer in phenylethynyl-bridged zinc porphyrin-oligothienylenevinylene-C60 ensembles.

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    Urbani, Maxence; Ohkubo, Kei; Islam, D M Shafiqul; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Langa, Fernando

    2012-06-11

    Donor-bridge-acceptor triad (Por-2TV-C(60)) and tetrad molecules ((Por)(2)-2TV-C(60)), which incorporated C(60) and one or two porphyrin molecules that were covalently linked through a phenylethynyl-oligothienylenevinylene bridge, were synthesized. Their photodynamics were investigated by fluorescence measurements, and by femto- and nanosecond laser flash photolysis. First, photoinduced energy transfer from the porphyrin to the C(60) moiety occurred rather than electron transfer, followed by electron transfer from the oligothienylenevinylene to the singlet excited state of the C(60) moiety to produce the radical cation of oligothienylenevinylene and the radical anion of C(60). Then, back-electron transfer occurred to afford the triplet excited state of the oligothienylenevinylene moiety rather than the ground state. Thus, the porphyrin units in (Por)-2TV-C(60) and (Por)(2)-2TV-C(60) acted as efficient photosensitizers for the charge separation between oligothienylenevinylene and C(60). Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Transient electronic structure of the photoinduced phase of Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 probed with soft x-ray pulses

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    Rini, M.; Zhu, Y.; Wall, S.; Tobey, R. I.; Ehrke, H.; Garl, T.; Freeland, J. W.; Tomioka, Y.; Tokura, Y.; Cavalleri, A.; Schoenlein, R. W.

    2009-04-01

    We use time-resolved x-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy to investigate the electronic dynamics associated with the photoinduced insulator-to-metal phase transition in the colossal magnetoresistive manganite Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}. Absorption changes at the O K and Mn L edges directly monitor the evolution of the density of unoccupied states in the transient photoinduced phase. We show that the electronic structure of the photoinduced phase is remarkably similar to that of the ferromagnetic metallic phase reached in related manganites upon cooling below the Curie temperature.

  16. Photoinduced electron transfer at the tetrapyrrole-TiO2 interface: Effect of the energy alignment

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    Nieto-Pescador, Jesus S.

    Photoinduced electron transfer is a ubiquitous process behind several physical, chemical, and biological processes. Its potential applications, ranging from solar cell technologies to photodynamic cancer therapy, require a thorough understanding of the basics of the reaction. This dissertation addresses open questions for a particular case of electron transfer processes: Heterogeneous Electron Transfer (HET). In this process, an electron is transferred between a localized donor and a multitude of delocalized acceptor states. HET between photoexcited tetrapyrroles and colloidal TiO2 has been investigated using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Specifically, this work explores the not well-understood influence of the availability of states on the HET reaction. This problem is addressed by measuring electron injection times as a function of the energy difference between the LUMO and the conduction band of TiO2. The change in the energy alignment was done using two experimental strategies. The first one employs a recently synthesized phlorin with two different excited states above the conduction band of TiO2. This molecule allows comparing HET rates from two different excited states. The second strategy measures the electron injection rates after exciting the same electronic state of a set of specially designed porphyrins. The novelty of the approach is that the difference in energy alignment is attained by the introduction of dipole groups within the bridge group of the molecule. This strategy generates a difference in energy alignment of up to 200 meV. The reported measurements were carried in a high vacuum environment with an apparatus capable of resolving sub 30 fs processes. Disentanglement of the electron transfer processes was done, after careful study of the relaxation dynamics of the molecules in solution, by monitoring the decay of the excited state absorption and the rise of the cation spectral signatures. Within our time resolution, our results

  17. Photoinduced Electron Transfer from Various Aniline Derivatives to Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Ghosh, Tufan; Chatterjee, Swarupa; Prasad, Edamana

    2015-12-10

    The present study utilizes the luminescence nature of the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to analyze the mechanistic aspects of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) processes between GQDs and aniline derivatives. A systematic investigation of PET from various aniline derivatives to GQDs has been presented. Solution-processable GQDs have been synthesized from graphene oxide (GO) at 200 °C. The as-synthesized GQDs exhibit a strong green luminescence at 510 nm, upon photoexcitation at 440 nm. Various aniline derivatives (aniline, N-methylaniline, N,N'-dimethylaniline, N-ethylaniline, N,N'-diethylaniline, and N,N'-diphenylaniline) have been utilized as electron donors to probe the PET process. Results from UV-visible absorption and steady-state and time-resolve luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the GQDs interact with the aniline derivatives in the excited state, which results in a significant luminescence quenching of the GQDs. The bimolecular rate constants of the dynamic quenching have been deduced for various donor-acceptor systems, and the values are in the range of (1.06-2.68) × 10(9) M(-1) s(-1). The negative values of the free energy change of the electron transfer process suggest that PET from aniline derivatives to GQDs is feasible and could be responsible for the luminescence quenching. The PET has been confirmed by detecting radical cations for certain aniline derivatives, using a nanosecond laser flash photolysis setup. The present study shows that among the various types of graphene systems, GQDs are better candidates for understanding the mechanism of PET in graphene-based donor-acceptor systems.

  18. Characterization of photo-induced electron and hole transfer in a porphyrin based ambipolar organic molecule with cascade energy levels

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    Wang, Tianyang; Weerasinghe, Krishanthi C.; Sun, Haiya; Li, Ping'an; Liu, Dongzhi; Li, Wei; Hu, Wenping; Zhou, Xueqin; Wang, Lichang

    2017-08-01

    A porphyrin based ambipolar organic molecule consisting of styrene based triphenylamine derivative (MTPA) as electron donor, s-triazine group (TRC) as electron acceptor 1 and metal-free tetraphenyl porphyrin (HTPP) as electron acceptor 2 was synthesized and characterized using computational methods and electrochemical and spectroscopic measurements. The kinetics analysis indicates that the photo-induced charge-separated states, MTPA.+-TRC-HTPP.-, were generated by sequential electron transfers from MTPA to TRC then to HTPP and/or a direct hole transfer from HTPP to MTPA. In toluene, the charge-separated states were formed with 54% through electron transfer and 46% through hole transfer once MTPA moiety was excited. However, in dichloromethane, they were formed with 75% through electron transfer and 25% through hole transfer. Furthermore, more charge-separated species were generated in dichloromethane than in toluene.

  19. Acceleration of Long-Range Photoinduced Electron Transfer through DNA by Hydroxyquinolines as Artificial Base Pairs.

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    Bätzner, Effi; Liang, Yu; Schweigert, Caroline; Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim

    2015-06-08

    The C-nucleoside based on the hydroxyquinoline ligand (Hq) is complementary to itself and forms stable Hq-Hq pairs in double-stranded DNA. These artificial Hq-Hq pairs may serve as artificial electron carriers for long-range photoinduced electron transfer in DNA, as elucidated by a combination of gel electrophoretic analysis of irradiated samples and time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. For this study, the Hq-Hq pair was combined with a DNA-based donor-acceptor system consisting of 6-N,N-dimethylaminopyrene conjugated to 2'-deoxyuridine as photoinducible electron donor, and methyl viologen attached to the 2'-position of uridine as electron acceptor. The Hq radical anion was identified in the time-resolved measurements and strand cleavage products support its role as an intermediate charge carrier. Hence, the Hq-Hq pair significantly enhances the electron hopping capability of DNA compared to natural DNA bases over long distances while keeping the self-assembly properties as the most attractive feature of DNA as a supramolecular architecture. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Electron polarizability of molecules of carboxylic acids and their dimers and trimers

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    Nazarov, A. P.; Barabanova, N. N.; Bogdanov, D. L.; Dadivanyan, A. K.

    2017-11-01

    Components of the tensor of the electron polarizability of molecules of carboxylic acids and their dimers and trimers with conjugated chemical bonds are calculated according the Hartree-Fock method. The dependences of a change in the anisotropy of polarizability on the average polarizability of a molecule and the number of electrons in a conjugated system are determined. An increase in the anisotropy of electron polarizability during the formation of intermolecular associates through hydrogen bonds is observed.

  1. Visualizing the non-equilibrium dynamics of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer with femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Canton, Sophie E.; Kjær, Kasper S.; Vankó, György

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer preceding energy equilibration still poses many experimental and conceptual challenges to the optimization of photoconversion since an atomic-scale description has so far been beyond reach. Here we combine femtosecond transient optical absorption spectrosc...... states is a key mechanistic feature. The present study demonstrates the extensive potential of femtosecond X-ray techniques as diagnostics of non-adiabatic electron transfer processes in synthetic and biological systems, and some directions for future studies, are outlined....... as compared with storage ring facilities, these measurements constitute the first X-ray-based visualization of a non-equilibrated intramolecular electron transfer process over large interatomic distances. Experimental and theoretical results establish that mediation through electronically excited molecular...

  2. Direct Probing of Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Self-Assembled Biomimetic [2Fe2S]-Hydrogenase Complex Using Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Li, P.; Amirjalayer, S.; Hartl, F.; Lutz, M.; de Bruin, B.; Becker, R.; Woutersen, S.; Reek, J.N.H.

    2014-01-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer in a supramolecular ZnTPP·Fe2S2 complex is investigated using femtosecond infrared spectroscopy, infrared spectro-electrochemistry, and DFT calculations. We find that the electron density is delocalized over the diiron core and the naphthalimide ligand, which explains

  3. Bimodal Exciplex Formation in Bimolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer Revealed by Ultrafast Time-Resolved Infrared Absorption

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    Koch, Marius; Licari, Giuseppe Léonardo; Vauthey, Eric

    2015-01-01

    The dynamics of a moderately exergonic photoinduced charge separation has been investigated by ultrafast time-resolved infrared absorption with the dimethylanthracene/phthalonitrile donor/acceptor pair in solvents covering a broad range of polarity. A distinct spectral signature of an exciplex could be identified in the −C≡N stretching region. On the basis of quantum chemistry calculations, the 4–5 times larger width of this band compared to those of the ions and of the locally excited donor ...

  4. Covalent Linking Greatly Enhances Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Fullerene-Quantum Dot Nanocomposites: Time-Domain Ab Initio Study

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    Chaban, Vitaly V.; Prezhdo, Victor; Prezhdo, Oleg

    2013-01-01

    Nonadiabatic molecular dynamics combined with time-domain density functional theory are used to study electron transfer (ET) from a CdSe quantum dot (QD) to the C-60 fullerene, occurring in several types of hybrid organic/inorganic nanocomposites. By unveiling the time dependence of the ET process......, we show that covalent bonding between the QD and C-60 is particularly important to ensure ultrafast transmission of the excited electron from the QD photon-harvester to the C-60 electron acceptor. Despite the close proximity of the donor and acceptor species provided by direct van der Waals contact......, it leads to a notably weaker QD-C-60 interaction than a lengthy molecular bridge. We show that the ET rate in a nonbonded mixture of QDs and C-60 can be enhanced by doping. The photoinduced ET is promoted primarily by mid- and low-frequency vibrations. The study establishes the basic design principles...

  5. Donor–acceptor graphene-based hybrid materials facilitating photo-induced electron-transfer reactions

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    Anastasios Stergiou

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Graphene research and in particular the topic of chemical functionalization of graphene has exploded in the last decade. The main aim is to increase the solubility and thereby enhance the processability of the material, which is otherwise insoluble and inapplicable for technological applications when stacked in the form of graphite. To this end, initially, graphite was oxidized under harsh conditions to yield exfoliated graphene oxide sheets that are soluble in aqueous media and amenable to chemical modifications due to the presence of carboxylic acid groups at the edges of the lattice. However, it was obvious that the high-defect framework of graphene oxide cannot be readily utilized in applications that are governed by charge-transfer processes, for example, in solar cells. Alternatively, exfoliated graphene has been applied toward the realization of some donor–acceptor hybrid materials with photo- and/or electro-active components. The main body of research regarding obtaining donor–acceptor hybrid materials based on graphene to facilitate charge-transfer phenomena, which is reviewed here, concerns the incorporation of porphyrins and phthalocyanines onto graphene sheets. Through illustrative schemes, the preparation and most importantly the photophysical properties of such graphene-based ensembles will be described. Important parameters, such as the generation of the charge-separated state upon photoexcitation of the organic electron donor, the lifetimes of the charge-separation and charge-recombination as well as the incident-photon-to-current efficiency value for some donor–acceptor graphene-based hybrids, will be discussed.

  6. Redox and photoinduced electron-transfer properties in short distance organoboryl ferrocene-subphthalocyanine dyads.

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    Maligaspe, Eranda; Hauwiller, Matthew R; Zatsikha, Yuriy V; Hinke, Jonathan A; Solntsev, Pavlo V; Blank, David A; Nemykin, Victor N

    2014-09-02

    Reaction between ferrocene lithium or ethynylferrocene magnesium bromide and (chloro)boronsubphthalocyanine leads to formation of ferrocene- (2) and ethynylferrocene- (3) containing subphthalocyanine dyads with a direct organometallic B-C bond. New donor-acceptor dyads were characterized using UV-vis and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopies, NMR method, and X-ray crystallography. Redox potentials of the rigid donor-acceptor dyads 2 and 3 were studied using the cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) approaches and compared to the parent subphthalocyanine 1 and conformationally flexible subphthalocyanine ferrocenenylmethoxide (4) and ferrocenyl carboxylate (5) dyads reported earlier. It was found that the first oxidation process in dyads 2 and 3 is ferrocene-centered, while the first reduction as well as the second oxidation are centered at the subphthalocyanine ligand. Density functional theory-polarized continuum model (DFT-PCM) and time-dependent (TD) DFT-PCM methods were used to probe the electronic structures and explain the UV-vis and MCD spectra of complexes 1-5. DFT-PCM calculations suggest that the LUMO, LUMO+1, and HOMO-3 in new dyads 2 and 3 are centered at the subphthalocyanine ligand, while the HOMO to HOMO-2 in both dyads are predominantly ferrocene-centered. TDDFT-PCM calculations on compounds 1-5 are indicative of the π → π* transitions dominance in their UV-vis spectra, which is consistent with the experimental data. The excited state dynamics of the parent subphthalocyanine 1 and dyads 2-5 were investigated using time-resolved transient spectroscopy. In the dyads 2-5, the initially excited state is rapidly (ferrocene ligand. The lifetime of the charge transfer state demonstrates a systematic dependence on the structure of the bridge between the subphthalocyanine and ferrocene.

  7. Carboxylate Counteranions in Electronic Cigarette Liquids: Influence on Nicotine Emissions.

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    El-Hellani, Ahmad; El-Hage, Rachel; Salman, Rola; Talih, Soha; Shihadeh, Alan; Saliba, Najat A

    2017-08-21

    The wide pH range reported for electronic cigarette (ECIG) liquids indicates that nicotine may be present in one or more chemical forms. The nicotine form affects the bioavailability and delivery of nicotine from inhaled products. Protonated nicotine is normally associated with counteranions in tobacco products. The chemical and physical properties of counteranions may differently influence the nicotine form and emissions in ECIG aerosols. In this study, we examined how these anions influence nicotine emissions and their evaporation behavior and potential decomposition during ECIG operation. ECIG liquid solutions with equal nicotine concentration and pH but different counteranions (formate, acetate, and citrate) were prepared from analytical standards to assess the effect of the counteranion on nicotine partitioning. High performance liquid and gas chromatography methods were developed to determine the counteranions and the two protonated (NicH+) and free base (Nic) forms of nicotine in commercially available and standard solutions of ECIG liquids and aerosols. In commercial samples, acetate and citrate anions were detected. In standard solutions, both formate and acetate ions were found to evaporate intact, but citrate ion decomposed into formic acid and other products. This study also shows that the identity of the counteranion has no effect on total nicotine emission from ECIG in agreement with previous reports on tobacco cigarettes. However, the partitioning of aerosolized nicotine into NicH+ and Nic is anion-dependent even when the parent liquid pH is held constant. These results indicate that the anions found in a given ECIG product may influence the nicotine delivery profile to the user by enriching aerosols with free-base nicotine as in the case of polycarboxylic acids such as citric acid.

  8. Incorporation of Water-Oxidation Catalysts into Photoinduced Electron Transfer Systems: Toward Solar Fuel Generation via Artificial Photosynthesis

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    Vagnini, Michael Thomas

    A key goal of artificial photosynthesis is to mimic the photochemistry of photosystem II and oxidize water using light energy, with the ultimate aim of using the liberated electrons for reductive, fuel-forming reactions. One of the more recent challenges in the field of solar fuels chemistry is the efficient activation of molecular water-oxidation catalysts with photoinduced electron transfer, an effort that would benefit from detailed knowledge of the energetics and kinetics of each electron transfer step in a light-driven catalytic cycle. The focus of this thesis is the synthesis and photophysical characterization of covalent assemblies comprising a redox-active organic chromophore and the iridium(III)-based water-oxidation catalyst Cp*Ir(ppy)Cl (ppy = 2-phenylpyridine), and the rates and pathways for photogeneration of higher-valence states of the catalyst are determined with femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and other time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. In linking the photooxidant perylene-3,4:9,10-bis (dicarboximide) (PDI) to the Ir(III) catalyst, fast photoinduced electron transfer from the metal complex to PDI outcompetes heavy-atom quenching of the dye excited state, and the catalytic integrity of the complex is retained, as determined by electrocatalysis experiments. Long-lived higher-valence states of the catalyst are necessary for the accumulation of oxidizing equivalents for oxygen evolution, and the lifetime of photogenerated Ir(IV) has been extended by over two orders of magnitude by catalyst incorporation into a covalent electron acceptor--chromophore--catalyst triad, in which the dye is perylene-3,4-dicarboximide (PMI). Time resolved X-ray absorption studies of the triad confirm the photogeneration of an Ir(IV) metal center, a species that is too unstable to observe with chemical or electrochemical oxidation methods. This approach to preparing higher-valence states of water-oxidation catalysts has great promise for deducing catalytic

  9. Photoluminescence behavior and photoinduced electron transfer of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} in a poly-siloxane film

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    Ohshima, T.; Nagai, K.; Tada, M. [Waseda Univ., Tokyo (Japan); Ishikawa, S. [Ibaraki Univ., Mito (Japan); Kaneko, M. [Riken, Inc., Wako, Saitama (Japan)

    1997-05-01

    Photo-energy conversion is attracting a great deal of attention as one of the candidates to create a renewable energy resource from solar irradiation. In the present paper, the photoluminescence behavior and photoinduced electron transfer of tris(2,2`-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) (Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}) in a poly-siloxane film were studied by observing the temperature dependence of the excited-state lifetime of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}; a long lifetime in a poly-siloxane film was attributed to the restricted molecular mobility of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}. Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} and phenothiazine (PTZ) were dispersed in a poly-siloxane film, and electron transfer from PTZ to Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+*} was studied by the reductive quenching of the emission from Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+*}. The electron-transfer reaction from PTZ to Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+*} occurred by a static mechanism, and the electron transfer distance was found to be 1.5 nm 18 refs.

  10. Fixed distance photoinduced electron transfer between Fe and Zn porphyrins encapsulated within the Zn HKUST-1 metal organic framework.

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    Larsen, Randy W; Wojtas, Lukasz

    2015-02-21

    An attractive strategy for the development of photocatalytic metal organic framework (MOF) materials is to co-encapsulate a photoactive electron donor with a catalytic electron acceptor within the MOF. Here we report the co-encapsulation of both Zn(ii) tetrakis(tetra 4-sulphonatophenyl)porphyrin (Zn4SP) and Fe(iii) tetrakis(tetra 4-sulphonatophenyl)porphyrin (Fe4SP) into an HKUST-1 (Zn) MOF and demonstrate photoinduced electron transfer (ET) between the co-encapsulated guest. Photo-excitation of the Zn4SP results in fixed-distance inter-molecular ET between the encapsulated (3)Zn4SP and the Fe(iii)4SP as evident by the reduction in the encapsulated (3)Zn4SP lifetime from 890 μs (kobs = 1.1 × 10(3) s(-1)) to 83 μs (kobs = 1.2 × 10(4) s(-1)) in the presence of Fe4SP giving a kET ∼ 1.1 × 10(4) s(-1). The data are consistent with ET taking place between encapsulated porphyrins that are two cages apart in distance with a reorganizational energy of ∼1.65 eV, β = 1.25 and ΔG° = -0.97 eV (within a semi-classical Marcus theory framework).

  11. Photoinduced electron transfer occurs between 2-aminopurine and the DNA nucleic acid monophosphates: results from cyclic voltammetry and fluorescence quenching.

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    Narayanan, Madhavan; Kodali, Goutham; Xing, Yangjun; Stanley, Robert J

    2010-08-19

    2-Aminopurine (2AP) is a fluorescent adenine analogue that is useful in part because its substantial fluorescence quantum yield is sensitive to base stacking with native bases in ss- and ds-DNA. However, the degree of quenching is sequence dependent and the mechanism of quenching is still a matter of some debate. Here we show that the most likely quenching mechanism in aqueous solution involves photoinduced electron transfer (PET), as revealed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) performed in aprotic organic solvents. These potentials were used with spectroscopic data to obtain excited-state reduction and oxidation potentials. Stern-Volmer (S-V) experiments using the native base monophosphate nucleotides (NMPs) rGMP, rAMP, rCMP, and dTMP were performed in aqueous solution to obtain quenching rate constants kq. The results suggest that 2AP* can act as either an electron donor or an electron acceptor depending on the particular NMP but that PET proceeds for all NMPs tested.

  12. Multidimensional treatment of stochastic solvent dynamics in photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer processes: sequential, concerted, and complex branching mechanisms.

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    Soudackov, Alexander V; Hazra, Anirban; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2011-10-14

    A theoretical approach for the multidimensional treatment of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) processes in solution is presented. This methodology is based on the multistate continuum theory with an arbitrary number of diabatic electronic states representing the relevant charge distributions in a general PCET system. The active electrons and transferring proton(s) are treated quantum mechanically, and the electron-proton vibronic free energy surfaces are represented as functions of multiple scalar solvent coordinates corresponding to the single electron and proton transfer reactions involved in the PCET process. A dynamical formulation of the dielectric continuum theory is used to derive a set of coupled generalized Langevin equations of motion describing the time evolution of these collective solvent coordinates. The parameters in the Langevin equations depend on the solvent properties, such as the dielectric constants, relaxation time, and molecular moment of inertia, as well as the solute properties. The dynamics of selected intramolecular nuclear coordinates, such as the proton donor-acceptor distance or a torsional angle within the PCET complex, may also be included in this formulation. A surface hopping method in conjunction with the Langevin equations of motion is used to simulate the nonadiabatic dynamics on the multidimensional electron-proton vibronic free energy surfaces following photoexcitation. This theoretical treatment enables the description of both sequential and concerted mechanisms, as well as more complex processes involving a combination of these mechanisms. The application of this methodology to a series of model systems corresponding to collinear and orthogonal PCET illustrates fundamental aspects of these different mechanisms and elucidates the significance of proton vibrational relaxation and nonequilibrium solvent dynamics. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  13. Photoinduced electron transfer reactions by SmI2 in THF: luminescence quenching studies and mechanistic investigations.

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    Prasad, Edamana; Knettle, Brian W; Flowers, Robert A

    2005-05-06

    Photoluminescence quenching studies of SmI2 in dry THF were carried out in the presence of five different classes of compounds: ketone, alkyl chloride, nitrile, alkene and imine. The free energy change (DeltaG0) of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) reactions was calculated from the redox potentials of the donor (SmI2) and acceptors. The bimolecular quenching constants (k(q)) derived from the Stern-Volmer experiments parallel the free energy changes of the PET processes. The observed quenching constants were compared with the theoretically derived electron transfer rate constants (k(et)) from Marcus theory and found to be in good agreement when a value of lambda = 167 kJ mol(-1) (40 kcal mol(-1)) was used for the reorganization energy of the system. A careful comparison of the excited state dynamics of SmII in the solid state to the results obtained in solution (THF) provides new insight in to the excited states of SmII in THF. The activation parameters determined for the PET reactions in SmI2/1-chlorobutane system are consistent with a less ordered transition state and high degree of bond reorganization in the activated complex compared to similar ground state reactions. Irradiation studies clearly show that SmI2 acts as a better reductant in the excited state and provides an alternative pathway for rate enhancement in known and novel functional group reductions.

  14. Direct probing of photoinduced electron transfer in a self-assembled biomimetic [2Fe2S]-hydrogenase complex using ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Li, Ping; Amirjalayer, Saeed; Hartl, František; Lutz, Martin; de Bruin, Bas; Becker, René; Woutersen, Sander; Reek, Joost N H

    2014-05-19

    A pyridyl-functionalized diiron dithiolate complex, [μ-(4-pyCH2-NMI-S2)Fe2(CO)6] (3, py = pyridine (ligand), NMI = naphthalene monoimide) was synthesized and fully characterized. In the presence of zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP), a self-assembled 3·ZnTPP complex was readily formed in CH2Cl2 by the coordination of the pyridyl nitrogen to the porphyrin zinc center. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer from excited ZnTPP to complex 3 in the supramolecular assembly was observed in real time by monitoring the ν(C≡O) and ν(C═O)NMI spectral changes with femtosecond time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy. We have confirmed that photoinduced charge separation produced the monoreduced species by comparing the time-resolved IR spectra with the conventional IR spectra of 3(•-) generated by reversible electrochemical reduction. The lifetimes for the charge separation and charge recombination processes were found to be τCS = 40 ± 3 ps and τCR = 205 ± 14 ps, respectively. The charge recombination is much slower than that in an analogous covalent complex, demonstrating the potential of a supramolecular approach to extend the lifetime of the charge-separated state in photocatalytic complexes. The observed vibrational frequency shifts provide a very sensitive probe of the delocalization of the electron-spin density over the different parts of the Fe2S2 complex. The TR and spectro-electrochemical IR spectra, electron paramagnetic resonance spectra, and density functional theory calculations all show that the spin density in 3(•-) is delocalized over the diiron core and the NMI bridge. This delocalization explains why the complex exhibits low catalytic dihydrogen production even though it features a very efficient photoinduced electron transfer. The ultrafast porphyrin-to-NMI-S2-Fe2(CO)6 photoinduced electron transfer is the first reported example of a supramolecular Fe2S2-hydrogenase model studied by femtosecond TRIR spectroscopy. Our results show that TRIR

  15. Photoinduced electron transfer in a ferrocene-distyryl BODIPY dyad and a ferrocene-distyryl BODIPY-C60 triad.

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    Liu, Jian-Yong; El-Khouly, Mohamed E; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ng, Dennis K P

    2012-06-04

    A ferrocene-distyryl BODIPY dyad and a ferrocene-distyryl BODIPY-C(60) triad are synthesized and characterized. Upon photoexcitation at the distyryl BODIPY unit, these arrays undergo photoinduced electron transfer to form the corresponding charge-separated species. Based on their redox potentials, determined by cyclic voltammetry, the direction of the charge separation and the energies of these states are revealed. Femtosecond transient spectroscopic studies reveal that a fast charge separation (k(CS) =1.0×10(10) s(-1)) occurs for both the ferrocene-distyryl BODIPY dyad and the ferrocene-distyryl BODIPY-C(60) triad, but that a relatively slow charge recombination is observed only for the triad. The lifetime of the charge-separated state is 500 ps. Charge recombination of the dyad and triad leads to population of the triplet excited sate of ferrocene and the ground state, respectively. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Photoinduced Change in the Charge Order Pattern in the Quarter-Filled Organic Conductor (EDO-TTF)2PF6 with a Strong Electron-Phonon Interaction

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    Onda, Ken; Ogihara, Sho; Yonemitsu, Kenji; Maeshima, Nobuya; Ishikawa, Tadahiko; Okimoto, Yoichi; Shao, Xiangfeng; Nakano, Yoshiaki; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi; Koshihara, Shin-Ya

    2008-08-01

    The quasistable state in the photoinduced phase transition for the quasi-one-dimensional quarter-filled organic conductor (EDO-TTF)2PF6 has been examined by ultrafast reflective measurements and time-dependent model calculations incorporating both electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions. The transient optical conductivity spectrum over a wide probe photon-energy range revealed that photoexcitation induced a new type of charge-disproportionate state. Additionally, coherent and incoherent oscillations dependent on probe photon energies were found, as predicted by the calculation.

  17. Recent Advances in Photoinduced Electron Transfer Processes of Fullerene-Based Molecular Assemblies and Nanocomposites

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    Osamu Ito

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Photosensitized electron-transfer processes of fullerenes hybridized with electron donating or other electron accepting molecules have been surveyed in this review on the basis of the recent results reported mainly from our laboratories. Fullerenes act as photo-sensitizing electron acceptors with respect to a wide variety of electron donors; in addition, fullerenes in the ground state also act as good electron acceptors in the presence of light-absorbing electron donors such as porphyrins. With single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs, the photoexcited fullerenes act as electron acceptor. In the case of triple fullerene/porphyrin/SWCNT architectures, the photoexcited porphyrins act as electron donors toward the fullerene and SWCNT. These mechanisms are rationalized with the molecular orbital considerations performed for these huge supramolecules. For the confirmation of the electron transfer processes, transient absorption methods have been used, in addition to time-resolved fluorescence spectral measurements. The kinetic data obtained in solution are found to be quite useful to predict the efficiencies of photovoltaic cells.

  18. Recent advances in photoinduced electron transfer processes of fullerene-based molecular assemblies and nanocomposites.

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    Ito, Osamu; D'Souza, Francis

    2012-05-16

    Photosensitized electron-transfer processes of fullerenes hybridized with electron donating or other electron accepting molecules have been surveyed in this review on the basis of the recent results reported mainly from our laboratories. Fullerenes act as photo-sensitizing electron acceptors with respect to a wide variety of electron donors; in addition, fullerenes in the ground state also act as good electron acceptors in the presence of light-absorbing electron donors such as porphyrins. With single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), the photoexcited fullerenes act as electron acceptor. In the case of triple fullerene/porphyrin/SWCNT architectures, the photoexcited porphyrins act as electron donors toward the fullerene and SWCNT. These mechanisms are rationalized with the molecular orbital considerations performed for these huge supramolecules. For the confirmation of the electron transfer processes, transient absorption methods have been used, in addition to time-resolved fluorescence spectral measurements. The kinetic data obtained in solution are found to be quite useful to predict the efficiencies of photovoltaic cells.

  19. Photoinduced electron transfer from semiconductor quantum dots to metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Tvrdy, Kevin; Frantsuzov, Pavel A.; Kamat, Prashant V.

    2011-01-01

    Quantum dot-metal oxide junctions are an integral part of next-generation solar cells, light emitting diodes, and nanostructured electronic arrays. Here we present a comprehensive examination of electron transfer at these junctions, using a series of CdSe quantum dot donors (sizes 2.8, 3.3, 4.0, and 4.2 nm in diameter) and metal oxide nanoparticle acceptors (SnO2, TiO2, and ZnO). Apparent electron transfer rate constants showed strong dependence on change in system free energy, exhibiting a sharp rise at small driving forces followed by a modest rise further away from the characteristic reorganization energy. The observed trend mimics the predicted behavior of electron transfer from a single quantum state to a continuum of electron accepting states, such as those present in the conduction band of a metal oxide nanoparticle. In contrast with dye-sensitized metal oxide electron transfer studies, our systems did not exhibit unthermalized hot-electron injection due to relatively large ratios of electron cooling rate to electron transfer rate. To investigate the implications of these findings in photovoltaic cells, quantum dot-metal oxide working electrodes were constructed in an identical fashion to the films used for the electron transfer portion of the study. Interestingly, the films which exhibited the fastest electron transfer rates (SnO2) were not the same as those which showed the highest photocurrent (TiO2). These findings suggest that, in addition to electron transfer at the quantum dot-metal oxide interface, other electron transfer reactions play key roles in the determination of overall device efficiency. PMID:21149685

  20. Chemical Derivatization of Peptide Carboxyl Groups for Highly Efficient Electron Transfer Dissociation

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    Frey, Brian L.; Ladror, Daniel T.; Sondalle, Samuel B.; Krusemark, Casey J.; Jue, April L.; Coon, Joshua J.; Smith, Lloyd M.

    2013-11-01

    The carboxyl groups of tryptic peptides were derivatized with a tertiary or quaternary amine labeling reagent to generate more highly charged peptide ions that fragment efficiently by electron transfer dissociation (ETD). All peptide carboxyl groups—aspartic and glutamic acid side-chains as well as C-termini—were derivatized with an average reaction efficiency of 99 %. This nearly complete labeling avoids making complex peptide mixtures even more complex because of partially-labeled products, and it allows the use of static modifications during database searching. Alkyl tertiary amines were found to be the optimal labeling reagent among the four types tested. Charge states are substantially higher for derivatized peptides: a modified tryptic digest of bovine serum albumin (BSA) generates ~90% of its precursor ions with z > 2, compared with less than 40 % for the unmodified sample. The increased charge density of modified peptide ions yields highly efficient ETD fragmentation, leading to many additional peptide identifications and higher sequence coverage (e.g., 70 % for modified versus only 43 % for unmodified BSA). The utility of this labeling strategy was demonstrated on a tryptic digest of ribosomal proteins isolated from yeast cells. Peptide derivatization of this sample produced an increase in the number of identified proteins, a >50 % increase in the sequence coverage of these proteins, and a doubling of the number of peptide spectral matches. This carboxyl derivatization strategy greatly improves proteome coverage obtained from ETD-MS/MS of tryptic digests, and we anticipate that it will also enhance identification and localization of post-translational modifications.

  1. Photo-induced regeneration of hormones by electron transfer processes: Potential biological and medical consequences

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    Getoff, Nikola, E-mail: nikola.getoff@univie.ac.a [Section of Radiation Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Hartmann, Johannes [Department of Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproduction, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Schittl, Heike [Section of Radiation Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Gerschpacher, Marion [Department of Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproduction, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Quint, Ruth Maria [Section of Radiation Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2011-08-15

    Based on the previous results concerning electron transfer processes in biological substances, it was of interest to investigate if hormone transients resulting by e.g. electron emission can be regenerated. The presented results prove for the first time that the hormone transients originating by the electron emission process can be successfully regenerated by the transfer of electrons from a potent electron donor, such as vitamin C (VitC). Investigations were performed using progesterone (PRG), testosterone (TES) and estrone (E1) as representatives of hormones. By irradiation with monochromatic UV light ({lambda}=254 nm) in a media of 40% water and 60% ethanol, the degradation as well as the regeneration of the hormones was studied with each hormone individually and in the mixture with VitC as a function of the absorbed UV dose, using HPLC. Calculated from the obtained initial yields, the determined regeneration of PRG amounted to 52.7%, for TES to 58.6% and for E1 to 90.9%. The consumption of VitC was determined in the same way. The reported results concerning the regeneration of hormones by the transfer of electrons from an electron donor offer a new, promising method for the therapy with hormones. As a consequence of the regeneration of hormones, a decreased formation of carcinogenic metabolites is expected.

  2. Photoinduced energy and electron transfer in rubrene-benzoquinone and rubrene-porphyrin systems

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    Khan, Jafar Iqbal

    2014-11-01

    Excited-state electron and energy transfer from singlet excited rubrene (Ru) to benzoquinone (BQ) and tetra-(4-aminophenyl) porphyrin (TAPP) were investigated by steady-state absorption and emission, time-resolved transient absorption, and femtosecond (fs)-nanosecond (ns) fluorescence spectroscopy. The low reduction potential of BQ provides the high probability of electron transfer from the excited Ru to BQ. Steady-state and time-resolved results confirm such an excited electron transfer scenario. On the other hand, strong spectral overlap between the emission of Ru and absorption of TAPP suggests that energy transfer is a possible deactivation pathway of the Ru excited state.

  3. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in DNA: Charge Shift Dynamics Between 8-Oxo-Guanine Anion and Adenine.

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    Zhang, Yuyuan; Dood, Jordan; Beckstead, Ashley A; Li, Xi-Bo; Nguyen, Khiem V; Burrows, Cynthia J; Improta, Roberto; Kohler, Bern

    2015-06-18

    Femtosecond time-resolved IR spectroscopy is used to investigate the excited-state dynamics of a dinucleotide containing an 8-oxoguanine anion at the 5'-end and neutral adenine at the 3'-end. UV excitation of the dinucleotide transfers an electron from deprotonated 8-oxoguanine to its π-stacked neighbor adenine in less than 1 ps, generating a neutral 8-oxoguanine radical and an adenine radical anion. These species are identified by the excellent agreement between the experimental and calculated IR difference spectra. The quantum efficiency of this ultrafast charge shift reaction approaches unity. Back electron transfer from the adenine radical anion to the 8-oxguanine neutral radical occurs in 9 ps, or approximately 6 times faster than between the adenine radical anion and the 8-oxoguanine radical cation (Zhang, Y. et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014, 111, 11612-11617). The large asymmetry in forward and back electron transfer rates is fully rationalized by semiclassical nonadiabatic electron transfer theory. Forward electron transfer is ultrafast because the driving force is nearly equal to the reorganization energy, which is estimated to lie between 1 and 2 eV. Back electron transfer is highly exergonic and takes place much more slowly in the Marcus inverted region.

  4. Photoinduced Interfacial Electron Injection Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells under Photovoltaic Operating Conditions.

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    Teuscher, Joël; Décoppet, Jean-David; Punzi, Angela; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Moser, Jacques-E; Grätzel, Michael

    2012-12-20

    We report a pump-probe spectroscopy study of electron injection rates in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) devices. We examine the case of working devices employing an N719 ruthenium sensitizer and an iodide electrolyte. Electron injection is found to occur mainly on a sub-100 fs time scale, followed by a slower component with a lifetime of 26.9 ps, in accordance with previous reports on model samples. The amplitude of this latter component varies with electrolyte composition from 25 to 9%. The appearance of slower components in the electron injection dynamics may be attributed to an aggregated or weakly bound state of the surface-adsorbed N719 sensitizer. Further measurements are reported varying the cell light bias and load conditions, revealing no influence on electron injection dynamics. No other electron injection event is found to occur up to 1 ns. These results show no evidence for a slowdown of electron injection under working conditions compared to model systems for the electrolytes examined in this study.

  5. Photo-induced electron transfer from a conducting polymer to buckminsterfullerene: A molecular approach to high efficiency photovoltaic cells. Final report

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    Heeger, A.J.

    1998-08-13

    For photovoltaic cells made with pure conjugated polymers, energy conversion efficiencies were typically 10{sup {minus}3}--10{sup {minus}2}%, too low to be used in practical applications. The recent discovery of photoinduced electron transfer in composites of conducting polymers (as donors) and buckminsterfullerene, C{sub 60}, and its derivatives (as acceptors) provided a molecular approach to high efficiency photovoltaic conversion. Since the time scale for photoinduced charge transfer is subpicosecond, more than 10{sup 3} times faster than the radiative or nonradiative decay of photo-excitations, the quantum efficiency for charge transfer and charge separation from donor to acceptor is close to unity. Thus, photoinduced charge transfer across a donor/acceptor (D/A) interface provides an effective method of overcome early time carrier recombination in organic systems and thus to enhance the optoelectronic response of these materials. Progress toward creating bulk D/A heterojunction materials is described by summarizing two publications which resulted from this research, namely: Plastic photovoltaic cells made with donor-acceptor composites -- Enhanced carrier collection efficiency via a network of internal heterojunctions; and Charge separation and photovoltaic conversion in polymer composites with internal donor/acceptor heterojunctions.

  6. Electronic Origin of Ultrafast Photoinduced Strain in BiFeO3

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    Wen, Haidan; Chen, Pice; Cosgriff, Margaret P.; Walko, Donald A.; Lee, June Hyuk; Adamo, Carolina; Schaller, Richard D.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Dufresne, Eric M.; Schlom, Darrell G.; Evans, Paul G.; Freeland, John W.; Li, Yuelin

    2013-01-01

    Above-band-gap optical excitation produces interdependent structural and electronic responses in a multiferroic BiFeO3 thin film. Time-resolved synchrotron x-ray diffraction shows that photoexcitation can induce a large out-of-plane strain, with magnitudes on the order of half of one percent following pulsed-laser excitation. The strain relaxes with the same nanosecond time dependence as the interband relaxation of excited charge carriers. The magnitude of the strain and its temporal correlation with excited carriers indicate that an electronic mechanism, rather than thermal effects, is responsible for the lattice expansion. The observed strain is consistent with a piezoelectric distortion resulting from partial screening of the depolarization field by charge carriers, an effect linked to the electronic transport of excited carriers. The nonthermal generation of strain via optical pulses promises to extend the manipulation of ferroelectricity in oxide multiferroics to subnanosecond time scales.

  7. Photoinduced charge-transfer electronic excitation of tetracyanoethylene/tetramethylethylene complex in dichloromethane

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    Xu, Long-Kun; Bi, Ting-Jun; Ming, Mei-Jun; Wang, Jing-Bo; Li, Xiang-Yuan

    2017-07-01

    Based on the previous work on nonequilibrium solvation model by the authors, Intermolecular charge-transfer electronic excitation of tetracyanoethylene (TCE)/tetramethylethylene (TME) π -stacked complex in dichloromethane (DCM) has been investigated. For weak interaction correction, dispersion corrected functional DFT-D3 is adopted for geometry optimization. In order to identify the excitation metric, dipole moment components of each Cartesian direction, atomic charge, charge separation and Δr index are analyzed for TCE/TME complex. Calculation shows that the calculated excitation energy is dependent on the functional choice, when conjuncted with suitable time-dependent density functional, the modified nonequilibrium expression gives satisfied results for intermolecular charge-transfer electronic excitation.

  8. Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a π-Conjugated Oligomer/Porphyrin Complex

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    Aly, Shawkat Mohammede

    2014-10-02

    Controlling charge transfer (CT), charge separation (CS), and charge recombination (CR) at the donor-acceptor interface is extremely important to optimize the conversion efficiency in solar cell devices. In general, ultrafast CT and slow CR are desirable for optimal device performance. In this Letter, the ultrafast excited-state CT between platinum oligomer (DPP-Pt(acac)) as a new electron donor and porphyrin as an electron acceptor is monitored for the first time using femtosecond (fs) transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy with broad-band capability and 120 fs temporal resolution. Turning the CT on/off has been shown to be possible either by switching from an organometallic oligomer to a metal-free oligomer or by controlling the charge density on the nitrogen atom of the porphyrin meso unit. Our time-resolved data show that the CT and CS between DPP-Pt(acac) and cationic porphyrin are ultrafast (approximately 1.5 ps), and the CR is slow (ns time scale), as inferred from the formation and the decay of the cationic and anionic species. We also found that the metallic center in the DPP-Pt(acac) oligomer and the positive charge on the porphyrin are the keys to switching on/off the ultrafast CT process.

  9. Photoinduced electron-transfer from imidazole derivative to nano-semiconductors.

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    Karunakaran, C; Jayabharathi, J; Jayamoorthy, K; Devi, K Brindha

    2012-04-01

    Bioactive imidazole derivative absorbs in the UV region at 305 nm. The interaction of imidazole derivative with nanoparticulate WO3, Fe2O3, Fe3O4, CuO, ZrO2 and Al2O3 has been studied by UV-visible absorption, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopies. The imidazole derivative adsorbs strongly on the surfaces of nanosemiconductor, the apparent binding constants for the association between nanomaterials and imidazole derivative have been determined from the fluorescence quenching. In the case of nanocrystalline insulator, fluorescence quenching through electron transfer from the excited state of the imidazole derivative to alumina is not possible. However, a possible mechanism for the quenching of fluorescence by the insulator is energy transfer, that is, energy transferred from the organic molecule to the alumina lattice. Based on Forster's non-radiation energy transfer theory, the distance between the imidazole derivative and nanoparticles (r0∼2.00 nm) as well as the critical energy transfer distance (R0∼1.70 nm) has been calculated. The interaction between the imidazole derivative and nanosurfaces occurs through static quenching mechanism. The free energy change (ΔGet) for electron transfer process has been calculated by applying Rehm-Weller equation. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Photoinduced electron transfer in a Watson-Crick base-paired, 2-aminopurine:uracil-C60 hydrogen bonding conjugate.

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    D'Souza, Francis; Gadde, Suresh; Islam, D-M Shafiqul; Pang, Siew-Cheng; Schumacher, Amy Lea; Zandler, Melvin E; Horie, Rumiko; Araki, Yasuyaki; Ito, Osamu

    2007-02-07

    A fluorescent reporter molecule, 2-aminopurine was self-assembled via Watson-Crick base-pairing to a uracil appended fullerene to form a donor-acceptor conjugate; efficient photoinduced charge separation was confirmed by time-resolved emission and transient absorption spectral studies.

  11. Theoretical Evidence for the Distance-Dependent Photoinduced Electron Transfer of Porphyrin-Oligothiophene-Fullerene Triads

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    Shan Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The ground and excited state properties of nT-C60 dyads and Por-nT-C60 triads (n=4, 8, and 12 have been theoretically investigated by using the time-dependent density functional theory together with a set of extensive multidimensional visualization techniques. The results reveal that the length of the nT moiety strongly influences the charge transfer characters of these systems. The charge transfer ability is largely strengthened by introducing the porphyrin group and decreases with the length of the nT moiety. Also the adjustment of the electron transport mode of Por-nT-C60 triads by the length of the nT moiety was visualized. It is found that Por*-4T-C60 shows predominantly the energy transfer process generating Por-4T-1C60* but the charge transfer becomes predominant for other triads, such as the direct formation of Por∙+-12T-C60∙− via Por*-12T-C60. Furthermore, the process of Por∙−-8T∙+-C60→Por-8T∙+-C60∙− via Por*-8T-C60 has been proved to be possible. Finally, the energetically most stable final charge transfer excited state is confirmed to be Por-nT∙+-C60∙−.

  12. Electronically Rich N-Substituted Tetrahydroisoquinoline 3-Carboxylic Acid Esters: Concise Synthesis and Conformational Studies.

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    Al-Horani, Rami A; Desai, Umesh R

    2012-02-25

    Recent work in our laboratory has shown that the highly substituted, electronically rich 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid (THIQ3CA) scaffold is a key building block for a novel class of promising anticoagulants (Al-Horani et al. J. Med. Chem.2011, 54, 6125-6138). The synthesis of THIQ3CA analogs, especially containing specific, electronically rich substituents, has been a challenge and essentially no efficient methods have been reported in the literature. We describe three complementary, glycine donor-based strategies for high yielding synthesis of highly substituted, electronically rich THIQ3CA esters. Three glycine donors studied herein include hydantoin 1, (±)-Boc-α-phosphonoglycine trimethyl ester 2 and (±)-Z-α-phosphonoglycine trimethyl ester 3. Although the synthesis of THIQ3CA analogs could be achieved using either of the three, an optimal, high yielding approach for the desired THIQ3CA esters was best achieved using 3 in three mild, efficient steps. Using this approach, a focused library of advanced N-arylacyl, N-arylalkyl, and bis-THIQ3CA analogs was synthesized. Variable temperature and solvent-dependent NMR chemical shift studies indicated the presence of two major conformational rotamers in 3:1 proportion for N-arylacyl-THIQ3CA analogs, which were separated by a high kinetic barrier of ~17 kcal/mol. In contrast, N-arylalkyl and bis-THIQ3CA variants displayed no rotamerism, which implicates restricted rotation around the amide bond as the origin for high-barrier conformational interconversion. This phenomenon is of major significance because structure-based drug design typically utilizes only one conformation. Overall, the work presents fundamental studies on the synthesis and conformational properties of highly substituted, electronically rich THIQ3CA analogs.

  13. Microscopic mechanism of electron transfer through the hydrogen bonds between carboxylated alkanethiol molecules connected to gold electrodes

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    Li, Yang

    2014-11-07

    © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. The atomic structure and the electron transfer properties of hydrogen bonds formed between two carboxylated alkanethiol molecules connected to gold electrodes are investigated by employing the non-equilibrium Green\\'s function formalism combined with density functional theory. Three types of molecular junctions are constructed, in which one carboxyl alkanethiol molecule contains two methylene, -CH2, groups and the other one is composed of one, two, or three -CH2 groups. Our calculations show that, similarly to the cases of isolated carboxylic acid dimers, in these molecular junctions the two carboxyl, -COOH, groups form two H-bonds resulting in a cyclic structure. When self-interaction corrections are explicitly considered, the calculated transmission coefficients of these three H-bonded molecular junctions at the Fermi level are in good agreement with the experimental values. The analysis of the projected density of states confirms that the covalent Au-S bonds localized at the molecule-electrode interfaces and the electronic coupling between -COOH and S dominate the low-bias junction conductance. Following the increase of the number of the -CH2 groups, the coupling between -COOH and S decreases deeply. As a result, the junction conductance decays rapidly as the length of the H-bonded molecules increases. These findings not only provide an explanation to the observed distance dependence of the electron transfer properties of H-bonds, but also help the design of molecular devices constructed through H-bonds.

  14. [Photo-induced electron transfer effects of poly(2-methoxy-5-octyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene/Y2O3:Eu3+ nano-composites].

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    Sun, Jian-ping; Ma, Lin-pu; Lin, Ting

    2010-01-01

    The photoelectric nano-composites of poly(2-methoxy-5-octyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene/Y2O3:Eu3+ (PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+) were prepared by dehydrochlorination in-situ polymerization. The result of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicates that PMOCOPV is coated on the surface of Y2O3:Eu3+. Compared with PMOCOPV, the absorption of PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+ is strengthened, and a red shift of the absorption peak can be clearly observed in the UV-Vis spectrum. Photoluminescence spectroscopy indicates that the maximum emission wavelength of the PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+ is red-shifted and the intensity of photoluminescence increases in comparison with PMOCOPV. PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+ shows fluorescence increasing, which involved the inter-molecular photo-induced charge transfer process. The optical band gap of PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+ decreases. The third-order optical nonlinear susceptibility of PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+ nano-composites was measured by degenerate four wave mixing. The results show that the third-order nonlinear optical responses of PMOCOPV/Y2O3:Eu3+ nano-composites are enhanced in comparison with PMOCOPV, which can be attributed to inter-molecular photo-induced electron transfer and delocalized pi electron coupling between PMOCOPV and Y2O3:Eu3+.

  15. Generation of Triplet Excited States via Photoinduced Electron Transfer in meso-anthra-BODIPY: Fluorogenic Response toward Singlet Oxygen in Solution and in Vitro

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    Filatov, Mikhail A.

    2017-04-14

    Heavy atom-free BODIPY-anthracene dyads (BADs) generate locally excited triplet states by way of photoinduced electron transfer (PeT), followed by recombination of the resulting charge-separated states (CSS). Subsequent quenching of the triplet states by molecular oxygen produces singlet oxygen (1O2), which reacts with the anthracene moiety yielding highly fluorescent species. The steric demand of the alkyl substituents in the BODIPY subunit defines the site of 1O2 addition. Novel bis- and tetraepoxides and bicyclic acetal products, arising from rearrangements of anthracene endoperoxides were isolated and characterized. 1O2 generation by BADs in living cells enables visualization of the dyads distribution, promising new imaging applications.

  16. Synthesis and photoinduced energy- and electron-transfer processes of C60-oligothienylenevinylene-C70 dumbbell compounds.

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    Urbani, Maxence; Pelado, Beatriz; de la Cruz, Pilar; Yamanaka, Ken-ichi; Ito, Osamu; Langa, Fernando

    2011-05-02

    Unsymmetric dumbbell molecules based on N-methylpyrrolidine[60]fullerene, oligothienylenevinylenes (nTV; n=2, 4), and N-methylpyrrolidine[70]fullerene, namely, C(60) -nTV-C(70) were synthesized and their photophysical properties were studied. In nonpolar solvents, photoinduced energy-transfer process predominantly takes place from the singlet excited state of nTV to C(60) and C(70) , as was confirmed by time-resolved emission and transient absorption spectroscopy. In polar solvent, charge-separation processes take place instead of energy transfer. The generated charge-separated radical-ion pairs decay to the neutral molecules by a fast charge-recombination process; for n=4, a rate constant of 2×10(7) s(-1) and lifetime of 50 ns were evaluated. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. The effects of solvents and structure on the electronic absorption spectra of the isomeric pyridine carboxylic acid N-oxides

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    Drmanić Saša Ž.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The ultraviolet absorption spectra of the carboxyl group of three isomeric pyridine carboxylic acids N-oxides (picolinic acid N-oxide, nicotinic acid N-oxide and isonicotinic acid N-oxide were determined in fourteen solvents in the wavelength range from 200 to 400 nm. The position of the absorption maxima (λmax of the examined acids showed that the ultraviolet absorption maximum wavelengths of picolinic acid N-oxide are the shortest, and those of isonicotinic acid N-oxide acid are the longest. In order to analyze the solvent effect on the obtained absorption spectra, the ultraviolet absorption frequencies of the electronic transitions in the carboxylic group of the examined acids were correlated using a total solvatochromic equation of the form max = v0 + sπ + aα+ bβ, where υmax is the absorption frequency (1/λmax, p is a measure of the solvent polarity, β represents the scale of solvent hydrogen bond acceptor basicities and α represent the scale of solvent hydrogen bond donor acidities. The correlation of the spectroscopic data was carried out by means of multiple linear regression analysis. The solvent effects on the ultraviolet absorption maximums of the examined acids were discussed.

  18. Faster photoinduced electron transfer in a diluted mixture than in a neat donor solvent: effect of excited-state H-bonding.

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    Barman, Nabajeet; Singha, Debabrata; Sahu, Kalyanasis

    2014-04-07

    In a neat electron-donating solvent (in this case aniline), photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from the solvent to an excited acceptor (e.g. a coumarin fluorophore) may be anticipated to be the most efficient because of the close contact of the acceptor with many donors. Addition of an inert component would most likely retard the PET process by replacing some donors from the neighbourhood of the acceptors. Surprisingly, we found dramatic acceleration of PET (6-10 fold enhancement compared to neat aniline), for coumarin 102 (C102) dissolved in a binary mixture of aniline and an inert solvent (cyclohexane or toluene). The PET induced fluorescence follows an anomalous trend against the mole fraction of aniline (XAN); first quenches up to certain XAN (0.075 for cyclohexane; 0.13 for toluene), thereafter, enhances with increase in XAN. Although the non-interacting component cannot directly participate in the PET process, it may modulate C102-aniline H-bonding association by changing the polarity of the medium or by disrupting the aniline-aniline H-bond. The study clearly illustrates the dominant role of hydrogen bonding in activating the electron transfer rate where standard thermodynamics predicts very weak donor-acceptor interaction.

  19. Electronic and stereochemical characterizations of the photoinduced intermediates of nitrosyl complexes of metal (S = 5/2)-substituted hemoproteins trapped at low temperature.

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    Hori, H; Ikeda-Saito, M; Lang, G; Yonetani, T

    1990-09-05

    Low temperature photolysis of nitric oxide from the nitrosyl complexes of ferric myoglobin (NO-Fe(III)Mb) and manganese(II)-porphyrin-substituted myoglobin (NO-Mn(II)Mb) was examined by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy in order to elucidate the electronic and structural natures of the photoinduced intermediates of these hemoprotein-ligand complexes trapped at low temperature. The photoproduct of NO-Fe(III)Mb at 5 K exhibited entirely new X-band EPR absorptions in the magnetic field strength from 0 to 0.4 tesla. The widespread absorption together with distinct, sharp zero-field absorption was consistently observed in the photoproduct of the isoelectronic NO-Mn(II)Mb. These novel ERP signals indicate a spin-coupled pair with an effective spin of S = 2 between the high spin metal center (S = 5/2) and the photodissociated NO (S = 1/2) trapped adjacent to the metal center. On the other hand, the photolyzed form of nitrosyl complexes of Fe(III)- and Mn(II)-Glycera hemoglobins, in which the distal histidine of Mb is replaced by a leucyl residue, exhibited somewhat broader EPR absorptions similar to those of the corresponding native Fe(III)- or unliganded Mn(II)-Glycera hemoglobins, respectively, indicating that the photodissociated NO molecule moved farther away from the metal center in the heme pocket. These observations show the importance of the interaction of the distal residue with the ligand in determining the nature of the photolyzed states.

  20. Synergy effects of electric and magnetic fields on locally excited-state fluorescence of photoinduced electron transfer systems in a polymer film.

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    Awasthi, Kamlesh; Iimori, Toshifumi; Ohta, Nobuhiro

    2009-10-08

    Photoluminescence of electron donor-acceptor pairs that show photoinduced electron transfer (PIET) has been measured in a polymer film under simultaneous application of electric field and magnetic field. Fluorescence emitted from the locally excited state (LE fluorescence) of 9-methylanthracene (MAnt) and pyrene (Py) is quenched by an electric field in a mixture of 1,3-dicyanobenzene (DCB) with MAnt or Py, indicating that PIET from the excited state of MAnt or Py to DCB is enhanced by an electric field. Simultaneous application of electric and magnetic fields enhances the reverse process from the radical-ion pair produced by PIET to the LE fluorescent state of MAnt or Py. As a result, the electric-field-induced quenching of the LE fluorescence is reduced by application of the magnetic fields. Thus, the synergy effect of electric and magnetic fields is observed on the LE fluorescence of MAnt or Py. Exciplex fluorescence spectra resulting from PIET can be obtained by analyzing the field effects on photoluminescence spectra, even when the exciplex fluorescence is too weak to be determined from the steady-state or time-resolved photoluminescence spectra at zero field.

  1. Selective fluorescence sensing of Cu(II) and Zn(II) using a simple Schiff base ligand: Naked eye detection and elucidation of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism

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    Ganguly, Aniruddha; Ghosh, Soumen; Kar, Samiran; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2015-05-01

    A simple Schiff base compound 2-((cyclohexylmethylimino)-methyl)-naphthalen-1-ol (2CMIMN1O) has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR and FT-IR spectroscopic techniques. A significantly low emission yield of the compound has been rationalized in anticipation with photo-induced electron transfer (PET) from the imine receptor moiety to the naphthalene fluorophore unit. Consequently, an evaluation of the transition metal ion-induced modification of the fluorophore-receptor communication reveals the promising prospect of the title compound to function as a chemosensor for Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions selectively, through remarkable fluorescence enhancement as well as visual changes. While perturbation of the PET process has been argued to be the plausible mechanism behind the fluorescence enhancement, the selectivity for these two metal ions has been interpreted on the grounds of an appreciably strong binding interaction. Particularly notable aspects regarding the chemosensory activity of the compound is its ability to detect the aforesaid transition metal ions down to the level of micromolar concentration (detection limit being 2.74 and 2.27 ppm respectively), along with a simple and efficient synthetic procedure.

  2. Molecular analysis by electron microscopy of the removal of psoralen-photoinduced DNA cross-links in normal and Fanconi's anemia fibroblasts

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    Rousset, S.; Nocentini, S.; Revet, B.; Moustacchi, E. (Institut Curie, Biologie, Paris (France))

    1990-04-15

    The induction and fate of psoralen-photoinduced DNA interstrand cross-links in the genome of Fanconi's anemia (FA) fibroblasts of complementation groups A and B, and of normal human fibroblasts, were investigated by quantitative analysis of totally denatured DNA fragments visualized by electron microscopy. 8-Methoxypsoralen (5 x 10(-5) M) interstrand cross-links were induced as a function of the near ultraviolet light dose. With time of postexposure incubation, a fraction of interstrand cross-links disappeared in all cell lines. However, 24 h after treatment, this removal was significantly lower in the two FA group A cell lines examined (34-39%) than in the FA group B and normal cell lines (43-53 and 47-57%, respectively). These data indicate that FA cells are at least able to recognize and incise interstrand cross-links, as normal cells do, although group A cells seem somewhat hampered in this process. This is in accord with data obtained on the same cell lines using another biochemical assay. Since the fate of cross-links in FA constituted a controversial matter, it is important to stress that two different methodologies applied to genetically well defined cell lines led to the same conclusions.

  3. Novel intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer-based probe for the Human Ether-a-go-go-Related Gene (hERG) potassium channel.

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    Liu, Zhenzhen; Zhou, Yubin; Du, Lupei; Li, Minyong

    2015-12-21

    Drug induced long QT syndrome is a high risk event in clinic, which mainly results from their high affinity to the Human Ether-a-go-go-Related Gene (hERG) potassium channel. Therefore, evaluation of the drug's inhibitory activity against the hERG potassium channel is a required step in drug discovery and development. In this study, we developed a series of novel conformation-mediated intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer fluorogenic probes for the hERG potassium channel. After careful evaluation, probes N4 and N6 showed good activity and may have a promising application in the cell-based hERG potassium channel inhibitory activity assay, as well as potential hERG-associated cardiotoxicity evaluation. Compared with other assay methods, such as patch clamp assay, radio-ligand competitive binding assay, fluorescence polarization and potential-sensitive fluorescent probes, this method is convenient and can also selectively measure the inhibitory activity in the native state of the hERG potassium channel. Meanwhile, these probes can also be used for hERG potassium channel imaging without complex washing steps.

  4. Quencher-Free Fluorescence Method for the Detection of Mercury(II) Based on Polymerase-Aided Photoinduced Electron Transfer Strategy.

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    Liu, Haisheng; Ma, Linbin; Ma, Changbei; Du, Junyan; Wang, Meilan; Wang, Kemin

    2016-11-18

    A new quencher-free Hg(2+) ion assay method was developed based on polymerase-assisted photoinduced electron transfer (PIET). In this approach, a probe is designed with a mercury ion recognition sequence (MRS) that is composed of two T-rich functional areas separated by a spacer of random bases at the 3'-end, and a sequence of stacked cytosines at the 5'-end, to which a fluorescein (FAM) is attached. Upon addition of Hg(2+) ions into this sensing system, the MRS folds into a hairpin structure at the 3'-end with Hg(2+)-mediated base pairs. In the presence of DNA polymerase, it will catalyze the extension reaction, resulting in the formation of stacked guanines, which will instantly quench the fluorescence of FAM through PIET. Under optimal conditions, the limit of detection for Hg(2+) ions was estimated to be 5 nM which is higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard limit. In addition, no labeling with a quencher was requiring, and the present method is fairly simple, fast and low cost. It is expected that this cost-effective fluorescence method might hold considerable potential in the detection of Hg(2+) ions in real biological and environmental samples.

  5. Live-cell imaging of biothiols via thiol/disulfide exchange to trigger the photoinduced electron transfer of gold-nanodot sensor

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    Liu, Ching-Ping; Wu, Te-Haw; Liu, Chia-Yeh; Lin, Shu-Yi, E-mail: shuyi@nhri.org.tw

    2014-11-07

    Highlights: • The ultrasmall size, PAMAM dendrimer-entrapped Au{sub 8}-clusters were synthesized. • Thiol/disulfide exchange with biothiols to release 2-PyT resulted in quenching. • The sensing platform can detect both low and high molecular weight thiols. • Capable of imaging biothiols including protein thiols in living cells. - Abstract: Biothiols have been reported to involve in intracellular redox-homeostasis against oxidative stress. In this study, a highly selective and sensitive fluorescent probe for sensing biothiols is explored by using an ultrasmall gold nanodot (AuND), the dendrimer-entrapped Au{sub 8}-cluster. This strategy relies upon a thiol/disulfide exchange to trigger the fluorescence change through a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process between the Au{sub 8}-cluster (as an electron donor) and 2-pyridinethiol (2-PyT) (as an electron acceptor) for sensing biothiols. When 2-PyT is released via the cleavage of disulfide bonds by biothiols, the PET process from the Au{sub 8}-cluster to 2-PyT is initiated, resulting in fluorescence quenching. The fluorescence intensity was found to decrease linearly with glutathione (GSH) concentration (0–1500 μM) at physiological relevant levels and the limit of detection for GSH was 15.4 μM. Compared to most nanoparticle-based fluorescent probes that are limited to detect low molecular weight thiols (LMWTs; i.e., GSH and cysteine), the ultrasmall Au{sub 8}-cluster-based probe exhibited less steric hindrance and can be directly applied in selectively and sensitively detecting both LMWTs and high molecular weight thiols (HMWTs; i.e., protein thiols). Based on such sensing platform, the surface-functionalized Au{sub 8}-cluster has significant promise for use as an efficient nanoprobe for intracellular fluorescence imaging of biothiols including protein thiols in living cells whereas other nanoparticle-based fluorescent probes cannot.

  6. DFT Study of Binding and Electron Transfer from a Metal-Free Dye with Carboxyl, Hydroxyl, and Sulfonic Anchors to a Titanium Dioxide Nanocluster

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    Corneliu I. Oprea

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report results of density functional theory (DFT calculations of a metal-free dye, 5-(4-sulfophenylazosalicylic acid disodium salt, known as Mordant Yellow 10 (MY-10, used as sensitizer for TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. Given the need to better understand the behavior of the dyes adsorbed on the TiO2 nanoparticle, we studied various single and double deprotonated forms of the dye bound to a TiO2 cluster, taking advantage of the presence of the carboxyl, hydroxyl, and sulfonic groups as possible anchors. We discuss various binding configurations to the TiO2 substrate and the charge transfer from the pigment to the oxide by means of DFT calculations. In agreement with other reports, we find that the carboxyl group tends to bind in bidentate bridging configurations. The salicylate uses both the carboxyl and hydroxyl substituent groups for either a tridentate binding to adjacent Ti(IV ions or a bidentate Ti-O binding together with an O-H-O binding, due to the rotation of the carboxyl group out of the plane of the dye. The sulfonic group prefers a tridentate binding. We analyze the propensity for electron transfer of the various dyes and find that for MY-10, as a function of the anchor group, the DSSC performance decreases in the order hydroxyl + carboxyl > carboxyl > sulfonate.

  7. Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) based label-free aptasensor for platelet-derived growth factor-BB and its logic gate application.

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    Wang, Guangfeng; Zhu, Yanhong; Chen, Ling; Zhang, Xiaojun

    2015-01-15

    Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) is often overexpressed in human malignant tumors as an indicator for tumor angiogenesis. Here by the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between DNA-Ag fluorescent nanoclusters (NCs) and G-quadruplex/hemin complexes, we present a sensitive label-free fluorescent sensor for PDGF-BB. In the presence of PDGF-BB, the specific conjugation with its aptamer induced the conformational change of the duplex-like DNA sequence, releasing the G-quadruplex sequence part. Then in the presence of hemin and K(+), the horseradish peroxidase mimicking DNAzyme (HRP-DNAzyme) was formed. With the electron transfer between the DNA-Ag NCs to the hemin Fe (III) center of HRP-DNAzyme, the PET occurred with a decrease in the fluorescence intensity of the DNA-Ag NCs. The detection performance such as selectivity, linear dynamic range, sensitivity, and the quenching capability of HRP-DNAzyme were estimated. The detection range for PDGF-BB is from 5×10(-13) to 1×10(-8) M and the detection limit is 1×10(-13) M. The experimental results confirmed that the novel fluorescent aptasensor possessed a good sensitivity and high selectivity for PDGF-BB. In addition, the developed probe is nontoxic, label-free only involving one-step hybridization without sophisticated fabrication process. Furthermore, based on this quenching mode occurred by PDGF-BB and hemin, using PDGF-BB and hemin as inputs and the fluorescence signal as an output, a logic gate has been fabricated. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Polydopamine-embedded Cu(2-x)Se nanoparticles as a sensitive biosensing platform through the coupling of nanometal surface energy transfer and photo-induced electron transfer.

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    Zou, Hong Yan; Gao, Peng Fei; Gao, Ming Xuan; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2015-06-21

    Full understanding and easy construction of specific biosensing principles is necessary for disease diagnostics and therapeutics in the hope of creating new types of biosensors. Herein, we developed a new conceptual nanobiosensing platform by coupling nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) and photo-induced electron transfer (PET) with polydopamine-embedded Cu(2-x)Se nanoparticles (Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA) and DNA-conjugated fluorescent organic dyes. The new prepared Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA has intense and broad localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) absorption over UV to near infrared (NIR) wavelengths, with different affinities toward ssDNA versus dsDNA. It also exhibits a high multiplexed fluorescence quenching ability, and thus can act as an acceptor in the energy transfer and electron transfer interactions between Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA and fluorescent organic dyes. As a proof of concept, a new biosensing platform has been successfully developed to target biomacromolecules such as DNA and proteins, in which the NSET and PET interactions between Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA and three different DNA-conjugated fluorescent dyes have been identified using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence. A simple mathematical model was further applied to simulate the respective contributions of the coexisting NSET and PET to the total quenching observed for each DNA-conjugated dye in this sensing system. This study highlights the importance of understanding the mechanistic details of NSET and PET coupling processes, and the disclosed coupling mechanism of NSET and PET (NSET©PET) in the systems of Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA with wide wavelength range dyes provides new opportunities for sensitive biosensing applications.

  9. Visualizing the non-equilibrium dynamics of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer with femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Canton, Sophie E.; Kjær, Kasper S.; Vankó, György

    2015-01-01

    spectroscopy with ultrafast X-ray emission spectroscopy and diffuse X-ray scattering at the SACLA facility to track the non-equilibrated electronic and structural dynamics within a bimetallic donor–acceptor complex that contains an optically dark centre. Exploiting the 100-fold increase in temporal resolution...... as compared with storage ring facilities, these measurements constitute the first X-ray-based visualization of a non-equilibrated intramolecular electron transfer process over large interatomic distances. Experimental and theoretical results establish that mediation through electronically excited molecular...... states is a key mechanistic feature. The present study demonstrates the extensive potential of femtosecond X-ray techniques as diagnostics of non-adiabatic electron transfer processes in synthetic and biological systems, and some directions for future studies, are outlined....

  10. Magnetic resonance studies of photo-induced electron transfer reactions. Final report, June 1, 1990--May 31, 1993

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    van Willigen, H.

    1992-11-01

    Fourier Transform Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (FT EPR) is useful in study of photochemical reactions: a microwave pulse rotates the electron spin magnetization vector from z (magnetic field) into xy plane ({pi}/2 pulse); the time evolution of magnetization in xy plane, the free induction decay (FID), is sampled. Fourier transform of FID gives the frequency domain EPR spectrum of the free radicals, and the method is ideal for time-resolved studies of free radicals produced by pulsed-laser excitation. Investigations of electron transfer reactions focused on porphyrin (donor) - quinone (acceptor) systems. First, two hydrogen abstraction reactions were studied with FT EPR: photoreduction of acetone with 2-propanol, yielding the acetone ketyl radical, and the reaction of 2-propanol with t-butoxy radicals. Then, the FT EPR study of benzoquinone or duroquinone anion radicals generated by pulsed-laser induced electron transfer from zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) or tetrasulfonated Zn(TPP), was carried out in homogeneous solution, micellar solutions, and silica gel. Finally, FT EPR was used to study electron transfer quenching of triplet C{sub 60} by electron donors.

  11. Visible-Light-Irradiated Graphitic Carbon Nitride Photocatalyzed Diels-Alder Reactions with Dioxygen as Sustainable Mediator for Photoinduced Electrons.

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    Zhao, Yubao; Antonietti, Markus

    2017-08-01

    Photocatalytic Diels-Alder (D-A) reactions with electron rich olefins are realized by graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 ) under visible-light irradiation and aerobic conditions. This heterogeneous photoredox reaction system is highly efficient, and the apparent quantum yield reaches a remarkable value of 47 % for the model reaction. Dioxygen plays a critical role as electron mediator, which is distinct from the previous reports in the homogeneous RuII complex photoredox system. Moreover, the reaction intermediate vinylcyclobutane is captured and monitored during the reaction, serving as a direct evidence for the proposed reaction mechanism. The cycloaddition process is thereby determined to be the combination of direct [4+2] cycloaddition and [2+2] cycloaddition followed by photocatalytic rearrangement of the vinylcyclobutane intermediate. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Photoinduced electron donor/acceptor processes in colloidal II-VI semiconductor quantum dots and nitroxide free radicals

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    Dutta, Poulami

    Electron transfer (ET) processes are one of the most researched topics for applications ranging from energy conversion to catalysis. An exciting variation is utilizing colloidal semiconductor nanostructures to explore such processes. Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are emerging as a novel class of light harvesting, emitting and charge-separation materials for applications such as solar energy conversion. Detailed knowledge of the quantitative dissociation of the photogenerated excitons and the interfacial charge- (electron/hole) transfer is essential for optimization of the overall efficiency of many such applications. Organic free radicals are the attractive counterparts for studying ET to/from QDs because these undergo single-electron transfer steps in reversible fashion. Nitroxides are an exciting class of stable organic free radicals, which have recently been demonstrated to be efficient as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells, making them even more interesting for the aforementioned studies. This dissertation investigates the interaction between nitroxide free radicals TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl), 4-amino-TEMPO (4-amino- 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl) and II-VI semiconductor (CdSe and CdTe) QDs. The nature of interaction in these hybrids has been examined through ground-state UV-Vis absorbance, steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, transient absorbance, upconversion photoluminescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The detailed analysis of the PL quenching indicates that the intrinsic charge transfer is ultrafast however, the overall quenching is still limited by the lower binding capacities and slower diffusion related kinetics. Careful analysis of the time resolved PL decay kinetics reveal that the decay rate constants are distributed and that the trap states are involved in the overall quenching process. The ultrafast hole transfer from CdSe QDs to 4-Amino TEMPO observed

  13. Controlling photoinduced electron transfer from PbS@CdS core@shell quantum dots to metal oxide nanostructured thin films

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    Zhao, H.; Fan, Z.; Liang, H.; Selopal, G. S.; Gonfa, B. A.; Jin, L.; Soudi, A.; Cui, D.; Enrichi, F.; Natile, M. M.; Concina, I.; Ma, D.; Govorov, A. O.; Rosei, F.; Vomiero, A.

    2014-05-01

    N-type metal oxide solar cells sensitized by infrared absorbing PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent a promising alternative to traditional photovoltaic devices. However, colloidal PbS QDs capped with pure organic ligand shells suffer from surface oxidation that affects the long term stability of the cells. Application of a passivating CdS shell guarantees the increased long term stability of PbS QDs, but can negatively affect photoinduced charge transfer from the QD to the oxide and the resulting photoconversion efficiency (PCE). For this reason, the characterization of electron injection rates in these systems is very important, yet has never been reported. Here we investigate the photoelectron transfer rate from PbS@CdS core@shell QDs to wide bandgap semiconducting mesoporous films using photoluminescence (PL) lifetime spectroscopy. The different electron affinity of the oxides (SiO2, TiO2 and SnO2), the core size and the shell thickness allow us to fine tune the electron injection rate by determining the width and height of the energy barrier for tunneling from the core to the oxide. Theoretical modeling using the semi-classical approximation provides an estimate for the escape time of an electron from the QD 1S state, in good agreement with experiments. The results demonstrate the possibility of obtaining fast charge injection in near infrared (NIR) QDs stabilized by an external shell (injection rates in the range of 110-250 ns for TiO2 films and in the range of 100-170 ns for SnO2 films for PbS cores with diameters in the 3-4.2 nm range and shell thickness around 0.3 nm), with the aim of providing viable solutions to the stability issues typical of NIR QDs capped with pure organic ligand shells.N-type metal oxide solar cells sensitized by infrared absorbing PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent a promising alternative to traditional photovoltaic devices. However, colloidal PbS QDs capped with pure organic ligand shells suffer from surface oxidation that affects the

  14. Photoinduced electron transfer fluorometric Hg(II) chemosensor based on a BODIPY armed with a tetrapod receptor.

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    Culzoni, M J; Muñoz de la Peña, A; Machuca, A; Goicoechea, H C; Brasca, R; Babiano, R

    2013-12-15

    From the great variety of BODIPY based-chemosensors able to determine Hg(2+), only a small portion has been applied to its determination in environmental and/or biological samples. The lack of studies on the analytical performance of the latter sensors makes interesting the development of investigations oriented to their possible analytical applications. The synthesis of a BODIPY derivative armed with a tetrapod receptor is described. The procedure is based on a previous publication, and the modifications performed to improve the synthesis include alternative procedures with different objectives, as the consecution of a multigram synthesis, improving the low yields of some of the previously proposed procedure steps, simplifying the experimental steps, achieving the desired purity requirements for use with analytical purposes, and enriching the characterization of the implied structures. The characteristics of its selectivity towards Hg(2+) have been investigated, and the OFF-ON fluorometric response, based on a photo-electron transfer (PET) mechanism, served as the base for the development of a method able to determine Hg(2+) in environmental waters at ng mL(-1) levels. The intrinsic fluorescence of the BODIPY core is inhibited and the probe exhibits a weak fluorescence (i.e. "OFF" state due to the deactivating PET effect). Upon complexation, Hg(2+) interacts with the lone-pair electrons on the nitrogen atoms of the receptor moiety so that the electronic transfer from the receptor to the photo-excited fluorophore is slowed down or switched off (i.e. "ON" state due to the suppression of the deactivating PET effect by coordination of the analyte to the probe). Regarding the complex photostability in aqueous solution, it is mandatory to conduct the experiments at darkness due to its photodegradation. The stoichiometry studies indicated a 1:2 relationship for the BODIPY-Hg(2+) complex. The high selectivity towards mercuric ions is considerably influenced by pH, being

  15. Hybrid self-assembly of a pi gelator and fullerene derivative with photoinduced electron transfer for photocurrent generation.

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    Xue, Pengchong; Lu, Ran; Zhao, Li; Xu, Defang; Zhang, Xiaofei; Li, Kechang; Song, Zhiguang; Yang, Xinchun; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2010-05-04

    A pi-conjugated organogelator (1) was synthesized, and its gelation ability was checked. It was found that it is an excellent gelator for some organic solvents, such as dichloromethane, benzene, o-dichlorobenzene, and DMSO/water. It can self-assemble into 1-D nanofibers induced by hydrogen bonding and pi-pi interactions. Moreover, 1 could form a hybrid gel with C(60)COOH by hydrogen bonds in which 1 and C(60)COOH can act as an electron donor and acceptor, respectively. It was found that the active film from the hybrid 1-D self-assemblies of 1 and C(60)COOH showed remarkably higher photocurrent generation compared with that containing 1 and C(60) because of the construction of interdigitated and ordered assemblies of donors and acceptors.

  16. How good is the generalized Langevin equation to describe the dynamics of photo-induced electron transfer in fluid solution?

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    Angulo, Gonzalo; Jedrak, Jakub; Ochab-Marcinek, Anna; Pasitsuparoad, Pakorn; Radzewicz, Czesław; Wnuk, Paweł; Rosspeintner, Arnulf

    2017-06-01

    The dynamics of unimolecular photo-triggered reactions can be strongly affected by the surrounding medium for which a large number of theoretical descriptions have been used in the past. An accurate description of these reactions requires knowing the potential energy surface and the friction felt by the reactants. Most of these theories start from the Langevin equation to derive the dynamics, but there are few examples comparing it with experiments. Here we explore the applicability of a Generalized Langevin Equation (GLE) with an arbitrary potential and a non-Markovian friction. To this end, we have performed broadband fluorescence measurements with sub-picosecond time resolution of a covalently linked organic electron donor-acceptor system in solvents of changing viscosity and dielectric permittivity. In order to establish the free energy surface (FES) of the reaction, we resort to stationary electronic spectroscopy. On the other hand, the dynamics of a non-reacting substance, Coumarin 153, provide the calibrating tool for the non-Markovian friction over the FES, which is assumed to be solute independent. A simpler and computationally faster approach uses the Generalized Smoluchowski Equation (GSE), which can be derived from the GLE for pure harmonic potentials. Both approaches reproduce the measurements in most of the solvents reasonably well. At long times, some differences arise from the errors inherited from the analysis of the stationary solvatochromism and at short times from the excess excitation energy. However, whenever the dynamics become slow, the GSE shows larger deviations than the GLE, the results of which always agree qualitatively with the measured dynamics, regardless of the solvent viscosity or dielectric properties. The method applied here can be used to predict the dynamics of any other reacting system, given the FES parameters and solvent dynamics are provided. Thus no fitting parameters enter the GLE simulations, within the applicability

  17. Photoinduced electron transfer through peptide-based self-assembled monolayers chemisorbed on gold electrodes: directing the flow-in and flow-out of electrons through peptide helices.

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    Venanzi, Mariano; Gatto, Emanuela; Caruso, Mario; Porchetta, Alessandro; Formaggio, Fernando; Toniolo, Claudio

    2014-08-21

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) experiments have been carried out on peptide self-assembled monolayers (SAM) chemisorbed on a gold substrate. The oligopeptide building block was exclusively formed by C(α)-tetrasubstituted α-aminoisobutyric residues to attain a helical conformation despite the shortness of the peptide chain. Furthermore, it was functionalized at the C-terminus by a pyrene choromophore to enhance the UV photon capture cross-section of the compound and by a lipoic group at the N-terminus for linking to gold substrates. Electron transfer across the peptide SAM has been studied by photocurrent generation experiments in an electrochemical cell employing a gold substrate modified by chemisorption of a peptide SAM as a working electrode and by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence experiments in solution and on a gold-coated glass. The results show that the electronic flow through the peptide bridge is strongly asymmetric; i.e., PET from the C-terminus to gold is highly favored with respect to PET in the opposite direction. This effect arises from the polarity of the Au-S linkage (Au(δ+)-S(δ-), junction effect) and from the electrostatic field generated by the peptide helix.

  18. Modulation of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer in H-bonding environment: PET from aniline to coumarin 153 in the presence of an inert co-solvent cyclohexane.

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    Barman, Nabajeet; Hossen, Tousif; Mondal, Koushik; Sahu, Kalyanasis

    2015-12-28

    Despite intensive research, the role of the H-bonding environment on ultrafast PET remains illusive. For example, coumarin 153 (C153) undergoes ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (PET) in electron-donating solvents, in both aniline (AN) and N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA), despite their very different H-bonding abilities. Thus, donor-acceptor (AN-C153) H-bonding may have only a minor role in PET (Yoshihara and co-workers, J. Phys. Chem. A, 1998, 102, 3089). However, donor-acceptor H-bonding may be somehow less effective in the neat H-bonding environment but could become dominant in the presence of an inert solvent (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 6159). We successfully applied and tested the proposal here. The nature of PET modulation of C153 in the presence of a passive component cyclohexane is found to be very different for aniline and DMA. Upon addition of cyclohexane to DMA, the PET process gradually becomes retarded but in the case of AN, the PET rate was indeed found to be accelerated at some intermediate composition (mole fraction of aniline, XAN∼ 0.74) compared to that of neat aniline. It is intuitive that cyclohexane may replace some of the donors (AN or DMA) from the vicinity of the acceptor and, thus, should disfavour PET. However, in the hydrogen bonding environment using molecular dynamics simulation, for the first time, we show that the average number of aniline molecules orienting their N-H group in the proximity of the C=O group of C153 is actually higher at the intermediate mole fraction (0.74) of aniline in a mixture rather than in neat aniline. This small but finite excess of C153-AN H-bonding already present in the ground state may possibly account for the anomalous effect. The TD-DFT calculations presented here showed that the intermolecular H-bonding between C153 and AN strengthens from 21.1 kJ mol(-1) in the ground state to 33.0 kJ mol(-1) in the excited state and, consequently, H-bonding may assist PET according to the Zhao and Han

  19. Photoinduced phase transitions

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    Nasu, K

    2004-01-01

    A new class of insulating solids was recently discovered. Whenirradiated by a few visible photons, these solids give rise to amacroscopic excited domain that has new structural and electronicorders quite different from the starting ground state. This occurrenceis called "photoinduced phase transition", and this multi-authoredbook reviews recent theoretical and experimental studies of this newphenomenon.

  20. A novel photoinduced electron transfer (PET) primer technique for rapid real-time PCR detection of Cryptosporidium spp

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    Jothikumar, N., E-mail: jin2@cdc.gov; Hill, Vincent R.

    2013-06-28

    Highlights: •Uses a single-labeled fluorescent primer for real-time PCR. •The detection sensitivity of PET PCR was comparable to TaqMan PCR. •Melt curve analysis can be performed to confirm target amplicon production. •Conventional PCR primers can be converted to PET PCR primers. -- Abstract: We report the development of a fluorescently labeled oligonucleotide primer that can be used to monitor real-time PCR. The primer has two parts, the 3′-end of the primer is complimentary to the target and a universal 17-mer stem loop at the 5′-end forms a hairpin structure. A fluorescent dye is attached to 5′-end of either the forward or reverse primer. The presence of guanosine residues at the first and second position of the 3′ dangling end effectively quenches the fluorescence due to the photo electron transfer (PET) mechanism. During the synthesis of nucleic acid, the hairpin structure is linearized and the fluorescence of the incorporated primer increases several-fold due to release of the fluorescently labeled tail and the absence of guanosine quenching. As amplicons are synthesized during nucleic acid amplification, the fluorescence increase in the reaction mixture can be measured with commercially available real-time PCR instruments. In addition, a melting procedure can be performed to denature the double-stranded amplicons, thereby generating fluorescence peaks that can differentiate primer dimers and other non-specific amplicons if formed during the reaction. We demonstrated the application of PET-PCR for the rapid detection and quantification of Cryptosporidium parvum DNA. Comparison with a previously published TaqMan® assay demonstrated that the two real-time PCR assays exhibited similar sensitivity for a dynamic range of detection of 6000–0.6 oocysts per reaction. PET PCR primers are simple to design and less-expensive than dual-labeled probe PCR methods, and should be of interest for use by laboratories operating in resource

  1. Resonance Raman examination of the electronic excited states of glycylglycine and other dipeptides: Observation of a carboxylate{yields}amide charge transfer transition

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    Chen, X.G.; Li, P.; Holtz, J.S.W.; Chi, Z.; Pajcini, V.; Asher, S.A. [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Kelly, L.A. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1996-10-09

    We have examined the UV resonance Raman and the VUV absorption spectra of aqueous glycylglycine and other dipeptides. We observe strong resonance Raman enhancement of the amide I, II, and III bands and the amide C{sub {alpha}}H bending mode in a manner similar to that we observed previously with excitation within the {pi}{yields}{pi}{sup *} transition of N-methylacetamide. However, in addition, we observe strong resonance Raman enhancement of the ca. 1400 cm{sup -1} symmetric COO{sup -} stretching vibration, whose 206.5 nm Raman cross section is increased 20-fold compared to that of the carboxylate in sodium acetate, for example. Addition of a methylene spacer between the amide and carboxylate groups causes the resonance Raman enhancement of this symmetric COO{sup -} stretch to disappear. The UV resonance Raman excitation profiles, the Raman depolarization ratio dispersion, and the VUV absorption spectra of glycylglycine and other dipeptides demonstrate the existence of a new 197 nm charge transfer band which involves electron transfer from a nonbonding carboxylate orbital to the amide-like {pi}{sup *} orbital. This transition occurs at the penultimate carboxylate end of all peptides and proteins. 18 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. Photoinduced repair of a thymine dimer in DNA via carbazole nucleoside.

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    Yoshimura, Yoshinaga; Fujimoto, Kenzo

    2006-01-01

    We report the photoinduced repair of a thymine dimer incorporated in a DNA duplex via oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) containing carbazole nucleoside (K). The occurrence of an electron transfer between K and thymine dimer is evidenced by fluorescence quenching measurements. K acts as a good electron donor for the photoinduced repair of a thymine dimer.

  3. Photoinduced Multicomponent Reactions.

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    Garbarino, Silvia; Ravelli, Davide; Protti, Stefano; Basso, Andrea

    2016-12-12

    The combination of multicomponent approaches with light-driven processes opens up new scenarios in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, where the need for sustainable, atom- and energy-efficient reactions is increasingly urgent. Photoinduced multicomponent reactions are still in their infancy, but significant developments in this area are expected in the near future. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Photoinduced phenomena in nanostructured porous silicon

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    Arce, R.D. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Koropecki, R.R. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Olmos, G. [Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, UNL, Sgo. Del Estero 2829, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Gennaro, A.M. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Facultad de Bioquimica y Ciencias Biologicas, UNL, Paraje El Pozo S/N, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Schmidt, J.A. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, UNL, Sgo. Del Estero 2829, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2006-07-03

    In this work we study the evolution of porous silicon photoluminescence under illumination. Samples were obtained by electrochemical etching of crystalline silicon wafers of different types. For the p-type samples the evolution of the spectra is explained in terms of photoinduced oxidation of nanostructures, which in turns leads to a discrete change in the photoluminescence spectra, as we reported in previous works. For the n-type material, a progressive decrease of the luminescence intensity is observed, which is attributed to the photoinduced generation of dangling bond related defect states at the surface layer surrounding the nanostructures. This model explains qualitatively well the kinetics of the evolution of the measured photoluminescence. Preliminary results of electronic paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy agree with this model.

  5. Experimental evidence of photoinduced valence change of Fe 3 in ...

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    Keywords. Photorefraction; electron paramagnetic resonance of Fe3+; BaTiO3; photo-electron paramagnetic resonance. Abstract. With a view to understanding the role of photo-induced valence changes of impurities in BaTiO3 in the phenomena of photorefraction, EPR experiments were conducted under in situ HeNe laser ...

  6. Photoinduced intramolecular electron-transfer reactions of reconstituted met- and zinc-myoglobins appending acridine and methylacridinium ion as DNA-binders.

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    Takashima, Hiroshi; Tara, Chisako; Namikawa, Sachiko; Kato, Tomoko; Araki, Yasuyuki; Ito, Osamu; Tsukahara, Keiichi

    2006-12-28

    Three types of reconstituted met- and zinc-myoglobin (metMb and ZnMb) dyads, ZnMbAc(4)Me+, ZnMbAc(6)Me+, and metMbAc(6) have been prepared by incorporating chemically modified metalloporphyrin cofactor appending an acridine (Ac) or a methylacridinium ion ([AcMe]+) into apo-Mb. In the bimolecular system between ZnMb and [AcMe]+, the photoexcited triplet state of ZnMb, 3(ZnMb)*, was successfully quenched by [AcMe]+ to form the radical pair of ZnMb cation (ZnMb*+) and reduced methylacridine ([AcMe]*), followed by a thermal back ET reaction. The rate constants for the intermolecular quenching ET (kq) and the back ET reaction (kb) at 25 degrees C were successfully obtained as kq = (8.8 +/- 0.4) x 10(7) M(-1) s(-1) and kb = (1.2 +/- 0.1) x 10(8) M(-1) s(-1), respectively. On the other hand, in case of the intramolecular photoinduced ET reactions of ZnMbAc(4)Me+ and ZnMbAc(6)Me+ dyads, the first-order quenching rate constants (kET) of 3(ZnMb)* by [AcMe]+ moiety were determined to be kET = 2.6 x 10(3) and 2.5 x 10(3) s(-1), respectively. When such ET occurs along the alkyl spacer via through-bond mechanism at the surface of Mb, the obtained kET is reasonable to provide decay constant of beta (1.0-1.3 A(-1)). Upon photoirradiation of [AcMe]+ moiety, kinetic studies also presented the intramolecular quenching reactions from the excited singlet state, 1([AcMe]+)*, whose likely process is the photoinduced energy-transfer reaction. For metMbAc(6) dyad, steady-state fluorescence was almost quenched, while the signal around 440 nm gradually appeared in the presence of various concentrations of DNA. Our study implies that synthetic manipulation at the Mb surface, by using an artificial DNA-binder coupled with photoinduced reaction, may provide valuable information to construct new Mb-DNA complex and sensitive fluorescent for DNA.

  7. Electronic and magnetic properties of infinite 1D chains of paddlewheel carboxylates M2(COOR)4 (M = Mo, W, Ru, Rh, Ir, Cu)

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    Peskov, Maxim

    2013-03-14

    Dinuclear complexes of transition metals bridged by four carboxylate-groups are examples of stable atomic configurations serving as fundamental building blocks of catalysts and prototypical molecular electronic devices. The electronic structure and magnetic properties of many molecular tetracarboxylate complexes were meticulously studied; however, the properties of the one-dimensional (1D) polymeric chain of associated tetracarboxylates have so far evaded much attention. Using periodic density-functional theory calculations, we analyze the electronic structure of condensed tetracarboxylates Mo(II), W(II), Ru(II), Rh(II), Ir(II), and Cu(II). The relationship between crystal structure of the polymerized tetracarboxylates and the electronic properties of the metal-metal bond in the M24+ core is studied. The electronic effects emanating from the association of dinuclear transition metal tetracarboxylates are important for designing molecular electronic devices. In this study, its influence on both direct and indirect metal-metal interactions, and the electronic structure, in particular transport properties, is discussed. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  8. Photoproduction of long-lived holes and electronic processes in intrinsic electric fields seen through photoinduced absorption and dichroism in Ca sub 3 Ga sub 2 sub - sub x Mn sub x Ge sub 3 O sub 1 sub 2 garnets

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    Eremenko, V V; Kachur, I S; Piryatinskaya, V G; Ratner, A M; Kosmyna, M B; Nazarenko, B P; Puzikov, V M

    2003-01-01

    Long-lived photoinduced absorption and dichroism in the Ca sub 3 Ga sub 2 sub - sub x Mn sub x Ge sub 3 O sub 1 sub 2 garnets with x < 0.06 were examined versus temperature and pumping intensity. Unusual features of the kinetics of photoinduced phenomena are indicative of the underlying electronic processes. The comparison with the case of Ca sub 3 Mn sub 2 Ge sub 3 O sub 1 sub 2 , explored earlier by the authors, permits one to finally establish the main common mechanisms of photoinduced absorption and dichroism caused by random electric fields of photoproduced charges (hole polarons). The rate of their diffusion and relaxation through recombination is strongly influenced by the same fields, whose large statistical straggling is responsible for a broad continuous set of relaxation components (observed in the relaxation time range from 1 to about 1000 min). For Ca sub 3 Ga sub 2 sub - sub x Mn sub x Ge sub 3 O sub 1 sub 2 , the time and temperature dependences of photoinduced absorption and dichroism bear ...

  9. Photoinduced dynamics in protonated aromatic amino acid

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    Grégoire, Gilles; Barat, Michel; Fayeton, Jacqueline; Dedonder-Lardeux, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe

    2008-01-01

    UV photoinduced fragmentation of protonated aromatics amino acids have emerged the last few years, coming from a situation where nothing was known to what we think a good understanding of the optical properties. We will mainly focus this review on the tryptophan case. Three groups have mostly done spectroscopic studies and one has mainly been involved in dynamics studies of the excited states in the femtosecond/picosecond range and also in the fragmentation kinetics from nanosecond to millisecond. All these data, along with high level ab initio calculations, have shed light on the role of the different electronic states of the protonated molecules upon the fragmentation mechanisms.

  10. A new signal-on method for the detection of protein based on binding-induced strategy and photoinduced electron transfer between Ag nanoclusters and split G-quadruplex-hemin complexes

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    Zhang, Kai, E-mail: zhangkai@jsinm.org; Wang, Ke; Zhu, Xue; Xie, Minhao

    2015-08-05

    Proteins play important roles in biological and cellular processes. The levels of proteins can be useful biomarkers for cellular events or disease diagnosis, thus the method for sensitive and selective detection of proteins is imperative to proteins express, study, and clinical diagnosis. Herein, we report a “signal-on” platform for the assay of protein based on binding-induced strategy and photoinduced electron transfer between Ag nanoclusters and split G-quadruplex-hemin complexes. By using biotin as the affinity ligand, this simple protocol could sensitively detect streptavidin with a detection limit down to 10 pM. With the use of an antibody as the affinity ligand, a method for homogeneous fluorescence detection of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) was also proposed with a detection limit of 10 pM. The one-step and wash-free assay showed good selectivity. Its high sensitivity, acceptable accuracy, and satisfactory versatility of analytes led to various applications in bioanalysis. - Highlights: • AgNCs have great potential for application in biomedicine. • Binding of two affinity ligands can result in binding-induced DNA assemblies. • PET can be happened between DNA/AgNCs and G-quadruplex/hemin complexes. • A platform for the detection of proteins was proposed by using PET and binding-induced strategy.

  11. Photoinduced Biohydrogen Production from Biomass

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    Amao, Yutaka

    2008-01-01

    Photoinduced biohydrogen production systems, coupling saccharaides biomass such as sucrose, maltose, cellobiose, cellulose, or saccharides mixture hydrolysis by enzymes and glucose dehydrogenase (GDH), and hydrogen production with platinum colloid as a catalyst using the visible light-induced photosensitization of Mg chlorophyll-a (Mg Chl-a) from higher green plant or artificial chlorophyll analog, zinc porphyrin, are introduced. PMID:19325796

  12. Photoinduced Biohydrogen Production from Biomass

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    Yutaka Amao

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Photoinduced biohydrogen production systems, coupling saccharaides biomass such as sucrose, maltose, cellobiose, cellulose, or saccharides mixture hydrolysis by enzymes and glucose dehydrogenase (GDH, and hydrogen production with platinum colloid as a catalyst using the visible light-induced photosensitization of Mg chlorophyll-a (Mg Chl-a from higher green plant or artificial chlorophyll analog, zinc porphyrin, are introduced.

  13. Muons for spintronics: Photo-induced conduction electron polarization in n-type GaAs observed by the muonium method

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    Yokoyama, K., E-mail: koji.yokoyama@email.ucr.ed [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Nagamine, K. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Muon Science Laboratory, IMSS, KEK, Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Atomic Physics Laboratory, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Wako, Saitama 351-0191 (Japan); Shimomura, K. [Muon Science Laboratory, IMSS, KEK, Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Tom, H.W.K.; Kawakami, R. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Bakule, P.; Matsuda, Y. [Advanced Meson Science Laboratory, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Wako, Saitama 351-0191 (Japan); Pratt, F.L. [ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxon OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Torikai, E. [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, Kohu, Yamanashi 400-8511 (Japan)

    2009-04-15

    The spin-dependent exchange scattering between the muonium (Mu) electron and polarized conduction electrons excited by circularly polarized 831 nm laser light was observed in n-type GaAs with 3.6x10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} Si doping at low temperature by measuring a change in the polarization of Mu against the conduction electron polarization (CEP) direction. Correct signal response was confirmed with respect to the laser power. These results are encouraging for the Mu technique to be applied to probe CEP in various spintronics material systems.

  14. Brassinosteroids accelerate recovery of photosynthetic apparatus from cold stress by balancing the electron partitioning, carboxylation and redox homeostasis in cucumber.

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    Jiang, Yu-Ping; Huang, Li-Feng; Cheng, Fei; Zhou, Yan-Hong; Xia, Xiao-Jian; Mao, Wei-Hua; Shi, Kai; Yu, Jing-Quan

    2013-05-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the role of brassinosteroids (BRs) in protecting the photosynthetic apparatus from cold-induced damage in cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plants. Recovery at both high light (HL) and low light (LL) after a cooling at 10/7°C induced irreversible inhibition of CO2 assimilation, photoinhibition at photosystem I (PSI) and inhibition of enzyme activities of Calvin cycle and ascorbate (AsA)-reduced glutathione (GSH) cycle, followed by accumulation of H2 O2 and malondialdehyde. However, cold-induced photoinhibition at PSII was fully recovered at LL but not at HL. Meanwhile, recovery at HL increased electron flux to O2 -dependent alternative pathway [Ja(O2 -dependent)]. Foliar application of 24-epibrassinolide (EBR) accelerated recovery from photoinhibition of PSII but not of PSI. EBR also significantly increased CO2 assimilation, activity of Calvin cycle enzymes and electron flux to carbon reduction [Je(PCR)], with a concomitant decrease in Ja(O2 -dependent); meanwhile EBR increased the activity of enzymes in AsA-GSH cycle and cellular redox states. However, the positive effect of EBR on plant recovery was observed only at HL, but not LL. These results indicate that BR accelerates the recovery of photosynthetic apparatus at HL by activation of enzymes in Calvin cycle and increasing the antioxidant capacity, which in turn mitigate the photooxidative stress and the inhibition of plant growth during the recovery. Copyright © Physiologia Plantarum 2012.

  15. Photoinduced electron transfer in hydrogen bonded donor--acceptor systems. Free energy and distance dependence studies and an analysis of the role of diffusion.

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    Smitha, M A; Prasad, E; Gopidas, K R

    2001-02-14

    The free energy dependence of electron transfer in a few small-molecule donor--acceptor systems having hydrogen-bonding appendages was studied to evaluate the role of diffusion in masking the inverted region in bimolecular PET reactions. A small fraction of the probe molecules associate and this led to the simultaneous observation of unimolecular and diffusion-mediated quenching of the probe fluorescence. Free energy dependence studies showed that the unimolecular electron transfer obeys Marcus behavior and the diffusion-mediated electron transfer obeys Rehm--Weller behavior. The absence of an inverted region in bimolecular PET reactions is thus attributed to diffusion. The results of the free energy dependence studies suggest that distance dependence of electron transfer plays a role in masking the inverted region. To ascertain this aspect we have carried out a study of the distance dependence of electron transfer in the hydrogen-bonded donor--acceptor systems. For a system in the normal region an exponential rate decrease was observed. For a system in the inverted region it was observed that the rate depends very feebly on distance. Thus distance dependence studies did not confirm the prediction of enhanced rates at larger distances in the inverted region.

  16. Origin of the photoinduced current of strongly correlated YMnO3 ferroelectric epitaxial films

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    Miura, Kohei; Zhang, Lejun; Kiriya, Daisuke; Ashida, Atsushi; Yoshimura, Takeshi; Fujimura, Norifumi

    2017-10-01

    We have studied the photoinduced carrier generation and the carrier emission resulting in a photoinduced current using strongly correlated YMnO3 ferroelectric thin films. The unipolar material YMnO3 is suitable for studying the effect of the ferroelectric polarization on the photoinduced current. A clear relationship between the direction of the polarization and the photoinduced current was recognized using (0001)YMnO3 epitaxial films. The current switching corresponding to the polarization switching is also observed under white light illumination. To study the origin of the photoinduced current that originated from the photoinduced carrier generation, the light energy dependence of the photoinduced current was investigated. A small peak at 1.75 eV and a broad peak at around 2.5 eV are observed at room temperature. The peak at 1.75 eV corresponds to the optical absorption at 1.7 eV generated by the electron transition between the Mn 3d (xy,x2 - y2) (e2g state)/O 2p hybridized band and upper Mn 3d (3z 2 - r 2) (a1g state) orbital. The broad peak of the photoinduced current corresponds to the broad photoluminescence excitation spectrum at around 2.5 eV, which is never observed in absorption measurement but reported as the hidden optical channel. The origin of the photoinduced current of YMnO3 is discussed in relation to the carrier generation and the emission processes.

  17. Photoinduced 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine ring conversions.

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    Turovska, Baiba; Lund, Henning; Lūsis, Viesturs; Lielpētere, Anna; Liepiņš, Edvards; Beljakovs, Sergejs; Goba, Inguna; Stradiņš, Jānis

    2015-01-01

    Stable heterocyclic hydroperoxide can be easily prepared as a product of fast oxidation of a 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine by (3)O2 if the solution is exposed to sunlight. The driving force for the photoinduced electron transfer is calculated from electrochemical and spectroscopic data. The outcome of the reaction depends on the light intensity and the concentration of O2. In the solid state the heterocyclic hydroperoxide is stable; in solution it is involved in further reactions.

  18. Synergistic effect of CoPi-hole and Cu(ii)-electron cocatalysts for enhanced photocatalytic activity and photoinduced stability of Ag3PO4.

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    Wang, Ping; Xu, Shunqiu; Xia, Yang; Wang, Xuefei; Yu, Huogen; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-04-19

    Recently, Ag 3 PO 4 has been demonstrated to be a new kind of material with high visible-light photocatalytic performance for the decomposition of various organic species. To further improve the photocatalytic activity of Ag 3 PO 4 , hole cocatalyst modification is a promising approach via the rapid transfer of photogenerated holes for effective oxidation reaction. In this work, Co-Pi as a hole cocatalyst was successfully modified on the Ag 3 PO 4 surface by an in situ photodeposition method (referred to as CoPi/Ag 3 PO 4 ). The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of CoPi/Ag 3 PO 4 was greatly improved compared with that of Ag 3 PO 4 . Especially, CoPi/Ag 3 PO 4 (0.3 wt%) reached the highest photocatalytic rate constant (k = 9.2 × 10 -2 min -1 ), a value larger than that of Ag 3 PO 4 (k = 1.4 × 10 -2 min -1 ) by a factor of 6.6. However, it was further found that more accumulated electrons resulted in an obvious deactivation of Ag 3 PO 4 due to the rapid transfer of holes by the Co-Pi cocatalyst, resulting in an obviously decreased photocatalytic performance during repeated tests. To enhance the performance stability of CoPi/Ag 3 PO 4 , the Cu(ii) electron-cocatalyst was further loaded onto its surface to prepare the CoPi-Cu(ii)/Ag 3 PO 4 photocatalyst. The resultant CoPi-Cu(ii)/Ag 3 PO 4 not only indicated a much higher photocatalytic activity than CoPi/Ag 3 PO 4 , but also maintained the excellent stability, which was ascribed to the synergistic effect of Co-Pi as a hole cocatalyst and Cu(ii) as an electron cocatalyst. This work may provide new insight for the development of highly stable and efficient photocatalysts for the degradation of organic pollutants.

  19. High-potential perfluorinated phthalocyanine-fullerene dyads for generation of high-energy charge-separated states: formation and photoinduced electron-transfer studies.

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    Das, Sushanta K; Mahler, Andrew; Wilson, Angela K; D'Souza, Francis

    2014-08-25

    High oxidation potential perfluorinated zinc phthalocyanines (ZnF(n)Pcs) are synthesised and their spectroscopic, redox, and light-induced electron-transfer properties investigated systematically by forming donor-acceptor dyads through metal-ligand axial coordination of fullerene (C60) derivatives. Absorption and fluorescence spectral studies reveal efficient binding of the pyridine- (Py) and phenylimidazole-functionalised fullerene (C60Im) derivatives to the zinc centre of the F(n)Pcs. The determined binding constants, K, in o-dichlorobenzene for the 1:1 complexes are in the order of 10(4) to 10(5) M(-1); nearly an order of magnitude higher than that observed for the dyad formed from zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) lacking fluorine substituents. The geometry and electronic structure of the dyads are determined by using the B3LYP/6-31G* method. The HOMO and LUMO levels are located on the Pc and C60 entities, respectively; this suggests the formation of ZnF(n)Pc(.+)-C60Im(.-) and ZnF(n)Pc(.+)-C60Py(.-) (n=0, 8 or 16) intra-supramolecular charge-separated states during electron transfer. Electrochemical studies on the ZnPc-C60 dyads enable accurate determination of their oxidation and reduction potentials and the energy of the charge-separated states. The energy of the charge-separated state for dyads composed of ZnF(n)Pc is higher than that of normal ZnPc-C60 dyads and reveals their significance in harvesting higher amounts of light energy. Evidence for charge separation in the dyads is secured from femtosecond transient absorption studies in nonpolar toluene. Kinetic evaluation of the cation and anion radical ion peaks reveals ultrafast charge separation and charge recombination in dyads composed of perfluorinated phthalocyanine and fullerene; this implies their significance in solar-energy harvesting and optoelectronic device building applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Quantum modeling of ultrafast photoinduced charge separation

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    Rozzi, Carlo Andrea; Troiani, Filippo; Tavernelli, Ivano

    2018-01-01

    Phenomena involving electron transfer are ubiquitous in nature, photosynthesis and enzymes or protein activity being prominent examples. Their deep understanding thus represents a mandatory scientific goal. Moreover, controlling the separation of photogenerated charges is a crucial prerequisite in many applicative contexts, including quantum electronics, photo-electrochemical water splitting, photocatalytic dye degradation, and energy conversion. In particular, photoinduced charge separation is the pivotal step driving the storage of sun light into electrical or chemical energy. If properly mastered, these processes may also allow us to achieve a better command of information storage at the nanoscale, as required for the development of molecular electronics, optical switching, or quantum technologies, amongst others. In this Topical Review we survey recent progress in the understanding of ultrafast charge separation from photoexcited states. We report the state-of-the-art of the observation and theoretical description of charge separation phenomena in the ultrafast regime mainly focusing on molecular- and nano-sized solar energy conversion systems. In particular, we examine different proposed mechanisms driving ultrafast charge dynamics, with particular regard to the role of quantum coherence and electron-nuclear coupling, and link experimental observations to theoretical approaches based either on model Hamiltonians or on first principles simulations.

  1. Quantum modeling of ultrafast photoinduced charge separation.

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    Rozzi, Carlo Andrea; Troiani, Filippo; Tavernelli, Ivano

    2018-01-10

    Phenomena involving electron transfer are ubiquitous in nature, photosynthesis and enzymes or protein activity being prominent examples. Their deep understanding thus represents a mandatory scientific goal. Moreover, controlling the separation of photogenerated charges is a crucial prerequisite in many applicative contexts, including quantum electronics, photo-electrochemical water splitting, photocatalytic dye degradation, and energy conversion. In particular, photoinduced charge separation is the pivotal step driving the storage of sun light into electrical or chemical energy. If properly mastered, these processes may also allow us to achieve a better command of information storage at the nanoscale, as required for the development of molecular electronics, optical switching, or quantum technologies, amongst others. In this Topical Review we survey recent progress in the understanding of ultrafast charge separation from photoexcited states. We report the state-of-the-art of the observation and theoretical description of charge separation phenomena in the ultrafast regime mainly focusing on molecular- and nano-sized solar energy conversion systems. In particular, we examine different proposed mechanisms driving ultrafast charge dynamics, with particular regard to the role of quantum coherence and electron-nuclear coupling, and link experimental observations to theoretical approaches based either on model Hamiltonians or on first principles simulations.

  2. Photoinduced Electron-Transfer Mechanisms for Radical-Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy Mediated by Water-Soluble Decacationic C70 and C84O2 Fullerene Derivatives

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    Sperandio, Felipe F.; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Wang, Min; Jeon, Seaho; Huang, Ying-Ying; Dai, Tianhong; Nayka, Suhasini; de Sousa, Suzana C.O.M.; Chiang, Long Y.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2012-01-01

    Fullerenes are promising candidates for photodynamic therapy (PDT). Thus, C70 and novel C84O2 fullerenes were functionalized with and without an additional deca-tertiary ethyleneamino-chain as an electron source, giving rise to two distinct pairs of photosensitizers, the monoadducts LC-17, LC-19 and the bisadducts LC18 and LC-20 to perform PDT in HeLa cells with UVA, blue, green, white and red light. Shorter wavelengths gave more phototoxicity with LC-20 while LC-19 was better at longer wavelengths; the ratio between killing obtained with LC-19 and LC-20 showed an almost perfect linear correlation (R = 0.975) with wavelength. The incorporation of a deca-tertiary amine chain in the C84O2 fullerene gave more PDT killing when excited with shorter wavelengths or in presence of low ascorbate concentration through higher generation of hydroxyl radicals. Photoactivated C84O2 fullerenes induced apoptosis of HeLa cancer cells, together with mitochondrial and lysosomal damage demonstrated by acridine orange and rhodamine 123 fluorescent probes. PMID:23117043

  3. Excited singlet (S1) state interactions of 2,2'- and 4,4'-biphenyldiols with chloroalkanes: Photoinduced dissociative electron transfer

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    Mohanty, J.; Pal, H.; Sapre, A. V.

    2002-05-01

    Interactions of the excited singlet (S1) state of 2,2'- and 4,4'-biphenyldiols with a number of chloroalkanes (CA) have been investigated in acetonitrile solutions using fluorescence quenching measurements. For any particular diol-CA pair, the bimolecular quenching constants kq obtained from steady-state and time-resolved measurements are found to be the same, indicating the dynamic nature of the interaction. The kq values for different diol-CA pairs are seen to increase as the oxidation potential of the diol becomes less positive or the reduction potential of the CA becomes less negative, indicating the electron transfer (ET) type of interaction for the observed quenching. Following Marcus' outer-sphere ET theory, the correlation of the observed kq values with the free-energy changes for such reactions (ΔG0) results in the recovery of an unusually higher intramolecular reorganization energy (λin), indicating that the ET in the systems studied might not be of outer sphere in nature. Since the CAs are prone to undergo C-Cl bond cleavage following their reduction, a dissociative ET (DET) mechanism has been proposed for the observed fluorescence quenching. The evidence for the DET mechanism has been obtained by characterizing and estimating the Cl- ions in the photolyzed diol-CA solutions. Following a suitable theory for concerted DET reactions, it is seen that the observed kq values correlate well with the free-energy changes (ΔGDET0) for such reactions. It is seen that the reorganization energy recovered from such correlation accounts well for the C-Cl bond dissociation energy of the CAs, supporting a concerted DET mechanism in these systems.

  4. Photoinduced orientation in natural rubber

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    de Souza, Nara C.; Cavalheri, Adriana S.; Brito, Jackeline B.; Job, Aldo E.; Oliveira, Osvaldo N.; Giacometti, José A.; Silva, Josmary R.

    2012-04-01

    Azobenzene molecules and their derivatives have been widely investigated for their potential applications in optical and electrooptical devices. We have prepared a new guest-host system from natural rubber (NR) impregnated with azobenzene derivative Sudan Red B (SRB). The effects of stretching and immersion time on photoinduced orientation were investigated by birefringence signal measurements. We have found that the molecular orientation increase when the samples are stretched and decrease with the increase of immersion time. The first behavior was explained by using the random coil model and the latter was attributed to increase of the aggregation of SRB into NR matrix.

  5. Studies of photoinduced charge transfer in conjugated polymer-fullerene composites by light-induced ESR

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    Dyakonov, V.; Zoriniants, G.; Scharber, M.; Brabec, C.J.; Janssen, R.A.J.; Hummelen, J.C.; Sariciftci, N.S.

    1998-01-01

    In this work we present comparative studies of the photoinduced electron transfer (PIT) in a number of conjugated polymer/fullerene composites and in pure components by using light-induced electron spin resonance. PIT from the polymer onto fullerene in the composites results in the appearance of two

  6. Photoinduced electron transfer in some photosensitive molecules ...

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    An intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) molecule, -N,N-dimethylaminobenzoic acid (DMABA) has been studied in zeolite and colloidal media. The ratio of ICT to normal emission (ICT/LE) is greatly enhanced in zeolites compared to that in polar solvents. The ICT emission of DMABA was quenched by increasing the ...

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    for both water purification and recovery capability. We also plan to use MCM-41 mole- cular sieves as support for photocatalytic systems. These materials have hexagonal channels of size tunable between 15 to 100 Å. Thus they can be used to trap bulky mole- cules which cannot be encapsulated in zeolite cavities.

  8. Inactivation of tyrosinase photoinduced by pterin

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    Laura Dantola, M., E-mail: ldantola@inifta.unlp.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquimicas Teoricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), CCT La Plata-CONICET, Boulevard 113 y 64, 1900, La Plata (Argentina); Gojanovich, Aldana D. [Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquimicas Teoricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), CCT La Plata-CONICET, Boulevard 113 y 64, 1900, La Plata (Argentina); Thomas, Andres H., E-mail: athomas@inifta.unlp.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquimicas Teoricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), CCT La Plata-CONICET, Boulevard 113 y 64, 1900, La Plata (Argentina)

    2012-08-03

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Under UV-A radiation, tirosinase is photoinactivated by pterin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mechanism involves an electron transfer-initiated process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The photochemical process affects both activities of tyrosinase. -- Abstract: Tyrosinase catalyzes in mammals the first and rate-limiting step in the biosynthesis of the melanin, the main pigment of the skin. Pterins, heterocyclic compounds able to photoinduce oxidation of DNA and its components, accumulate in the skin of patients suffering from vitiligo, a chronic depigmentation disorder in which the protection against UV radiation fails due to the lack of melanin. Aqueous solutions of tyrosinase were exposed to UV-A irradiation (350 nm) in the presence of pterin, the parent compound of oxidized pterins, under different experimental conditions. The enzyme activity in the irradiated solutions was determined by spectrophotometry and HPLC. In this work, we present data that demonstrate unequivocally that the enzyme is photoinactivated by pterin. The mechanism of the photosensitized process involves an electron transfer from tyrosinase to the triplet excited state of pterin, formed after UV-A excitation of pterin. The biological implications of the results are discussed.

  9. Photoinduced modulation and relaxation characteristics in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface

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    Jin, K. X.

    2015-03-05

    We report the modulation and relaxation characteristics in the two-dimensional electron gas system at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface induced by the ultraviolet light illumination (365 nm). The suppression of Kondo effect at the interface illuminated by the light originates from the light irradiation-induced decoherence effect of localized states. It is interesting to note that the persistent and transient photoinduced effects are simultaneously observed and the photoinduced maximum change values in resistance are 80.8% and 51.4% at T = 20 K, respectively. Moreover, the photoinduced relaxation processes after the irradiation are systematically analyzed using the double exponential model. These results provide the deeper understanding of the photoinduced effect and the experimental evidence of tunable Kondo effect in oxides-based two-dimensional electron gas systems.

  10. Photo-Induced Micellization of Block Copolymers

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    Satoshi Kuwayama

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available We found novel photo-induced micellizations through photolysis, photoelectron transfer, and photo-Claisen rearrangement. The photolysis-induced micellization was attained using poly(4-tert-butoxystyrene-block-polystyrene diblock copolymer (PBSt-b-PSt. BSt-b-PSt showed no self-assembly in dichloromethane and existed as isolated copolymers. Dynamic light scattering demonstrated that the copolymer produced spherical micelles in this solvent due to irradiation with a high-pressure mercury lamp in the presence of photo-acid generators, such as bis(alkylphenyliodonium hexafluorophosphate, diphenyliodonium hexafluorophosphate, and triphenylsulfonium triflate. The 1H NMR analysis confirmed that PBSt-b-PSt was converted into poly(4-vinylphenol-block-PSt by the irradiation, resulting in self-assembly into micelles. The irradiation in the presence of the photo-acid generator also induced the micellization of poly(4-pyridinemethoxymethylstyrene-block-polystyrene diblock copolymer (PPySt-b-PSt. Micellization occurred by electron transfer from the pyridine to the photo-acid generator in their excited states and provided monodispersed spherical micelles with cores of PPySt blocks. Further, the photo-Claisen rearrangement caused the micellization of poly(4-allyloxystyrene-block-polystyrene diblock copolymer (PASt-b-PSt. Micellization was promoted in cyclohexane at room temperature without a catalyst. During micellization, the elimination of the allyl groups competitively occurred along with the photorearrangement of the 4-allyloxystyrene units into the 3-allyl-4-hydroxystyrene units.

  11. CARBOXYLIC ACIDS ELECTROOXIDATION ON SHUNGITE ELECTRODE

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    Oleksandr Davydenko

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This article discusses the electrochemical method of directional conversion of carboxylic acids, which are the most aggressive hydrocarbons oxidation products back into the corresponding hydrocarbons. Existing methods for the regeneration of waste petroleum oils have significant drawbacks, which include the formation of new hard-reclaimed waste and loss of a significant part of the oil during regeneration. Methods: Electrooxidation processes of carboxylic acid on various electrode materials: platinum, graphite and shungite anodes were studied. Results: Potentiostatic polarization curves with simultaneous measurement of near-electrode solution pH showed differences in the process on these anode materials: dimer yield for Kolbe is decreased under the transition from platinum to shungite. At potentials higher than 2.0 v, carboxylic acid has a higher adsorbability compared to water. Therefore Faraday’s side-process of water oxidation doesn’t almost occur, which contributes to high yield of expected product according to current. Electrolysis of carboxylic acids solutions under controlled potential (2.0 and 2.4 V and chromatographic analysis of the formed products showed that along with the dimeric structures formation for Kolbe reaction, the occurrence of a hydrocarbons mixture takes place, which may be the result of disproportionation of hydrocarbon radicals (alkane and alkene and hydrocarbons of isomeric structure, by further oxidation of the hydrocarbon radical to carbocation and its subsequent transformation into the corresponding saturated and unsaturated isomers. Such statement is not supported by conception of the process of one- and two-electron carboxylic acid oxidation. Discussion: General carboxylic acid oxidation scheme according to one-electron mechanism (dimerization and disproportionation of the radical and two-electron mechanism (formation and carbocation rearrangement is proposed. The formation of hydrocarbons under

  12. Photo-induced phenomena in GeO2 glass

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    Terakado, Nobuaki; Tanaka, Keiji

    2006-01-01

    Photo-induced changes in GeO2 glass have been studied in terms of its optical and structural properties. Band-gap excitation gives rise to modifications in mid-gap optical absorption and photo-luminescence spectra. It also produces electron-spin signals at g 1.995 and 2.008. Raman-scattering spectrum becomes sharper, X-ray diffraction patterns show a disappearance of a crystalline peak, and the illuminated surfaces expand. These observations can be accounted for by assuming bond transformati...

  13. Long-lived photoinduced charge separation for solar cell applications in supramolecular complexes of multi-metalloporphyrins and fullerenes.

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    Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ohkubo, Kei

    2013-12-07

    Monomers, dimers, trimers, dendrimers and oligomers of metalloporphyrins form supramolecular complexes with fullerene derivatives via electrostatic interactions, π-π interactions and coordination bonds. Photoexcitation of the supramolecular complexes resulted in photoinduced electron transfer from the porphyrin moiety to the fullerene moiety to produce the charge-separated states as revealed by laser flash photolysis measurements. The rate constants of photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination in supramolecular complexes of multi-metalloporphyrins and fullerenes were also determined by laser flash photolysis measurements and the results depending on the number of porphyrins in the supramolecular complexes are discussed in terms of efficiency of photoinduced energy transfer and charge separation as well as the lifetimes of charge-separated states. The photoelectrochemical performances of solar cells composed of supramolecular complexes of monomers, dimers, dendrimers and oligomers of metalloporphyrins with fullerenes are compared in relation to the rate constants of photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination.

  14. Scalable, Metal- and Additive-Free, Photoinduced Borylation of Haloarenes and Quaternary Arylammonium Salts.

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    Mfuh, Adelphe M; Doyle, John D; Chhetri, Bhuwan; Arman, Hadi D; Larionov, Oleg V

    2016-03-09

    We report herein a simple, metal- and additive-free, photoinduced borylation of haloarenes, including electron-rich fluoroarenes, as well as arylammonium salts directly to boronic acids. This borylation method has a broad scope and functional group tolerance. We show that it can be further extended to boronic esters and carried out on gram scale as well as under flow conditions.

  15. Photoinduced toxicity of engineered nanomaterials

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    Jones, Philip Scott

    Engineered nanomaterials including metal, metal oxide and carbon based nanomaterials are extensively used in a wide variety of applications to the extent that their presence in the environment is expected to increase dramatically over the next century. These nanomaterials may be photodegraded by solar radiation and thereby release metal ions into the environment that can produce cytotoxic and genotoxic effects. Photoinduced toxicity experiments are performed exposing human lung epithelial carcinoma cells [H1650] to engineered semiconductor nanoparticles such as CdSe quantum dots and ZnO nanoparticles after exposure to 3, 6, and 9 hours of solar simulated radiation. Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of the metal ions are evaluated using ZnSO4 and CdCl2 solutions for the MTT assay and Comet assay respectively. The objective of the dissertation is to obtain quantitative information about the environmental transformation of engineered nanomaterials and their mechanism of toxicity. This information is critical for addressing the environmental health and safety risks of engineered nanomaterials to workers, consumers and the environment.

  16. Adsorption and deposition of anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid on alumina studied by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy

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    Higo, Morihide [Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)], E-mail: higo@apc.kagoshima-u.ac.jp; Miake, Takeshi; Mitsushio, Masaru; Yoshidome, Toshifumi [Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Ozono, Yoshihisa [Center for Instrumental analysis, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)

    2008-04-30

    The adsorption state of anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid (AQ-2-COOH) deposited from acetone solutions (0.01-1.00 mg/ml) on native oxide surfaces of Al films was characterized by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The oxide was prepared on evaporated Al films at room temperature in an oxygen-dc glow discharge. The morphology of the deposited AQ-2-COOH on the oxide surfaces was observed and analyzed by atomic force microscopy. These surface analyses showed that AQ-2-COOH is adsorbed predominantly as a uniform nanometer-scale film of carboxylate anions on the oxide surfaces deposited from solutions with concentrations lower than or equal to 0.02 mg/ml. It was found that AQ-2-COOH is adsorbed as both a uniform film of anions and as micron-sized particles of neutral molecules with heights of a few tens of nanometers when AQ-2-COOH is deposited from solutions with concentrations higher than 0.02 mg/ml. A comparison of the results obtained by these surface analytical techniques clearly shows the features and advantages of these analytical techniques.

  17. Photoinduced oxidation of a water-soluble manganese(III) porphyrin

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    Maliyackel, Anthony C.; Otvos, John W.; Spreer, Larry O.; Calvin, Melvin

    1986-01-01

    The photoinduced oxidation of tetra(N-methyl-4-pyridyl)porphyrinmanganese(III) has been achieved in homogeneous solution. The manganese porphyrin was used as an electron donor in a three-component system with tris-(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) as the photosensitizer and chloropentaamminecobalt(III) as the electron acceptor. The photooxidized manganese porphyrin is unstable in aqueous solution, reverting to the starting manganese(III) porphyrin. The oxidation of manganese(III) porphyrin and t...

  18. Density functional study of electronic, charge density, and chemical bonding properties of 9-methyl-3-Thiophen-2-YI-Thieno [3,2-e] [1, 2, 4] Thriazolo [4,3-c] pyrimidine-8-Carboxylic acid ethyl ester crystals

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    Reshak, A.H., E-mail: maalidph@yahoo.co.uk [New Technologies – Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilsen (Czech Republic); Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, School of Material Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Kamarudin, H. [Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, School of Material Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Alahmed, Z.A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Auluck, S. [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K S Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); Chyský, Jan [Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, CTU in Prague, Technicka 4, 166 07 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2014-06-01

    A comprehensive theoretical density functional investigation of the electronic crystal structure, chemical bonding, and the electron charge densities of 9-Methyl-3-Thiophen-2-YI-Thieno [3, 2-e] [1, 2, 4] Thriazolo [4,3-c] Pyrimidine-8-Carboxylic Acid Ethyl Ester (C{sub 15}H{sub 12}N{sub 4}O{sub 2}S{sub 2}) is performed. The density of states at Fermi level equal to 5.50 (3.45) states/Ry cell, and the calculated bare electronic specific heat coefficient is found to be 0.95 (0.59) mJ/mole-K{sup 2} for the local density approximation (Engel–Vosko generalized gradient approximation). The electronic charge density space distribution contours in (1 0 0) and (1 1 0) planes were calculated. We find that there are two independent molecules (A and B) in the asymmetric unit exhibit intramolecular C–H…O, C–H…N interactions. This intramolecular interaction is different in molecules A and B, where A molecule show C–H…O interaction while B molecule exhibit C–H…N interaction. We should emphasis that there is π–π interaction between the pyrimidine rings of the two neighbors B molecules gives extra strengths and stabilizations to the superamolecular structure. The calculated distance between the two neighbors pyrimidine rings found to be 3.345 Å, in good agreement with the measured one (3.424(1) Å). - Highlights: • Electronic structure, chemical bonding, and electron charge density were studied. • Density of states at Fermi level is 5.50 (3.45) states/Ry cell, for LDA (EVGGA). • Bare electronic specific heat coefficient is 0.95 (0.59) mJ/mole-K{sup 2} for LDA(EVGGA). • There are two independent molecules (A and B) in the asymmetric unit.

  19. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in ...

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    We report the pump-probe measurements of nonlinear refractive index changes in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films. The photoinduced absorption is caused by pump beam at 532 nm and the accompanying refractive index changes are studied using a probe beam at 633 nm. The proposed technique is based on a ...

  20. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in ...

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    Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in bacteriorhodopsin films. RAVINDER KUMAR BANYAL and B RAGHAVENDRA PRASAD. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034, India. E-mail: brp@iiap.res.in. MS received 12 December 2005; revised 6 November 2006; ...

  1. Photo-induced Nanopattern Formation on Polarity Patterned Lithium Niobate with ZnO-Modified Surfaces

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    Kaur, Manpuneet; Wang, Xingye; Eller, Brianna; Nemanich, Robert

    2015-03-01

    This research is focused on modifying the surface of polarity patterned lithium niobate (PPLN) templates with ultra thin layers of ZnO. Photo-induced nanopattern formation is employed to discern the effects of thin ZnO on PPLN. The spontaneous polarization of ZnO is intended to be used to enhance the photo-induced transport of electrons to the surface to reduce Ag + to Ag nanoparticles. The ZnO thin films were deposited by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) at 150 C with 0.2 nm/cycle. Photo-induced Ag nanopatterns were deposited on bare PPLN and 1, 2, 3 and 10 nm ZnO-PPLN heterostructures, immersed on an aqueous AgNO3 solution and illumination with 254 nm UV light. The photo-induced deposition of 1nm ZnO/PPLN results in enhanced Ag nanoparticle formation at domain boundaries. The positive domain selectivity is not observed on 2nm ZnO/PPLN templates, and the deposition becomes the same on both domains. The nanoparticle patterns were not evident for ZnO films thicker than 3nm. The amorphous structure of thick ZnO on PPLN tends to reduce the effect of the ZnO polarization. The effect of polarity patterned thin PEALD ZnO films is discussed to understand photo-induced electron transfer and AgNO3 reduction on ZnO-PPLN heterostructures. This research is supported by the NSF through Grant DMR-1206935.

  2. Photoinduced charge separation in a colloidal system of exfoliated layered semiconductor controlled by coexisting aluminosilicate clay.

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    Nakato, Teruyuki; Yamada, Yoshimi; Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi

    2009-02-05

    We investigated photoinduced charge separation occurring in a multicomponent colloidal system composed of oxide nanosheets of photocatalytically active niobate and photochemically inert clay and electron accepting methylviologen dications (MV2+). The inorganic nanosheets were obtained by exfoliation of layered hexaniobate and hectorite clay. The niobate and clay nanosheets were spatially separated in the colloidally dispersed state, and the MV2+ molecules were selectively adsorbed on the clay platelets. UV irradiation of the colloids led to electron transfer from the niobate nanosheets to the MV2+ molecules adsorbed on clay. The photoinduced electron transfer produced methylviologen radical cations (MV*+), which was characterized by high yield and long lifetime. The yield and stability of the MV*+ species were found to depend strongly on the clay content of the colloid: from a few mol % to approximately 70 mol % of the yield and several tens of minutes to more than 40 h of the lifetime. The contents of the niobate nanosheets and MV2+ molecules and the aging of the colloid also affected the photoinduced charge separation. In the absence of MV2+ molecules in the colloid, UV irradiation induced electron accumulation in the niobate nanosheets. The stability of the electron-accumulated state also depended on the clay content. The variation in the photochemical behavior is discussed in relation to the viscosity of the colloid.

  3. LESR Study of Photoinduced Defects in Quasi-One-Dimensional Halogen-Bridged Platinum Complexes

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    Wei, Xing; Donohoe, Robert

    1996-03-01

    The nature of photoinduced defects in quasi-one-dimensional, chlorine-bridged platinum complexes, [Pt(en)_2][Pt(en)_2Cl_2](ClO_4)4 (where en=ethylenediamine, (CH_2NH_2)_2), was studied by light-induced electron spin resonance (LESR). To minimize and clarify the complication of the hyperfine-interaction effect, complexes with different purified nuclear isotopes, for example, with Pt^194 (I=0), N^15 (I=1/2), D (I=1), Cl^35 (I=3/2), and Cl^37 (I=3/2), etc., were systhesized. Preliminary experimental and computer-fitting results shed new light into the problem, in which whether the photoinduced defectss can be decribed by the soliton or polaron model has been subject to intense debates. Instead, we propose triplet exciton as the principal photoexcitatations, implying that the electron correlations are important and can not be neglected as in the current theoretical treatments.

  4. Photoinduced charge-transfer dynamics of sequentially aligned donor-acceptor systems in an ionic liquid.

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    Muramatsu, Masayasu; Katayama, Tetsuro; Ito, Syoji; Nagasawa, Yutaka; Matsuo, Daisuke; Suzuma, Yoshinori; Peng, Lifen; Orita, Akihiro; Otera, Junzo; Miyasaka, Hiroshi

    2013-10-01

    Photoinduced charge separation processes of linear phenyleneethynylene derivatives (PEN) with different sequences of electron-withdrawing perfluorophenyl groups (A) and electron-donating phenyl groups (D) were investigated in an ionic liquid (IL), BmimTFSI, by picosecond time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) and transient absorption (TA) spectroscopies. Very rapid photoinduced charge separation within 10 ps in AADD was followed by the stabilization of the charge-transfer (CT) state by the solvation, while the excited states in ADAD and ADDA were ascribable to the locally excited (LE) state. Equilibrium between the LE and CT states was established for DAAD with time constants of forward and backward processes much faster than the solvation time. The relative population of the CT state increases with time owing to the dynamic stabilization of the CT state by the solvation. The elementary charge separation process, the increase in the CT population, and their relation to the solvation time were discussed.

  5. Research of photoinduced potentials of pepper leaves

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    D. V. Chernetchenko; MOTSNYJ M.P.; N. P. Botsva; О. V. Elina

    2015-01-01

    Bioelectrical potentials of the plants during photostimulation with various intensity values and wave lengths are studied. Such stimulation provides light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis. The universal scheme of registration of bioelectric potentials, which allows to carry out the experimental study of light stimuli effect on the plant is proposed. All registrations of potentials are observed on the pepper leaves. Photoinduced stimuli are different with intensity changed from 150 to 450...

  6. The photo-induced phase and coherent phonon in the organic conductor (EDO-TTF)2PF6

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    Onda, Ken; Ogihara, Sho; Ishikawa, Tadahiko; Okimoto, Yoichi; Shao, Xiangfeng; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi; Koshihara, Shin-ya

    2008-06-01

    We have investigated the nature of the photo-induced state and coherent phonon in the conducting charge transfer complex (EDO-TTF)2PF6 by measuring the ultrafast reflectivity change over a wide photon energy range from 0.069 eV (18 µm) to 2.1 eV (580 nm). The photo-induced spectra just after photo-excitation indicate that the photo-induced phase is similar to but clearly different from that in a thermally induced metal phase though they are the same for general photo-induced phase transition. The temporal profiles at each probe photon energy are accompanied by extraordinarily large amplitude oscillation originating from coherent phonon generation. The period of the coherent phonon depends discretely on the probe photon energy, while the generation efficiency of both the photo-induced phase and coherent photon reaches a maximum when the peak top of a charge transfer band is excited. These results are probably attributable to the strong electron-vibration coupling in this complex.

  7. Near-Infrared Photoelectrochemical Conversion via Photoinduced Charge Separation in Supramolecular Complexes of Anionic Phthalocyanines with Li(+)@C60.

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    Kawashima, Yuki; Ohkubo, Kei; Blas-Ferrando, Vicente Manuel; Sakai, Hayato; Font-Sanchis, Enrique; Ortíz, Javier; Fernández-Lázaro, Fernando; Hasobe, Taku; Sastre-Santos, Ángela; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2015-06-18

    Two phthalocyanines possessing carboxylate groups ((TBA)4H2Pc·1 and (TBA)4H2Pc·2) form 1:2 supramolecular complexes with lithium cation-encapsulated C60 (Li(+)@C60) [H2Pc·1(4-)/(Li(+)@C60)2 and H2Pc·2(4-)/(Li(+)@C60)2] in a polar mixed solvent. From the UV-vis spectral changes, the binding constants (K) were estimated as ca. 10(12) M(-2). Upon the photoexcitation of constructed supramolecular complexes, photoinduced electron transfer occurred to form the charge-separated (CS) state. The lifetime of the CS state was determined to be 1.2 ms for H2Pc·2(4-)/(Li(+)@C60)2, which is the longest CS lifetime among the porphyrinoid/fullerene supramolecular complexes. H2Pc·1(4-)/(Li(+)@C60)2 also afforded the long-lived CS state of 1.0 ms. The spin state of the long-lived CS states was determined to be a triplet, as indicated by the EPR signal at g = 4. The reorganization energy (λ) and the electronic coupling term were determined to be λ = 1.70 eV, V = 0.15 cm(-1) from the temperature dependence of the rate constant for the charge recombination of the CS state of H2Pc·1(4-)/(Li(+)@C60)2. The energy of the CS state (0.49 eV) is much smaller than the reorganization energy, indicating that the back-electron-transfer process is located in the Marcus normal region. The small electronic coupling term results from the spin-forbidden back electron transfer due to the triplet CS state. Supramolecular complexes of anionic zinc phthalocyanines with Li(+)@C60 were also prepared and investigated. The ZnPc·4(4-)/Li(+)@C60 supramolecular nanoclusters were assembled on the optically transparent electrode (OTE) of nanostructured SnO2 (OTE/SnO2) to construct the dye-sensitized solar cell. The IPCE (incident photon-to-photocurrent efficiency) values of OTE/SnO2/(ZnPc·4(4-)/Li(+)@C60)n were much higher than the sum of the two IPCE values of the individual systems OTE/SnO2/(Li(+)@C60)n and OTE/SnO2/(ZnPc·4(4-))n, covering the near-infrared region.

  8. Photoinduced features of energy bandgap in quaternary Cu2CdGeS4 crystals

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    Brik, M. G.; Kityk, I. V.; Parasyuk, O. V.; Myronchuk, G. L.

    2013-12-01

    The quaternary chalcogenide crystal Cu2CdGeS4 was studied both experimentally and theoretically in the present paper. Investigations of polarized fundamental absorption spectra demonstrated a high sensitivity to external light illumination. The photoinduced changes were studied using a cw 532 nm green laser with energy density about 0.4 J cm-2. The spectral maximum of the photoinduced anisotropy was observed at spectral energies equal to about 1.4 eV (energy gap equal to about 1.85 eV) corresponding to maximal density of the intrinsic defect levels. Spectroscopic measurements were performed for polarized and unpolarized photoinducing laser light to separate the contribution of the intrinsic defect states from that of the pure states of the valence and conduction bands. To understand the origin of the observed photoinduced absorption near the fundamental edge, the benchmark first-principles calculations of the structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties of Cu2CdGeS4 were performed by the general gradient approximation (GGA) and local density approximation (LDA) methods. The calculated dielectric function and optical absorption spectra exhibit some anisotropic behavior (shift of the absorption maxima in different polarizations) within the 0.15-0.20 eV energy range not only near the absorption edge; optical anisotropy was also found for the deeper inter-band transition spectral range. Peculiar features of chemical bonds in Cu2CdGeS4 were revealed by studying the electron density distribution. Possible intrinsic defects are shown to affect the optical absorption spectra considerably. Pressure effects on the structural and electronic properties were modeled by optimizing the crystal structure and calculating all relevant properties at elevated hydrostatic pressure. The first estimations of the bulk modulus (69 GPa (GGA) or 91 GPa (LDA)) and its pressure derivative for Cu2CdGeS4 are also reported.

  9. Electric field control photo-induced Hall currents in semiconductors

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    Miah, M. Idrish [Nanoscale Science and Technology Centre, Griffith University, Nathan, Brisbane, QLD 4111 (Australia); Department of Physics, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Chittagong 4331 (Bangladesh)], E-mail: m.miah@griffith.edu.au

    2008-10-15

    We generate spin-polarized carrier populations in GaAs and low temperature-grown GaAs (LT-GaAs) by circularly polarized optical beams and pull them by external electric fields to create spin-polarized currents. In the presence of the optically generated spin currents, anomalous Hall currents with an enhancement with increasing doping are observed and found to be almost steady in moderate electric fields up to {approx}120 mV {mu}m{sup -1}, indicating that photo-induced spin orientation of electrons is preserved in these systems. However, a field {approx}300 mV {mu}m{sup -1} completely destroys the electron spin polarization due to an increase of the D'yakonov-Perel' spin precession frequency of the hot electrons. This suggests that high field carrier transport conditions might not be suitable for spin-based technology with GaAs and LT-GaAs. It is also demonstrated that the presence of the excess arsenic sites in LT-GaAs might not affect the spin relaxation by Bir-Aronov-Pikus mechanism owing to a large number of electrons in n-doped materials.

  10. Stereocontrol of Methyl Methacrylate during Photoinduced Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization in the Presence of Photosensitive Alkoxyamine

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    Juahui Su

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Photosensitive alkoxyamine 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-(1-phenylethoxypiperidin-4-yl quinoline-2-carboxylate (PE-TEMPO-Q was synthesized. Photochemical properties of PE-TEMPO-Q were studied to develop photoinduced nitroxide-mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA. Rapid and facile polymerization at ambient temperature with PE-TEMPO-Q as an initiator was confirmed to proceed in a controlled mechanism based on the linear growth in molecular weight combined with relative narrow polydispersity index (1.4–1.8 of the resulting polymers. The stereochemistry of obtained polymers was also investigated, and the syndiotacticity slightly increased compared with the typical photopolymerization. Dual-controlled photopolymerization of MMA was achieved in the presence of synthesized alkoxyamine.

  11. Simulation of erasure of photoinduced anisotropy by circularly polarized light

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    Sajti, Sz.; Kerekes, Á.; Barabás, M.

    2001-01-01

    The temporal evolution of photoinduced birefringence is investigated on the basis of a model proposed by Pedersen and co-workers, This model is extended for the case of elliptically polarized light, and used to describe the erasure of photoinduced birefringence by circularly polarized light...

  12. Faraday rotation by the undisturbed bulk and by photoinduced giant polarons in EuTe

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    Henriques, A. B.; Usachev, P. A.

    2017-11-01

    A quantum mechanical model is developed for the Faraday effect in europium telluride, for photons of energy within the transparency gap. The model is based on the well known band edge electronic energy states in EuTe. A concise expression for the Verdet constant is obtained, determined by few parameters already available in the literature. The Verdet constant adopted here, defined by the ratio between the Faraday rotation angle and the magnetization, is in effect temperature independent. Its dependence on the photon energy and applied magnetic field is in excellent agreement with published results. Below 3 T the Verdet constant is also nearly independent on field, but above 3 T at low temperatures it increases due to the band gap redshift. The model is used to calculate the photoinduced Faraday rotation associated with photoinduced giant magnetic polarons in EuTe. The theoretical photoinduced Faraday rotation excitation describes quite well the main features seen experimentally. Due to the common band-edge electronic energy structure, the model reported here could be extended to all other europium chalcogenides.

  13. Spin dephasing and photoinduced spin diffusion in a high-mobility two-dimensional electron system embedded in a GaAs-(Al,Ga)As quantum well grown in the [110] direction

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    Völkl, R.; Griesbeck, M.; Tarasenko, S. A.; Schuh, D.; Wegscheider, W.; Schüller, C.; Korn, T.

    2011-06-01

    We have studied spin dephasing and spin diffusion in a high-mobility two-dimensional electron system, embedded in a GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well grown in the [110] direction, by a two-beam Hanle experiment. For very low excitation density, we observe spin lifetimes of more than 16 ns, which rapidly decrease as the pump intensity is increased. Two mechanisms contribute to this decrease: The optical excitation produces holes, which lead to a decay of electron spin via the Bir-Aronov-Pikus mechanism and recombination with spin-polarized electrons. By scanning the distance between the pump and probe beams, we observe the diffusion of spin-polarized electrons over more than 20 μm. For high pump intensity, the spin polarization in a distance of several micrometers from the pump beam is larger than at the pump spot, due to the reduced influence of photogenerated holes.

  14. Phenyl acridine-9-carboxylate

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    Michał Wera

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The acridine ring system and the benzene ring in the title compound, C20H13NO2, are oriented at a dihedral angle of 6.4 (2°. The carboxyl group is twisted at an angle of 83.6 (2° relative to the acridine skeleton. The molecules in the crystal are arranged in stacks along the b axis, with two of the acridine rings involved in multiple π–π interactions [centroid–centroid distances in the range 3.536 (2–3.894 (2 Å]. Stacks arranged parallel are linked via C—H...π interactions, forming layers in the ac plane that are in contact with adjacent, inversely oriented layers via other C—H...π interactions, giving rise to double layers. The inversely oriented double layers interact dispersively. The acridine units are parallel within the parallel-oriented stacks, but inclined at an angle of 79.6 (2° in the inversely oriented stacks.

  15. 1-Azaniumylcyclobutane-1-carboxylate monohydrate

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    Ray J. Butcher

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C5H9NO2·H2O, the amino acid is in the usual zwitterionic form involving the α-carboxylate group. The cyclobutane backbone of the amino acid is disordered over two conformations, with occupancies of 0.882 (7 and 0.118 (7. In the crystal, N—H...O and O—H...O hydrogen bonds link the zwitterions [with the water molecule involved as both acceptor (with the NH3+ and donor (through a single carboxylate O from two different aminocyclobutane carboxylate moities], resulting in a two-dimensional layered structure lying parallel to (100.

  16. Ultrafast fluorescence study of the effect of carboxylic and carboxylate substituents on the excited state properties of anthracene

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    Rodríguez-Córdoba, William [Escuela de Física, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín, A.A. 3840, Medellín (Colombia); Noria-Moreno, Raquel; Navarro, Pedro [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Química, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México, DF (Mexico); Peon, Jorge, E-mail: jpeon@unam.mx [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Química, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México, DF (Mexico)

    2014-01-15

    With the objective of understanding the interaction between carboxylic substituents and aromatic systems in electronically excited states, we have studied the photophysics of anthracene-9-carboxylic acid and its conjugate base through spectroscopic and computational approaches. We measured the emission spectrum evolution with femtosecond resolution observing that the formation of the relaxed fluorescent state of the acid corresponds to a red shifting of the emission which takes place within the first picosecond after excitation, a time-scale defined by the solvent response (acetone). For the case of the anthracene-9-carboxylate system, the spectral evolution is practically absent, indicating a lack of relaxation of the substituent orientation in the S{sub 1} state. Computational work at the time-dependent density functional theory level, considering the novel state-specific formalism, indicates that for anthracene-9-carboxylic acid, the first electronically excited state evolves from a structure with a nearly 60° dihedral angle between the carboxylic and aromatic systems, to a relaxed structure with a nearly 30° angle. On the other hand, the calculations show that for the salt, the carboxylate group remains decoupled from the aromatic system both in the ground and fluorescent state, remaining in both states at nearly 90°. Our results elucidate that the emission spectra of the acid and conjugate base are defined by the degree of interaction between the carboxylic (or carboxylate) group and the aromatic system. Such interactions are drastically different from the formal charge present in the carboxylate ion. -- Highlights: • Understanding of the interaction between carboxylic substituents and aromatic systems in electronically excited states. • Elucidation of the excited state dynamics of 9-ACA and its conjugated base in acetone solutions. • The spectral evolution time-scale of the aromatic acid and its salt depends on the solvation dynamics. • The

  17. Two-step photoinduced charge separation and unexpectedly fast one-step charge recombination in a linked Donor2-Donor1-Acceptor system

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    van Dijk, S.I.; Wiering, P.G.; van Staveren, R.; van Ramesdonk, H.J.; Brouwer, A.M.; Verhoeven, J.W.

    1993-01-01

    Photoinduced sequential two-step electron transfer occurs upon excitation of the 1,3-diphenylpropanedioato boron oxalate electron acceptor in a novel trichromophoric donor2-donor1-acceptor (D2-D1-A) system. The D2-D+1-A- state is fluorescent, while the D+2-D1-A- state is observed by transient

  18. Photo-Responsive Soft Ionic Crystals: Ion-Pairing Assemblies of Azobenzene Carboxylates.

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    Yamakado, Ryohei; Hara, Mitsuo; Nagano, Shusaku; Seki, Takahiro; Maeda, Hiromitsu

    2017-07-12

    This report delineates the design and synthesis of negatively charged azobenzene derivatives that form photo-responsive ion-pairing assemblies. The azobenzene carboxylates possessing aliphatic chains were prepared as photo-responsive anions that promote the formation of ion-pairing dimension-controlled assemblies, including mesophases, when used in conjunction with a tetrabutylammonium (TBA) cation. The photo-responsive properties of the ion pairs and the precursory carboxylic acids in the bulk state were examined by polarized optical microscopy (POM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), demonstrating that liquid crystal (LC)-liquid and crystal-liquid phase transitions occurred, depending on the number and lengths of the aliphatic chains of each assembly. An ion pair exhibited photo-induced crystal-crystal phase transitions upon switching between two irradiation wavelengths (365/436 nm). © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Photoinduced multistep charge separation in a heteroleptic Cu(I) bis(phenanthroline)-based donor-chromophore-acceptor triad.

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    Lazorski, Megan S; Gest, Riley H; Elliott, C Michael

    2012-10-24

    A molecular triad assembly consisting of an electron donor, a bis(phenanthroline)copper(I) chromophore, and an electron acceptor has been prepared. Under visible-light excitation, this assembly undergoes efficient (ca. 50%) photoinduced, multistep formation of a diradical cation charge-separated state that has a lifetime of >100 ns and stores >1.0 eV of energy. This system constitutes an earth-abundant functional analogue of related Ru(bpy)(3) triad systems.

  20. Native vs photoinduced chemiluminescence in dimethoate determination

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    Catala-Icardo, M., E-mail: mocaic@qim.upv.es [Instituto de investigacion para la Gestion Integrada de Zonas Costeras (IGIC), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, C/Paranimf n Degree-Sign 1, 46730 Grao de Gandia, Valencia (Spain); Lopez-Paz, J.L.; Choves-Baron, C.; Pena-Badena, A. [Instituto de investigacion para la Gestion Integrada de Zonas Costeras (IGIC), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, C/Paranimf n Degree-Sign 1, 46730 Grao de Gandia, Valencia (Spain)

    2012-01-13

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Comparison between native and photoinduced chemiluminescence of dimethoate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hexadecylpyridinium enhanced greatly the chemiluminescence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solid phase extraction allowed the successful determination of dimethoate in water. - Abstract: The determination of dimethoate using either its native chemiluminescent (CL) properties or its photoinduced chemiluminescence obtained by irradiation with a 15 W low-pressure mercury lamp was studied. Thereby, two flow injection systems (FIA) with and without irradiation were exhaustively optimized and their analytical characteristics studied. Better sensitivity and selectivity was found in absence of irradiation, due to the enhancing effect of hexadecylpyridinium chloride (HPC), which acted as a sensitizer. In the developed FIA-CL system, the alkaline hydrolysis of dimethoate with NaOH was performed on-line in presence of HPC. The oxidation of the product of hydrolysis with Ce(IV) in hydrochloric medium induced chemiluminescence. The method provided a limit of detection of only 0.05 ng mL{sup -1} without any pre-treatment. However, the combination with solid phase extraction allowed the removal of some potential interferents as well as the preconcentration of the pesticide. Finally, the developed method was successfully applied to natural waters with recoveries between 95 and 108%.

  1. Room-temperature photoinduced direct C-H-arylation via base-promoted homolytic aromatic substitution.

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    Budén, María E; Guastavino, Javier F; Rossi, Roberto A

    2013-03-15

    Conceptually different approach toward biaryl syntheses by photoinduced direct C-H arylation of benzene and thiophene in the presence of t-BuOK is reported. The reaction proceeds through photo- and base-promoted homolytic aromatic substitution. The o-, m- and p- substituted ArI, as well as the electron-donating and electron-withdrawing nature of the substituents were found be good to excellent substrates. Heteroaryl, ArBr, ArCl and double C-H arylation were successfully achieved.

  2. Photo-induced oxidation of a dinuclear Mn(2)(II,II) complex to the Mn(2)(III,IV) state by inter- and intramolecular electron transfer to Ru(III)tris-bipyridine.

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    Huang, P; Magnuson, A; Lomoth, R; Abrahamsson, M; Tamm, M; Sun, L; van Rotterdam, B; Park, J; Hammarström, L; Akermark, B; Styring, S

    2002-07-25

    To model the structural and functional parts of the water oxidizing complex in Photosystem II, a dimeric manganese(II,II) complex (1) was linked to a ruthenium(II)tris-bipyridine (Ru(II)(bpy)(3)) complex via a substituted L-tyrosine, to form the trinuclear complex 2 [J. Inorg. Biochem. 78 (2000) 15]. Flash photolysis of 1 and Ru(II)(bpy)(3) in aqueous solution, in the presence of an electron acceptor, resulted in the stepwise extraction of three electrons by Ru(III)(bpy)(3) from the Mn(2)(II,II) dimer, which then attained the Mn(2)(III,IV) oxidation state. In a similar experiment with compound 2, the dinuclear Mn complex reduced the photo-oxidized Ru moiety via intramolecular electron transfer on each photochemical event. From EPR it was seen that 2 also reached the Mn(2)(III,IV) state. Our data indicate that oxidation from the Mn(2)(II,II) state proceeds stepwise via intermediate formation of Mn(2)(II,III) and Mn(2)(III,III). In the presence of water, cyclic voltammetry showed an additional anodic peak beyond Mn(2)(II,III/III,III) oxidation which was significantly lower than in neat acetonitrile. Assuming that this peak is due to oxidation to Mn(2)(III,IV), this suggests that water is essential for the formation of the Mn(2)(III,IV) oxidation state. Compound 2 is a structural mimic of the water oxidizing complex, in that it links a Mn complex via a tyrosine to a highly oxidizing photosensitizer. Complex 2 also mimics mechanistic aspects of Photosystem II, in that the electron transfer to the photosensitizer is fast and results in several electron extractions from the Mn moiety.

  3. Short Carboxylic Acid-Carboxylate Hydrogen Bonds Can Have Fully Localized Protons.

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    Lin, Jiusheng; Pozharski, Edwin; Wilson, Mark A

    2017-01-17

    Short hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) have been proposed to play key functional roles in several proteins. The location of the proton in short H-bonds is of central importance, as proton delocalization is a defining feature of low-barrier hydrogen bonds (LBHBs). Experimentally determining proton location in H-bonds is challenging. Here, bond length analysis of atomic (1.15-0.98 Å) resolution X-ray crystal structures of the human protein DJ-1 and its bacterial homologue, YajL, was used to determine the protonation states of H-bonded carboxylic acids. DJ-1 contains a buried, dimer-spanning 2.49 Å H-bond between Glu15 and Asp24 that satisfies standard donor-acceptor distance criteria for a LBHB. Bond length analysis indicates that the proton is localized on Asp24, excluding a LBHB at this location. However, similar analysis of the Escherichia coli homologue YajL shows both residues may be protonated at the H-bonded oxygen atoms, potentially consistent with a LBHB. A Protein Data Bank-wide screen identifies candidate carboxylic acid H-bonds in approximately 14% of proteins, which are typically short [⟨dO-O⟩ = 2.542(2) Å]. Chemically similar H-bonds between hydroxylated residues (Ser/Thr/Tyr) and carboxylates show a trend of lengthening O-O distance with increasing H-bond donor pKa. This trend suggests that conventional electronic effects provide an adequate explanation for short, charge-assisted carboxylic acid-carboxylate H-bonds in proteins, without the need to invoke LBHBs in general. This study demonstrates that bond length analysis of atomic resolution X-ray crystal structures provides a useful experimental test of certain candidate LBHBs.

  4. Short Carboxylic Acid-Carboxylate Hydrogen Bonds Can Have Fully Localized Protons

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    Lin, Jiusheng; Pozharski, Edwin; Wilson, Mark A.

    2018-01-01

    Short hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) have been proposed to play key functional roles in several proteins. The location of the proton in short H-bonds is of central importance, as proton delocalization is a defining feature of low barrier hydrogen bonds (LBHBs). Experimentally determining proton location in H-bonds is challenging. Here, bond length analysis of atomic (1.15–0.98 Å) resolution X-ray crystal structures of the human protein DJ-1 and its bacterial homolog YajL was used to determine the protonation states of H-bonded carboxylic acids. DJ-1 contains a buried, dimer-spanning 2.49 Å H-bond between Glu15 and Asp23 that satisfies standard donor-acceptor distance criteria for a LBHB. Bond length analysis indicates that the proton is localized on Asp24, excluding a LBHB at this location. However, similar analysis of the E. coli homolog YajL shows both residues may be protonated at the H-bonded oxygen atoms, potentially consistent with an LBHB. A PDB-wide screen identifies candidate carboxylic acid H-bonds in approximately 14% of proteins, which are typically short (=2.542(2) Å). Chemically similar H-bonds between hydroxylated residues (Ser/Thr/Tyr) and carboxylates show a trend of lengthening O-O distance with increasing H-bond donor pKa. This trend suggests that conventional electronic effects provide an adequate explanation for short, charge-assisted carboxylic acid-carboxylate H-bonds in proteins, without the need to invoke LBHBs in general. This study demonstrates that bond length analysis of atomic resolution X-ray crystal structures provides a useful experimental test of certain candidate LBHBs. PMID:27989121

  5. Short Carboxylic Acid–Carboxylate Hydrogen Bonds Can Have Fully Localized Protons

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    Lin, Jiusheng; Pozharski, Edwin; Wilson, Mark A.

    2017-01-17

    Short hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) have been proposed to play key functional roles in several proteins. The location of the proton in short H-bonds is of central importance, as proton delocalization is a defining feature of low-barrier hydrogen bonds (LBHBs). Experimentally determining proton location in H-bonds is challenging. Here, bond length analysis of atomic (1.15–0.98 Å) resolution X-ray crystal structures of the human protein DJ-1 and its bacterial homologue, YajL, was used to determine the protonation states of H-bonded carboxylic acids. DJ-1 contains a buried, dimer-spanning 2.49 Å H-bond between Glu15 and Asp24 that satisfies standard donor–acceptor distance criteria for a LBHB. Bond length analysis indicates that the proton is localized on Asp24, excluding a LBHB at this location. However, similar analysis of the Escherichia coli homologue YajL shows both residues may be protonated at the H-bonded oxygen atoms, potentially consistent with a LBHB. A Protein Data Bank-wide screen identifies candidate carboxylic acid H-bonds in approximately 14% of proteins, which are typically short [O–O> = 2.542(2) Å]. Chemically similar H-bonds between hydroxylated residues (Ser/Thr/Tyr) and carboxylates show a trend of lengthening O–O distance with increasing H-bond donor pKa. This trend suggests that conventional electronic effects provide an adequate explanation for short, charge-assisted carboxylic acid–carboxylate H-bonds in proteins, without the need to invoke LBHBs in general. This study demonstrates that bond length analysis of atomic resolution X-ray crystal structures provides a useful experimental test of certain candidate LBHBs.

  6. Cobalt(III) tetraaza-macrocyclic complexes as efficient catalyst for photoinduced hydrogen production in water: Theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of the reduced species and mechanistic insight.

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    Gueret, Robin; Castillo, Carmen E; Rebarz, Mateusz; Thomas, Fabrice; Hargrove, Aaron-Albert; Pécaut, Jacques; Sliwa, Michel; Fortage, Jérôme; Collomb, Marie-Noëlle

    2015-11-01

    We recently reported a very efficient homogeneous system for visible-light driven hydrogen production in water based on the cobalt(III) tetraaza-macrocyclic complex [Co(CR)Cl2](+) (1) (CR=2,12-dimethyl-3,7,11,17-tetra-azabicyclo(11.3.1)-heptadeca-1(17),2,11,13,15-pentaene) as a noble metal-free catalyst, with [Ru(II)(bpy)3](2+) (Ru) as photosensitizer and ascorbate/ascorbic acid (HA(-)/H2A) as a sacrificial electron donor and buffer (PhysChemChemPhys 2013, 15, 17544). This catalyst presents the particularity to achieve very high turnover numbers (TONs) (up to 1000) at pH 4.0 at a relative high concentration (0.1mM) generating a large amount of hydrogen and having a long term stability. A similar activity was observed for the aquo derivative [Co(III)(CR)(H2O)2](3+) (2) due to substitution of chloro ligands by water molecule in water. In this work, the geometry and electronic structures of 2 and its analog [Zn(II)(CR)Cl](+) (3) derivative containing the redox innocent Zn(II) metal ion have been investigated by DFT calculations under various oxidation states. We also further studied the photocatalytic activity of this system and evaluated the influence of varying the relative concentration of the different components on the H2-evolving activity. Turnover numbers versus catalyst (TONCat) were found to be dependent on the catalyst concentration with the highest value of 1130 obtained at 0.05 mM. Interestingly, the analogous nickel derivative, [Ni(II)(CR)Cl2] (4), when tested under the same experimental conditions was found to be fully inactive for H2 production. Nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy measurements have revealed that the first electron-transfer steps of the photocatalytic H2-evolution mechanism with the Ru/cobalt tetraaza/HA(-)/H2A system involve a reductive quenching of the excited state of the photosensitizer by ascorbate (kq=2.5×10(7) M(-1) s(-1)) followed by an electron transfer from the reduced photosensitizer to the catalyst (ket=1.4×10(9) M

  7. Channel Coupling Effects in Photo-Induced ρ - N Production

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    Usov, A.; Scholten, O.

    2006-01-01

    We present an extension of our coupled channels calculation to include photo-induced ρ - N production. We show that indirect contributions are large and can account for some of the typical discrepancies seen in a tree-level calculations.

  8. Photoinduced electro-optics measurements of biosilica transformation to cristobalite

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    Fuchs, Ido [Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52900 (Israel); Aluma, Yaniv; Ilan, Micha [Department of Zoology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801 (Israel); Kityk, Iwan [Institute of Electronic Systems, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University, Czestochowa 42-201 (Poland); Mastai, Yitzhak, E-mail: Yitzhak.Mastai@biu.ac.il [Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52900 (Israel)

    2015-03-15

    In this paper we studied the photoinduced electro optics effects in the thermal transformation process of biosilica to cristobalite, at a relatively low temperature and ambient pressure. This process was characterized by a variety of standards techniques with emphasis on linear electro optic effect measurements. Overall we demonstrated that photoinduced electro optics measurements are very sensitive to the transformation from amorphous structure of silica in the natural sponge samples to laminar string morphology of cristobalite. With this technique we could probe the change in the samples chirality from achiral bio silica to chiral cristobalite structure. Furthermore it is shown that natural biosilica have photoinduced linear electro optics respond indicating the chiral natural of biosilica. - Graphical abstract: The phase transformation of biosilica from marine sponges to Cristobalite under thermal treatment was investigated using photoinduced electro optics measurements. The figure shows the changes of the electro-optic coefficient of cristobalite and biosilica. - Highlights: • We examine phase transformation of biosilica. • We report transition from amorphous biosilica to crystalline Cristobalite. • Biosilica transformation to Cristobalite at temperature of 850 °C. • Biosilica transformation is studied with photoinduced measurements. • We examine changes in the photoinduced linear electro optics properties.

  9. Photoinduced reactivity of liquid ethanol at high pressure.

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    Ceppatelli, Matteo; Fanetti, Samuele; Citroni, Margherita; Bini, Roberto

    2010-12-02

    The room temperature photoinduced reactivity of liquid ethanol has been studied as a function of pressure up to 1.5 GPa by means of a diamond anvil cell. Exploiting the dissociative character of the lowest electronic excited states, reached through two-photon absorption of near-UV photons (350 nm), irreversible reactive processes have been triggered in the pure system. The active species are radicals forming along two main dissociation channels involving the split of C-O and O-H bonds. The characterization of the reaction products has been performed by in situ FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. At pressures of a few megapascals, molecular hydrogen is the main reaction product, an important issue in the framework of environmentally friendly synthesis of this energetic vector. In the gigapascal range, the main products are ethane, 2-butanol, 2,3-butanediol, 1,1-diethoxyethane, and some carbonylic compounds. The relative amount of these species changes with pressure reflecting the nature of the radicals formed in the photodissociation process. As the pressure increases, the processes requiring a greater molecularity are favored, whereas those requiring internal rearrangements are inhibited. Disproportion products like CH(4), H(2)O, and CO(2) increase when the amount of ethanol decreases due to the reaction, becoming the main products only when ethanol is exhausted.

  10. Light dependence of carboxylation capacity for C3 photosynthesis models

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    Photosynthesis at high light is often modelled by assuming limitation by the maximum capacity of Rubisco carboxylation at low carbon dioxide concentrations, by electron transport capacity at higher concentrations, and sometimes by triose-phosphate utilization rate at the highest concentrations. Pho...

  11. Photoinduced Optical Properties Of Tl1−xIn1−xSixSe2 Single Crystals

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    Myronchuk G.L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of temperature on electroconductivity and photoinduced changes of the absorption at 0.15 eV under influence of the second harmonic generation of CO2 laser for the two type of single crystals were investigated. The single crystals Tl1−xIn1−xSixSe2 (x=0.1 and 0.2 have been grown by the two-zone Bridgaman-Stockbarger method. The temperature studies of electroconductivity were done in cryostat with thermoregulation in the temperature 77 - 300 K, with stabilization ±0.1 K. Photoinduced treatment of the investigated single crystals were performed using the 180 ns pulses second harmonic generation of the CO2 laser operating at 5.3 μm. Experimental studies have shown that for the Tl1−xIn1−xSixSe2 single crystals with decreasing temperature from 300 up to 240 K and from 315 up to 270 K the conductivity is realized by thermally excited impurities with activation energies equal to about 0.24 eV and 0.22 eV for x= 0.1 and 0.2, respectively. Photoinduced absorption achieves its maximum at a power density below 100 mJ/cm2. Has been shown that the samples with x=0.2 demonstrated higher changes of the photoinduced absorption with respect to the x=0.1. With further decreasing temperature is observed monotonic decrease in the activation energy of conductivity. The origin of these effects is caused by the excitations of both the electronic as well as phonon subsystem. At some power densities the anharmonic excitations become dominant and as a consequence the photoinduced absorption dependence is saturated what were observed. Additionally, we were evaluated at given temperature the average jump length of R for localized states near Fermi level.

  12. Photoinduced charge transfer involving a MoMo quadruply bonded complex to a perylene diimide.

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    Alberding, Brian G; Brown-Xu, Samantha E; Chisholm, Malcolm H; Epstein, Arthur J; Gustafson, Terry L; Lewis, Sharlene A; Min, Yong

    2013-04-21

    Evidence, based on femtosecond transient absorption and time resolved infrared spectroscopy, is presented for photoinduced charge transfer from the Mo2δ orbital of the quadruply bonded molecule trans-Mo2(T(i)PB)2(BTh)2, where T(i)PB = 2,4,6-triisopropyl benzoate and BTh = 2,2'-bithienylcarboxylate, to di-n-octyl perylene diimide and di-n-hexylheptyl perylene diimide in thin films and solutions of the mixtures. The films show a long-lived charge separated state while slow back electron transfer, τBET ~ 500 ps, occurs in solution.

  13. Carboxylic ester hydrolases from hyperthermophiles

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    Levisson, M.; Oost, van der J.; Kengen, S.W.M.

    2009-01-01

    Carboxylic ester hydrolyzing enzymes constitute a large group of enzymes that are able to catalyze the hydrolysis, synthesis or transesterification of an ester bond. They can be found in all three domains of life, including the group of hyperthermophilic bacteria and archaea. Esterases from the

  14. CuO-chain Raman scattering and photoinduced metastability in YBa2Cu3Ox

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    Käll, M.; Osada, M.; Kakihana, M.

    1998-01-01

    Raman measurements in YBa2Cu3Ox (x=6.72-6.82) high-T-c superconductors reveal intense phonon scattering due to an electronic resonance localized near oxygen vacancies on the CuO chains. Below room temperature the resonance can be photobleached in a manner similar to reported persistent photoinduced...

  15. Nonlinear fluorescence probe using photoinduced charge separation (Presentation Recording)

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    Mochizuki, Kentaro; Shi, Lanting; Mizukami, Shin; Yamanaka, Masahito; Tanabe, Mamoru; Gong, Wei-Tao; Palonpon, Almar F.; Kawano, Shogo; Kawata, Satoshi; Kikuchi, Kazuya; Fujita, Katsumasa

    2015-08-01

    Two-photon excitation microscopy (TPEM) provides spatial resolution beyond the optical diffraction limit using the nonlinear response of fluorescent molecules. One of the strong advantages of TPEM is that it can be performed using a laser-scanning microscope without a complicated excitation method or computational post-processing. However, TPEM has not been recognized as a super-resolution microscopy due to the use of near-infrared light as excitation source, which provides lower resolution than visible light. In our research, we aimed for the realization of nonlinear fluorescence response with visible light excitation to perform super-resolution imaging using a laser-scanning microscope. The nonlinear fluorescence response with visible light excitation is achieved by developing a probe which provides stepwise two-photon excitation through photoinduced charge separation. The probe named nitro-bisBODIPY consists of two fluorescent molecules (electron donor: D) and one electron acceptor (A), resulting to the structure of D-A-D. Excited by an incident photon, nitro-bisBODIPY generates a charge-separated pair between one of the fluorescent molecules and the acceptor. Fluorescence emission is obtained only when one more incident photon is used to excite the other fluorescent molecule of the probe in the charge-separated state. This stepwise two-photon excitation by nitro-bisBODIPY was confirmed by detection of the 2nd order nonlinear fluorescence response using a confocal microscope with 488 nm CW excitation. The physical model of the stepwise two-photon excitation was investigated by building the energy diagram of nitro-bisBODIPY. Finally, we obtained the improvement of spatial resolution in fluorescence imaging of HeLa cells using nitro-bisBODIPY.

  16. Photoinduced chemiluminescence determination of carbamate pesticides.

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    Catalá-Icardo, M; Meseguer-Lloret, S; Torres-Cartas, S

    2016-05-11

    A liquid chromatography method with post-column photoinduced chemiluminescence (PICL) detection is proposed for the simultaneous determination of eight carbamate pesticides, namely aldicarb, butocarboxim, ethiofencarb, methomyl, methiocarb, thiodicarb, thiofanox and thiophanate-methyl. After chromatographic separation, quinine (sensitizer) was incorporated and the flow passed through an UV lamp (67 s of irradiation time) to obtain the photoproducts, which reacted with acidic Ce(iv) and provided a CL emission. The PICL method showed great selectivity for carbamate pesticides containing sulphur in their chemical structure. A solid-phase extraction process increased sensitivity (LODs ranging from 0.06 to 0.27 ng mL(-1)) and allowed the carbamate pesticides in surface and ground water samples to be determined, with recoveries in the range 87-110% (except for thiophanate-methyl, whose recoveries were between 60 and 75%). The intra- and inter-day precision was evaluated, with RSD ranging from 1.1 to 7.5% and from 2.6 to 12.3%, respectively. A discussion about the PICL mechanism is also included.

  17. Research of photoinduced potentials of pepper leaves

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    D. V. Chernetchenko

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Bioelectrical potentials of the plants during photostimulation with various intensity values and wave lengths are studied. Suchstimulation provides light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis. The universal scheme of registration of bioelectric potentials, which allowsto carry out the experimental study of light stimuli effect on the plant is proposed. All registrations of potentials are observed on the pepper leaves. Photoinduced stimuli are different with intensity changed from 150 to 450 lux and different spectrums of white light and red light with wave length 690 nm. Different parameters of stimuli drive to different types of biopotentials of the plant, quantitative and qualitative relationships of this process are obtained. It is also found that bioelectrical reaction of the leaves is quantitatively different in various spectral ranges of light, but the quality remains the same for all cases, as shown in the study of bioelectric responses during exposure to the light in red spectrum range. The explanation of the additional depolarization phase that occurs during the running of dark reparative process of photosynthesis is given. Light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis are accompanied by significant changes in the electrical potential of chloroplasts’ membrane. Besides, the dependence of bioelectrical reaction of the plant on different spectra of light is found. By this way, biophysical relation of plant potentials to the intracellular biophysical mechanisms during photo stimulation is obtained.

  18. Efficient and convenient synthesis of symmetrical carboxylic ...

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    An efficient and convenient procedure for the synthesis of symmetrical carboxylic anhydrides from carboxylic acids with sulfated zirconia by PEG-1000 phase transfer catalysis has been developed. The reactions proceeded under mild and solvent-free conditions to provide the carboxylic anhydrides in good to excellent ...

  19. efficient and convenient synthesis of symmetrical carboxylic

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    ABSTRACT. An efficient and convenient procedure for the synthesis of symmetrical carboxylic anhydrides from carboxylic acids with sulfated zirconia by PEG-1000 phase transfer catalysis has been developed. The reactions proceeded under mild and solvent-free conditions to provide the carboxylic anhydrides in good to.

  20. Dynamics of photoinduced electron transfer in multiporphyrin nanoassemblies

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    Kilin, D.; Zenkevich, E.; von Borczyskowski, C.

    2015-01-01

    In self-assembled nanoscale porphyrin triads based on Zn-octaethylporphyrin chemical dimer (donor, D) and dipyridyl substituted porphyrin free base (acceptor, A), fluorescence quenching of D (down to 1.7-10 ps) and A (by ~1.3-1.6 times) subunits is strongly dependent on the solvent polarity (toluene-acetone mixtures) and temperature (77-350 K). The obtained experimental findings are analyzed using the reduced density matrix formalism in the frame of Haken-Strobl-Reineker approach taking into ...

  1. Photoinduced conductivity in mycosporine-like amino acids

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    Kulkarni, Atul; Lee, Jeong Hun; Seo, Hyo Hyun; Kim, Hyoung-Shik; Cho, Moon Jin; Shin, Dong Sun [Antiaging Research Institute of BIO-FD and C Co. Ltd., Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Taesung [Sungkyunkwan Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Moh, Sang Hyun, E-mail: shmoh@biofdnc.com [Antiaging Research Institute of BIO-FD and C Co. Ltd., Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-01

    Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) are an important group of novel bioactive compounds having immense biotechnological potentials due to their UV screening properties and antioxidant activities. However, their photoelectric properties were not evaluated yet. In the present work two types of MAAs Shinorine and Porphyra-334, were extracted from algae; Chlamydomonas hedlyei and Porphyra yezoensis respectively and its electrical transport properties were investigated upon illumination of UV light. The combination of optical absorption and electron transport measurement of MAAs in a field effect transistor device reveals that these changes are mainly due to the carboxyl group present in MAAs. This study reports a platform technology for the development of novel biochemical–electrical devices. - Highlights: • MAAs FET shows photoelectric effect upon UV illumination. • Enhancement in photo conductance is due to the hydroxyl ethyl group. • Potential as bio-opto-electrical devices applications.

  2. FeS-Quantum-Dot Sensitized Metal Oxide Photoelectrodes: Photoelectrochemistry and Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Idriss Bedja

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available TiO2, ZnO nanoparticulate(-np, and ZnO-nanorod(-nr electrodes have been modified with FeS2 (pyrite nanoparticles. Quantum size effect is manifested by a blue shift in both absorption and photocurrent action spectra. PIA (photoinduced absorption spectroscopy, a multipurpose tool in the study of dye-sensitized solar cells, is used to study quantum-dot modified metal oxide (MO nanostructured electrodes. The PIA spectra showed an evidence for long-lived photoinduced charge separation. Time-resolved PIA showed that recombination between electrons and holes occurs on a millisecond timescale. Incident-photon-to-current efficiencies at 400 nm are ranged between 13% and 25%. The better solar cell performance of FeS2 on ZnO-nr over ZnO-np can be ascribed to the faster, unidirectional e-transport channels through the ZnO-nr as well as the longer electron lifetimes. The lower performances of electrodes can be explained by the presence of FeS2 phases other than the photoactive pyrite phase, as evidenced from XRD study.

  3. Photodecarboxylative Cyclizations of ω-Phthalimido-para-phenoxy Carboxylates

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    Kim, Ae Rhan; Lee, Younsik; Yoo, Dong Jin [Chonbuk National Univ., Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Hyunseung [Seonam Univ., Namwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    The chemistry of electronically-excited phthalimides is dictated by electron and/or hydrogen transfer reactions. The photochemistry of phthalimides has been intensively studied, and numerous synthetically useful transformations with high chemical and quantum yields have been developed. 3 Among the synthetic applications, intra- and intermolecular photodecarboxylation (PDC) of ω-phthalimidoalkyl carboxylates has been developed by Griesbeck and coworkers as a versatile pathway to medium- and large-ring heterocycles. Model reactions were further realized on macro- and micro-scales. We recently described PDC cyclizations of ω-phthalimidoalkynoates to produce macrocyclic alkynes with ring-sizes up to 17. In recent study, we expanded the portfolio of this reaction and investigated the photochemistry of related aryl-linked phthalimides in Scheme 1. Based on these approaches, we demonstrated that ω-phthalimido-ortho/meta-phenoxy carboxylates undergo efficient PDC cyclizations. While the yields of ω-phthalimido-ortho-phenoxy carboxylates steadily decreased with increasing chain-length and the maximum yield of the 6-membered product was obtained in 75%, the yields of meta-phenoxy carboxylates steadily increased with increasing chain-length and the extended 16-membered product was subsequently obtained in 48% yield.

  4. Photoinduced structural changes to protein kinase A

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    Rozinek, Sarah C.; Thomas, Robert J.; Brancaleon, Lorenzo

    2014-03-01

    The importance of porphyrins in organisms is underscored by the ubiquitous biological and biochemical functions that are mediated by these compounds and by their potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. Protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) is the precursor to heme and has biomedical applications such as its use as a photosensitizer in phototherapy and photodetection of cancer. Among other applications, our group has demonstrated that low-irradiance exposure to laser irradiation of PPIX, Fe-PPIX, or meso-tetrakis (4-sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin (TSPP) non-covalently docked to a protein causes conformational changes in the polypeptide. Such approach can have remarkable consequences in the study of protein structure/function relationship and can be used to prompt non-native protein properties. Therefore we have investigated protein kinase A (PKA), a more relevant protein model towards the photo-treatment of cancer. PKA's enzymatic functions are regulated by the presence of cyclic adenosine monophosphate for intracellular signal transduction involved in, among other things, stimulation of transcription, tumorigenesis in Carney complex and migration of breast carcinoma cells. Since phosphorylation is a necessary step in some cancers and inflammatory diseases, inhibiting the protein kinase, and therefore phosphorylation, may serve to treat these diseases. Changes in absorption, steady-state fluorescence, and fluorescence lifetime indicate: 1) both TSPP and PPIX non-covalently bind to PKA where they maintain photoreactivity; 2) absorptive photoproduct formation occurs only when PKA is bound to TSPP and irradiated; and 3) PKA undergoes secondary structural changes after irradiation with either porphyrin bound. These photoinduced changes could affect the protein's enzymatic and signaling capabilities.

  5. Photoinduced volume expansion and contraction in a-Si:H films

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    Yoshida, N.; Sobajima, Y.; Kamiguchi, H.; Iida, T.; Hatano, T.; Mori, H.; Nakae, Y.; Nonomura, S. [Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems Division, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, 501-1193 Gifu (Japan); Itoh, M.; Masuda, A.; Matsumura, H. [Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Tatsunokuchi, 923-1292 Ishikawa (Japan)

    2002-04-01

    Photoinduced volume expansion and contraction in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have been studied. Photoinduced volume contraction seems to occur in a-Si:H films having hydrogen contents less than 5 at.%. The wavelength dependence of the photoinduced volume expansion indicates that one of driving forces of this phenomenon may be relaxation energy of photoexcited carriers. The reciprocity relation between light intensity and illumination time does not hold both in photoinduced volume expansion and photodegradation. The mechanism of the photoinduced volume changes is also discussed.

  6. Photoinduced dissociation of cyclobutane thymine dimer studied by semiclassical dynamics simulation.

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    Dou, Yusheng; Xiong, Shanshan; Wu, Weifeng; Yuan, Shuai; Tang, Hong

    2010-10-05

    Photoinduced dissociation of the thymine dimer is studied in a semiclassical dynamics simulation. The simulation follows excitation of an isolated thymine dimer by a 25 fs fwhm laser pulse, and finds that dissociation proceeds via an asynchronously concerted mechanism, in which the C(5)-C(5)' bond breaks soon after application of the laser pulse, followed by cleavage of the C(6)-C(6)' bond. The dissociation results in two thymine monomers, one in an electronically excited state and the other in the ground state. The former decays to the electronic ground state through an avoided crossing induced by deformation of the pyrimidine ring at the C(5)' and C(6)' sites. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Photoinduced color change and photomechanical effect of naphthalene diimides bearing alkylamine moieties in the solid state.

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    Matsunaga, Yuki; Goto, Kenta; Kubono, Koji; Sako, Katsuya; Shinmyozu, Teruo

    2014-06-10

    Photoinduced color change of naphthalene diimides (NDIs) bearing alkylamine moieties has been observed in the solid state. The color change is attributed to the generation of a NDI radical-anion species, which may be formed through a photoinduced electron-transfer process from the alkylamine moiety to the NDI. The photosensitivity of NDIs is highly dependent on the structures of the alkylamine moieties. Crystallographic analysis, kinetic analysis, UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopic measurements, and analysis of the photoproduct suggested that a radical anion was formed through an irreversible process initiated by proton abstraction between an amine radical cation and the neutral amine moiety. The radical anions formed stacks including mixed-valence stacks and radical-anion stacks, as shown by the broad absorption bands in near-IR spectra. These photosensitive NDIs also showed crystal bending upon photoirradiation, which may be associated with a change in the intermolecular distance of the NDI stacks by the formation of monomeric radical anions, mixed-valence stacks, and radical-anion stacks. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Photoinduced intramolecular charge-transfer reactions in 4-amino-3 ...

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    Photoinduced intramolecular charge-transfer reactions in 4-amino-3-methyl benzoic acid methyl ester (AMBME) have been investigated spectroscopically. AMBME, with its weak charge donor primary amino group, shows dual emission in polar solvents. Absorption and emission measurements in the condensed phase ...

  9. Photoinduced current and emission induced by current in a ...

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    ... Refresher Courses · Symposia · Live Streaming. Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 86; Issue 3. Photoinduced current and emission induced by current in a nanowire transistor: Temperature dependence. Darehdor Mahvash Arabi Shahtahmassebi Nasser. Regular Volume 86 Issue 3 March 2016 pp ...

  10. Interpretation of the ultrafast photoinduced processes in pentacene thin films

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    Kuhlman, Thomas Scheby; Kongsted, Jacob; Mikkelsen, Kurt V.

    2010-01-01

    Ambiguity remains in the models explaining the photoinduced dynamics in pentacene thin films as observed in pump-probe experiments. One model advocates exciton fission as governing the evolution of the initially excited species, whereas the other advocates the formation of an excimeric species su...

  11. Photoinduced charge separation and enzyme reactions in reversed micelles

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    Verhaert, R.M.D.

    1989-01-01

    In this thesis the performance and coupling of two types of reaction, photoinduced charge separation and enzymatic conversion were studied in reversed micelles. Reversed micelles are 1 to 10 nm sized water droplets dispersed in an organic solution. The dispersant is a detergent (cationogenic,

  12. Photoinduced absorption of Ag nanoparticles deposited on ITO substrate

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    Ozga, K., E-mail: cate.ozga@wp.pl [Chair of Public Health, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 36B, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Oyama, M. [Department of Material Chemisrty, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8520 (Japan); Szota, M. [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Technical University of Czestochowa, al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Nabialek, M. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Kityk, I.V. [Electrical Engineering Department, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 17/19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Slezak, A. [Chair of Public Health, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 36B, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Umar, A.A. [Institute of Micronegineering and Nanoelectronics Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 43600 UKM bangi, Selangor D.E. (Malaysia); Nouneh, K. [INANOTECH, Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR (Moroccan Advanced Science, Innovation and Research Foundation), ENSET, Av. Armee Royale, 10100, Rabat (Morocco)

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: > We study photoinduced absorption for two Ag NP deposited on the ITO. > The higher resistance eof the NP favors larger photoinduced changes. > Principal role is played by nanointerfaces. - Abstract: Substantial changes of absorption after illumination by 300 mW continuous wave green laser at 532 nm were observed. The effect of indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate was explored versus Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) size, their regularity and surface plasmon resonance. The ITO substrate features play a crucial role for the formation of homogenous AgNPs. The attachments of AgNPs on ITO surface as well as their homogeneity are significantly changed under the influence of the laser treatment. We study the Ag NP deposited on the two different substrates which play a crucial role in the photoinduced absorption. The dependence of the photoinduced absorption versus the time of optical treatment is explained within a framework of the photopolarization of the particular trapping levels on the borders between the ITO substrate and the Ag NP.

  13. Ultrafast photoinduced structure phase transition in antimony single crystals

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    Fausti, Daniele; Misochko, Oleg V.; van Loosdrecht, Paul H. M.

    2009-01-01

    Picosecond Raman scattering is used to study the photoinduced ultrafast dynamics in Peierls distorted antimony. We find evidence for an ultrafast nonthermal reversible structural phase transition. Most surprisingly, we find evidence that this transition evolves toward a lower symmetry in contrast to

  14. using photo-induced open-circuit voltage

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    silicon solar cells. The values obtained at room temperature are in good agreement with reference values. Key words/phrases: Diffusion length, minority .... THEORY. With the help of the photoinduced open~circuit voltage decay technique, excess minority carriers are created in a junction device using an external optical.

  15. Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy Investigation of Photoinduced Dynamics in POLY(3-HEXYLTHIOPHENE)-BLOCK-OLIGO(ANTHRACENE-9,10-DIYL)

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    Strain, Jacob; Rathnayake, Hemali; Liu, Jinjun

    2017-06-01

    Semiconducting polymer nanostructures featuring bulk heterojunction (BHJ) architecture are promising light harvesters in photovoltaic (PV) devices because they allow control of individual domain sizes, internal structure and ordering, as well as well-defined contact between the electron donor and acceptor. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PV devices strongly depends on photoinduced dynamics. Understanding and optimizing photoinduced charge transfer processes in BHJ's hence help improve the performance of PV devices and increase their PCE in particular. We have investigated the photoinduced dynamics of a block polymer containing moieties of poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and polyanthracene (PANT) in solution and in solid state with femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. The dynamics of the polymer PANT alone are also studied as a control. The TA spectra of PANT includes a strong excited state absorption centered at 610 (nm) along with a stimulated emission signal stretching past the detection limit into the UV region which is absent in the monomer's spectra in the detection window. The block polymer's TA spectra strongly resembles that of P3HT but a noticeable positive pull on P3HT's stimulated emission signal residing at 575-620 (nm) is indicative of the excited state absorption of PANT in the adjacent spectral region. The doubling of the lifetime exciton delocalization on the block polymer versus P3HT alone have alluded that the lifetime of P3HT is extended by the covalent addition of PANT. The current spectroscopic investigation represents an interesting example of photoinduced processes in systems with complex energy level structure. Studies of dependence of change generation and separation on composition, dimension, and morphology of the heterojunctions are in process.

  16. Understanding biocatalyst inhibition by carboxylic acids

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    Jarboe, Laura R.; Royce, Liam A.; Liu, Ping

    2013-01-01

    Carboxylic acids are an attractive biorenewable chemical in terms of their flexibility and usage as precursors for a variety of industrial chemicals. It has been demonstrated that such carboxylic acids can be fermentatively produced using engineered microbes, such as Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. However, like many other attractive biorenewable fuels and chemicals, carboxylic acids become inhibitory to these microbes at concentrations below the desired yield and titer. In fac...

  17. Functionalization of carbon nanotube by carboxyl group under radial deformation

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    Lara, Ivi Valentini [Pós-Graduação em Física, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, UFSM, 97105-900 Santa Maria, RS (Brazil); Zanella, Ivana [Área de Ciências Tecnológicas, Centro Universitário Franciscano, 97010-032 Santa Maria, RS (Brazil); Fagan, Solange Binotto, E-mail: ivanazanella@gmail.com [Área de Ciências Tecnológicas, Centro Universitário Franciscano, 97010-032 Santa Maria, RS (Brazil)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • Structural and the electronic properties of carboxylated (5,5) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) under pressure. • sp{sup 3} hybridization induced by the functionalization and/or deformation of SWNT. • Functionalization of SWNT by –COOH under pressure for nanobiotechnological application. - Abstract: The dependence of the structural and the electronic properties of functionalized (5, 5) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) were investigated through ab initio density functional simulations when the carboxyl group is bonded on the flatter or curved regions. Radial deformations result in diameter decrease of up to 20 per cent of the original size, which was the limit reduction that maintains the SWNT functionalized structure. Changes on the electronic structure were observed due to the symmetry break of the SWNT caused by both the carboxyl group and the C–C bond distortions resulted by the radial deformation. It is observed that the functionalization process is specially favored by the sp{sup 3} hybridization induced on the more curved region of the deformed SWNT.

  18. Photo-induced strain imaging of semiconductors

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    Keiji Takata

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel method for high-resolutions imaging of band-gap energies of semiconductors. When electron-hole pairs are generated in a semiconductor irradiated with a laser, they induce electronic strains in the semiconductor. The electronic strains can be detected and imaged by a scanning probe microscope. The electron-hole-pair generation depends on the band-gap and photon energies. When there are variations in band-gap energies in a sample, strains could be detected in regions having narrower gaps than the irradiated photon energy, and so their distributions can be imaged. The threshold of electron-hole-pair generation can be varied by changing the irradiated photon energies. Consequently, we can quantitatively image the band-gap energy distributions of semiconductors.

  19. Recovery of carboxylic acids produced by fermentation.

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    López-Garzón, Camilo S; Straathof, Adrie J J

    2014-01-01

    Carboxylic acids such as citric, lactic, succinic and itaconic acids are useful products and are obtained on large scale by fermentation. This review describes the options for recovering these and other fermentative carboxylic acids. After cell removal, often a primary recovery step is performed, using liquid-liquid extraction, adsorption, precipitation or conventional electrodialysis. If the carboxylate is formed rather than the carboxylic acid, the recovery process involves a step for removing the cation of the formed carboxylate. Then, bipolar electrodialysis and thermal methods for salt splitting can prevent that waste inorganic salts are co-produced. Final carboxylic acid purification requires either distillation or crystallization, usually involving evaporation of water. Process steps can often be combined synergistically. In-situ removal of carboxylic acid by extraction during fermentation is the most popular approach. Recovery of the extractant can easily lead to waste inorganic salt formation, which counteracts the advantage of the in-situ removal. For industrial production, various recovery principles and configurations are used, because the fermentation conditions and physical properties of specific carboxylic acids differ. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Novel Polymers with Carboxylic Acid Loading

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    Thomsen, Anders Daugaard; Malmström, Eva; Hvilsted, Søren

    2006-01-01

    Click chemistry has been used to prepare a range of novel polymers with pendant carboxylic acid side groups. Four azido carboxylic acids, either mono- or difunctional and aliphatic or aromatic, have been prepared and thoroughly characterized. Extensive model reactions with 1-ethyl-4-hydroxybenzene...... in the derivatized polymers and the glass-transition temperature has emerged: the aromatic carboxylic acids give high glass-transition temperatures (90–120 °C), and the aliphatic carboxylic acids give lower glass-transition temperatures (50–65 °C). © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 44......, the simplest model for poly(4-hydroxystyrene), and the four azido carboxylic acids have been conducted to establish the proper reaction conditions and provide an analytical frame for the corresponding polymers. Poly(4-hydroxystyrene) moieties in three different polymers—poly(4-hydroxystyrene), poly(4...

  1. Fractal analysis of photoinduced light-scattering patterns in stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystals

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    Sidorov, N. V.; Manukovskaya, D. V.; Palatnikov, M. N.

    2015-06-01

    We have analyzed the fractal dimension of photoinduced light-scattering patterns in stoichiometric lithium niobate single crystals of different genesis and, based on this analysis, we have investigated the dynamics of manifestation of laser-induced defects in different layers of the photoinduced light-scattering pattern in these crystals. Energy transfer between photoinduced light-scattering layers has been revealed. We have shown that, as distinct from the method of investigation of the photoinduced light scattering by measuring the time dynamics of the opening angle of the indicatrix of the speckle structure of the photoinduced light scattering, the investigation of the time dynamics of the fractal dimension of different layers of the photoinduced light-scattering pattern makes it possible to register particular features of time changes of the order of laser-induced defects in the crystal.

  2. Surface modification of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibers via the sequential photoinduced graft polymerization

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    Li Zhi; Zhang Wei; Wang Xinwei [Research and Development Center of Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry, 345 YunLing Road (East), Shanghai 200062 (China); Mai Yongyi, E-mail: SRICIshanghai@163.com [Research and Development Center of Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry, 345 YunLing Road (East), Shanghai 200062 (China); Zhang Yumei [Research and Development Center of Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry, 345 YunLing Road (East), Shanghai 200062 (China)

    2011-06-15

    In this study, a sequential photoinduced graft polymerization process was proposed to improve the poor interfacial bonding property of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers. The polymerization was initiated by dormant semipinacol (SP) groups and carried out in a thin liquid layer. Methacrylic acid (MAA) and acryl amide (AM) were grafted stepwise onto the surface of UHMWPE fibers. Attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) confirmed the grafting. The analysis result of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) indicated the structure of grafted chains. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images revealed the apparent morphology changing, and the grafted layers were observed. Interfacial shear stress (IFSS) test of the modified fibers showed an extensively improved interfacial bonding property. The active groups grafted onto the fibers would supply enough anchor points for the chemical bonding with various resins or further reactions.

  3. Direct and real time probe of photoinduced structure transition in colossal magnetoresistive material

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    Li, Junjie [Physics Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (United States); Wang, Xuan [Institute of physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 603, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhou, Haidong [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); Zhou, Jun; Cao, Jianming, E-mail: jcao@magnet.fsu.edu [Physics Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); Cheng, J. G. [Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)

    2016-07-25

    We report a direct and real time measurement of photoinduced structure phase transition in single crystal La{sub 0.84}Sr{sub 0.16}MnO{sub 3} using femtosecond electron diffraction. The melting of orthorhombic lattice ordering under femtosecond optical excitation is found involving two distinct processes with different time scales, an initial fast melting of orthorhombic phase in about 4 ps and a subsequent slower transformation in 90 ps and longer timescales. The fast process is designated as the initial melting of orthorhombic phase induced by the Mn-O bond change that is most likely driven by the quenching of the dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion following the photo-excitation. The slow process is attributed to the growing of newly formed structure domain from the photo-excited sites to the neighboring non-excited orthorhombic sites.

  4. Photoinduced current and emission induced by current in a ...

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    Photoinduced current and emission induced by current in a nanowire transistor photons, respectively. In eq. (1), ˆV denotes the excitation potential or the coupling and we consider it to be the sum of three components VM, VN and VP as follows: ˆV = ˆVM + ˆVP + ˆVN. (3). ˆVM = ∑. K=L,R. ∑ m=1,2;k∈K. (. V. (MK) km. ˆc. +.

  5. Plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites

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    Bityurin, N.; Ermolaev, N.; Smirnov, A. A.; Afanasiev, A.; Agareva, N.; Koryukina, T.; Bredikhin, V.; Kamensky, V.; Pikulin, A.; Sapogova, N.

    2016-03-01

    UV irradiation of materials consisting of a polymer matrix that possesses precursors of different kinds can result in creation of nanoparticles within the irradiated domains. Such photoinduced nanocomposites are promising for photonic applications due to the strong alteration of their optical properties compared to initial non-irradiated materials. We report our results on the synthesis and investigation of plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites. Plasmonic nanocomposites contain metal nanoparticles of noble metals with a pronounced plasmon resonance. Excitonic nanocomposites possess semiconductor nanoclusters (quantum dots). We consider the CdS-Au pair because the luminescent band of CdS nanoparticles enters the plasmon resonance band of gold nanoparticles. The obtaining of such particles within the same composite materials is promising for the creation of media with exciton-plasmon resonance. We demonstrate that it is possible to choose appropriate precursor species to obtain the initially transparent poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films containing both types of these molecules either separately or together. Proper irradiation of these materials by a light-emitting diode operating at the wavelength of 365 nm provides material alteration demonstrating light-induced optical absorption and photoluminescent properties typical for the corresponding nanoparticles. Thus, an exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposite is obtained. It is important that here we use the precursors that are different from those usually employed.

  6. Photoinduced disaggregation of TiO₂ nanoparticles enables transdermal penetration.

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    Samuel W Bennett

    Full Text Available Under many aqueous conditions, metal oxide nanoparticles attract other nanoparticles and grow into fractal aggregates as the result of a balance between electrostatic and Van Der Waals interactions. Although particle coagulation has been studied for over a century, the effect of light on the state of aggregation is not well understood. Since nanoparticle mobility and toxicity have been shown to be a function of aggregate size, and generally increase as size decreases, photo-induced disaggregation may have significant effects. We show that ambient light and other light sources can partially disaggregate nanoparticles from the aggregates and increase the dermal transport of nanoparticles, such that small nanoparticle clusters can readily diffuse into and through the dermal profile, likely via the interstitial spaces. The discovery of photoinduced disaggregation presents a new phenomenon that has not been previously reported or considered in coagulation theory or transdermal toxicological paradigms. Our results show that after just a few minutes of light, the hydrodynamic diameter of TiO(2 aggregates is reduced from ∼280 nm to ∼230 nm. We exposed pigskin to the nanoparticle suspension and found 200 mg kg(-1 of TiO(2 for skin that was exposed to nanoparticles in the presence of natural sunlight and only 75 mg kg(-1 for skin exposed to dark conditions, indicating the influence of light on NP penetration. These results suggest that photoinduced disaggregation may have important health implications.

  7. Photoinduced Copolymerization of APMP-MMA: The Role of Reactive Hindered Amine APMP

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    Zhang, Ting; Fu, Liuwa; Chen, Zhikang; Cui, Yanyan; Liu, Xiaoxuan

    2016-01-01

    ..., the photoinduced polymerization is a generally economical and convenient technology that offers a number of advantages, including ambient temperature processing, fast curing, and spatial and temporal con...

  8. Direct characterization of photoinduced lattice dynamics in BaFe2As2.

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    Gerber, S; Kim, K W; Zhang, Y; Zhu, D; Plonka, N; Yi, M; Dakovski, G L; Leuenberger, D; Kirchmann, P S; Moore, R G; Chollet, M; Glownia, J M; Feng, Y; Lee, J-S; Mehta, A; Kemper, A F; Wolf, T; Chuang, Y-D; Hussain, Z; Kao, C-C; Moritz, B; Shen, Z-X; Devereaux, T P; Lee, W-S

    2015-06-08

    Ultrafast light pulses can modify electronic properties of quantum materials by perturbing the underlying, intertwined degrees of freedom. In particular, iron-based superconductors exhibit a strong coupling among electronic nematic fluctuations, spins and the lattice, serving as a playground for ultrafast manipulation. Here we use time-resolved X-ray scattering to measure the lattice dynamics of photoexcited BaFe2As2. On optical excitation, no signature of an ultrafast change of the crystal symmetry is observed, but the lattice oscillates rapidly in time due to the coherent excitation of an A1g mode that modulates the Fe-As-Fe bond angle. We directly quantify the coherent lattice dynamics and show that even a small photoinduced lattice distortion can induce notable changes in the electronic and magnetic properties. Our analysis implies that transient structural modification can be an effective tool for manipulating the electronic properties of multi-orbital systems, where electronic instabilities are sensitive to the orbital character of bands.

  9. Excitonic pathway to photoinduced magnetism in colloidal nanocrystals with nonmagnetic dopants.

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    Pinchetti, Valerio; Di, Qiumei; Lorenzon, Monica; Camellini, Andrea; Fasoli, Mauro; Zavelani-Rossi, Margherita; Meinardi, Francesco; Zhang, Jiatao; Crooker, Scott A; Brovelli, Sergio

    2018-02-01

    Electronic doping of colloidal semiconductor nanostructures holds promise for future device concepts in optoelectronic and spin-based technologies. Ag+ is an emerging electronic dopant in III-V and II-VI nanostructures, introducing intragap electronic states optically coupled to the host conduction band. With its full 4d shell Ag+ is nonmagnetic, and the dopant-related luminescence is ascribed to decay of the conduction-band electron following transfer of the photoexcited hole to Ag+. This optical activation process and the associated modification of the electronic configuration of Ag+ remain unclear. Here, we trace a comprehensive picture of the excitonic process in Ag-doped CdSe nanocrystals and demonstrate that, in contrast to expectations, capture of the photohole leads to conversion of Ag+ to paramagnetic Ag2+. The process of exciton recombination is thus inextricably tied to photoinduced magnetism. Accordingly, we observe strong optically activated magnetism and diluted magnetic semiconductor behaviour, demonstrating that optically switchable magnetic nanomaterials can be obtained by exploiting excitonic processes involving nonmagnetic impurities.

  10. Vibrational spectra, electronic absorption, nonlinear optical properties, evaluation of bonding, chemical reactivity and thermodynamic properties of ethyl 4-(1-(2-(hydrazinecarbonothioyl)hydrazono)ethyl)-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate molecule by ab initio HF and density functional methods.

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    Singh, R N; Rawat, Poonam; Sahu, Sangeeta

    2015-01-25

    In this work, detailed vibrational spectral analysis of ethyl 4-(1-(2-(hydrazinecarbonothioyl)hydrazono)ethyl)-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate (EHCHEDPC) molecule has been carried out using FT-IR spectroscopy and potential energy distribution (PED). Theoretical calculations were performed by ab initio RHF and density functional theory (DFT) method, using 6-31G(d,p) and 6-311+G(d,p) basis sets. The other carried outwork cover: structural, thermodynamic properties, electronic transitions, bonding, multiple interaction, chemical reactivity and hyperpolarizability analysis. The results of the calculation were applied to the simulated spectra of (EHCHEDPC), which show excellent agreement with observed spectra. The vibrational analysis shows red shift in both group, the proton donor (pyrrole N-H) and proton acceptor (C=O of ester) indicating the presence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding. Time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) has been used to find electronic excitations and their nature. The results of natural bond orbital (NBOs) analysis show the charges transfer and delocalization in various intra- and intermolecular interactions. The binding energy of intermolecular multiple interactions is calculated to be 12.54 kcal mol(-1) using QTAIM calculation. The electronic descriptors analyses reveal the investigated molecule used as precursor for heterocyclic derivatives synthesis. First hyperpolarizability (β0) has been computed to evaluate non-linear optical (NLO) response. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Continuation of the Program on Photoinduced Magnetism

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    2006-07-24

    Can Polarize Electron Spin, May 30, 2003. http://www.chemweb.com/ alchemy /articles/1052327670595.html Photonics Spectra, Optical Stimuli Control...Based Magnets: New Materials, New Phenomena, and New Applications, Colloquium, Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun

  12. Carboxylic acid-functionalized SBA-15 nanorods for gemcitabine delivery

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    Bahrami, Zohreh; Badiei, Alireza, E-mail: abadiei@khayam.ut.ac.ir [University of Tehran, School of Chemistry, College of Science (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi [Alzahra University, Research Laboratory of Pharmaceutical (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    The present study deals with the functionalization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as drug delivery systems. Mono, di, and tri amino-functionalized SBA-15 nanorods were synthesized by post-grafting method using (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane, N-(2-aminoethyl-)3- aminopropyltrimethoxysilane, and 3-[2-(2-aminoethylamino) ethylamino] propyl trimethoxysilane, respectively. The carboxylic acid derivatives of the amino-functionalized samples were obtained using succinic anhydride. Tminopropyltrimethoxysilanehe obtained modified materials were investigated as matrixes for the anticancer drug (gemcitabine) delivery. The prepared samples were characterized by SAXS, N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption, SEM, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and FTIR and UV spectroscopies. The adsorption and release properties of all samples were studied. It was revealed that the adsorption capacity and release behavior of gemcitabine were highly dependent on the type of the introduced functional groups. The carboxylic acid-modified samples have higher loading content, due to the strong interaction with gemcitabine. The maximum content of deposited drug in the modified SBA-15 nanorods is close to 40 wt%. It was found that the surface functionalization leads toward significant decrease of the drug release rate. The carboxylic acid-functionalized samples have slower release rate in contrast with the amino-functionalized samples.

  13. Carboxylic acid-functionalized SBA-15 nanorods for gemcitabine delivery

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    Bahrami, Zohreh; Badiei, Alireza; Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi

    2015-03-01

    The present study deals with the functionalization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as drug delivery systems. Mono, di, and tri amino-functionalized SBA-15 nanorods were synthesized by post-grafting method using (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane, N-(2-aminoethyl-)3- aminopropyltrimethoxysilane, and 3-[2-(2-aminoethylamino) ethylamino] propyl trimethoxysilane, respectively. The carboxylic acid derivatives of the amino-functionalized samples were obtained using succinic anhydride. Tminopropyltrimethoxysilanehe obtained modified materials were investigated as matrixes for the anticancer drug (gemcitabine) delivery. The prepared samples were characterized by SAXS, N2 adsorption/desorption, SEM, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and FTIR and UV spectroscopies. The adsorption and release properties of all samples were studied. It was revealed that the adsorption capacity and release behavior of gemcitabine were highly dependent on the type of the introduced functional groups. The carboxylic acid-modified samples have higher loading content, due to the strong interaction with gemcitabine. The maximum content of deposited drug in the modified SBA-15 nanorods is close to 40 wt%. It was found that the surface functionalization leads toward significant decrease of the drug release rate. The carboxylic acid-functionalized samples have slower release rate in contrast with the amino-functionalized samples.

  14. Synthesis and fluorescence study of phenylcoumarin/cyanophenylbenzocoumarin-3-carboxylates

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    Hosanagara N. Harishkumar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The absorption and fluorescence spectra of phenylcoumarin and cyanophenylbenzocoumarin-3-carboxylates 6a-f and 9a-e have been investigated in chloroform, acetonitrile and ethanol. The substituting groups with varying electron donating ability such as N,N-diethyl amine and morpholine at 7-position, in phenylcoumarin-3-carboxylate 6a-f exhibits fluorescence at a longer wavelength i.e. 420-460 nm in chloroform and 460-504 nm in acetonitrile. However the morpholine derivatives 6f-j did not show fluorescence in chloroform. In another series of cyanophenylbenzocoumarin-3-carboxylates 9a-e, the compound 9c exhibits fluorescence at 546 nm in ethanol and 256 nm in acetonitrile, and lower emission wavelength i.e. 356 nm in chloroform. Further the compounds 6e , 9b, 9d and 9e exhibited high quantum yield in ethanol i.e., Φ F = 0.79, 0.70, 0.80 and 0.74 respectively compare to Rhodamine B ( Φ F = 0.24 in ethanol.

  15. Looking at Photoinduced Charge Transfer Processes in the IR: Answers to Several Long-Standing Questions.

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    Dereka, Bogdan; Koch, Marius; Vauthey, Eric

    2017-02-21

    Because of its crucial role in many areas of science and technology, photoinduced electron transfer is the most investigated photochemical reaction. Despite this, several important questions remain open. We present recent efforts to answer some of them, which concern both inter- and intramolecular processes. The decisive factor that allowed these issues to be successfully addressed was the use of time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy. Many different transient species, such as tight and loose ion pairs (TIPs and LIPs) and exciplexes, have been invoked to explain the dynamics of intermolecular photoinduced charge separation reactions (i.e., electron transfer between two neutral species) and the production of free ions. However, their structures are essentially unknown, and their exact roles in the reaction mechanism are unclear. Indeed, the commonly used transient electronic absorption spectroscopy does not give much structural insight and cannot clearly distinguish ion pairs from free ions, at least in the visible region. Unambiguous spectral signatures of TIPs, LIPs, and exciplexes could be observed in the IR using electron donor/acceptor (D/A) pairs with adequate vibrational marker modes. The ability to spectrally distinguish these intermediates allowed their dynamics to be disentangled and their roles to be determined. Structural information could be obtained using polarization-resolved TRIR spectroscopy. Our investigations reveal that moderately to highly exergonic reactions result in the formation of both TIPs and LIPs. TIPs are not only generated upon direct charge-transfer excitation of DA complexes, as usually assumed, but are also formed upon static quenching with reactant pairs at distances and orientations enabling charge separation without diffusion. On the other hand, dynamic quenching produces primarily LIPs. In the case of highly exergonic reactions, strong indirect evidence for the generation of ion pairs in an electronic excited state was found

  16. Photoinduced Charge Separation in the Carbon Nano-Onion C60@C240.

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    Voityuk, Alexander A; Solà, Miquel

    2016-07-28

    The double-shell fullerene C60@C240 formed by inclusion of C60 into C240 is the smallest stable carbon nano-onion. In this article, we analyze in detail the character of the excited states of C60@C240 in terms of exciton localization and charge transfer between the inner and outer shells. The unique structure of the buckyonion leads to a large electrostatic stabilization of charge-separated (CS) states in the C60@C240. As a result, the CS states C60(+)@C240(-) lie in the same region of the electronic spectrum (2.4-2.6 eV) as strongly absorbing locally excited states and, therefore, can be effectively populated. The CS states C60(-)@C240(+) are found to be 0.5 eV higher in energy than the CS states C60(+)@C240(-). Unlike the situation observed in donor-acceptor systems, the energies of the CS states in C60@C240 do not practically depend on the environment polarity. This leads to exceptionally small reorganization energies for electron transfer between the shells. Electronic couplings for photoinduced charge-separation and charge-recombination processes are calculated. The absolute rate of the formation of the CS state C60(+)@C240(-) is estimated at ∼4 ps(-1). The electronic features found in C60@C240 are likely to be shared by other carbon nano-onions.

  17. Understanding biocatalyst inhibition by carboxylic acids

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    Laura R Jarboe

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Carboxylic acids are an attractive biorenewable chemical in terms of their flexibility and usage as precursors for a variety of industrial chemicals. It has been demonstrated that such carboxylic acids can be fermentatively produced using engineered microbes, such as Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. However, like many other attractive biorenewable fuels and chemicals, carboxylic acids become inhibitory to these microbes at concentrations below the desired yield and titer. In fact, their potency as microbial inhibitors is highlighted by the fact that many of these carboxylic acids are routinely used as food preservatives. This review highlights the current knowledge regarding the impact that saturated, straight-chain carboxylic acids, such as hexanoic, octanoic, decanoic and lauric acids can have on E. coli and S. cerevisiae, with the goal of identifying metabolic engineering strategies to increase robustness. Key effects of these carboxylic acids include damage to the cell membrane and a decrease of the microbial internal pH. Certain changes in cell membrane properties, such as composition, fluidity, integrity and hydrophobicity, and intracellular pH are often associated with increased tolerance. The availability of appropriate exporters, such as Pdr12, can also increase tolerance. The effect on metabolic processes, such as maintaining appropriate respiratory function, regulation of Lrp activity and inhibition of production of key metabolites such as methionine, are also considered. Understanding the mechanisms of biocatalyst inhibition by these desirable products can aid in the engineering of robust strains with improved industrial performance.

  18. Carboxyl-terminated butadiene-acrylonitrile-toughened epoxy/carboxyl-modified carbon nanotube nanocomposites: Thermal and mechanical properties

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    H. F. Xie

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Carboxyl-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT–COOHs as nanofillers were incorporated into diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA toughened with carboxyl-terminated butadiene-acrylonitrile (CTBN. The carboxyl functional carbon nanotubes were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Furthermore, cure kinetics, glass transition temperature (Tg, mechanical properties, thermal stability and morphology of DGEBA/CTBN/MWCNT–COOHs nanocomposites were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA, universal test machine, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. DSC kinetic studies showed that the addition of MWCNT–COOHs accelerated the curing reaction of the rubber-toughened epoxy resin. DMA results revealed that Tg of rubber-toughened epoxy nanocomposites lowered with MWCNT–COOH contents. The tensile strength, elongation at break, flexural strength and flexural modulus of DGEBA/CTBN/MWCNT-COOHs nanocomposites were increased at lower MWCNT-COOH concentration. A homogenous dispersion of nanocomposites at lower MWCNT–COOH concentration was observed by SEM.

  19. Effect of heat and film thickness on a photoinduced phase transition in azobenzene liquid crystalline polyesters

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    Sanchez, C; Alcala, R; Hvilsted, Søren

    2003-01-01

    . Optical absorption measurements show that azobenzene aggregates present in one of the polymers are broken down in the photoinduced phase transition. The birefringence induced with low power 488 nm light in films before and after undergoing that photoinduced phase transition has also been studied...

  20. Room temperature photoinduced magnetism in [py.H]{sub 3}[FeCl{sub 4}]{sub 2}Cl

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    Baniasadi, F. [Physics Department, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tehranchi, M.M., E-mail: teranchi@sbu.ac.ir [Physics Department, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fathi, M.B. [Physics Department, Kharazmi University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hamidi, S.M. [Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Safari, N.; Amani, V. [Faculty of Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    Photoinduced magnetism in a homogeneous solution of [py.H]{sub 3}[FeCl{sub 4}]{sub 2}Cl is measured by Faraday rotation in visible light (λ∼450–750 nm) at room temperature. The physics of this phenomenon may be attributed to electronic transitions caused by absorption of light. X-ray diffraction and Debye function analysis are therefore applied to find the abundant unit of molecules dissolved in the solution which are being further utilized to investigate the electronic structure and molecular orbitals by means of hybrid density function theory (B3LYP). Faraday rotation is observed at certain wavelengths consistent with energy differences of HOMO-LUMO energy levels. Thus this work puts forward a new material with certain photomagnetic properties which may be used in fabrication of room temperature magneto-optical switches. - Highlights: • Photoinduced magnetism in (FeCl{sub 4}){sub 2}(py.H){sub 3}Cl is illustrated via Faraday rotation. • The abundant unit of molecule is characterized by Debye function analysis of XRD. • PIM in the molecule is attributed to the charge transfer between HOMO-LUMO.

  1. Photo-induced oxidative damage to dissolved free amino acids by the photosensitizer polycyclic musk tonalide: Transformation kinetics and mechanisms.

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    Fang, Hansun; Gao, Yanpeng; Wang, Honghong; Yin, Hongliang; Li, Guiying; An, Taicheng

    2017-05-15

    Residue from the polycyclic musks (PCMs) in household and personal care products may harm human beings through skin exposure. To understand the health effects of PCMs when exposed to sunlight at molecular level, both experimental and computational methods were employed to investigate the photosensitized oxidation performance of 19 natural amino acids, the most basic unit of life. Results showed that a typical PCM, tonalide, acts as a photosensitizer to significantly increase photo-induced oxidative damage to amino acids. Both common and exceptional transformation pathways occurred during the photosensitization damage of amino acids. Experimental tests further identified the different mechanisms involved. The common transformation pathway occurred through the electron transfer from α amino-group of amino acids, accompanying with the formation of O 2 •- . This pathway was controlled by the electronic density of N atom in α amino-group. The exceptional transformation pathway was identified only for five amino acids, mainly due to the reactions with reactive oxygen species, e.g. 1 O 2 and excited triplet state molecules. Additionally, tonalide photo-induced transformation products could further accelerate the photosensitization of all amino acids with the common pathway. This study may support the protection of human health, and suggests the possible need to further restrict polycyclic musks use. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Photo-Induced Assembly of a Luminescent Tetraruthenium Square.

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    Laramée-Milette, Baptiste; Nastasi, Francesco; Puntoriero, Fausto; Campagna, Sebastiano; Hanan, Garry S

    2017-11-21

    Self-assembly is a powerful synthetic tool that has led to the development of one-, two- and three-dimensional architectures. From MOFs to molecular flasks, self-assembled materials have proven to be of great interest to the scientific community. Here we describe a strategy for the construction and de-construction of a supramolecular structure through unprecedented photo-induced assembly and dis-assembly. The combination of two approaches, a [n×1]-directional bonding strategy and a ligand photo-dissociation strategy, allows the photo-induced assembly of a polypyridyl RuII precursor into a discrete molecular square. Diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy confirmed the synthesis of a higher volume species, while the identity of the species was established by high-resolution mass spectrometry and single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The self-assembled square is not obtained by classical thermal techniques in similar conditions, but is obtained only by light-irradiation. The tetraruthenium square has an excited-state lifetime (135 ns), 40 times that of its mononuclear precursor and its luminescence quantum yield (1.0 %) is three orders of magnitude higher. These remarkable luminescence properties are closely related to the relatively rigid square structure of the tetraruthenium assembly, as suggested by slow radiationless decay and transient absorption spectroscopy. The results described herein are a rare example of photo-induced assembly and dis-assembly processes, and can open the way to a new avenue in supramolecular chemistry, leading to the preparation of structurally organized supermolecules by photochemical techniques. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. A comprehensive classification and nomenclature of carboxyl-carboxyl(ate) supramolecular motifs and related catemers: implications for biomolecular systems.

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    D'Ascenzo, Luigi; Auffinger, Pascal

    2015-04-01

    Carboxyl and carboxylate groups form important supramolecular motifs (synthons). Besides carboxyl cyclic dimers, carboxyl and carboxylate groups can associate through a single hydrogen bond. Carboxylic groups can further form polymeric-like catemer chains within crystals. To date, no exhaustive classification of these motifs has been established. In this work, 17 association types were identified (13 carboxyl-carboxyl and 4 carboxyl-carboxylate motifs) by taking into account the syn and anti carboxyl conformers, as well as the syn and anti lone pairs of the O atoms. From these data, a simple rule was derived stating that only eight distinct catemer motifs involving repetitive combinations of syn and anti carboxyl groups can be formed. Examples extracted from the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) for all identified dimers and catemers are presented, as well as statistical data related to their occurrence and conformational preferences. The inter-carboxyl(ate) and carboxyl(ate)-water hydrogen-bond properties are described, stressing the occurrence of very short (strong) hydrogen bonds. The precise characterization and classification of these supramolecular motifs should be of interest in crystal engineering, pharmaceutical and also biomolecular sciences, where similar motifs occur in the form of pairs of Asp/Glu amino acids or motifs involving ligands bearing carboxyl(ate) groups. Hence, we present data emphasizing how the analysis of hydrogen-containing small molecules of high resolution can help understand structural aspects of larger and more complex biomolecular systems of lower resolution.

  4. Time-resolved photoinduced Kerr rotation in semiconductor microcavity

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    Mitsumori, Y.; Kosaka, H. [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai (Japan); CREST-JST (Japan); Kato, N.; Edamatsu, K. [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai (Japan); Yamamoto, N.; Akahane, K. [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Nukuikita, Koganei-shi, Tokyo (Japan)

    2009-01-15

    We studied photoinduced Kerr effect in cavity polaritons in a semiconductor microcavity by carefully measuring the time-resolved Kerr rotation and ellipticity spectra. The Kerr rotation angle of the microcavity polaritons is a hundred times larger than a conventional single quantum well. A spectral shape analysis of the observed spectra suggests that the photoindeced Kerr effect mainly results from a line broadening of the polarions due to spin-polarized polariton-polariton scattering. Enhancement in oscillator strength also contributes to the large rotation angle. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Photo-induced growth of dielectrics with excimer lamps

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    Boyd, Ian W.; Zhang, Jun-Ying

    2001-08-01

    The underlying principles and properties of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation (excimer lamps), generated by a dielectric barrier discharge in a rare-gas (Rg) or a mixture of Rg and halogen, are discussed. Compared with conventional sources, these excimer lamps offer narrow-band radiation at various wavelengths from 108-354 nm and over large areas with high efficiencies and high power densities. The variety of available wavelengths offers an enormous potential for new industrial applications in materials processing. Previously, photo-oxidation of silicon, germanium and silicon-germanium and photo-deposition of single- and multi-layered films of silicon oxide, silicon nitride, and silicon oxynitride have been demonstrated by using excimer lamps. This paper reviews the progress on excimer lamp-assisted growth of high dielectric constant (Ta2O5, TiO2 and PZT) and low dielectric constant (polyimide and porous silica) thin films by photo-CVD and sol-gel processing, summarizes the properties of photo-induced growth of Ta2O5 films and discusses the effect and mechanism of low temperature UV annealing with 172 nm radiation. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitors based on the photo-induced Ta2O5 films grown directly on Si at low temperatures exhibit excellent electrical properties. Leakage current densities as low as 5.2×10-7 A cm-2 and 2.41×10-7 A cm-2 at 1 MV cm-1 have been achieved for the as-grown Ta2O5 films deposited by photo-induced sol-gel processing and photo-CVD, respectively-several orders of magnitude lower than for any other as-grown films prepared by any other technique. A subsequent low temperature (400°C) UV annealing step improves these to 10-8 A cm-2. These values are comparable to those only previously achieved for films annealed at high temperatures between 600°C and 1000°C. These properties make the photo-induced growth of Ta2O5 layers suitable alternative to SiO2 for high density DRAM application.

  6. Time-Domain Ab Initio Modeling of Photoinduced Dynamics at Nanoscale Interfaces

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    Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2015-04-01

    Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.

  7. Effects of molecular symmetry on quantum reaction dynamics: novel aspects of photoinduced nonadiabatic dynamics.

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    Al-Jabour, Salih; Leibscher, Monika

    2015-01-15

    Nonadiabatic coupling terms (NACTs) between different electronic states lead to fast radiationless decay in photoexcited molecules. Using molecular symmetry, i.e., symmetry with respect to permutation of identical nuclei and inversion of the molecule in space, the irreducible representations of the NACTs can be determined with a combination of molecular symmetry arguments and quantization rules. Here, we extend these symmetry rules for electronic states and coupling elements and demonstrate the importance of molecular symmetry for nonadiabatic nuclear dynamics. As an example, we consider the NACTs related to the torsion around the CN bond in C5H4NH. We present the results of quantum dynamical simulations of the photoinduced large amplitude torsion on three coupled electronic states and show how the interference between wavepackets leads to radiationless decay, which depends on the symmetry of the NACTs. Moreover, we show that the nuclear spin of the system determines the symmetry of the initial nuclear wave function and thus influences the torsional dynamics. This may open new possibilities for nuclear spin selective laser control of nuclear dynamics.

  8. Mechanism of Macroscopic Motion of Oleate Helical Assemblies: Cooperative Deprotonation of Carboxyl Groups Triggered by Photoisomerization of Azobenzene Derivatives.

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    Kageyama, Yoshiyuki; Ikegami, Tomonori; Kurokome, Yuta; Takeda, Sadamu

    2016-06-13

    Macroscopic and spatially ordered motions of self-assemblies composed of oleic acid and a small amount of an azobenzene derivative, induced by azobenzene photoisomerization, was previously reported. However, the mechanism of the generation of submillimeter-scale motions by the nanosized structural transition of azobenzene was not clarified. Herein, an underlying mechanism of the motions is proposed in which deprotonation of carboxyl groups in cooperation with azobenzene photoisomerization causes a morphological transition of the self-assembly, which in turn results in macroscopic forceful dynamics. The photoinduced deprotonation was investigated by potentiometric pH titration and FTIR spectroscopy. The concept of hierarchical molecular interaction generating macroscale function is expected to promote the next stage of supramolecular chemistry. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Ag@AgCl QDs decorated g-C3N4 nanoplates: The photoinduced charge transfer behavior under visible light and full arc irradiation

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    Li, Junqi; Hao, Hongjuan; Zhou, Jian; Li, Weijie; Lei, Nan; Guo, Liu

    2017-11-01

    The quantum dots (QDs) Ag@AgCl decorated g-C3N4 nanoplates was synthesized via a facile oil-in-water self-assembly method, which possessed high dispersion by characterization of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The as-obtained Ag@AgCl/g-C3N4 nano-heterostructure contained a wide band gap of AgCl nanoparticles (NPs), the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag NPs and a narrow band gap of g-C3N4 nanoplates. The AgCl NPs with a wide band gap was excited under UV-light, which played a key role on the photoinduced charge transfer of Ag@AgCl/g-C3N4. Under the visible light irradiation, the electrons transfered to the CB of AgCl (electron acceptor) and the holes lefted in the VB of g-C3N4. Nevertheless, under the full arc irradiation, the electrons and holes stayed in the CB of g-C3N4 and VB of AgCl, respectively, then the AgCl was electron donor. The photoinduced charge transfer behavior of Ag@AgCl/g-C3N4 was verified by the photoelectrochemical measurements under the visible light and the full arc irradiation. The results showed that the difference of charge transfer behavior under visible light and the full arc influences on the photoinduced charge transfer ability, further leading to changing the water redox potential in the Ag@AgCl/g-C3N4 nano-heterostructure

  10. Thermodynamic photoinduced disorder in AlGaN nanowires

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    Alfaraj, Nasir

    2017-12-13

    In this study, we examine thermodynamic photoinduced disorder in AlGaN nanowires through their steady-state and transient photoluminescence properties. We correlate the energy exchange during the photoexcitation and photoemission processes of the light–solid reaction and the generation of photoinduced entropy of the nanowires using temperature-dependent (6 K to 290 K) photoluminescence. We observed an oscillatory trend in the generated entropy of the system below 200 K, with an oscillation frequency that was significantly lower than what we have previously observed in InGaN/GaN nanowires. In contrast to the sharp increase in generated entropy at temperatures close to room temperature in InGaN/GaN nanowires, an insignificant increase was observed in AlGaN nanowires, indicating lower degrees of disorder-induced uncertainty in the wider bandgap semiconductor. We conjecture that the enhanced atomic ordering in AlGaN caused lower degrees of disorder-induced uncertainty related to the energy of states involved in thermionic transitions; in keeping with this conjecture, we observed lower oscillation frequency below 200 K and a stable behavior in the generated entropy at temperatures close to room temperature.

  11. Photoinduced giant magnetic polarons in EuTe

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    Henriques, A. B.; Naupa, A. R.; Usachev, P. A.; Pavlov, V. V.; Rappl, P. H. O.; Abramof, E.

    2017-01-01

    Photoinduced magnetic polarons in EuTe, with a magnetic moment of several hundred Bohr magnetons, were investigated as a function of pump intensity and temperature by pump-probe Faraday rotation. The quantum efficiency for optical generation of magnetic polarons is found to be 0.09. The pump-intensity dependence of the photoinduced Faraday rotation shows a sublinear increase, from which we deduce that the population of photoexcited polarons is limited by a maximum value of 4.5 ×1015cm-3 . This is four orders of magnitude less than the concentration of polarons that would completely fill the crystal, which suggests that the photoexcited polarons are anchored by defects. In addition to the generation of polarons, at high pump densities the modulated pump light also causes a small alternating heating of the illuminated region. The temperature dependence of the polaron magnetic moment is well described by the Curie-Weiss law. Above 100 K, polarons are thermally quenched with an activation energy of 11 meV.

  12. Hygroscopic Characteristics of Alkylaminium Carboxylate Aerosols.

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    Gomez-Hernandez, Mario; McKeown, Megan; Secrest, Jeremiah; Marrero-Ortiz, Wilmarie; Lavi, Avi; Rudich, Yinon; Collins, Don R; Zhang, Renyi

    2016-03-01

    The hygroscopic growth factor (HGF) and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity for a series of alkylaminium carboxylate aerosols have been measured using a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer coupled to a condensation particle counter and a CCN counter. The particles, consisting of the mixtures of mono- (acetic, propanoic, p-toluic, and cis-pinonic acid) and dicarboxylic (oxalic, succinic, malic, adipic, and azelaic acid) acid with alkylamine (mono-, di-, and trimethylamines), represent those commonly found under diverse environmental conditions. The hygroscopicity parameter (κ) of the alkylaminium carboxylate aerosols was derived from the HGF and CCN results and theoretically calculated. The HGF at 90% RH is in the range of 1.3 to 1.8 for alkylaminium monocarboxylates and 1.1 to 2.2 for alkylaminium dicarboxylates, dependent on the molecular functionality (i.e., the carboxylic or OH functional group in organic acids and methyl substitution in alkylamines). The κ value for all alkylaminium carboxylates is in the range of 0.06-1.37 derived from the HGF measurements at 90% RH, 0.05-0.49 derived from the CCN measurements, and 0.22-0.66 theoretically calculated. The measured hygroscopicity of the alkylaminium carboxylates increases with decreasing acid to base ratio. The deliquescence point is apparent for several of the alkylaminium dicarboxylates but not for the alkylaminium monocarboxylates. Our results reveal that alkylaminium carboxylate aerosols exhibit distinct hygroscopic and deliquescent characteristics that are dependent on their molecular functionality, hence regulating their impacts on human health, air quality, and direct and indirect radiative forcing on climate.

  13. Advances in electron transfer chemistry

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    Mariano, Patrick S

    1993-01-01

    Advances in Electron Transfer Chemistry, Volume 3 presents studies that discuss findings in the various aspects of electron chemistry. The book is comprised of four chapters; each chapter reviews a work that tackles an issue in electron transfer chemistry. Chapter 1 discusses the photoinduced electron transfer in flexible biaryl donor-acceptor molecules. Chapter 2 tackles light-induced electron transfer in inorganic systems in homogeneous and heterogeneous phases. The book also covers internal geometry relaxation effects on electron transfer rates of amino-centered systems. The sequential elec

  14. Photoinduced coherent acoustic phonon dynamics inside Mott insulator Sr 2 IrO 4 films observed by femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Zhang, Bing-Bing; Liu, Jian; Wei, Xu; Sun, Da-Rui; Jia, Quan-Jie; Li, Yuelin; Tao, Ye

    2017-04-10

    We investigate the transient photoexcited lattice dynamics in a layered perovskite Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 film by femtosecond X-ray diffraction using a laser plasma-based X-ray source. The ultrafast structural dynamics of Sr2IrO4 thin films are determined by observing the shift and broadening of (0012) Bragg diffraction after excitation by 1.5 eV and 3.0 eV pump photons for films with different thicknesses. The observed transient lattice response can be well interpreted as a distinct three-step dynamics due to the propagation of coherent acoustic phonons generated by photoinduced quasiparticles (QPs). Employing a normalized phonon propagation model, we found that the photoinduced angular shifts of the Bragg peak collapse into a universal curve after introducing normalizedn coordinates to account for different thicknesses and pump photon energies, pinpointing the origin of the lattice distortion and its early evolution. In addition, a transient photocurrent measurement indicates that the photoinduced QPs are charge neutral excitons. Mapping the phonon propagation and correlating its dynamics with the QP by ultrafast X-ray diffraction (UXRD) establish a powerful way to study electron-phonon coupling and uncover the exotic physics in strongly correlated systems under nonequilibrium conditions.

  15. CdS-Sensitized ZnO Nanorod Photoelectrodes: Photoelectrochemistry and Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of ZnO semiconductor nanorods (ZnO-nr of 6 μm length and thin ZnO nanoparticulate films (ZnO-np have been prepared and modified with Q-dots CdS for comparison study. PIA (photoinduced absorption spectroscopy, a multipurpose tool in the study of dye-sensitized solar cells, is used to study a quantum-dot-modified metal-oxide nanostrucutred electrode. Q-dot CdS-sensitized ZnO-nr (1D network sensitized photoelectrode has demonstrated best performances in both photoelectrical response (IPCE max = 92% and broadening response into far visible comparing to ZnO-np-based CdS solar cell. Preadsorbing ZnO-nr with ZnO-np does not bring further improvement. Time constant for electron injection into ZnO-nr conduction band was relatively fast decay of 6.5 ms, similar to TiO2-coated CdS, and proves at least a well pore filling of ZnO-nr film by ultrafine CdS particles. Unidirectional electron transfer mechanistic in ZnO-nr has played a major role in these performances.

  16. Direct observation of key photoinduced dynamics in a potential nano-delivery vehicle of cancer drugs.

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    Sardar, Samim; Chaudhuri, Siddhi; Kar, Prasenjit; Sarkar, Soumik; Lemmens, Peter; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2015-01-07

    In recent times, significant achievements in the use of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) as delivery vehicles of cancer drugs have been made. The present study is an attempt to explore the key photoinduced dynamics in ZnO NPs upon complexation with a model cancer drug protoporphyrin IX (PP). The nanohybrid has been characterized by FTIR, Raman scattering and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. Picosecond-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the defect mediated emission of ZnO NPs to PP has been used to study the formation of the nanohybrid at the molecular level. Picosecond-resolved fluorescence studies of PP-ZnO nanohybrids reveal efficient electron migration from photoexcited PP to ZnO, eventually enhancing the ROS activity. The dichlorofluorescin (DCFH) oxidation and no oxidation of luminol in PP/PP-ZnO nanohybrids upon green light illumination unravel that the nature of ROS is essentially singlet oxygen rather than superoxide anions. Surface mediated photocatalysis of methylene blue (MB) in an aqueous solution of the nanohybrid has also been investigated. Direct evidence of the role of electron transfer as a key player in enhanced ROS generation from the nanohybrid is also clear from the photocurrent measurement studies. We have also used the nanohybrid in a model photodynamic therapy application in a light sensitized bacteriological culture experiment.

  17. Low-temperature anomalies of photoinduced second harmonic generation in skutterudites

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    Viennois, R; Terki, F; Charar, S; Muntzer, A; Kasperczyk, J; Ravot, D; Tedenac, J C

    2003-01-01

    Photoinduced second harmonic generation (PISHG) was found in skutterudite compounds of CeFe sub 4 Sb sub 1 sub 2 and Ce sub 0 sub . sub 7 Fe sub 3 sub . sub 5 Ni sub 0 sub . sub 5 Sb sub 1 sub 2. Measurements versus temperature, pump-probe delaying time and external magnetic field were performed. The studied compounds belong to moderate heavy fermion compounds (HFC) in the ground state. The PISHG signals appear at 6.8 and 4.9 K for CeFe sub 4 Sb sub 1 sub 2 and Ce sub 0 sub . sub 7 Fe sub 3 sub . sub 5 Ni sub 0 sub . sub 5 Sb sub 1 sub 2 , respectively. We suspect that these signals are due to anharmonic electron-phonon interactions creating a charge density non-centrosymmetry. The observed effects are caused either by a possible phase transition or by drastic changes in the electron structure of the HFC with decreasing temperature.

  18. Effect of initial solution pH on photo-induced reductive decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid.

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    Qu, Yan; Zhang, Chao-Jie; Chen, Pei; Zhou, Qi; Zhang, Wei-Xian

    2014-07-01

    The effects of initial solution pH on the decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) with hydrated electrons as reductant were investigated. The reductive decomposition of PFOA depends strongly on the solution pH. In the pH range of 5.0-10.0, the decomposition and defluorination rates of PFOA increased with the increase of the initial solution pH. The rate constant was 0.0295 min(-1) at pH 10.0, which was more than 49.0 times higher than that at pH 5.0. Higher pH also inhibits the generation of toxic intermediates during the PFOA decomposition. For example, the short-chain PFCAs reached a lower maximum concentration in shorter reaction time as pH increasing. The peak areas of accumulated fluorinated and iodinated hydrocarbons detected by GC/MS under acidic conditions were nearly 10-100 times more than those under alkaline conditions. In short, alkaline conditions were more favorable for photo-induced reduction of PFOA as high pH promoted the decomposition of PFOA and inhibited the accumulation of intermediate products. The concentration of hydrated electron, detected by laser flash photolysis, increased with the increase of the initial pH. This was the main reason why the decomposition of PFOA in the UV-KI system depended strongly on the initial pH. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. The dynamics of photoinduced defect creation in amorphous chalcogenides: The origin of the stretched exponential function

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    Freitas, R. J. [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, National University of Timor Lorosa' e, Av. Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, East Timor (Portugal); Shimakawa, K. [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Pardubice, Pardubice 53002 (Czech Republic); Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Gifu University, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan); Wagner, T. [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Pardubice, Pardubice 53002 (Czech Republic)

    2014-01-07

    The article discusses the dynamics of photoinduced defect creations (PDC) in amorphous chalcogenides, which is described by the stretched exponential function (SEF), while the well known photodarkening (PD) and photoinduced volume expansion (PVE) are governed only by the exponential function. It is shown that the exponential distribution of the thermal activation barrier produces the SEF in PDC, suggesting that thermal energy, as well as photon energy, is incorporated in PDC mechanisms. The differences in dynamics among three major photoinduced effects (PD, PVE, and PDC) in amorphous chalcogenides are now well understood.

  20. Nitric Acid Dehydration Using Perfluoro Carboxylate and Mixed Sulfonate/Carboxylate Membranes

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    Ames, Richard L. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    2004-09-01

    Perfluoro ionomer membranes are tetrafluoro ethylene-based materials with microheterogeneous structures consisting of a hydrophobic polymer backbone and a hydrophilic side-chain cluster region. Due to the ionomer cluster morphology, these films exhibit unique transport properties. Recent investigations with perfluoro sulfonate and perfluoro sulfonate/carboxylate composite polymers have demonstrated their value in the dehydration of nitric acid and they show potential as an alternative to conventional, energy intensive unit operations in the concentration of acid feeds. As a result, investigations were conducted to determine the feasibility of using pure perfluoro carboxylate and mixed perfluoro sulfonate/carboxylate films for the dehydration of nitric acid because of the speculation of improved water selectivity of the carboxylate pendant chain. During the first phase of these investigations the effort was focused on generating a thin, solution cast perfluoro carboxylate ionomer film, to evaluate the general, chemical and physical characteristics of the polymer, and to assess the material's aqueous transport performance (flux and nitrate separation efficiencies) in pervaporation and high-pressure environments. Results demonstrated that generating robust solution-cast films was difficult yet a number of membranes survived high trans-membrane pressures up to 700 psig. General characterization of the solution cast product showed reduced ion exchange capacities when compared with thicker, ''as received'' perfluoro carboxylate and similar sulfonate films. Small angle x-ray scattering analysis results suggested that the solution cast carboxylate films contained a small fraction of sulfonate terminated side-chains. Aqueous transport experimentation showed that permeate fluxes for both pure water and nitric acid were approximately two orders of magnitude smaller for the carboxylate solution cast membranes when compared to their sulfonate

  1. as an inorganic analogue of carboxylate group

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    is a tridentate ONS donor) as an inorganic analogue of carboxylate group: A journey to a new domain of coordination chemistry. SATYABRATA SAMANTAa, SUBODH KANTI DUTTAa,b and. MUKTIMOY CHAUDHURYa,*. aDepartment of Inorganic Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700 032.

  2. Carboxylic acid functionalization of halloysite nanotubes for sustained release of diphenhydramine hydrochloride

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    Zargarian, S. Sh.; Haddadi-Asl, V.; Hematpour, H.

    2015-05-01

    Halloysite nanotubes (HNT) (cylindrical shape with external diameter and length in the range of 30-80 nm and 0.2-1 µm, respectively) were functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) from hydroxyl groups by a coupling reaction. Subsequently, maleic anhydride was attached to the APTES moieties to yield carboxylic acid-functionalized HNT. Loading and subsequent release of a model drug molecule diphenhydramine hydrochloride (DPH) on modified and unmodified nanotubes were investigated. Morphology of HNT was studied by electron microscopy. Successful attachment of APTES and carboxylic acid groups to halloysite and drug loading were evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The amount of surface modification and drug adsorption capacity were calculated via thermogravimetric analysis. The ordered crystal structure of loaded drug was evaluated by X-ray diffraction. UV-Visible spectrophotometer was used to study drug release from modified and unmodified samples. Carboxylated halloysite exhibits higher loading capacity and prolonged release of DPH as compared to that of the natural halloysite.

  3. Crystal structure of 3-amino-pyridinium 1'-carb-oxy-ferrocene-1-carboxyl-ate.

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    Medved'ko, Aleksei V; Churakov, Andrei V; Yu, Haojie; Li, Wang; Vatsadze, Sergey Z

    2017-06-01

    The structure of the title salt, (C5H7N2)[Fe(C6H4O2)(C6H5O2)], consists of 3-amino-pyridinium cations and 1'-carb-oxy-ferrocene-1-carboxyl-ate monoanions. The ferrocenyl moiety of the anion adopts a typical sandwich structure, with Fe-C distances in the range 2.0270 (15)-2.0568 (17) Å. The anion possesses an eclipsed conformation, with the torsion angle φ (Csubst-Cpcent-Cpcent- Csubst) equal to 66.0°. The conformations of other 1'-carb-oxy-ferrocene-1-carboxyl-ate monoanions are compared and analyzed on the basis of literature data.

  4. Phosphorescent emissions of phosphine copper(I) complexes bearing 8-hydroxyquinoline carboxylic acid analogue ligands

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    Małecki, Jan G., E-mail: gmalecki@us.edu.pl [Department of Crystallography, Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, Szkolna 9 street, 40-006 Katowice (Poland); Łakomska, Iwona, E-mail: iwolak@chem.umk.pl [Department of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń (Poland); Maroń, Anna [Department of Crystallography, Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, Szkolna 9 street, 40-006 Katowice (Poland); Szala, Marcin [Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, ul. Szkolna 9, 40-006 Katowice (Poland); Fandzloch, Marzena [Department of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń (Poland); Nycz, Jacek E., E-mail: jacek.nycz@us.edu.pl [Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, ul. Szkolna 9, 40-006 Katowice (Poland)

    2015-05-15

    The pseudotetrahedral complexes of [Cu(PPh{sub 3}){sub 2}(L)], where L=8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline-7-carboxylic acid (1), 8-hydroxy-2,5-dimethylquinoline-7-carboxylic acid (2) or 5-chloro-8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline-7-carboxylic acid (3) have been synthesized and structurally characterized by X-ray crystallography. Their properties have been examined through combinations of IR, NMR, electronic absorption spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The complexes exhibit extraordinary photophysical properties. Complex (1) in solid state exhibits an emission quantum yield of 4.67% and an excited life time of 1.88 ms (frozen DCM solution up to 6.7 ms). When dissolved in a coordinating solvent (acetonitrile) the charge transfer emission was quenched on a microsecond scale. - Highlights: • Synthesis of copper(I) complexes with 8-hydroxyquinoline carboxylic acid ligands. • Very long lived phosphorescent copper(I) complexes. • [Cu(PPh{sub 3}){sub 2}(L)] where L=8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline-7-carboxylic acid luminesce in the solid state exhibits extremely long lifetime on millisecond scale (1.9 ms). • In frozen MeOH:EtOH solution lifetime increases to 7 ms. • Quantum efficiency equal to 4.7%.

  5. Photoinduced surface voltage mapping study for large perovskite single crystals

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    Liu, Xiaojing; Liu, Yucheng; Gao, Fei; Yang, Zhou; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-05-01

    Using a series of illumination sources, including white light (tungsten-halogen lamp), 445-nm, 532-nm, 635-nm, and 730-nm lasers, the surface photovoltage (SPV) images were mapped for centimeter-sized CH3NH3PbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) perovskite single crystals using Kelvin probe force microscopy. The significant SPV signals were observed to be wavelength-dependent. We attribute the appreciable SPV to the built-in electric field in the space charge region. This study shines light into the understanding of photoinduced charge generation and separation processes at nanoscale to help advance the development of perovskite solar cells, optoelectronics, laser, photodetector, and light-emitting diode (LED).

  6. Photoinduced blinking in a solid-state quantum system

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    Berhane, Amanuel M.; Bradac, Carlo; Aharonovich, Igor

    2017-07-01

    Solid-state single-photon emitters (SPEs) are one of the prime components of many quantum nanophotonics devices. In this work, we report on an unusual, photoinduced blinking phenomenon of SPEs in gallium nitride. This is shown to be due to the modification in the transition kinetics of the emitter, via the introduction of additional laser-activated states. We investigate and characterize the blinking effect on the brightness of the source and the statistics of the emitted photons. Combining second-order correlation and fluorescence trajectory measurements, we determine the photodynamics of the trap states and characterize power-dependent decay rates and characteristic "off"-time blinking. Our work sheds light into understanding solid-state quantum system dynamics and, specifically, power-induced blinking phenomena in SPEs.

  7. Phenomenological Models of Photoinduced Transition in Spin-Crossover Materials

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    Gudyma, Iurii; Maksymov, Artur

    The stochastic kinetics of photoinduced transition in spin-crossover systems, as representatives of synthetic molecular magnetic materials, was reviewed. The focus has been done on the macroscopic phenomenological models, which were described by dynamic potential in terms of Lyapunov functions and obeys to Langevin kinetics with white and colored stochastic processes. By corresponding Fokker-Planck equation was studied the evolution of probability of system states. For the system with light-induced transition which is additionally driven by external periodic force it has been shown the possibility of resonance enhancement of magnetization at certain values of the amplitude of periodic signal and noise intensity. The stochastic resonance phenomenon was analyzed by signal-to-noise ratio for Markovian and non-Markovian noise, various amplitudes and frequencies of periodic signal, and also variation of noise intensity.

  8. Photoinduced Dynamics of Neutral, Cationic, and Anionic Species

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    Stephansen, Anne Boutrup

    than those predicted by statistical models, but also a more critical dependence between molecular structure and (photo)-reactivity. This thesis presents a collection of studies of various types of photoinduced processes in neutral, anionic, or cationic molecular species as introduced below....... The investigations have primarily employed femtosecond time-resolved photoionization or photodetachment techniques. Intersystem crossing (ISC) in neutral organic species is conventionally assumed to be slow due to the spin-forbidden nature of the process; this assumption has been challenged during the past decade...... studies indicate that this approach can provide new insight into the origin of the isotope effect; the investigation thereby constitutes a novel way of investigating isotope effects. Common for all reactions discussed in this thesis is that the early-time dynamics initiated by photon-absorption have large...

  9. Photo-induced travelling waves in condensed Langmuir monolayers

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    Tabe, Y; Yokoyama, H

    2003-01-01

    We report the detailed properties of photo-induced travelling waves in liquid crystalline Langmuir monolayers composed of azobenzene derivatives. When the monolayer, in which the constituent rodlike molecules are coherently tilted from the layer normal, is weakly illuminated to undergo the trans-cis photo-isomerization, spatio-temporal periodic oscillations of the molecular azimuth begin over the entire excited area and propagate as a two-dimensional orientational wave. The wave formation takes place only when the film is formed at an asymmetric interface with broken up-down symmetry and when the chromophores are continuously excited near the long-wavelength edge of absorption to induce repeated photo-isomerizations between the trans and cis forms. Under proper illumination conditions, Langmuir monolayers composed of a wide variety of azobenzene derivatives have been confirmed to exhibit similar travelling waves with velocity proportional to the excitation power irrespective of the degree of amphiphilicity. T...

  10. Influence of photoinduced Bi-related self-doping on the photocatalytic activity of BiOBr nanosheets

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    Wu, Dan [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China); Yue, Songtao; Wang, Wei [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); An, Tiacheng, E-mail: antc99@gig.ac.cn [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Li, Guiying [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Ye, Liqun [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China); College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Yip, Ho Yin [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China); Wong, Po Keung, E-mail: pkwong@cuhk.edu.hk [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Bi{sup 5+} self-doped BiOBr nanosheets are achieved under UV irradiation. • Bi{sup 5+} is formed due to the oxidation of surface Bi{sup 3+} by photoexcited h{sup +} of BiOBr. • Two photoinduced h{sup +} mediated oxidation processes happen simultaneously. • Self-doped BiOBr is superior in phenol degradation and bacterial inactivation. • Bi{sup 5+} electron trapping induced photocatalytic enhancement mechanism is proposed. - Abstract: Under UV irradiation, self-doped Bi{sup 5+} is evidenced to be generated on the surface of BiOBr nanosheets, but with well-preserved crystal structure and morphology compared with pure counterpart. Bi{sup 5+} self-doping BiOBr (BiOBr-4) exhibits distinct photocatalytic mode for dyes degradation, as compared with pure BiOBr nanosheets. These photodegradation distinctions are mainly due to the simultaneous occurrence of two photoinduced hole (h{sup +}) mediated oxidation processes on the BiOBr surfaces: (1) a portion of photoexcited h{sup +} participates in the photocatalytic oxidation of dyes, and (2) partial h{sup +} involves the oxidation of Bi{sup 3+} to Bi{sup 5+}. Notably, BiOBr-4 nanosheets comparatively show superior photocatalytic activity for the phenol decomposition as well as the bacterial inactivation. Besides Bi{sup 5+} induced narrowed bandgap and enhanced light adsorption capacity, significantly, the oxidative Bi{sup 5+} acts as electron traps to promote the photoexcited electron-hole separation and accelerate h{sup +} migration, resulting in the considerable photocatalytic enhancement of BiOBr-4 nanosheets. These novel findings will not only give new insights into the photocatalytic mechanism but also explore new route to enhance photocatalytic performance of Bi-based materials.

  11. Tuning the Photoinduced Motion of Glassy Azobenzene Polymers and Networks

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    Vaia, R. A.

    2013-03-01

    Continual innovation at the forefront of soft-matter, in areas such as liquid crystal networks, nano-composites and bio-molecules, is providing exciting opportunities to create smart materials systems that exhibit a controlled, reproducible and reversible modulation of physical properties. These material systems evoke the adaptivity of natural organisms, and inspire radical aerospace notions. A key example is photo-responsive polymers, which convert a light stimulus input into a mechanical output (work). Photoinduced conformational changes, such as within azobenzene, dictate molecular-level distortions that summate into a macroscopic strain, which often manifests as a shape change or motion. The transduction of the molecular-level response to a macroscale effect is regulated by mesoscopic features, such as chain packing, free volume, and local molecular order - factors which depend on chemical composition as well as the process history of the material. For example, physical aging increases the density of the glass, reduces local free volume, and thus decreases the minima in local conformation space which strongly influences the azobenzene photochemistry (trans-cis-trans isomerization). The subsequent change in the energy landscape of the system reduces the fraction of azobenzene able to undergo reconfiguration as well as increases the probability that those photoinduced conformations will relax back to the initial local environment. The result is a tuning of the magnitude of macroscopic strain and the ability to shift from shape fixing to shape recovery, respectively. Work done in collaboration with H. Koerner, K.M. Lee, M. Smith, D. Wang, L-S. Tan. and T. White, Air Force Research Laboratory.

  12. Photoinduced optical anisotropy in azobenzene methacrylate block copolymers: Influence of molecular weight and irradiation conditions

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    Gimeno, Sofia; Forcen, Patricia; Oriol, Luis

    2009-01-01

    The photoinduced anisotropy in a series of azomethacrylate block copolymers with different Molecular weights and azo contents has been investigated under several irradiation conditions. Depending on molecular weight and composition, different microstructures (disordered, lamellar, spherical) appe...

  13. Multistate photo-induced relaxation and photoisomerization ability of fumaramide threads: A computational and experimental study

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    Altoè, P.; Haraszkiewicz, N.; Gatti, F.G.; Wiering, P.G.; Frochot, C.; Brouwer, A.M.; Balkowski, G.; Shaw, D.; Woutersen, S.; Buma, W.J.; Zerbetto, F.; Orlandi, G.; Leigh, D.A.; Garavelli, M.

    2009-01-01

    Fumaric and maleic amides are the photoactive units of an important and widely investigated class of photocontrollable rotaxanes as they trigger ring shuttling via a cis−trans photoisomerization. Here, ultrafast decay and photoinduced isomerization in isolated fumaramide and solvated

  14. Photoinduced properties of nanocrystalline TiO2-anatase coating on Ti-based bone implants.

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Biglino, Daniele; Novak, Saša; Kobe, Spomenka

    2014-04-01

    The paper reports on the photoinduced properties of hydrothermally treated (HT) titanium used for bone implants. The anatase coatings composed of 30-100nm anatase crystals exhibited high photocatalytic activity and good photo-induced wettability, reaching a superhydrophilic state, despite the larger crystal dimensions than the previously reported optimal ones. These properties are due to a suitable combination of surface texture, roughness, thickness, crystal morphology and particle size, which allowed the two independent photo-induced phenomena to occur simultaneously. The results on caffeine degradation by photocatalysis and the prolonged effect (up to two weeks) of photo-induced wettability in dark suggested a possible applicability of the HT anatase coatings as bacteria-repelling surfaces for body implants, in favor of a better osseointegration in vivo. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. On the one pot syntheses of chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-3-carboxylate and chromeno[3,4-c]pyridine-3-carboxylate and dihydropyridines

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    Navarrete-Encina, Patricio A.; Vega-Retter, Christian, E-mail: pnavarre@vtr.ne [Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile). Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas y Farmaceuticas. Lab. de Sintesis Organica y Fisicoquimica; Salazar, Ricardo; Perez, Karina; Squella, Juan A.; Nunez-Vergara, Luis J. [Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile). Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas y Farmaceuticas. Lab. de Bioelectroquimica

    2010-07-01

    Substituted chromenos, dihydropyridines and pyridines have been important in the syntheses of compounds having interesting pharmacological properties. Therefore, we found of interest to synthesize chromenopyridines and chromeno dihydropyridines (i.e., fused chromeno and dihydropyridine or pyridine rings) to further study their biological activity. Here, we propose one-pot syntheses for substituted ethyl-2,4-dimethyl-5-oxo-5H-chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-3-carboxylates, ethyl-2,4-dimethyl-5-oxo-5H-chromeno[3,4-c]pyridine-3-carboxylates and their respective 1,4-dihydropyridines based on a modified Hantzsch pyridine synthesis using 2-hydroxyaryl aldehydes, with electron withdrawing and electron donating groups on the phenyl ring, as starting reactants. Sixteen compounds were synthesized by the described method and fully characterized. An average yield of 37% was obtained for the different derivatives. (author)

  16. Biocompatibility studies of polyacrylonitrile membranes modified with carboxylated polyetherimide

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    Senthilkumar, S.; Rajesh, S.; Jayalakshmi, A.; Mohan, D., E-mail: mohantarun@gmail.com

    2013-10-15

    Poly (ether-imide) (PEI) was carboxylated and used as the hydrophilic modification agent for the preparation of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) membranes. Membranes were prepared with different blend compositions of PAN and CPEI by diffusion induced precipitation. The modified membranes were characterized by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), mechanical analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle measurement to understand the influence of CPEI on the properties of the membranes. The biocompatibility studies exhibited reduced plasma protein adsorption, platelet adhesion and thrombus formation on the modified membrane surface. The complete blood count (CBC) results of CPEI incorporated membranes showed stable CBC values and significant decrease in the complement activation were also observed. In addition to good cytocompatibility, monocytes cultured on these modified membranes exhibited improved functional profiles in 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Thus it could be concluded that PAN/CPEI membranes with excellent biocompatibility can be useful for hemodialysis. Highlights: • Carboxylated PEI was prepared and utilized as hydrophilic modification agent. • CPEI incorporated into PAN to improved biocompatibility and cyto compatibility • Biocompatibility of membranes was correlated with morphology and hydrophilicity. • Antifouling studies of the PAN/CPEI membranes was studied by BSA as model foulant.

  17. 40 CFR 721.2093 - Alkenyl carboxylate, metal salt (generic).

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Alkenyl carboxylate, metal salt... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.2093 Alkenyl carboxylate, metal salt (generic). (a) Chemical substance... alkenyl carboxylate, metal salt (PMN P-99-0848) is subject to reporting under this section for the...

  18. Photo-kinetics of photoinduced transformation reaction of methylene green with titanium trichloride in different solvents

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    Nadeem, Syed Muhammad Saqib; Saeed, Rehana

    2017-08-01

    The photo-kinetics of photoinduced transformation reaction of methylene green and titanium trichloride was investigated in water and different aqueous-alcoholic solvents. The reaction is pseudo-first order, dependent only on the concentration of titanium trichloride at fixed concentration of methylene green. The effect of water and aqueous-alcoholic solvents was studied in the acidic range from 4 to 7. It was observed that the quantum yield (φ) of reaction increased with increase in polarity of the solvent. The quantum yield (φ) was high in acidic condition and decreased with further increase in acidity. The quantum yield (φ) increased sharply with increase in concentration of titanium trichloride while it almost remained unaffected by change in concentration of methylene green. The addition of ions increased the quantum yield (φ) of reaction. The increase in temperature decreased the rate and quantum yield (φ) of reaction. An electron transfer mechanism for the reaction has been proposed in accordance with the kinetics of reaction. The absence of any reaction intermediate was confirmed by spectroscopic investigations. Activation energy ( E a) was calculated by Arrhenius relation. Thermodynamic parameters such as activation energy ( E a), enthalpy change (Δ H), free energy change (Δ G) and entropy change (Δ S) were also evaluated.

  19. Flexible Bistable Smectic-A Liquid Crystal Device Using Photolithography and Photoinduced Phase Separation

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    Yang Lu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A flexible bistable smectic-A liquid crystal (SmA LC device using pixel-isolated mode was demonstrated, in which SmA LC molecules were isolated in pixels by vertical polymer wall and horizontal polymer layer. The above microstructure was achieved by using ultraviolet (UV photolithography and photoinduced phase separation. The polymer wall was fabricated by photolithography, and then the SmA LC was encapsulated in pixels between polymer wall through UV-induced phase separation, in which the polymer wall acts as supporting structure from mechanical pressure and maintains the cell gap from bending, and the polymer layer acts as adhesive for tight attachment of two substrates. The results demonstrated that all the intrinsic bistable properties of the SmA LC are preserved, and good electrooptical characteristics such as high contrast ratio and excellent stability of the bistable states were characterized. This kind of SmA bistable flexible display has high potential to be used as electronic paper, smart switchable reflective windows, and so forth.

  20. Self-assembly of semiconductor organogelator nanowires for photoinduced charge separation.

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    Wicklein, André; Ghosh, Suhrit; Sommer, Michael; Würthner, Frank; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2009-05-26

    We investigated an innovative concept of general validity based on an organogel/polymer system to generate donor-acceptor nanostructures suitable for charge generation and charge transport. An electron conducting (acceptor) perylene bisimide organogelator forms nanowires in suitable solvents during gelation process. This phenomenon was utilized for its self-assembly in an amorphous hole conducting (donor) polymer matrix to realize an interpenetrating donor-acceptor interface with inherent morphological stability. The self-assembly and interface generation were carried out either stepwise or in a single-step. Morphology of the donor-acceptor network in thin films obtained via both routes were studied by a combination of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Additionally, photoinduced charge separation and charge transport in these systems were tested in organic solar cells. Fabrication steps of multilayer organogel/polymer photovoltaic devices were optimized with respect to morphology and surface roughness by introducing additional smoothening layers and charge injection/blocking layers. An inverted cell geometry was used here in which electrons are collected at the bottom electrode and holes at the top electrode. The simultaneous preparation of the interface exhibits almost 3-fold improvement in device characteristics compared to the successive method. The device characteristics under AM1.5 spectral conditions and 100 mW/cm(2) for the simultaneous preparation route are short circuit current J(sc) = 0.28 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage V(OC) = 390 mV, fill factor FF = 38%, and a power conversion efficiency eta = 0.041%.

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Borazine-Type UV Photo-Induced Polymerization of Ceramic Precursors

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    Dan Wei

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A preceramic polymer of B,B′,B′′-(dimethylethyl-acrylate-silyloxyethyl-borazine was synthesized by three steps from a molecular single-source precursor and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectrometry. Six-member borazine rings and acrylate groups were effectively introduced into the preceramic polymer to activate UV photo-induced polymerization. Photo-Differential Scanning Calorimetry (Photo-DSC and real-time FTIR techniques were adapted to investigate the photo-polymerization process. The results revealed that the borazine derivative exhibited dramatic activity by UV polymerization, the double-bond conversion of which reached a maximum in 40 s. Furthermore, the properties of the pyrogenetic products were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD, which proved the ceramic annealed at 1100 °C retained the amorphous phase.

  2. Pyrolysis Mechanisms of Aromatic Carboxylic Acids

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    Britt, P.F.; Eskay, T.P.; Buchanan, A.C. III

    1997-12-31

    Although decarboxylation of carboxylic acids is widely used in organic synthesis, there is limited mechanistic information on the uncatalyzed reaction pathways of aromatic carboxylic acids at 300-400 {degrees} C. The pyrolysis mechanisms of 1,2-(3,3-dicarboxyphenyl)ethane, 1,2-(4,4-dicarboxylphenyl)ethane, 1-(3-carboxyphenyl)-2-(4- biphenyl)ethane, and substituted benzoic acids have been investigated at 325-425 {degrees} C neat and diluted in an inert solvent. Decarboxylation is the dominant pyrolysis path. Arrhenius parameters, substituent effects, and deuterium isotope effects are consistent with decarboxylation by an electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction. Pyrolysis of benzoic acid in naphthalene, as a solvent, produces significant amounts of 1- and 2-phenylnaphthalenes. The mechanistic pathways for decarboxylation and arylation with be presented.

  3. Carboxylated nitrile butadiene rubber/hybrid filler composites

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    Ahmad Mousa

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The surface properties of the OSW and NLS are measured with the dynamic contact-angle technique. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS of the OSW reveals that the OSW possesses various reactive functional groups namely hydroxyl groups (OH. Hybrid filler from NLS and OSW were incorporated into carboxylated nitrile rubber (XNBR to produce XNBR hybrid composites. The reaction of OH groups from the OSW with COOH of the XNBR is checked by attenuated total reflectance spectra (ATR-IR of the composites. The degree of curing ΔM (maximum torque-minimum torque as a function of hybrid filler as derived from moving die rheometer (MDR is reported. The stress-strain behavior of the hybrid composites as well as the dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA is studied. Bonding quality and dispersion of the hybrid filler with and in XNBR are examined using scanning-transmission electron microscopy (STEM in SEM.

  4. Carboxylated Polyurethanes Containing Hyperbranched Polyester Soft Segments

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    Žigon, M.

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available hyperbranched polyester soft segments (HB PU with functional carboxylic groups in order to enable the preparation of stable HB PU dispersions. Carboxylated hyperbranched polyurethanes were synthesized using a hyperbranched polyester based on 2,2-bis(methylolpropionic acid of the fourth pseudo-generation (Boltorn H40 and hexamethylene (HDI or isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI. The reactivity of hyperbranched polyester with HDI was lower than expected, possibly due to the presence of less reactive hydroxyl groups in the linear repeat units. A gel was formed at mole ratios rNCO/OH = 1:2 or 1:4. The synthesis of HB PU was performed with partly esterified hyperbranched polyester with lowered hydroxyl functionality. The carboxyl groups were incorporated in the HB PU backbone by reaction of residual hydroxyl groups with cis-1,2-cyclohexanedicarboxylic anhydride. HB PU aqueous dispersions were stable at least for two months, although their films were brittle. The tensile strength and Young's modulus of blends of linear and HB PU decreased with increasing content of HB PU whereas elongation at break remained nearly constant, which was explained in terms of looser chain packing due to more open tree-like hyperbranched structures.

  5. Metal- and additive-free photoinduced borylation of haloarenes.

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    Mfuh, Adelphe M; Schneider, Brett D; Cruces, Westley; Larionov, Oleg V

    2017-03-01

    Boronic acids and esters have critical roles in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, molecular sensors, materials science, drug discovery, and catalysis. Many of the current applications of boronic acids and esters require materials with very low levels of transition metal contamination. Most of the current methods for the synthesis of boronic acids, however, require transition metal catalysts and ligands that must be removed via additional purification procedures. This protocol describes a simple, metal- and additive-free method of conversion of haloarenes directly to boronic acids and esters. This photoinduced borylation protocol does not require expensive and toxic metal catalysts or ligands, and it produces innocuous and easy-to-remove by-products. Furthermore, the reaction can be carried out on multigram scales in common-grade solvents without the need for reaction mixtures to be deoxygenated. The setup and purification steps are typically accomplished within 1-3 h. The reactions can be run overnight, and the protocol can be completed within 13-16 h. Two representative procedures that are described in this protocol provide details for preparation of a boronic acid (3-cyanopheylboronic acid) and a boronic ester (1,4-benzenediboronic acid bis(pinacol)ester). We also discuss additional details of the method that will be helpful in the application of the protocol to other haloarene substrates.

  6. Origin of photo-induced transmitting oscillations in chalcogenide glasses.

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    Tao, HaiZheng; Yang, ZhiYong; Lucas, Pierre

    2009-09-28

    Light-induced oscillatory behaviors of transmission in chalcogenide glasses are investigated using a continuous wave tunable Ti-sapphire laser. It is shown that phase change, thermal fluctuation, nonlinear index change and periodic self focusing are not at the origin of light-induced oscillatory transmittance in chalcogenide glasses. Instead, results indicate that the interference of transmitting and reflecting light is at the origin of the oscillatory behaviors of transmitted light. Just like the principle of Fabry-Pérot interferometer, these interferences result in a periodic change in transmission as the related interferential beams get in and out of phase. However, this transmitting oscillatory behavior can be registered by the detector only when the change of optical path length difference initiated by photo-induced effects is slower enough compared with the corresponding response time of the detector. Several photo-structural effects contribute to that phenomenon including photo-expansion, photo-darkening, and permanent self focusing. It appears that fluctuations of the light source intensity induce a wide distribution of the oscillatory periods.

  7. Photoinduced Acrylate Polymerization: Unexpected Reduction in Chain Branching.

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    Wenn, Benjamin; Reekmans, Gunter; Adriaensens, Peter; Junkers, Thomas

    2015-08-01

    The branching stemming from midchain radical formation in n-butyl acrylate polymerization is investigated via melt-state (13) C NMR measurements. The dependence of the degree of branching (DB) on the monomer conversion of the system is examined for photoinduced polymerizations, revealing a steady increase in branching with conversion. For polymerization at moderate light intensities, an increase in branching from 0.03% to 0.37% is observed for polymerizations at 60 °C, which is fivefold below the level of branching observed in thermally initiated polymerizations under otherwise identical reaction conditions. The reason for this overall reduction in branching remains momentarily unclear; yet, a strong dependence of branching on light intensity is observed. While polymerization under a 1 W LED lamp results at almost full monomer conversion in branching degrees of 0.22%, polymerization under a 400 W lamp yields 1.81% of chain branches. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Photoinduced force microscopy: A technique for hyperspectral nanochemical mapping

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    Murdick, Ryan A.; Morrison, William; Nowak, Derek; Albrecht, Thomas R.; Jahng, Junghoon; Park, Sung

    2017-08-01

    Advances in nanotechnology have intensified the need for tools that can characterize newly synthesized nanomaterials. A variety of techniques has recently been shown which combines atomic force microscopy (AFM) with optical illumination including tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (sSNOM), and photothermal induced resonance microscopy (PTIR). To varying degrees, these existing techniques enable optical spectroscopy with the nanoscale spatial resolution inherent to AFM, thereby providing nanochemical interrogation of a specimen. Here we discuss photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM), a recently developed technique for nanoscale optical spectroscopy that exploits image forces acting between an AFM tip and sample to detect wavelength-dependent polarization within the sample to generate absorption spectra. This approach enables ∼10 nm spatial resolution with spectra that show correlation with macroscopic optical absorption spectra. Unlike other techniques, PiFM achieves this high resolution with virtually no constraints on sample or substrate properties. The applicability of PiFM to a variety of archetypal systems is reported here, highlighting the potential of PiFM as a useful tool for a wide variety of industrial and academic investigations, including semiconducting nanoparticles, nanocellulose, block copolymers, and low dimensional systems, as well as chemical and morphological mixing at interfaces.

  9. Photo-induced travelling waves in condensed Langmuir monolayers

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    Tabe, Y [Yokoyama Nano-Structured Liquid Crystal Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, 5-9-9 Tokodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-2635, Japan (Japan); Yamamoto, T [Yokoyama Nano-Structured Liquid Crystal Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, 5-9-9 Tokodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-2635, Japan (Japan); Yokoyama, H [Yokoyama Nano-Structured Liquid Crystal Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, 5-9-9 Tokodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-2635, Japan (Japan)

    2003-06-01

    We report the detailed properties of photo-induced travelling waves in liquid crystalline Langmuir monolayers composed of azobenzene derivatives. When the monolayer, in which the constituent rodlike molecules are coherently tilted from the layer normal, is weakly illuminated to undergo the trans-cis photo-isomerization, spatio-temporal periodic oscillations of the molecular azimuth begin over the entire excited area and propagate as a two-dimensional orientational wave. The wave formation takes place only when the film is formed at an asymmetric interface with broken up-down symmetry and when the chromophores are continuously excited near the long-wavelength edge of absorption to induce repeated photo-isomerizations between the trans and cis forms. Under proper illumination conditions, Langmuir monolayers composed of a wide variety of azobenzene derivatives have been confirmed to exhibit similar travelling waves with velocity proportional to the excitation power irrespective of the degree of amphiphilicity. The dynamics can be qualitatively explained by the modified reaction-diffusion model proposed by Reigada, Sagues and Mikhailov.

  10. Photoinduced Effect in -Alumina: Characterization by TSEE Method

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    Iacconi, P.; Lapraz, D.; Bindi, R.; Benabdesselam, M.

    1997-10-01

    A study of Thermally Stimulated Exoelectron Emission (TSEE) obtained from -alumina samples after X-ray irradiation at 300 K followed by UV excitation at 77 K is reported. The observed results, called photoinduced TSEE (PITSEE) are compared with similar phenomena occurring in thermoluminescence (PITL) and thermally stimulated conductivity (PITSC). Under these conditions, two peaks at about 225 and 270 K are regenerated. The process of regeneration is described in terms of hole transfer and a two-centre Auger mechanism. Lorsque un échantillon d'alumine α est d'abord irradié par rayons X à température ambiante puis refroidi à 77 K et excité par rayons UV, on observe la régénération des pics d'EETS à 225 et 270 K. Ce phénomène, appelé émission exoélectronique thermostimulée photoinduite (PIEETS), est caractérisé et comparé aux phénoménes de thermoluminescence photoinduite (PITL) et de conductivité électrique thermostimulée (PICTS) également présentés par l'alumine α. Le processus de régénération est interprété par un mécanisme de transfert de trous et de transfert d'énergie du type Auger.

  11. PREFACE: Second International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions; Cooperative, non-linear and functional properties (PIPT'05)

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    Buron, Marylise; Collet, Eric

    2005-01-01

    This issue is a collection of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions; Cooperative, non-linear and functional properties (PIPT'05), which was held in Rennes (France) on 24-28 May 2005 and chaired by Hervé Cailleau and Tadeusz Luty. The first PIPT conference was organized by Professor Keiichiro Nasu in Tsukuba, Japan, in 2001. During 5 days, PIPT'05 provided an interdisciplinary forum for research communications between solid state physicists, photophysicists, photochemists and photobiologists, as well as material scientists. Scientists came from all around the world (Europe, Japan, USA, Canada, ...). The fascinating scientific challenge of the possibility of triggering physical properties of a material by light excitation was at the heart of the exchange of ideas between scientists of the different fields. The topics of the conference were about light-induced phenomena in functional materials, nano-particles and devices, photo-induced structural, magnetic and/or electronic phase transitions, photo-induced gauge type phase transitions, photo-induced cooperative molecular switching and chemical reactions in solids, dynamics of out-of-equilibrium processes, light-driven non-thermal processes such as coherent phonons, shock waves, surface melting and femtomagnetism, precursor phenomena, coherent, co-operative and non-linear processes in excited states and new investigations by light, x-ray and electron probes. As you will see, the collection of papers presented here cover many of the fields mentioned above. The PIPT conferences, encompassing different areas of light-induced phenomena are also meant to bridge the gap between experimentalists and theoreticians, and to promote communication between scientists working on different continents. The present conference was attended by 148 participants from 17 countries, with the total number of 87 presentations (16 invited, 27 contributed talks and 44 posters). It is encouraging

  12. Photocaging of carboxylic acids: a modular approach.

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    Szymański, Wiktor; Velema, Willem A; Feringa, Ben L

    2014-08-11

    Photocaged compounds are important tools for studying and regulating multiple processes, including biological functions. Reported herein is the use of the Passerini multicomponent reaction for modular preparation of photocaged carboxylic acids. The reaction is compatible with several functionalities and proceeds smoothly both in water and dichloromethane. The choice of aldehyde determines the wavelength used for deprotection and enables formation of orthogonally protected products. The isocyanide component can be used for introduction of reactive tags and photosensitizers, as well as for immobilization on a solid support. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Methyl (Sp-2-(diphenylphosphinoferrocene-1-carboxylate

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    Petr Štěpnička

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, [Fe(C5H5(C19H16O2P], obtained serendipitously during recrystallization of 1-hydroxybenzotriazolyl (Sp-2-(diphenylphosphinoferrocene-1-carboxylate from methanol, crystallizes in the chiral space group P212121. Its crystal structure not only confirms the anticipated absolute configuration but also establishes a rather regular geometry for the ferrocene unit, devoid of any significant deformation due to the attached substituents. In the crystal, symmetry-related molecules are linked via weak C—H...O interactions.

  14. Features of the Photoalignment of Disodium Bis-[(4-Hydroxy-3-Carboxylate-6-Methyl)Phenylazo]-5,5'-Dioxobenzothiophene in Thin Films

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    Chaplanova, J. D.; Muravskii, A. A.; Agabekov, V. E.; Gracheva, E. A.; Mikulich, V. S.

    2015-05-01

    Thin films and multilayer thin-fi lm coatings based on the new dichroic azo dye disodium bis[(4-hydroxy-3-carboxylate-6-methyl)phenylazo]-5,5'-dioxobenzothiophene (FtF-1) were produced by the spin-coating method. The optical properties and morphology of the FtF-1 films depended on the formation conditions and used solvents. Reversible photo-induced dichroism was observed in films obtained by spin-coating of FtF-1 solutions in DMF and aqueous polyvinylpyrrolidone on quartz substrates upon irradiation with plane-polarized light (λ = 450 nm, I = 15 mW/cm2). The anisotropic properties of the FtF-1 films were caused by trans-cis-isomerization of the irradiated dye molecules.

  15. Effect of Conjugation Length on Photoinduced Charge-Transfer in π-Conjugated Oligomer-Acceptor Dyads

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    Jiang, Junlin

    2017-05-25

    A series of -conjugated oligomer-acceptor dyads were synthesized that feature oligo(phenylene ethynylene) (OPE) conjugated backbones end-capped with a naphthalene diimide (NDI) acceptor. The OPE segments vary in length from 4 to 8 phenylene ethynene units (PEn-NDI, where n = 4, 6 and 8). Fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy reveals that intramolecular OPE NDI charge transfer dominates the deactivation of excited states of the PEn-NDI oligomers. Both charge separation (CS) and charge recombination (CR) are strongly exothermic (G0CS ~ -1.1 and G0CR ~ -2.0 eV), and the driving forces do not vary much across the series because the oxidation and reduction potentials and singlet energies of the OPEs do not vary much with their length. Bimolecular photoinduced charge transfer between model OPEs that do not contain the NDI acceptors with methyl viologen was studied, and the results reveal that the absorption of the cation radical state (OPE+•) remains approximately constant ( ~ 575 nm) regardless of oligomer length. This finding suggests that the cation radical (polaron) of the OPE is relatively localized, effectively occupying a confined segment of n 4 repeat units in the longer oligomers. Photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer dynamics in the PEn-NDI series was investigated by UV-visible femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy with visible and mid-infrared probes. Charge separation occurs on the 1 – 10 ps timescale, with the rates decreasing slightly with increased oligomer length (βCS ~ 0.15 Å-1). The rate for charge-recombination decreases in the sequence PE4-NDI > PE6-NDI ~ PE8-NDI. The discontinuous distance dependence in the rate for charge recombination may be related to the spatial localization of the positive polaron state in the longer oligomers.

  16. Carboxylate-assisted C(sp³)-H activation in olefin metathesis-relevant ruthenium complexes.

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    Cannon, Jeffrey S; Zou, Lufeng; Liu, Peng; Lan, Yu; O'Leary, Daniel J; Houk, K N; Grubbs, Robert H

    2014-05-07

    The mechanism of C-H activation at metathesis-relevant ruthenium(II) benzylidene complexes was studied both experimentally and computationally. Synthesis of a ruthenium dicarboxylate at a low temperature allowed for direct observation of the C-H activation step, independent of the initial anionic ligand-exchange reactions. A first-order reaction supports an intramolecular concerted metalation-deprotonation mechanism with ΔG(‡)(298K) = 22.2 ± 0.1 kcal·mol(-1) for the parent N-adamantyl-N'-mesityl complex. An experimentally determined ΔS(‡) = -5.2 ± 2.6 eu supports a highly ordered transition state for carboxylate-assisted C(sp(3))-H activation. Experimental results, including measurement of a large primary kinetic isotope effect (k(H)/k(D) = 8.1 ± 1.7), agree closely with a computed six-membered carboxylate-assisted C-H activation mechanism where the deprotonating carboxylate adopts a pseudo-apical geometry, displacing the aryl ether chelate. The rate of cyclometalation was found to be influenced by both the electronics of the assisting carboxylate and the ruthenium ligand environment.

  17. Decarboxylative Fluorination of Aliphatic Carboxylic Acids via Photoredox Catalysis

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    Ventre, Sandrine; Petronijevic, Filip R.; MacMillan, David W. C.

    2016-01-01

    The direct conversion of aliphatic carboxylic acids to the corresponding alkyl fluorides has been achieved via visible light-promoted photoredox catalysis. This operationally simple, redox-neutral fluorination method is amenable to a wide variety of carboxylic acids. Photon-induced oxidation of carboxylates leads to the formation of carboxyl radicals, which upon rapid CO2-extrusion and F• transfer from a fluorinating reagent yield the desired fluoroalkanes with high efficiency. Experimental evidence indicates that an oxidative quenching pathway is operable in this broadly applicable fluorination protocol. PMID:25881929

  18. Photo-induced Doping in GaN Epilayers with Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Lin, T. N.; Inciong, M. R.; Santiago, S. R. M. S.; Yeh, T. W.; Yang, W. Y.; Yuan, C. T.; Shen, J. L.; Kuo, H. C.; Chiu, C. H.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a new doping scheme where photo-induced carriers from graphene quantum dots (GQDs) can be injected into GaN and greatly enhance photoluminescence (PL) in GaN epilayers. An 8.3-fold enhancement of PL in GaN is observed after the doping. On the basis of time-resolved PL studies, the PL enhancement is attributed to the carrier transfer from GQDs to GaN. Such a carrier transfer process is caused by the work function difference between GQDs and GaN, which is verified by Kelvin probe measurements. We have also observed that photocurrent in GaN can be enhanced by 23-fold due to photo-induced doping with GQDs. The improved optical and transport properties from photo-induced doping are promising for applications in GaN-based optoelectronic devices. PMID:26987403

  19. Erbium trifluoromethanesulfonate-catalyzed Friedel–Crafts acylation using aromatic carboxylic acids as acylating agents under monomode-microwave irradiation

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    Tran, Phuong Hoang; Hansen, Poul Erik; Nguyen, Hai Truong

    2015-01-01

    Erbium trifluoromethanesulfonate is found to be a good catalyst for the Friedel–Crafts acylation of arenes containing electron-donating substituents using aromatic carboxylic acids as the acylating agents under microwave irradiation. An effective, rapid and waste-free method allows the preparation...... of a wide range of aryl ketones in good yields and in short reaction times with minimum amounts of waste...

  20. Transient spectral dependence of photoinduced magneto-optical Faraday effect in CdTe quantum dots

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    Hong Ma

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The time-resolved photo-induced magneto-optical response of water soluble cadmium telluride (CdTe colloidal quantum dots (QDs is studied in the spectral range across the first exciton (1S3/21Se transition at room temperature without external magnetic field. Spectral dependence of the Faraday ellipticity reaches an extremum near the first exciton transition energy, while the Faraday rotation shows a sign reversal, which indicates that the spectral dependence of photo-induced Faraday effect evolves from a diamagnetic to a paramagnetic behavior during the exciton spin relaxation process in CdTe QDs.

  1. Photoinduced Cu(II-Mediated RDRP to P(VDF-co-CTFE-g-PAN

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    Xin Hu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Photoinduced Cu(II-mediated reversible deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP was employed to synthesize poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene-graft-polyacrylonitrile (P(VDF-co-CTFE-g-PAN. The concentration of copper catalyst (CuCl2 loading was as low as 1/64 equivalent to chlorine atom in the presence of Me6-Tren under UV irradiation. The light-responsive nature of graft polymerization was confirmed by “off-on” impulsive irradiation experiments. Temporal control of the polymerization process and varied graft contents were achieved via this photoinduced Cu(II-mediated RDRP.

  2. Photo-induced changes in a hybrid amorphous chalcogenide/silica photonic crystal fiber

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    Markos, Christos

    2014-01-01

    Photostructural changes in a hybrid photonic crystal fiber with chalcogenide nanofilms inside the inner surface of the cladding holes are experimentally demonstrated. The deposition of the amorphous chalcogenide glass films inside the silica capillaries of the fiber was made by infiltrating...... the nanocolloidal solution-based As25S75, while the photoinduced changes were performed by side illuminating the fiber near the bandgap edge of the formed glass nanofilms. The photoinduced effect of the chalcogenide glass directly red-shifts the transmission bandgap position of the fiber as high as similar to 20...

  3. Role of hydrogen in the photoinduced evolution of porous silicon luminescence

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    Koropecki, R.R.; Arce, R. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Spies, C. [Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica (UNL), Santiago del Estero 2829, S3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Gennaro, A.M. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Facultad de Bioquimica y Ciencias Biologicas (UNL), Ciudad Universitaria, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Schmidt, J. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica (UNL), Santiago del Estero 2829, S3000 Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2007-07-01

    Photo-induced post preparation evolution effects in porous silicon were studied by IR, EPR, photoluminescence, and hydrogen effusion spectroscopies. The results show that two independent mechanisms are present during the photo-induced evolution. We also show that hydrogen photo-effusion takes place, in agreement with our previously proposed model. Photo-effusion experiments performed in vacuum, combined with IR and photoluminescence spectroscopies allow to discriminate the competing mechanisms present in the evolution of the photoluminescence. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Band Structure Simulations of the Photoinduced Changes in the MgB₂:Cr Films.

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    Kityk, Iwan V; Fedorchuk, Anatolii O; Ozga, Katarzyna; AlZayed, Nasser S

    2015-04-02

    An approach for description of the photoinduced nonlinear optical effects in the superconducting MgB₂:Cr₂O₃ nanocrystalline film is proposed. It includes the molecular dynamics step-by-step optimization of the two separate crystalline phases. The principal role for the photoinduced nonlinear optical properties plays nanointerface between the two phases. The first modified layers possess a form of slightly modified perfect crystalline structure. The next layer is added to the perfect crystalline structure and the iteration procedure is repeated for the next layer. The total energy here is considered as a varied parameter. To avoid potential jumps on the borders we have carried out additional derivative procedure.

  5. 2,6-Dimethylphenyl acridine-9-carboxylate

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    Damian Trzybiński

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C22H17NO2, the acridine ring system and the benzene ring are oriented at a dihedral angle of 37.7 (1°. The carboxyl group is twisted at an angle of 67.7 (1° relative to the acridine skeleton. In the crystal, molecules are arranged in stacks along the b axis, with all of the acridine rings involved in multiple π–π interactions [centroid–centroid distances in the range 3.632 (2–4.101 (2 Å]. The acridine moieties are parallel within the stacks, but inclined at an angle of 52.7 (1° in adjacent stacks.

  6. Rational design of carboxyl groups perpendicularly attached to a graphene sheet: a platform for enhanced biosensing applications.

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    Bonanni, Alessandra; Chua, Chun Kiang; Pumera, Martin

    2014-01-03

    Graphene oxide (GO)-based materials offer great potential for biofunctionalization with applications ranging from biosensing to drug delivery. Such biofunctionalization utilizes specific functional groups, typically a carboxyl moiety, as anchoring points for biomolecule. However, due to the fact that the exact chemical structure of GO is still largely unknown and poorly defined (it was postulated to consist of various oxygen-containing groups, such as epoxy, hydroxyl, carboxyl, carbonyl, and peroxy in varying ratios), it is challenging to fabricate highly biofunctionalized GO surfaces. The predominant anchoring sites (i.e., carboxyl groups) are mainly present as terminal groups on the edges of GO sheets and thus account for only a fraction of the oxygen-containing groups on GO. Herein, we suggest a direct solution to the long-standing problem of limited abundance of carboxyl groups on GO; GO was first reduced to graphene and consequently modified with only carboxyl groups grafted perpendicularly to its surface by a rational synthesis using free-radical addition of isobutyronitrile with subsequent hydrolysis. Such grafted graphene oxide can contain a high amount of carboxyl groups for consequent biofunctionalization, at which the extent of grafting is limited only by the number of carbon atoms in the graphene plane; in contrast, the abundance of carboxyl groups on "classical" GO is limited by the amount of terminal carbon atoms. Such a graphene platform embedded with perpendicularly grafted carboxyl groups was characterized in detail by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and its application was exemplified with single-nucleotide polymorphism detection. It was found that the removal of oxygen functionalities after the chemical reduction enhanced the electron-transfer rate of the graphene. More importantly, the introduction of carboxyl groups promoted a more efficient immobilization of DNA probes on the

  7. Lysine carboxylation: unveiling a spontaneous post-translational modification

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    Jimenez-Morales, David; Adamian, Larisa [University of Illinois at Chicago, 851 South Morgan Street, Room 218, Chicago, IL 60607 (United States); Shi, Dashuang [Center for Genetic Medicine Research, 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010-2970 (United States); Liang, Jie, E-mail: jliang@uic.edu [University of Illinois at Chicago, 851 South Morgan Street, Room 218, Chicago, IL 60607 (United States)

    2014-01-01

    A computational method for the prediction of lysine carboxylation (KCX) in protein structures is described. The method accurately identifies misreported KCXs and predicts previously unknown KCX sites. The carboxylation of lysine residues is a post-translational modification (PTM) that plays a critical role in the catalytic mechanisms of several important enzymes. It occurs spontaneously under certain physicochemical conditions, but is difficult to detect experimentally. Its full impact is unknown. In this work, the signature microenvironment of lysine-carboxylation sites has been characterized. In addition, a computational method called Predictor of Lysine Carboxylation (PreLysCar) for the detection of lysine carboxylation in proteins with available three-dimensional structures has been developed. The likely prevalence of lysine carboxylation in the proteome was assessed through large-scale computations. The results suggest that about 1.3% of large proteins may contain a carboxylated lysine residue. This unexpected prevalence of lysine carboxylation implies an enrichment of reactions in which it may play functional roles. The results also suggest that by switching enzymes on and off under appropriate physicochemical conditions spontaneous PTMs may serve as an important and widely used efficient biological machinery for regulation.

  8. Carboxylate-bridged Cu (II) coordination polymeric complex ...

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    Carboxylate-bridged Cu(II) coordination polymeric complex: synthesis, crystal structure, magnetic properties, DNA binding and electrochemical studies ... Abstract. A novel water-soluble carboxylate-bridged copper(II) coordination polymer,Cu-BIG was formed by the reaction of Cu(ClO₄)₂ ·6H₂O and tridentate ...

  9. Photoreactivity of carboxylated single-walled carbon nanotubes in sunlight: reactive oxygen species production in water.

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    Chen, Chia-Ying; Jafvert, Chad T

    2010-09-01

    Very limited information exists on transformation processes of carbon nanotubes in the natural aquatic environment. Because the conjugated pi-bond structure of these materials is efficient in absorbing sunlight, photochemical transformations are a potential fate process with reactivity predicted to vary with their diameter, chirality, number and type of defects, functionalization, residual metal catalyst and amorphous carbon content, and with the composition of the water, including the type and composition of materials that act to disperse them into the aqueous environment. In this study, the photochemical reactions involving colloidal dispersions of carboxylated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT-COOH) in sunlight were examined. Production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during irradiation occurs and is evidence for potential further phototransformation and may be significant in assessing their overall environmental impacts. In aerated samples exposed to sunlight or to lamps that emit light only within the solar spectrum, the probe compounds, furfuryl alcohol (FFA), tetrazolium salts (NBT2+ and XTT), and p-chlorobenzoic acid (pCBA), were used to indicate production of 1O2, O2.-, and .OH, respectively. All three ROS were produced in the presence of SWNT-COOH and molecular oxygen (3O2). 1O2 production was confirmed by observing enhanced FFA decay in deuterium oxide, attenuated decay of FFA in the presence of azide ion, and the lack of decay of FFA in deoxygenated solutions. Photogeneration of O2.- and .OH was confirmed by applying superoxide dismutase (SOD) and tert-butanol assays, respectively. In air-equilibrated suspensions, the loss of 0.2 mM FFA in 10 mg/L SWNT-COOH was approximately 85% after 74 h. Production of 1O2 was not dependent on pH from 7 to 11; however photoinduced aggregation was observed at pH 3.

  10. Novel Polymers with a High Carboxylic Acid Loading

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    Thomsen, Anders Daugaard; Malmström, Eva; Hvilsted, Søren

    2006-01-01

    ABSTRACT: Click chemistry has been used to prepare a range of novel polymers with pendant carboxylic acid side groups. Four azido carboxylic acids, either mono- or difunctional and aliphatic or aromatic, have been prepared and thoroughly characterized. Extensive model reactions with 1-ethyl-4...... of the pendant groups in the derivatized polymers and the glass-transition temperature has emerged: the aromatic carboxylic acids give high glass-transition temperatures (90—120 DC), and the aliphatic carboxylic acids give lower glass-transition temperatures (50—65 DC).......-hydroxybenzene, the simplest model for poly(4-hydroxystyrene), and the four azido carboxylic acids have been conucted to establish the proper reaction conditions and provide an analytical frame for the corresponding polymers. Poly(4-hydroxystyrene) moieties in three different polymers—poly (4-hydroxystyrene...

  11. Correlating electronic and vibrational motions in charge transfer systems

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    Khalil, Munira [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    2014-06-27

    The goal of this research program was to measure coupled electronic and nuclear motions during photoinduced charge transfer processes in transition metal complexes by developing and using novel femtosecond spectroscopies. The scientific highlights and the resulting scientific publications from the DOE supported work are outlined in the technical report.

  12. Water-soluble fullerene materials for bioapplications: photoinduced reactive oxygen species generation

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    The photoinduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation from several water-soluble fullerenes was examined. Macromolecular or small molecular water-soluble fullerene complexes/derivatives were prepared and their 1O2 and O2•- generation abilities were evaluated by EPR spin-trapping methods. As a r...

  13. Photoinduced singlet and triplet energy transfer in fullerene-oligothiophene-fullerene triads

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    Hal, Paul A. van; Knol, Joop; Langeveld-Voss, Bea M.W.; Meskers, Stefan C.J.; Hummelen, J.C.; Janssen, René A.J.

    2001-01-01

    Photophysical properties of fullerene-oligothiophene-fullerene (C60-nT-C60) triads with n = 3, 6, or 9 thiophene units have been investigated using photoinduced absorption (PIA) and (time-resolved) fluorescence spectroscopy in toluene and compared to mixtures of oligothiophenes (nT) with

  14. Towards a 3D modelling of the microwave photo-induced load in CPW technology

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    Gary, Rene; Arnould, Jean-Daniel; Vilcot, Anne

    2005-09-01

    The optical control study works on both the optical and the microwave behaviours of the plasma photo-induced in the semiconductor enlightened by a laser beam. The presented study is based on the necessity to be able to foresee the microwave response of CPW microwave devices versus different optical powers and different kinds of optical fibers, single-mode or multimode. The optical part has been achieved analytically by solving the diffusion equation of photo-induced carriers using the Hankel transform in 3-Dimensions. The added value of this technique is its precision and fastness. For the electromagnetic part we have chosen to use CST Microwave Studio software, which solves numerically Maxwell's equations with a Finite Integration Technique (FIT). For this aim we have had to model the photo-induced load using the locally changed conductivity directly depending of the excess carriers distribution. In the final paper, the first part will deal with the analytical computation of the photo-induced excess carrier in silicon substrate using the Hankel transform under permanent enlightening. Then the explanation of the model will be based on the need of a 3-Dimension model that may be described in an electromagnetic software. Finally simulation results of simple CPW devices as stub will be compared to measurements. In conclusion, we will show that the model is suitable for designing more complex devices and that it can be simplified in case of low precision needs.

  15. Photoinduced charge and energy transfer in phthalocyanine-functionalized gold nanoparticles

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    Kotiaho, Anne; Lahtinen, Riikka; Efimov, Alexander; Metsberg, Hanna Kaisa; Sariola, Essi; Lehtivuori, Heli; Tkachenko, Nikolai V.; Lemmetyinen, Helge

    2010-01-01

    Photoinduced processes in phthalocyanine-functionalized gold nanoparticles (Pc-AuNPs) have been investigated by spectroscopic measurements. The metal-free phthalocyanines used have two linkers with thioacetate groups for bonding to the gold nanoparticle surface, and the attachment was achieved using

  16. Response function for the characterization of photo-induced anisotropy in azobenzene containing polymers

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    Sajti, S.; Kerekes, Á.; Ramanujam, P.S.

    2002-01-01

    A response function is derived for the description of photo-induced birefringence and dichroism in case of materials where the underlying process is photo-isomerization. Our result explains the usefulness of the theoretical formulae derived earlier by Kakichashvili for photo-anisotropic materials...

  17. Photoinduced anisotropy in a family of amorphous azobenzene polyesters for optical storage

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    Nedelchev, Lian; Matharu, Avtar S.; Hvilsted, Søren

    2003-01-01

    . Seventeen different polymers from the E1aX family divided into four classes, depending on the type of the main-chain substituent (one-, two-, and three-ring aromatic or alicyclic) have been thoroughly investigated. Various parameters characterizing the photoinduced birefringence in these materials...

  18. Photoinduced femtosecond formation of ferromagnetism in a strongly correlated antiferromagentic manganite

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    Perakis I. E.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We report a pump threshold behavior in fs photoinduced magnetization in a strongly correlated manganite, which indicates the establishment of thermally-inaccessible ferromagnetic ground state and build-up of new magnetic order parameters at fs time scales

  19. Photo-induced Modulation of Ferroelectric Polarization in Multiferroic TbMnO3

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    Handayani, I.P.; Mufti, N.; Nugroho, A.A.; Tjia, M.O.; Palstra, T.T.M.; Loosdrecht, P.H.M. van

    2013-01-01

    TbMnO3 is a multiferroic material with a complex magnetic structure at low temperature, giving rise to spin ordering induced ferroelectricity. We show that this material exhibits a photo-induced transient current below the ferroelectric transition temperature. The result is interpreted in terms of a

  20. Photoinduced Coherent Spin Fluctuation in Primary Dynamics of Insulator to Metal Transition in Perovskite Cobalt Oxide

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    Arima T.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Coherent spin fluctuation was detected in the photoinduced Mott insulator-metal transition in perovskite cobalt oxide by using 3 optical-cycle infrared pulse. Such coherent spin fluctuation is driven by the perovskite distortion changing orbital gap.

  1. Role of Fe(III)-carboxylates in AMZ photodegradation: A response surface study based on a Doehlert experimental design.

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    Graça, Cátia A L; Correia de Velosa, Adriana; Teixeira, Antonio Carlos S C

    2017-10-01

    Photochemical redox reactions of Fe(III) complexes in surface waters are important sources of radical species, therefore contributing to the sunlight-driven elimination of waterborne recalcitrant contaminants. In this study, the effects of three Fe(III)-carboxylates (i.e., oxalate, citrate, and tartrate) on the UVA photoinduced oxidation of the herbicide amicarbazone (AMZ) were investigated. A Doehlert experimental design was applied to find the Fe(III):ligand ratios and pH that achieved the fastest AMZ degradation rate. The results indicated optimal ratios of 1:10 (Fe(III):oxalate), 1:4 (Fe(III):citrate), and 1:1 (Fe(III):tartrate), with the [Fe(III)]0 set at 0.1 mmol L-1 and the best pH found to be 3.5 for all the complexes. In addition, a statistical model that predicts the observed degradation rate constant (kobs) as a function of pH and Fe(III):carboxylate ratio was obtained for each complex, enabling AMZ-photodegradation predictions based on these two variables. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such models are proposed. Not only the pH-dependent speciation of Fe(III) in solution but also the time profiles of photogenerated OH, Fe(II), and H2O2 gave appropriate support to the experimental results. Additional experiments using a sampled sewage treatment plant effluent suggest that the addition of aqua and/or Fe(III)-oxalate complexes to the matrix may also be effective for AMZ removal from natural waters in case their natural occurrence is not high enough to promote pollutant degradation. Therefore, the inclusion of Fe(III)-complexes in investigations dealing with the environmental fate of emerging pollutants in natural waterbodies is strongly recommended. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Bane of Hydrogen-Bond Formation on the Photoinduced Charge-Transfer Process in Donor–Acceptor Systems

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    Alsam, Amani Abdu

    2017-03-14

    Controlling the ultrafast dynamical process of photoinduced charge transfer at donor acceptor interfaces remains a major challenge for physical chemistry and solar cell communities. The process is complicated by the involvement of other complex dynamical processes, including hydrogen bond formation, energy transfer, and solvation dynamics occurring on similar time scales. In this study, we explore the remarkable impact of hydrogen-bond formation on the interfacial charge transfer between a negatively charged electron donating anionic porphyrin and a positively charged electron accepting pi-conjugated polymer, as a model system in solvents with different polarities and capabilities for hydiogen bonding using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Unlike the conventional understanding of the key role of hydrogen bonding in promoting the charge-transfer process, our steadystate and time-resolved results reveal that the intervening hydrogen-bonding environment and, consequently, the probable longer spacing between the donor and acceptor molecules significantly hinders the charge-transfer process between them. These results show that site-specific hydrogen bonding and geometric considerations between donor and acceptor can be exploited to control both the charge-transfer dynamics and its efficiency not only at donor acceptor interfaces but also in complex biological systems.

  3. Photoinduced Bulk Polarization and Its Effects on Photovoltaic Actions in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wu, Ting; Collins, Liam; Zhang, Jia; Lin, Pei-Ying; Ahmadi, Mahshid; Jesse, Stephen; Hu, Bin

    2017-11-07

    This article reports an experimental demonstration of photoinduced bulk polarization in hysteresis-free methylammonium (MA) lead-halide perovskite solar cells [ITO/PEDOT:PSS/perovskite/PCBM/PEI/Ag]. An anomalous capacitance-voltage (CV) signal is observed as a broad "shoulder" in the depletion region from -0.5 to +0.5 V under photoexcitation based on CV measurements where a dc bias is gradually scanned to continuously drift mobile ions in order to detect local polarization under a low alternating bias (50 mV, 5 kHz). Essentially, gradually scanning the dc bias and applying a low alternating bias can separately generate continuously drifting ions and a bulk CV signal from local polarization under photoexcitation. Particularly, when the device efficiency is improved from 12.41% to 18.19% upon chlorine incorporation, this anomalous CV signal can be enhanced by a factor of 3. This anomalous CV signal can be assigned as the signature of photoinduced bulk polarization by distinguishing from surface polarization associated with interfacial charge accumulation. Meanwhile, replacing easy-rotational MA(+) with difficult-rotational formamidinium (FA(+)) cations largely minimizes such anomalous CV signal, suggesting that photoinduced bulk polarization relies on the orientational freedom of dipolar organic cations. Furthermore, a Kelvin probe force microscopy study shows that chlorine incorporation can suppress the density of charged defects and thus enhances photoinduced bulk polarization due to the reduced screening effect from charged defects. A bias-dependent photoluminescence study indicates that increasing bulk polarization can suppress carrier recombination by decreasing charge capture probability through the Coulombic screening effect. Clearly, our studies provide an insightful understanding of photoinduced bulk polarization and its effects on photovoltaic actions in perovskite solar cells.

  4. Structural and thermal properties of carboxylic acid functionalized polythiophenes

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    Ariane de França Mescoloto

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polythiophenes functionalized with polar groups at the end of side-chain have emerged as an alternative method to obtain good compatibility between this class of conjugated polymers and electron acceptor compounds. The aim is to prevent phase segregation and to improve the efficiency of the polythiophene technological devices. However, homopolymers synthesized from thiophene rings with high polar groups at the end of the side-chain, such as hydroxyl and carboxylic acid groups, are poorly soluble in common volatile organic solvents. We report on a systematic preparation of copolymers of 3-hexylthiophene (HT and thiophene-3-acetic acid (TAA, using different feed ratios. The chemical structures of the copolymers were confirmed by FTIR and ¹H-NMR. The TAA content in these copolymers were 33, 38 and 54 mol %. HPSEC results did not show any remarkable correlation with TAA contents in the copolymers. In contrast, the thermal analyses showed a decrease in the thermal stability and an increase in rigidity of their backbones, for the copolymers with high amounts of TAA. The solubility and optical property of copolymers were also related to the TAA contents. Thus, the properties of these copolymers can be modulated by a simple control of feed ratio of TAA in the copolymerization.

  5. Electrosynthesis and comparative studies on carboxyl-functionalized polythiophene derivatives

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    Toth, Peter S.; Janaky, Csaba; Hiezl, Zoltan [Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Szeged, Aradi V. Sq. 1., Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); Visy, Csaba, E-mail: visy@chem.u-szeged.h [Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Szeged, Aradi V. Sq. 1., Szeged H-6720 (Hungary)

    2011-04-01

    Electrochemical synthesis of a novel carboxylic acid functionalized polythiophene - poly(3-thiophene-butyric-acid), PTBA - has been realized. Its morphology, electrochemical, spectral and conducting properties have been compared to those of poly(3-thiophene-acetic-acid), PTAA, which is widely used to immobilise both bioactive molecules and inorganic nanoparticles. According to scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images, the difference in the real and geometric surface area of the modified electrodes is much more expressed in the case of PTBA. Both the symmetry of the cyclic voltammograms and the concurrent, sustained optical changes proved that this polymer possesses an improved and more stable redox activity. According to simultaneously performed in situ ac. impedance and UV-Vis measurements, both films could be uniformly transformed between the insulating and conducting forms, but PTAA exhibited some degradation. The development of the conducting state during the redox switching of both thiophene derivative polymers proved to be primarily connected to the formation of di-cationic species. The electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) results evidenced also differences between the two polymers, which difference can be interpreted by assuming the more expressed effect of the deprotonation-connected (self-) doping process in PTAA. The results confirm that the new conducting polymer, PTBA is much more convenient for being considered as the polymer matrix of practically applicable composites.

  6. The effect of varying carboxylic-group content in reduced graphene oxides on the anticorrosive properties of PMMA/reduced graphene oxide composites

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    K. C. Chang

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We present comparative studies on the effect of varying the carboxylic-group content of thermally reduced graphene oxides (TRGs on the anticorrosive properties of as-prepared poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA/TRG composite (PTC coatings. TRGs were formed from graphene oxide (GO by thermal exfoliation. The as-prepared TRGs were then characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. Subsequently, the PTC materials were prepared via a UV-curing process and then characterized using FTIR spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. PTC coatings containing TRGs with a higher carboxylic-group content exhibited better corrosion protection of a cold-rolled steel electrode that those with a lower carboxylic-group content. This is because the well-dispersed TRG with a higher carboxylic-group content embedded in the PMMA matrix effectively enhances the oxygen barrier properties of the PTC. This conclusion was supported by gas permeability analysis.

  7. Location of. gamma. -carboxyglutamyl residues in partially carboxylated prothrombin preparations

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    Liska, D.J.; Suttie, J.W.

    1988-11-15

    Prothrombin contains 10-..gamma..-carboxylglutamyl (Gla) residues in the N-terminal (fragment 1) domain of the protein. Following anticoagulant administration, a spectrum of undercarboxylated, physiologically less active forms of prothrombin is secreted into bovine or human plasma. The sites of undercarboxylation in these prothrombin species have now been investigated. Plasma containing a mixture of partially carboxylated forms of prothombin was obtained from a dicoumarol-treated bovine, and three pools of partially carboxylated (four, six, or eight Gla) species were purified by adsorption onto barium citrate and barium oxalate, ammonium sulfate fractionation, and chromatography. Fragment 1 obtained from these variants was equilibrated with /sup 3/H/sub 2/O and heated in a dry state to decarboxylate Gla and incorporate /sup 3/H into the resulting Glu residues. This peptide was then sequenced by Edman degradation, and the specific radioactivity of PTH-Glu was determined for each potential Gla-containing site. Data obtained from normal prothrombin fragment 1 fit a linear model when the log of specific activity of PTH-Glu was plotted against the cycle number. Analysis of the 80% variant showed a decrease in carboxylation only in the last two Gla residues, while data obtained from the 60% variant indicated a general decrease in carboxylation from the most amino-terminal of the Gla residues. In the 40% Gla variant, all but the most amino-terminal of the Gla residues appeared to be undercarboxylated. These data indicate that the ..gamma..-carboxylation of glutamyl residues in prothrombin does not occur randomly but instead with preferential carboxylation of the most amino-terminal Gla residues. When carboxylation is limited, the impairment of carboxylation is more severe at the more carboxyl-terminal residues.

  8. Applications of Carboxylic Acid Reductases in Oleaginous Microbes

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    Resch, Michael G.; Linger, Jeffrey; McGeehan, John; Tyo, Keith; Beckham, Gregg

    2016-05-26

    Carboxylic acid reductases (CARs) are recently emerging reductive enzymes for the direct production of aldehydes from biologically-produced carboxylic acids. Recent work has demonstrated that these powerful enzymes are able to reduce a very broad range of volatile- to long-chain fatty acids as well as aromatic acids. Here, we express four CAR enzymes from different fungal origins to test their activity against fatty acids commonly produced in oleaginous microbes. These in vitro results will inform metabolic engineering strategies to conduct mild biological reduction of carboxylic acids in situ, which is conventionally done via hydrotreating catalysis at high temperatures and hydrogen pressures.

  9. Elucidating the Ultrafast Dynamics of Photoinduced Charge Separation in Metalloporphyrin-Fullerene Dyads Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum

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    Zhang, J.; Pápai, M.; Hirsch, A.; Jennings, G.; Kurtz, C. A.; Møller, K. B.; Lomoth, R.; Gosztola, D.; Zhang, X.; Canton, S. E.

    2016-09-08

    Metalloporphyrins are prominent building blocks in the synthetic toolbox of advanced photodriven molecular devices. When the central ion is paramagnetic, the relaxation pathways within the manifold of excited states are highly intricate so that unravelling the intramolecular energy and electron transfer processes is usually a very complex task. This fact is critically hampering the development of applications based on the enhanced coupling offered by the electronic exchange interaction. In this work, the dynamics of charge separation in a copper porphyrin-fullerene are studied with several complementary spectroscopic tools across the electromagnetic spectrum (from near infra-red to X-ray wavelengths), each of them providing specific diagnostics. Correlating the various rates clearly demonstrates that the lifetime of the photoinduced charge-separated state exceeds by about 10 fold that of the isolated photoexcited CuII porphyrin. As revealed by the spectral modifications in the XANES region, this stabilization is accompanied by a transient change in covalency around the CuII center, which is induced by an enhanced interaction with the C60 moiety. This experimental finding is further confirmed by state-of-the art calculations using DFT and TD-DFT including dispersion effects that explain the electrostatic and structural origins of this interaction, as the CuIIP cation becomes ruffled and approaches closer to the fullerene in the charge-separated state. From a methodological point of view, these results exemplify the potential of multielectron excitation features in transient X-ray spectra as future diagnostics of sub-femtosecond electronic dynamics. From a practical point of view, this work is paving the way for elucidating out-of-equilibrium electron transfer events coupled to magnetic interaction processes on their intrinsic time-scales.

  10. Simultaneous photoinduced generation of Fe(2+) and H2O2 in rivers: An indicator for photo-Fenton reaction.

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    Mostofa, Khan M G; Sakugawa, Hiroshi

    2016-09-01

    The photo-Fenton reaction is a key source of the highly reactive hydroxyl radical (HO) that is produced by the reaction of simultaneous photo-induced generation of Fe(2)(+)-dissolved organic matter (DOM) with H2O2 in sunlit surface waters as well as in the treatment of organic pollutants in the advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). Concentrations of both H2O2 and Fe(2)(+)-DOM were dependent on time and total solar intensity flux, and their levels were highest in the diurnal samples collected at noon compared with the samples collected during the period before sunrise and after sunset. H2O2 and Fe(2)(+)-DOM concentrations during monthly readings were also found higher in comparison with the diurnal samples, shortly before sunrise or after sunset. A π-electron bonding system is formed between Fe and the functional groups in DOM (Fe-DOM), through electron donation from the functional groups of DOM to an empty d-orbital of Fe. The π-electron is loosely bound and is highly susceptible to a rapid excitation upon light exposure that will provide better understanding of the formation of aqueous electrons, superoxide radical anions, H2O2 and finally, photo-Fenton reactions, too. Our results imply that simultaneous generation of H2O2 and Fe(2)(+)-DOM upon sunlight exposure during the daytime is most likely to be the key photo-Fenton reaction pathway, taking place in surface waters. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Investigation of Carboxylic Acid-Neodymium Conversion Films on Magnesium Alloy

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    Cui, Xiufang; Liu, Zhe; Lin, Lili; Jin, Guo; Wang, Haidou; Xu, Binshi

    2015-01-01

    The new carboxylic acid-neodymium anhydrous conversion films were successfully prepared and applied on the AZ91D magnesium alloy surface by taking absolute ethyl alcohol as solvent and four kinds of soluble carboxylic acid as activators. The corrosion resistance of the coating was measured by potentiodynamic polarization test in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution in pH 7.0. The morphology, structure, and constituents of the coating were observed by scanning electron microscope, energy dispersivespectrum, x-ray photoelectron spectrum, and Fourier infrared spectrometer. Results show that corrosion resistance properties of samples coated with four different anhydrous conversion films were improved obviously. The corrosion potential increased, corrosion current density decreased, and polarization resistance increased. Among these four kinds of conversion films the one added with phytic exhibits the best corrosion resistant property. The mechanism of anhydrous-neodymium conversion film formation is also analyzed in this paper. It reveals that the gadolinium conversion coating is mainly composed of stable Nd2O3, MgO, Mg(OH)2, and carboxylate of Nd. And that the sample surface is rich in organic functional groups.

  12. Gold nanostar-enhanced surface plasmon resonance biosensor based on carboxyl-functionalized graphene oxide

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    Wu, Qiong; Sun, Ying; Ma, Pinyi; Zhang, Di; Li, Shuo; Wang, Xinghua; Song, Daqian, E-mail: songdq@jlu.edu.cn

    2016-03-24

    A new high-sensitivity surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor based on biofunctional gold nanostars (AuNSs) and carboxyl-functionalized graphene oxide (cGO) sheets was described. Compared with spherical gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), the anisotropic structure of AuNSs, which concentrates the electric charge density on its sharp tips, could enhance the local electromagnetic field and the electronic coupling effect significantly. cGO was obtained by a diazonium reaction of graphene oxide (GO) with 4-aminobenzoic acid. Compared with GO, cGO could immobilize more antibodies due to the abundant carboxylic groups on its surface. Testing results show that there are fairly large improvements in the analytical performance of the SPR biosensor using cGO/AuNSs-antigen conjugate, and the detection limit of the proposed biosensor is 0.0375 μg mL{sup −1}, which is 32 times lower than that of graphene oxide-based biosensor. - Highlights: • A sensitive and versatile SPR biosensor was constructed for detection of pig IgG. • Biofunctional gold nanostars were used to amplify the response signals. • The strategy employed carboxyl-functionalized graphene oxide as biosensing substrate. • The detection limit of the proposed biosensor is 32 times lower than that of graphene oxide-based biosensor.

  13. Carboxylic acid functionalization of halloysite nanotubes for sustained release of diphenhydramine hydrochloride

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    Zargarian, S. Sh.; Haddadi-Asl, V., E-mail: haddadi@aut.ac.ir; Hematpour, H. [Amirkabir University of Technology, Department of Polymer Engineering and Color Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Halloysite nanotubes (HNT) (cylindrical shape with external diameter and length in the range of 30–80 nm and 0.2–1 µm, respectively) were functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) from hydroxyl groups by a coupling reaction. Subsequently, maleic anhydride was attached to the APTES moieties to yield carboxylic acid-functionalized HNT. Loading and subsequent release of a model drug molecule diphenhydramine hydrochloride (DPH) on modified and unmodified nanotubes were investigated. Morphology of HNT was studied by electron microscopy. Successful attachment of APTES and carboxylic acid groups to halloysite and drug loading were evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The amount of surface modification and drug adsorption capacity were calculated via thermogravimetric analysis. The ordered crystal structure of loaded drug was evaluated by X-ray diffraction. UV–Visible spectrophotometer was used to study drug release from modified and unmodified samples. Carboxylated halloysite exhibits higher loading capacity and prolonged release of DPH as compared to that of the natural halloysite.

  14. On the formation of niacin (vitamin B3) and pyridine carboxylic acids in interstellar model ices

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    McMurtry, Brandon M.; Turner, Andrew M.; Saito, Sean E. J.; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2016-06-01

    The formation of pyridine carboxylic acids in interstellar ice grains was simulated by electron exposures of binary pyridine (C5H5N)-carbon dioxide (CO2) ice mixtures at 10 K under contamination-free ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Chemical processing of the pristine ice and subsequent warm-up phase was monitored on line and in situ via Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to probe for the formation of new radiation induced species. In the infrared spectra of the irradiated ice, bands assigned to nicotinic acid (niacin; vitamin B3; m-C5H4NCOOH) along with 2,3-, 2,5-, 3,4-, and 3,5-pyridine dicarboxylic acid (C5H3N(COOH)2) were unambiguously identified along with the hydroxycarbonyl (HOCO) radical. Our study suggests that the reactive pathway responsible for pyridine carboxylic acids formation involves a HOCO intermediate, which forms through the reaction of suprathermal hydrogen ejected from pyridine with carbon dioxide. The newly formed pyridinyl radical may then undergo radical-radical recombination with a hydroxycarbonyl radical to form a pyridine carboxylic acid.

  15. Fluorescence Quenching of Two Coumarin-3-carboxylic Acids by Trivalent Lanthanide Ions.

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    Cisse, Lamine; Djande, Abdoulaye; Capo-Chichi, Martine; Delattre, François; Saba, Adama; Brochon, Jean-Claude; Sanouski, Serguei; Tine, Alphonse; Aaron, Jean-Jacques

    2017-03-01

    The effects of various trivalent lanthanide ions (acetates of Ce3+, Er3+, Eu3+, Nd3+) on the electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of un-substituted coumarin-3-carboxylic acid (CCA) and 7-N,N-diethylamino-coumarin-3-carboxylic acid (DECCA) have been investigated in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) at room temperature. Depending on the lanthanide ion nature and concentration, significant spectral changes of absorption bands occurred for both coumarin derivatives. These spectral changes were attributed to the formation of ground-state complexes between the coumarin carboxylate derivatives and lanthanide ions. The fluorescence quenching of CCA and DECCA upon increasing the lanthanide ion concentration was studied. Different quantitative treatments, including the Stern-Volmer equation, the Perrin equation and a polynomial equation, were applied and compared in order to determine the nature of the quenching mechanisms for both coumarin derivatives. The results suggested the contribution of both dynamic and static quenching. Significant differences of CCA and DECCA fluorescence quenching efficiency were also observed, depending on the lanthanide ion. DECCA fluorescence lifetime measurements, performed in the absence and in the presence of Ln3+, confirmed a contribution of static quenching.

  16. On the formation of niacin (vitamin B3) and pyridine carboxylic acids in interstellar model ices

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    McMurtry, Brandon M.; Turner, Andrew M.; Saito, Sean E.J.; Kaiser, Ralf I. [W. M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, HI 96822 (United States); Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, HI 96822 (United States)

    2016-06-15

    The formation of pyridine carboxylic acids in interstellar ice grains was simulated by electron exposures of binary pyridine (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N)-carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) ice mixtures at 10 K under contamination-free ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Chemical processing of the pristine ice and subsequent warm-up phase was monitored on line and in situ via Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to probe for the formation of new radiation induced species. In the infrared spectra of the irradiated ice, bands assigned to nicotinic acid (niacin; vitamin B3; m-C{sub 5}H{sub 4}NCOOH) along with 2,3-, 2,5-, 3,4-, and 3,5-pyridine dicarboxylic acid (C{sub 5}H{sub 3}N(COOH){sub 2}) were unambiguously identified along with the hydroxycarbonyl (HOCO) radical. Our study suggests that the reactive pathway responsible for pyridine carboxylic acids formation involves a HOCO intermediate, which forms through the reaction of suprathermal hydrogen ejected from pyridine with carbon dioxide. The newly formed pyridinyl radical may then undergo radical–radical recombination with a hydroxycarbonyl radical to form a pyridine carboxylic acid.

  17. Solution-processable carboxylate-capped CuO nanoparticles obtained by a simple solventless method

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    Estruga, Marc [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Department of Chemistry (Spain); Roig, Anna; Domingo, Concepcion [CSIC, Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (Spain); Ayllon, Jose A., E-mail: joseantonio.ayllon@uab.es [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Department of Chemistry (Spain)

    2012-08-15

    Carboxylate-capped CuO nanoparticles were obtained via a simple solventless route, based on the thermal decomposition at 120 Degree-Sign C of solid precursors. The reaction mixture consisted of copper acetate monohydrate, acting as the CuO precursor, and different organic carboxylic acids (lauric, phenylvaleric or 3,6,9-trioxadecanoic acid) used as the capping agent. The proposed method, in good agreement with environmentally friendly practices, produced dry nanoparticles, thereby totally eliminating the need of washing, filtration, or other downstream steps. Transmission electron micrographs show crystalline roughly spherical CuO nanoparticles with average diameters between 3.1 and 5.5 nm depending on the capping ligand. The laurate-capped CuO nanoparticles showed a paramagnetic behaviour at room temperature, while a weak ferromagnetic component was detected at low temperature (<40 K). It was also proved that the chemical structure of the carboxylic acid tail enabled the straightforward dispersibility of nanoparticles in common solvents and assisted in the deposition of the material as thin films.

  18. Photophysics of indole-2-carboxylic acid (I2C) and indole-5-carboxylic acid (I5C): heavy atom effect.

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    Kowalska-Baron, Agnieszka; Gałęcki, Krystian; Wysocki, Stanisław

    2013-12-01

    In this study the effect of carboxylic group substitution in the 2 and 5 position of indole ring on the photophysics of the parent indole chromophore has been studied. The photophysical parameters crucial in triplet state decay mechanism of aqueous indole-2-carboxylic acid (I2C) and indole-5-carboxylic acid (I5C) have been determined applying our previously proposed methodology based on the heavy atom effect and fluorescence and phosphorescence decay kinetics [Kowalska-Baron et al., 2012]. The determined time-resolved phosphorescence spectra of I2C and I5C are red-shifted as compared to that of the parent indole. This red-shift was especially evident in the case of I2C and may indicate the possibility of hydrogen bonded complex formation incorporating carbonyl CO, the NH group of I2C and, possibly, surrounding water molecules. The possibility of the excited state charge transfer process and the subsequent electronic charge redistribution in such a hydrogen bonded complex may also be postulated. The resulting stabilization of the I2C triplet state is manifested by its relatively long phosphorescence lifetime in aqueous solution (912 μs). The relatively short phosphorescence lifetime of I5C (56 μs) may be the consequence of more effective ground-state quenching of I5 C triplet state. This hypothesis may be strengthened by the significantly larger value of the determined rate constant of I5C triplet state quenching by its ground-state (4.4 × 10(8)M(-1)s(-1)) as compared to that for indole (6.8 × 10(7)M(-1)s(-1)) and I2C (2.3 × 10(7)M(-1)s(-1)). The determined bimolecular rate constant for triplet state quenching by iodide [Formula: see text] is equal to 1 × 10(4)M(-1)s(-1); 6 × 10(3)M(-1)s(-1) and 2.7 × 10(4)M(-1)s(-1) for indole, I2 C and I5 C, respectively. In order to obtain a better insight into iodide quenching of I2C and I5C triplet states in aqueous solution, the temperature dependence of the bimolecular rate constants for iodide quenching of the

  19. Photophysics of indole-2-carboxylic acid (I2C) and indole-5-carboxylic acid (I5C): Heavy atom effect

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    Kowalska-Baron, Agnieszka; Gałęcki, Krystian; Wysocki, Stanisław

    2013-12-01

    In this study the effect of carboxylic group substitution in the 2 and 5 position of indole ring on the photophysics of the parent indole chromophore has been studied. The photophysical parameters crucial in triplet state decay mechanism of aqueous indole-2-carboxylic acid (I2C) and indole-5-carboxylic acid (I5C) have been determined applying our previously proposed methodology based on the heavy atom effect and fluorescence and phosphorescence decay kinetics [Kowalska-Baron et al., 2012]. The determined time-resolved phosphorescence spectra of I2C and I5C are red-shifted as compared to that of the parent indole. This red-shift was especially evident in the case of I2C and may indicate the possibility of hydrogen bonded complex formation incorporating carbonyl Cdbnd O, the NH group of I2C and, possibly, surrounding water molecules. The possibility of the excited state charge transfer process and the subsequent electronic charge redistribution in such a hydrogen bonded complex may also be postulated. The resulting stabilization of the I2C triplet state is manifested by its relatively long phosphorescence lifetime in aqueous solution (912 μs). The relatively short phosphorescence lifetime of I5C (56 μs) may be the consequence of more effective ground-state quenching of I5C triplet state. This hypothesis may be strengthened by the significantly larger value of the determined rate constant of I5C triplet state quenching by its ground-state (4.4 × 108 M-1 s-1) as compared to that for indole (6.8 × 107 M-1 s-1) and I2C (2.3 × 107 M-1 s-1). The determined bimolecular rate constant for triplet state quenching by iodide kqT1 is equal to 1 × 104 M-1 s-1; 6 × 103 M-1 s-1 and 2.7 × 104 M-1 s-1 for indole, I2C and I5C, respectively. In order to obtain a better insight into iodide quenching of I2C and I5C triplet states in aqueous solution, the temperature dependence of the bimolecular rate constants for iodide quenching of the triplet states has been expressed in

  20. Selective carboxyl methylation of structurally altered calmodulins in Xenopus oocytes

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    Desrosiers, R.R.; Romanik, E.A.; O' Connor, C.M. (Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, MA (USA))

    1990-12-05

    The eucaryotic protein carboxyl methyltransferase specifically modifies atypical D-aspartyl and L-isoaspartyl residues which are generated spontaneously as proteins age. The selectivity of the enzyme for altered proteins in intact cells was explored by co-injecting Xenopus laevis oocytes with S-adenosyl-L-(methyl-3H)methionine and structurally altered calmodulins generated during a 14-day preincubation in vitro. Control experiments indicated that the oocyte protein carboxyl methyltransferase was not saturated with endogenous substrates, since protein carboxyl methylation rates could be stimulated up to 8-fold by increasing concentrations of injected calmodulin. The oocyte protein carboxyl methyltransferase showed strong selectivities for bovine brain and bacterially synthesized calmodulins which had been preincubated in the presence of 1 mM EDTA relative to calmodulins which had been preincubated with 1 mM CaCl2. Radioactive methyl groups were incorporated into base-stable linkages with recombinant calmodulin as well as into carboxyl methyl esters following its microinjection into oocytes. This base-stable radioactivity most likely represents the trimethylation of lysine 115, a highly conserved post-translational modification which is present in bovine and Xenopus but not in bacterially synthesized calmodulin. Endogenous oocyte calmodulin incorporates radioactivity into both carboxyl methyl esters and into base-stable linkages following microinjection of oocytes with S-adenosyl-(methyl-3H)methionine alone. The rate of oocyte calmodulin carboxyl methylation in injected oocytes is calculated to be similar to that of lysine 115 trimethylation, suggesting that the rate of calmodulin carboxyl methylation is similar to that of calmodulin synthesis. At steady state, oocyte calmodulin contains approximately 0.0002 esters/mol of protein, which turn over rapidly.

  1. Mechanistic Investigation into the Decarboxylation of Aromatic Carboxylic Acids

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    Britt, P F; Buchanan, III, A C; Eskay, T P; Mungall, W S

    1999-08-22

    It has been proposed that carboxylic acids and carboxylates are major contributors to cross-linking reactions in low-rank coals and inhibit its thermochemical processing. Therefore, the thermolysis of aromatic carboxylic acids was investigated to determine the mechanisms of decarboxylation at temperatures relevant to coal processing, and to determine if decarboxylation leads to cross-linking (i.e., formation of more refractory products). From the thcrmolysis of simple and polymeric coal model compounds containing aromatic carboxylic acids at 250-425 °C, decarboxylation was found to occur primarily by an acid promoted ionic pathway. Carboxylate salts were found to enhance the decarboxylation rate, which is consistent with the proposed cationic mechanism. Thermolysis of the acid in an aromatic solvent, such as naphthalene, produced a small amount of arylated products (~5 mol%)), which constitute a low-temperature cross-link. These arylated products were formed by the rapid decomposition of aromatic anhydrides, which are in equilibrium with the acid. These anhydrides decompose by a free radical induced decomposition pathway to form atyl radicals that can add to aromatic rings to form cross-links or abstract hydrogen. Large amounts of CO were formed in the thennolysis of the anhydrides which is consistent with the induced decomposition pathway. CO was also formed in the thermolysis of the carboxylic acids in aromatic solvents which is consistent with the formation and decomposition of the anhydride. The formation of anhydride linkages and cross-links was found to be very sensitive to the reactions conditions. Hydrogen donor solvents, such as tetralin, and water were found to decrease the formation of arylated products. Silar reaction pathways were also found in the thermolysis of a polymeric model that contained aromatic carboxylic acids. In this case, anhydride formation and decomposition produced an insoluble polymer, while the O-methylated polymer and the non-carboxylated

  2. Interaction Between the Biotin Carboxyl Carrier Domain and the Biotin Carboxylase Domain in Pyruvate Carboxylase from Rhizobium etli†

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    Lietzan, Adam D.; Menefee, Ann L.; Zeczycki, Tonya N.; Kumar, Sudhanshu; Attwood, Paul V.; Wallace, John C.; Cleland, W. Wallace; Maurice, Martin St.

    2011-01-01

    Pyruvate carboxylase (PC) catalyzes the ATP-dependent carboxylation of pyruvate to oxaloacetate, an important anaplerotic reaction in mammalian tissues. To effect catalysis, the tethered biotin of PC must gain access to active sites in both the biotin carboxylase domain and the carboxyl transferase domain. Previous studies have demonstrated that a mutation of threonine 882 to alanine in PC from Rhizobium etli renders the carboxyl transferase domain inactive and favors the positioning of biotin in the biotin carboxylase domain. We report the 2.4 Å resolution X-ray crystal structure of the Rhizobium etli PC T882A mutant which reveals the first high-resolution description of the domain interaction between the biotin carboxyl carrier protein domain and the biotin carboxylase domain. The overall quaternary arrangement of Rhizobium etli PC remains highly asymmetrical and is independent of the presence of allosteric activator. While biotin is observed in the biotin carboxylase domain, its access to the active site is precluded by the interaction between Arg353 and Glu248, revealing a mechanism for regulating carboxybiotin access to the BC domain active site. The binding location for the biotin carboxyl carrier protein domain demonstrates that tethered biotin cannot bind in the biotin carboxylase domain active site in the same orientation as free biotin, helping to explain the difference in catalysis observed between tethered biotin and free biotin substrates in biotin carboxylase enzymes. Electron density located in the biotin carboxylase domain active site is assigned to phosphonoacetate, offering a probable location for the putative carboxyphosphate intermediate formed during biotin carboxylation. The insights gained from the T882A Rhizobium etli PC crystal structure provide a new series of catalytic snapshots in PC and offer a revised perspective on catalysis in the biotin-dependent enzyme family. PMID:21958016

  3. Nano-graphene oxide carboxylation for efficient bioconjugation applications: a quantitative optimization approach

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    Imani, Rana; Emami, Shahriar Hojjati, E-mail: semami@aut.ac.ir [Amirkabir University of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faghihi, Shahab, E-mail: shahabeddin.faghihi@mail.mcgill.ca, E-mail: sfaghihi@nigeb.ac.ir [National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Division (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-02-15

    A method for carboxylation of graphene oxide (GO) with chloroacetic acid that precisely optimizes and controls the efficacy of the process for bioconjugation applications is proposed. Quantification of COOH groups on nano-graphene oxide sheets (NGOS) is performed by novel colorimetric methylene blue (MB) assay. The GO is synthesized and carboxylated by chloroacetic acid treatment under strong basic condition. The size and morphology of the as-prepared NGOS are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The effect of acid to base molar ratio on the physical, chemical, and morphological properties of NGOS is analyzed by Fourier-transformed infrared spectrometry (FTIR), UV–Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), AFM, and zeta potential. For evaluation of bioconjugation efficacy, the synthesized nano-carriers with different carboxylation ratios are functionalized by octaarginine peptide sequence (R8) as a biomolecule model containing amine groups. The quantification of attached R8 peptides to graphene nano-sheets’ surface is performed with a colorimetric-based assay which includes the application of 2,4,6-Trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS). The results show that the thickness and lateral size of nano-sheets are dramatically decreased to 0.8 nm and 50–100 nm after carboxylation process, respectively. X-ray analysis shows the nano-sheets interlaying space is affected by the alteration of chloroacetic acid to base ratio. The MB assay reveals that the COOH groups on the surface of NGOS are maximized at the acid to base ratio of 2 which is confirmed by FTIR, XRD, and zeta potential. The TNBS assay also shows that bioconjugation of the optimized carboxylated NGOS sample with octaarginine peptide is 2.5 times more efficient compared to bare NGOS. The present work provides evidence that treatment of GO by chloroacetic acid under an optimized condition would create a functionalized high

  4. Synthesis of decacationic [60]fullerene decaiodides giving photoinduced production of superoxide radicals and effective PDT-mediation on antimicrobial photoinactivation.

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    Wang, Min; Maragani, Satyanarayana; Huang, Liyi; Jeon, Seaho; Canteenwala, Taizoon; Hamblin, Michael R; Chiang, Long Y

    2013-05-01

    We report a novel class of highly water-soluble decacationic methano[60]fullerene decaiodides C60[>M(C3N6(+)C3)2]-(I(-))10 [1-(I(-))10] capable of co-producing singlet oxygen (Type-II) and highly reactive hydroxyl radicals, formed from superoxide radicals in Type-I photosensitizing reactions, upon illumination at both UVA and white light wavelengths. The O2(-)·-production efficiency of 1-(I(-))10 was confirmed by using an O2(-)·-reactive bis(2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonyl)tetrafluorofluorescein probe and correlated to the photoinduced electron-transfer event going from iodide anions to (3)C60*[>M(C3N6(+)C3)2] leading to C60(-)·[>M(C3N6(+)C3)2]. Incorporation of a defined number (ten) of quaternary ammonium cationic charges per C60 in 1 was aimed to enhance its ability to target pathogenic Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial cells. We used the well-characterized malonato[60]fullerene diester monoadduct C60[>M(t-Bu)2] as the starting fullerene derivative to provide a better synthetic route to C60[>M(C3N6(+)C3)2] via transesterification reaction under trifluoroacetic acid catalyzed conditions. These compounds may be used as effective photosensitizers and nano-PDT drugs for photoinactivation of pathogens. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Photoinduced charge transfer properties and photocatalytic activity in Bi2O3/BaTiO3 composite photocatalyst.

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    Fan, Haimei; Li, Haiyan; Liu, Bingkun; Lu, Yongchun; Xie, Tengfeng; Wang, Dejun

    2012-09-26

    A series of Bi(2)O(3)/BaTiO(3) composite photocatalysts with different mass ratios of Bi(2)O(3) vs BaTiO(3) were prepared by an impregnating-annealing method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopic (HRTEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) confirmed that Bi(2)O(3) and BaTiO(3) coexisted in the composites. The results of surface photovoltage (SPV) experiments showed enhancements of photovoltaic response in composites, which indicated a higher separation efficiency of photoinduced charges due to the establishment of an efficient interfacial electric field between Bi(2)O(3) and BaTiO(3) in the composites. The consistency of phtocatalytic activity and photovoltaic response intensity of photocatalysts showed that the efficiency interfacial electric field between Bi(2)O(3) and BaTiO(3) played an important role in improving the degradation efficiency of Rhodamine B (RhB). The 60%-Bi(2)O(3)/BaTiO(3) sample with the best activity was found by optimizing the mass ratios of Bi(2)O(3) vs. BaTiO(3). On the basis of the work function (WF) measurements, a reasonable energy band diagram was proposed for BaTiO(3)/Bi(2)O(3) composite. It would be helpful in designing and constructing high efficiency heterogeneous semiconductor photocatalyst.

  6. Intramolecular photoinduced proton transfer in 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzazole family: A TD-DFT quantum chemical study

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    Roohi, Hossein, E-mail: hroohi@guilan.ac.ir; Mohtamedifar, Nafiseh; Hejazi, Fahemeh

    2014-11-24

    Highlights: • PBE1PBE/TD method was used to study the ESIPT process in the benzazole family. • Potential energy curves in ground and excited states were calculated. • Effect of substitution in benzazole ring on the ESIPT process was investigated. • In contrast to S{sub 0} state, keto form of the molecules can be formed at the S{sub 1} state. • The photophysical properties of the compounds were calculated. - Abstract: In this work, intramolecular photoinduced proton transfer in 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzazole family (HBO, HBI and HBT) was investigated using TD-DFT calculations at PBE1PBE/6-311++G(2d,2p) level of theory. The potential energy surfaces were employed to explore the proton transfer reactions in both states. In contrast to the ground state, photoexcitation from S{sub 0} state to S{sub 1} one encourages the operation of the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer process. Structural parameters, H-bonding energy, absorption and emission bands, vertical excitation and emission energies, oscillator strength, fluorescence rate constant, dipole moment, atomic charges and electron density at critical points were calculated. Molecular orbital analysis shows that vertical S{sub 0} → S{sub 1} transition in the studied molecules corresponds essentially to the excitation from HOMO (π) to LUMO (π{sup ∗}). Our calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental observations.

  7. Light-modulated scanning tunneling microscopy studied on photoinduced carrier generations at PbI2/perovskite interface of perovskite solar cells

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    Chiu, Ya-Ping; Shih, Min-Chuan; Li, Shao-Sian; Hsieh, Cheng-Hua; Wang, Ying-Chiao; Yang, Hung-Duen; Chang, Chia-Seng; Chen, Chun-Wei

    Perovskite solar devices based on CH3NH3PbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) have recently shown tremendous efficiency enhancements up to 20% in photovoltaic applications. The presence of PbI2 in perovskite films has been found to affect the charge carrier transport behaviors and device performance of perovskite solar cells. In this work, we employed the unique ability of light-modulated scanning tunneling microscopy (LM-STM) technique to dircetly reveal the correlation of the nanoscaled compositional distributions and photo-induced interfacial electronic structures at the PbI2/perovskite interface of perovskite grains under light illumination. The result reveals the important role of the optimum PbI2 passivation layers (a thickness less than 20 nm) on the charge separation and recombination at perovskite crystal grains. The unique LM-STM technique demonstartes great potential for application in the future exploring photovoltaic systems.

  8. Transient Photoinduced Absorption in Ultrathin As-grown Nanocrystalline Silicon Films

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    Lioutas Ch

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractWe have studied ultrafast carrier dynamics in nanocrystalline silicon films with thickness of a few nanometers where boundary-related states and quantum confinement play an important role. Transient non-degenerated photoinduced absorption measurements have been employed to investigate the effects of grain boundaries and quantum confinement on the relaxation dynamics of photogenerated carriers. An observed long initial rise of the photoinduced absorption for the thicker films agrees well with the existence of boundary-related states acting as fast traps. With decreasing the thickness of material, the relaxation dynamics become faster since the density of boundary-related states increases. Furthermore, probing with longer wavelengths we are able to time-resolve optical paths with faster relaxations. This fact is strongly correlated with probing in different points of the first Brillouin zone of the band structure of these materials.

  9. Photoinduced inverse spin-Hall effect: Conversion of light-polarization information into electric voltage

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    Ando, K.; Morikawa, M.; Trypiniotis, T.; Fujikawa, Y.; Barnes, C. H. W.; Saitoh, E.

    2010-02-01

    The photoinduced inverse spin-Hall effect was observed in a Pt/GaAs hybrid structure. In the GaAs layer, circularly polarized light generates spin-polarized carriers, inducing a pure spin current into the Pt layer through the interface. This pure spin current is, by the inverse spin-Hall effect in the Pt layer, converted into electric voltage. By changing the direction and ellipticity of the circularly polarized light, the electromotive force varies systematically, consistent with the prediction of the photoinduced inverse spin-Hall effect. The observed phenomenon allows the direct conversion of circular-polarization information into electric voltage; this phenomenon can be used as a spin photodetector.

  10. Light propagation through photoinduced chiral structures in azobenzene-containing polymers

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    Nedelchev, L; Nikolova, L; Todorov, T

    2001-01-01

    We investigate light propagation through azobenzene-containing polymers with photoinduced chiral structures. The structures have large pitch but the Mauguin condition is not fulfilled. The eigenmodes are shown to be elliptical and their ellipticity is determined by the ellipticity e(o) of the exc......We investigate light propagation through azobenzene-containing polymers with photoinduced chiral structures. The structures have large pitch but the Mauguin condition is not fulfilled. The eigenmodes are shown to be elliptical and their ellipticity is determined by the ellipticity e......(o) of the exciting light. In amorphous azopolymers, light induces a macroscopic chiral structure comprising the whole illuminated region. The pitch depends on the value of e(o): no chirality is induced if e(o) = 1 (circular polarization). In liquid-crystalline azopolymers circularly polarized light induces...... the formation of many microscopic spirals, which makes the material equivalent to the classical optically active media....

  11. Band Structure Simulations of the Photoinduced Changes in the MgB2:Cr Films

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    Iwan V. Kityk

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available An approach for description of the photoinduced nonlinear optical effects in the superconducting MgB2:Cr2O3 nanocrystalline film is proposed. It includes the molecular dynamics step-by-step optimization of the two separate crystalline phases. The principal role for the photoinduced nonlinear optical properties plays nanointerface between the two phases. The first modified layers possess a form of slightly modified perfect crystalline structure. The next layer is added to the perfect crystalline structure and the iteration procedure is repeated for the next layer. The total energy here is considered as a varied parameter. To avoid potential jumps on the borders we have carried out additional derivative procedure.

  12. Band Structure Simulations of the Photoinduced Changes in the MgB2:Cr Films

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    Kityk, Iwan V.; Fedorchuk, Anatolii O.; Ozga, Katarzyna; AlZayed, Nasser S.

    2015-01-01

    An approach for description of the photoinduced nonlinear optical effects in the superconducting MgB2:Cr2O3 nanocrystalline film is proposed. It includes the molecular dynamics step-by-step optimization of the two separate crystalline phases. The principal role for the photoinduced nonlinear optical properties plays nanointerface between the two phases. The first modified layers possess a form of slightly modified perfect crystalline structure. The next layer is added to the perfect crystalline structure and the iteration procedure is repeated for the next layer. The total energy here is considered as a varied parameter. To avoid potential jumps on the borders we have carried out additional derivative procedure. PMID:28347024

  13. Probing photoinduced electron-transfer in graphene-dye hybrid materials for DSSC

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    Guarracino, Paola; Gatti, Teresa; Canever, Nicolo; Abdu-Aguye, Mustapha; Loi, Maria Antonietta; Menna, Enzo; Franco, Lorenzo

    2017-01-01

    We investigated the photophysical properties of a newly synthesized hybrid material composed of a triphenylamine dye covalently bound to reduced graphene oxide, potentially relevant as a stable photosensitizer in dye-sensitized solar cells. The photophysical characterization has been carried out by

  14. Photoinduced Processes in Cobalt-Complexes: Condensed Phase and Gas Phase

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    Niedner-Schatteburg Y.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Femtosecond time-resolved, steady-state spectroscopic methods and quantum chemical calculations are employed to study ultrafast photoinduced processes in [Co(III-(L-N4Me2(dbc](BPh4 and [Co(II-(L-N4tBu2(dbsq](B(p-C6H4Cl4 and to characterise the transient redox- and spin-states in condensed and gas phase.

  15. Stereocontrolled Photoinduced Glycosylation Using an Aryl Thiourea as an Organo photoacid.

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    Kimura, Tomoya; Eto, Takahiro; Takahashi, Daisuke; Toshima, Kazunobu

    2016-07-01

    Photoinduced glycosylation of alcohols with α-glucosyl trichloroacetimidates, using aryl urea and thioureas as organo photoacids, was examined under long wavelength UV (ultraviolet) irradiation. The results show, for the first time, that such glycosylations proceed effectively to give the corresponding glycosides in high yields. In addition, high β-stereoselectivity was obtained under high concentration conditions, whereas high α-stereoselectivity was realized under low concentration conditions.

  16. Photoinduced quantum magnetotransport properties of silicene and germanene

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    Tahir, Muhammad

    2015-10-30

    Silicene and germanene have remarkable electronic properties due to strong spin orbit coupling and buckled single layer structures. We derive and analyze the band structures of these materials in the presence of perpendicular electric and magnetic fields taking into account the effects of off-resonant light. Using linear response theory, analytical expressions are derived and evaluated for the Hall and longitudinal conductivities. Contrary to graphene, we show that the light leads to a single Dirac cone state and thus to unusual plateaus and magnetotransport properties, which are desirable for electronic applications.

  17. Photoinduced effects in TiO{sub 2} nanocrystalline films with different morphology

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    Djaoued, Yahia [Laboratoire de Micro-spectroscopies Raman et FTIR, Universite de Moncton-Campus de Shippagan, 218, boul. J.-D. Gauthier, Shippagan, NB, Canada E8S 1P6 (Canada); Ozga, K. [Chair of Public Health, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej Av. 36B, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Wojciechowski, A. [Electrical Engineering Department, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej Av. 17/19, Czestochowa (Poland); Reshak, A.H. [Institute of Physical Biology-South Bohemia University, Nove Hrady 37333 (Czech Republic); School of Microelectronic Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Block A, Kompleks Pusat Pengajian, 02600 Arau Jejawi, Perlis (Malaysia); Robichaud, J. [Laboratoire de Micro-spectroscopies Raman et FTIR, Universite de Moncton-Campus de Shippagan, 218, boul. J.-D. Gauthier, Shippagan, NB, Canada E8S 1P6 (Canada); Kityk, I.V., E-mail: iwank74@wp.p [Electrical Engineering Department, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej Av. 17/19, Czestochowa (Poland)

    2010-10-22

    Research highlights: {yields} Raman spectra as a function of treatment temperature of the TiO{sub 2} films obtained from a solution prepared in presence of PEG 600 (left portion) and without PEG (right portion). - Abstract: The complex studies of photoinduced absorption, second harmonic generation and third harmonic generation were performed for TiO{sub 2} films of different morphology. In particular we have studied the influence of a bicolor laser beam treatment by a 300 mW green cw laser emitting at 532 nm on changes of absorption, birefringence and third harmonic generation on TiO{sub 2} films. We have performed the corresponding measurements using as a photoinducing light a glass erbium 10 ns pulsed laser with a fundamental wavelength of about 1540 nm together with its second harmonic generation (SHG) at 770 nm using the method of bicolor laser treatment and a frequency repetition of about 10 Hz. Varying the power density ratios between the fundamental and its SHG we have established the optimal conditions to achieve maximal photoinduced changes of absorption, birefringence and third harmonic generation (THG). We have detected changes of the birefringence and of the THG immediately after the laser treatment. We study an influence of the nanoparticle's sizes on the observed changes of the optical features. Additionally we have studied the role of different chemical treatment on the structural and optical parameters.

  18. Enantiomer-Selective Photo-Induced Reaction of Protonated Tryptophan with Disaccharides in the Gas Phase

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    Doan, Thuc N.; Fujihara, Akimasa

    2017-07-01

    In order to investigate chemical evolution in interstellar molecular clouds, enantiomer-selective photo-induced chemical reactions between an amino acid and disaccharides in the gas phase were examined using a tandem mass spectrometer containing an electrospray ionization source and a cold ion trap. Ultraviolet photodissociation mass spectra of cold gas-phase noncovalent complexes of protonated tryptophan (Trp) enantiomers with disaccharides consisting of two uc(d)-glucose units, such as uc(d)-maltose or uc(d)-cellobiose, were obtained by photoexcitation of the indole ring of Trp. NH2CHCOOH loss via cleavage of the Cα-Cβ bond in Trp induced by hydrogen atom transfer from the NH3 + group of a protonated Trp was observed in a noncovalent heterochiral H+(uc(l)-Trp)(uc(d)-maltose) complex. In contrast, a photo-induced chemical reaction forming the product ion with m/z 282 occurs in homochiral H+(uc(d)-Trp)(uc(d)-maltose). For uc(d)-cellobiose, both NH2CHCOOH elimination and the m/z 282 product ion were observed, and no enantiomer-selective phenomena occurred. The m/z 282 product ion indicates that the photo-induced C-glycosylation, which links uc(d)-glucose residues to the indole moiety of Trp via a C-C bond, can occur in cold gas-phase noncovalent complexes, and its enantiomer-selectivity depends on the structure of the disaccharide.

  19. Photo-induced toxicity of Deepwater Horizon slick oil to blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) larvae.

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    Alloy, Matthew M; Boube, Idrissa; Griffitt, Robert J; Oris, James T; Roberts, Aaron P

    2015-09-01

    The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill resulted in the accidental release of approximately 700 million L of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Photo-induced toxicity after co-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is 1 mechanism by which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from oil spills may exert toxicity. Blue crab are an important commercial and ecological resource in the Gulf of Mexico, and their largely transparent larvae may make them sensitive to PAH photo-induced toxicity. The goal of the present study was to examine the sensitivity of early lifestage blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) zoea to slick oil collected during the Deepwater Horizon spill. Blue crab zoea were exposed to 1 of several dilutions of water accommodated fractions from 1 of 2 sources of oil and gradations of natural sunlight in a factorial design. Two 7-h solar exposures were carried out with a recovery period (dark) in between. Survival was found to be UV- and PAH-dependent. Toxicity was observed within the range of surface PAH concentrations reported in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon spill. These findings indicate that early lifestage blue crab are sensitive to photo-induced toxicity from Deepwater Horizon slick oil. © 2015 SETAC.

  20. Unification of azo-polymer systems by photo-induced molecular movement

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    Sekkat, Zouheir; Knoesen, Andre; Knoll, Wolfgang; Miller, Robert D.

    1997-07-01

    We review our recent research in the field of photochromic polymeric structures for optical data storage and nonlinear optics. We unify some of the sub-themes of azopolymer structures in the light of photo-induced movement of azobenzene molecules. In particular, we discuss photo-induced effects in supramolecular assemblies containing azobenzene molecules (e.g. Langmuir-Blodgett-Kuhn structures and ultrathin silane layers). Reorientation of azobenzenes in these structures will be compared to that observed in spin-cast films. Photoisomerization and photo-induced orientation of azobenzene molecules is also studied at the molecular level by means of azosilane molecules chemisorbed on Silicon Oxide substrates. We establish a correlation between polymer architecture and sub-glass transition temperature (Tg) light-induced molecular movement in high Tg nonlinear optical azo-polyimide polymers. We show that the isomerization reaction itself depends on the polymer molecular structure, and we present evidence of light-induced molecular movement 325 °C below Tg of a rigid NLO azopolyimide polymer containing no flexible connector or tether.

  1. Unusual metal-ligand charge transfer in ferrocene functionalized μ3-O iron carboxylates observed with Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Mereacre, Valeriu; Schlageter, Martin; Eichhöfer, Andreas; Bauer, Thomas; Wolny, Juliusz A.; Schünemann, Volker; Powell, Annie K.

    2016-06-01

    Temperature dependent Mössbauer studies of two ferrocenecarboxylate functionalized {Fe3O} complexes in solid state are reported. It was found that conjugation of ferrocene ring orbitals with the π orbitals of the adjacent carboxylic group promotes a shift of electron density from the ferrocene FeII ion to the cyclopentadienide rings with π-orbital character giving rise to a new type of mixed-valence compound.

  2. Morphology and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol-A Toughened with Carboxyl-Terminated Butadiene-Acrylonitrile

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    Hong, S. D.; Chung, S. Y.; Fedors, R. F.; Moacanin, J.; Gupta, A.

    1984-01-01

    The fracture toughness of an incorporation of a carboxyl-terminated butadiene acrylonitrile (CTBN) elastomer in diglycidyl ether bisphenol A (DGEBA) resin was investigated. Measurements of dynamic mechanical properties, scanning electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering were carried out to characterize the state of cure, morphology and particle size and size distribution of the neat resins and their graphite fiber reinforced composites.

  3. Carboxylate-Assisted C(sp3)–H Activation in Olefin Metathesis-Relevant Ruthenium Complexes

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    2015-01-01

    The mechanism of C–H activation at metathesis-relevant ruthenium(II) benzylidene complexes was studied both experimentally and computationally. Synthesis of a ruthenium dicarboxylate at a low temperature allowed for direct observation of the C–H activation step, independent of the initial anionic ligand-exchange reactions. A first-order reaction supports an intramolecular concerted metalation–deprotonation mechanism with ΔG⧧298K = 22.2 ± 0.1 kcal·mol–1 for the parent N-adamantyl-N′-mesityl complex. An experimentally determined ΔS⧧ = −5.2 ± 2.6 eu supports a highly ordered transition state for carboxylate-assisted C(sp3)–H activation. Experimental results, including measurement of a large primary kinetic isotope effect (kH/kD = 8.1 ± 1.7), agree closely with a computed six-membered carboxylate-assisted C–H activation mechanism where the deprotonating carboxylate adopts a pseudo-apical geometry, displacing the aryl ether chelate. The rate of cyclometalation was found to be influenced by both the electronics of the assisting carboxylate and the ruthenium ligand environment. PMID:24731019

  4. Hydrogenation of carboxylic acids with a homogeneous cobalt catalyst.

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    Korstanje, Ties J; van der Vlugt, Jarl Ivar; Elsevier, Cornelis J; de Bruin, Bas

    2015-10-16

    The reduction of esters and carboxylic acids to alcohols is a highly relevant conversion for the pharmaceutical and fine-chemical industries and for biomass conversion. It is commonly performed using stoichiometric reagents, and the catalytic hydrogenation of the acids previously required precious metals. Here we report the homogeneously catalyzed hydrogenation of carboxylic acids to alcohols using earth-abundant cobalt. This system, which pairs Co(BF4)2·6H2O with a tridentate phosphine ligand, can reduce a wide range of esters and carboxylic acids under relatively mild conditions (100°C, 80 bar H2) and reaches turnover numbers of up to 8000. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  5. Pyrazine Carboxylic Acid Derivatives of Dichlorobis(Cyclopentadienyltitanium(IV

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    Satish Chandra Dixit

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Reactions of dichlorobis(cyclopentadienyltitanium(IV with pyrazine carboxylic acids viz. 2-pyrazine carboxylic acid (2-PzCH, 5-methyl-2-pyrazine carboxylic acid (MPzCH and 2,3-pyrazine dicarboxylic acid (2,3-PzDCH2 were carried out in different stoichiometric ratios. Complexes of the type Cp2Ti(2-PzCCl , Cp2Ti(2-PzC2 ,Cp2Ti(MPzCCl,Cp2Ti(MPzC2, Cp2Ti(2,3-PzDCHCl and Cp2Ti(2,3-PzDCH2 were obtained. These newly synthesized complexes were characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, electrical conductance, magnetic moment and spectral data.

  6. Transition Metal Catalyzed Synthesis of Carboxylic Acids, Imines, and Biaryls

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    Santilli, Carola; Madsen, Robert

    Dehydrogenative synthesis of carboxylic acids catalyzed by a ruthenium N- heterocycliccarbene complex. A new methodology for the synthesis of carboxylic acids from primary alcohols and hydroxide has been developed. The reaction is catalyzed by the ruthenium N-heterocycliccarbene complex [RuCl2(Ii......Pr)(p-cymene)] where dihydrogen is generated as the only by-product (Scheme i). The dehydrogenative reaction is performed in toluene, which allows for a simple isolation of the products by precipitation followed by extraction. Various substituted benzyl alcohols smoothly undergo the transformation. The fast conversion...... to the carboxylic acids can be explained by the involvement of a competing Cannizzaro reaction. The scope of the dehydrogenation was further extended to linear and branched saturated aliphatic alcohols, although longer reaction times are necessary to ensure complete substrate conversions. The kinetic isotope effect...

  7. Photo-induced free radicals on a simulated Martian surface

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    Tseng, S.-S.; Chang, S.

    1974-01-01

    Results of an electron spin resonance study of free radicals in the ultraviolet irradiation of a simulated Martian surface suggest that the ultraviolet photolysis of CO or CO2, or a mixture of both, adsorbed on silica gel at minus 170 C involves the formation of OH radicals and possibly of H atoms as the primary process, followed by the formation of CO2H radicals. It is concluded that the photochemical synthesis of organic compounds could occur on Mars if the siliceous surface dust contains enough silanol groups and/or adsorbed H2O in the form of bound water.

  8. Thermally and photoinduced polymerization of ultrathin sexithiophene films

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    Sander, Anke; Hammer, Rene; Duncker, Klaus; Förster, Stefan [Institute of Physics, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle(Saale) (Germany); Widdra, Wolf, E-mail: wolf.widdra@physik.uni-halle.de [Institute of Physics, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle(Saale) (Germany); Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle(Saale) (Germany)

    2014-09-14

    The thermally-induced polymerization of α-sexithiophene (6T) molecules on Ag(001) and Au(001) gives rise to long unbranched polymer chains or branched polymer networks depending on the annealing parameters. There, the onset temperature for polymerization depends on the strength of interaction with the underlying substrate. Similar polymerization processes are also induced by ultraviolet radiation with photon energies between 3.0 and 4.2 eV. Radical formation by an electronic excitation in the 6T molecule is proposed as the driving mechanism that necessitates the interplay with the metallic substrate.

  9. Properties of the Carboxylate ion exchange resins; Karboxylatjonbytarmassans egenskaper

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    Allard, Bert; Dario, Maarten [Oerebro Univ. (Sweden); Boren, Hans [Linkoepings Univ. (Sweden); Torstenfelt, Boerje [Swedpower, Stockholm (Sweden); Puigdomenech, Ignasi; Johansson, Claes [Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm (Sweden)

    2002-09-01

    Weakly acidic, carboxylic resin has been selected, together with strong base anion resins, for water purification at the Forsmark 1 and 2 reactors. For the strong (but not the weak) ion exchange resin the Nuclear Power Inspectorate has given permission to dispose the spent resins in the SFR 1 (the Final Repository for Radioactive Operational Waste). This report gives a review of the carboxylic resins and comes to the conclusion that the resins are very stable and that there should not exist any risks for increased leaching of radionuclides from SFR 1 if these resins are disposed (compared to the strong resins)

  10. Biotin Carboxyl Carrier Protein in Barley Chloroplast Membranes

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    Kannangara, C. G.; Jense, C J

    1975-01-01

    Biotin localized in barley chloroplast lamellae is covalently bound to a single protein with an approximate molecular weight of 21000. It contains one mole of biotin per mole of protein and functions as a carboxyl carrier in the acetyl-CoA carboxylase reaction. The protein was obtained by solubil...... by solubilization of the lamellae in phenol/acetic acid/8 M urea. Feeding barley seedlings with [14C]-biotin revealed that the vitamin is not degraded into respiratory substrates by the plant, but is specifically incorporated into biotin carboxyl carrier protein....

  11. Novel photon detection based on electronically-induced stress in silicon

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    Datskos, P.G. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)]|[Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Rajic, S.; Egert, C.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Datskou, I. [Environmental Engineering Group, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1998-04-01

    The feasibility of microcantilever-based optical detection is demonstrated. Specifically, the authors report here on an evaluation of laboratory prototypes that are based on commercially available microcantilevers. In this work, optical transduction techniques were used to measure microcantilever response to photons and study the electronic stress in silicon microcantilevers, and their temporal and photometric response. The photo-generation of free charge carriers (electrons, holes) in a semiconductor gives rise to photo-induced (electronic) mechanical strain. The excess charge carriers responsible for the photo-induced stress, were produced via photon irradiation from a diode laser with wavelength {lambda} = 780 nm. The authors found that for silicon, the photo-induced stress results in a contraction of the crystal lattice due to the presence of excess electron-hole-pairs. In addition, the photo-induced stress is of opposite direction and about four times larger than the stress resulting from direct thermal excitation. When charge carriers are generated in a short time, a very rapid deflection of the microcantilever is observed (response time {approximately} {micro}s).

  12. Insights into Light-driven DNA Repair by Photolyases : Challenges and Opportunities for Electronic Structure Theory

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    Faraji, Shirin; Dreuw, Andreas

    2017-01-01

    Ultraviolet radiation causes two of the most abundant mutagenic and cytotoxic DNA lesions: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and 6-4 photoproducts. (6-4) Photolyases are light-activated enzymes that selectively bind to DNA and trigger repair of mutagenic 6-4 photoproducts via photoinduced electron

  13. Calcium and heterometallic manganese-calcium complexes supported by tripodal pyridine-carboxylate ligands: structural, EPR and theoretical investigations.

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    Gerey, Bertrand; Gennari, Marcello; Gouré, Eric; Pécaut, Jacques; Blackman, Allan; Pantazis, Dimitrios A; Neese, Frank; Molton, Florian; Fortage, Jérôme; Duboc, Carole; Collomb, Marie-Noëlle

    2015-07-28

    Carboxylate-bridged Mn(II)-Ca(II) complexes are potentially relevant for mimicking the first stages of the Oxygen-Evolving Complex (OEC) assembly process. Here, we report on new homonuclear Ca(II) and heteronuclear Mn(II)–Ca(II) complexes with carboxylate-functionalized tripodal tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine ligands, the heptadentate H3tpaa, previously reported, and the new hexadentate H2tpada, containing respectively three and two carboxylate units. The mononuclear [Ca(Htpaa)(OH2)] (Ca1) and dinuclear [Ca(tpada)(OH2)2]2 (Ca2) calcium complexes, as well as the tetranuclear [{Mn(tpaa)}2{Ca(OH2)5(μ-OH2)}2][Mn(tpaa)]2 (Mn2Ca2·2Mn) and dinuclear [Mn(tpada)ClCa(OH2)2.67(MeOH)2.33]Cl (MnCa) heterometallic species have been structurally characterized; the syntheses of Ca1 and Mn2Ca2·2Mn being previously reported by us (Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 1283). The Mn(II) and Ca(II) are linked by two μ1,1-bridging carboxylates in MnCa, while only one μ1,3-carboxylate bridge connects each Ca2+ ion to each Mn(II) in Mn2Ca2. A variable number of water molecules (n = 1 to 7) are coordinated to Ca in all complexes, most of them being involved in hydrogen-bond networks, in analogy to what occurs in the photosystem II. All donor atoms of the tpaa3- and tpada2- ligands are coordinated to the Mn2+ ions, despite the unusually long distance between the Mn2+ ion and the tertiary amine imposed by the constraining nature of the ligands, as supported by theoretical calculations. Solid state EPR spectroscopy, in combination with DFT calculations, has also shown that the Ca2+ ion has an effect on the electronic parameters (zero field splitting) of the linked Mn(II) in the case of MnCa (μ1,1-carboxylate bridges). In Mn2Ca2 (μ1,3-carboxylate bridge) the Ca2+ ion induces only slight structural changes in the Mn coordination sphere.

  14. Photoinduced Dynamics of Neutral, Cationic, and Anionic Species

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    Stephansen, Anne Boutrup

    -puckering of the nucleobases. In certain cases specific ring-puckering can stabilize the valence-anions to prolong their lifetimes significantly, even when formed in the scattering continuum. The study of cation dynamics aims at understanding peculiar isotope effects in the decomposition of ionized dihaloalkanes. Br...... electrons and subsequently transition from dipole to valence-bound anions in different energy regimes. The investigations indicate that dipole-bound anion formation depends strongly on the magnitude of the molecular dipole moment, while the formation and stability of valence-bound anions depends on ring......-C-Br bending is activated by pump-induced ionization, which shows up as oscillating ion transitions arising from probe-induced fragmentation. The source of the isotopic preference is analyzed by tracking temporal changes in the contribution from each isotopomer to the total fragment-ion signal. Preliminary...

  15. Effect of carboxyl anchoring groups in asymmetric zinc phthalocyanine with large steric hindrance on the dye-sensitized solar cell performance

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    Shi, Wenye; Peng, Bosi; Lin, Li; Li, Renjie; Zhang, Jing, E-mail: jzhang03@whu.edu.cn; Peng, Tianyou, E-mail: typeng@whu.edu.cn

    2015-08-01

    Asymmetric zinc phthalocyanines containing tribenzonaphtho-condensed porphyrazine with six bulky diphenylphenoxy and one or two carboxyl groups are used as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). It is found that Zn-tri-PcNc-4 having two carboxyl groups shows a slight redshift in the Q-band absorption but a significantly decreased absorbance as compared with Zn-tri-PcNc-8 having one carboxyl group, and Zn-tri-PcNc-4 can be more stably and perpendicularly grafted onto the TiO{sub 2} surface than Zn-tri-PcNc-8, which further leads to the differences in the interfacial charge transfer dynamics and dye-loaded amount. Zn-tri-PcNc-4 with two carboxyl groups grafted onto the TiO{sub 2} electrode surface of DSSC results in a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 3.22%, higher than that (3.01%) of the analog with one carboxyl group (Zn-tri-PcNc-8), which exhibits a lower short-circuit current but much higher open-circuit voltage. The additional carboxyl group in Zn-tri-PcNc-4 leads to the enhanced dye-loaded amount and the molecular orbital energy level shift toward positive direction, causing more efficient electron injection and higher short-circuit current than Zn-tri-PcNc-8; while the two carboxyl groups of Zn-tri-PcNc-4 would cause more protonation of TiO{sub 2} surface, which possibly leads to the downward shift of TiO{sub 2} conduction band edge, and then to the decreased open-circuit voltage. The present results demonstrate the molecular engineering aspect of ZnPc dyes in which the fine tuning of the energy levels and molecular structures is crucial for high conversion efficiency of DSSCs. - Highlights: • ZnPcs with six diphenylphenoxy and one/two carboxyl groups are used as dyes for DSSCs. • Effect of carboxyl group number on the ZnPc-sensitized cell property are scrutinized. • Grafting two carboxyl groups on ZnPc leads to the enhanced photocurrent and efficiency. • ZnPc with one COOH has a higher open-circuit voltage than its analog with two

  16. Studies on carboxylated graphene oxide incorporated polyetherimide mixed matrix ultrafiltration membranes

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    Kaleekkal, Noel Jacob, E-mail: noeljacob89@gmail.com [Membrane Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, ACT, Anna University, Chennai, 600025 (India); Thanigaivelan, A., E-mail: thanichemstar@gmail.com [Membrane Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, ACT, Anna University, Chennai, 600025 (India); Rana, Dipak, E-mail: rana@uottawa.ca [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Mohan, D., E-mail: mohantarun@gmail.com [Membrane Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, ACT, Anna University, Chennai, 600025 (India)

    2017-01-15

    In this work the graphene oxide prepared by the modified Hummers’ method was effectively carboxylated. These carboxylated graphene oxide (c-GO) microsheets was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, Raman shift, zeta potential, and their morphology was observed using a high resolution scanning/transmission electron microscopy. Polyetherimide mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) were fabricated by the non-solvent induced phase separation technique with varying concentration of this microsheet. The presence of these microsheets on the membrane surface was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and could also be confirmed visually by optical images. The membranes were further characterized; they showed a greater water flux, higher porosity, and sufficient thermal stability. Incorporation of these microsheets improved the hydrophilicity of the membrane confirmed by the lower contact angle values, which in turn explained the lower interfacial free energy, the increase in work of adhesion, the higher solid-vapor free energy and the spreading coefficient. Membranes loaded with 0.3 wt% of c-GO showed a flux recovery of 94% and only a small flux decline even after 180 min of filtration of humic acid (HA) solution. The efficiency of these membranes in removal of HA, toxic metal ions was also investigated. The bacterial anti-adhesion property of c-GO in the membranes was also explored using Escherichia coli, as a model bio-foulant. The charge of the microsheets and their unique architecture imparts higher hydrophilicity and greater fouling resistance along with improved permeation flux when incorporated into the polymer matrix. - Highlights: • Novel membranes by incorporating carboxylated GO into polyetherimide matrix. • Modified membranes exhibited greater porosity, flux and high humic acid rejection. • Nanoplatelets improved the flux recovery ratio to >94%. • Liquid phase polymer based retention utilized for toxic heavy metal

  17. Excited-State Dynamics of Biological Molecules in Solution: Photoinduced Charge Transfer in Oxidatively Damaged DNA and Deactivation of Violacein in Viscous Solvents

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    Beckstead, Ashley Ann

    UV radiation from the sun is strongly absorbed by DNA, and the resulting electronic excited states can lead to the formation of mutagenic photoproducts. Decades of research have brought to light the excited-state dynamics of single RNA and DNA nucleobases, but questions remain about the nature of excited states accessed in DNA strands. In this thesis, I present ultrafast spectroscopic observations of photoinduced electron transfer from the oxidatively damaged bases, 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine, 5-hydroxy-2'-deoxycytidine and 5-hydroxy-2'-deoxyuridine, to adenine in three dinucleotides. The results reveal that charge transfer states are formed on a timescale faster than our instrumental resolution (electron transfer efficiently returns the excited-state population to the ground state on timescales from tens to hundreds of ps. In addition to recent spectroscopic observations of charge transfer state species in DNA by other groups, our results have augmented understanding of the long-lived transient signals observed in DNA strands. The observation of photoinduced electron transfer in these oxidatively damaged nucleobases also supports a recent proposal regarding the role of oxidative products in pre-RNA catalysis. I discuss these observations in the contexts of fundamental DNA excited-state dynamics and prebiotic chemical evolution. In this thesis, I also present the first ultrafast spectroscopic investigation of violacein, a pigment isolated from Antarctic bacteria. Despite claims for the photoprotective role of this pigment, there has never been a spectroscopic analysis of excited-state deactivation in violacein. Emission spectra, fluorescence quantum yields and excited-state lifetimes of violacein in various solvents were measured for the first time. Both the fluorescence quantum yield and excited-state lifetime of violacein increase in increasingly viscous solvents, suggesting a large-scale motion mediates excited-state deactivation. I compare these

  18. The role of carboxylic acids in TALSQueak separations

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    Braley, Jenifer C.; Carter, Jennifer C.; Sinkov, Sergey I.; Nash, Ken L.; Lumetta, Gregg J.

    2012-04-13

    Recent reports have indicated TALSPEAK-type separations chemistry can be improved through the replacement of bis-2-ethyl(hexyl) phosphoric acid (HDEHP) and diethylenetriamine-N,N,N,N,N-pentaacetic acid (DTPA) with the weaker reagents 2-ethyl(hexyl) phosphonic acid mono-2-ethylhexyl ester (HEH[EHP]) and N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine-N,N',N'-triacetic acid (HEDTA), respectively. This modified TALSPEAK has been provided with an adjusted acronym of TALSQueak (Trivalent Actinide Lanthanide Separation using Quicker Extractants and Aqueous Komplexes). Among several benefits, TALSQueak chemistry provides more rapid phase transfer kinetics, is less reliant on carboxylic acids to mediate lanthanide extraction and allows a simplified thermodynamic description of the separations process that generally requires only parameters available in the literature to describe metal transfer. This manuscript focuses on the role of carboxylic acids in aqueous ternary (M-HEDTA-carboxylate) complexes, americium/lanthanide separations, and extraction kinetics. Spectrophotometry (UV-vis) of the Nd hypersensitive band indicates the presence of aqueous ternary species (K111 = 1.83 {+-} 0.01 at 1.0 M ionic strength, Nd(HEDTA) + Lac <-> Nd(HEDTA)Lac). Varying the carboxylic acid does not have a significant impact on Ln/Am separations or extraction kinetics. TALSqueak separations come to equilibrium in five minutes at the conventional operational pH of 3.6 using only 0.1 M total lactate or citrate.

  19. Intracomplex compounds of vanadyl with carboxylic acid hydrazides

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    Musaev, Z.M.; Usmankhodzhaeva, Ya.S.; Khodzhaev, O.F. (AN Uzbekskoj SSR, Tashkent. Inst. Khimii)

    1984-07-01

    Intracomplex vanadyl (2) compounds with some carboxylic acid hydrazides (HL) of the VOL/sub 2/xnH/sub 2/O composition, are prepared. Using IR absorption spectra of complexes, it is established that hydrazides are connected with a vanadyl ion in the deprotonated inidoalcohol form through an oxygen atom a nitrogen atom of aminogroup.

  20. Determination of Carboxylic Acids and Water-soluble Inorganic Ions ...

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    an average speed of 6.8 m s–1. Average temperature was 26.8 ... balance balance Mettler Toledo MX5 (reading precision 1 µg). Before weighing, the filters ..... Table 2 Correlation coefficients for PM mass, carboxylates, selected ions and wind speed in PM2.5 (upper triangle) and PM10 fractions (lower triangle) in Morogoro.

  1. Carboxylic ester hydrolases in mitochondria from rat skeletal muscle

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    Kirkeby, S; Moe, D; Zelander, T

    1990-01-01

    A mitochondrial pellet, prepared from rat skeletal muscle, contained a number of carboxylic ester hydrolase isoenzymes. The esterases which split alpha-naphthyl acetate were organophosphate sensitive, whereas two out of three indoxyl acetate hydrolysing enzymes were resistant to both organophosph...

  2. An anionic two-dimensional indium carboxylate framework derived ...

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    1385–1391. c Indian Academy of Sciences. An anionic two-dimensional indium carboxylate framework derived from a pseudo C3-symmetric semi-flexible tricarboxylic acid. PRATAP VISHNOI, ALOK CH KALITA and RAMASWAMY MURUGAVEL. ∗. Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, ...

  3. Sodium borohydride reduction of aromatic carboxylic acids via ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 118; Issue 5. Sodium borohydride reduction of aromatic carboxylic acids via methyl esters. Aamer Saeed Zaman Ashraf. Volume 118 ... Author Affiliations. Aamer Saeed1 Zaman Ashraf1. Department of Chemistry, Quaid-I-Azam University 45320, Islamabad, Pakistan ...

  4. Cyclodextrin derivatives with cyanohydrin and carboxylate groups as artificial glycosidases

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    Bols, Mikael; Ortega-Caballero, Fernando

    2006-01-01

    Two cyclodextrin derivatives (1 and 2) were prepared in an attempt to create glycosidase mimics with a general acid catalyst and a nucleophilic carboxylate group. The catalysts 1 and 2 were found to catalyse the hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenyl beta-D-glucopyranoside at pH 8.0, but rapidly underwent...

  5. Different carboxylic acid homodimers in self-assemblies of adducts ...

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    understand dislodging process of a dimeric assembly. Our anticipation was also based on our earlier obser- vation where we obtained packing polymorphs of the. (3-carboxymethoxy-naphthalen-2-yloxy)acetic acid,50 which is also a molecule comprised of linkages with carboxylic acid groups with intervening methylene.

  6. Ovalbumin with Glycated Carboxyl Groups Shows Membrane-Damaging Activity

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    Ching-Chia Tang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to investigate whether glycated ovalbumin (OVA showed novel activity at the lipid-water interface. Mannosylated OVA (Man-OVA was prepared by modification of the carboxyl groups with p-aminophenyl α-dextro (d-mannopyranoside. An increase in the number of modified carboxyl groups increased the membrane-damaging activity of Man-OVA on cell membrane-mimicking vesicles, whereas OVA did not induce membrane permeability in the tested phospholipid vesicles. The glycation of carboxyl groups caused a notable change in the gross conformation of OVA. Moreover, owing to their spatial positions, the Trp residues in Man-OVA were more exposed, unlike those in OVA. Fluorescence quenching studies suggested that the Trp residues in Man-OVA were located on the interface binds with the lipid vesicles, and their microenvironment was abundant in positively charged residues. Although OVA and Man-OVA showed a similar binding affinity for lipid vesicles, the lipid-interacting feature of Man-OVA was distinct from that of OVA. Chemical modification studies revealed that Lys and Arg residues, but not Trp residues, played a crucial role in the membrane-damaging activity of Man-OVA. Taken together, our data suggest that glycation of carboxyl groups causes changes in the structural properties and membrane-interacting features of OVA, generating OVA with membrane-perturbing activities at the lipid-water interface.

  7. Determination of Carboxylic Acids and Water-soluble Inorganic Ions ...

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    on the earth's radiation balance by scattering incoming solar radiation, which counteracts global warming.3 More attention has been paid to carboxylic acids due to ..... Environ., 2007, 41(10), 2036–2048. 3 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC fourth assessment report, Contribution of Working Group I, ...

  8. Page 1 Ultrasonic absorption in carboxylic acids 46; annular rubber ...

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    Figure 1a shows that the measured ultrasonic absorption for the oxalic acid dihydrate, benzoic acid and succinic acid increases with increase in the concentration of the solute, reaches a maximum (the concentration at which the absorption maximum occurs is. Figure 1. Absorption vs concentration of carboxylic acids in ...

  9. catalysed ortho-carboxylation of acetanilide with CO

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    Abstract. The mechanism of palladium(II)-catalysed carboxylation of acetanilide with CO has been investi- gated using density functional theory calculation done at the B3LYP/6-31G(d, p)(SDD for Pd) level of theory. Solvent effects on these reactions have been explored by calculation that included a polarizable continuum.

  10. Synthesis of first row transition metal carboxylate complexes by ring ...

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    holysis as well as for hydrolysis reactions of esters. Metal ions are known to catalyse such reactions13,14 and certain metal catalysed ring opening reactions are used as model catalyst for carboxypeptidase A.15 To make such reactions catalytic by a metal ion the inter- mittent metal carboxylate complex formed through ring.

  11. Synthesis of new series of 4, 5-dihydroisoxazole-5-carboxylate ...

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    A new series of 4,5-dihydroisoxazole-5-carboxylate derivatives were synthesized via [3+2] cycloaddition reaction ... The synthesized derivatives were characterized by Mass, IR and NMR Spectroscopy and their mesomorphic behavior were studied using ..... Potential for Excellence (UPE), UGC for the financial support and ...

  12. Novel Lactate Transporters from Carboxylic Acid-Producing Rhizopus

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    The fungus Rhizopus is frequently used for fermentative production of lactic acid, but little is known about the mechanisms or proteins for transporting this carboxylic acid. Since transport of the lactate anion across the plasma membrane is critical to prevent acidification of the cytoplasm, we ev...

  13. Synthesis of new series of 4, 5-dihydroisoxazole-5-carboxylate ...

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    A new series of 4,5-dihydroisoxazole-5-carboxylate derivatives were synthesized via [3+2] cycloaddition reaction between ethyl acrylate and nitrile oxide generated in situ in presence of Chloramine-T. The synthesized derivatives were characterized by Mass, IR and NMR Spectroscopy and their mesomorphic behavior were ...

  14. CdS-Sensitized ZnO Nanorod Photoelectrodes: Photoelectrochemistry and Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Bedja, Idriss

    2011-01-01

    Thin films of ZnO semiconductor nanorods (ZnO-nr) of 6 μm length and thin ZnO nanoparticulate films (ZnO-np) have been prepared and modified with Q-dots CdS for comparison study. PIA (photoinduced absorption spectroscopy), a multipurpose tool in the study of dye-sensitized solar cells, is used to study a quantum-dot-modified metal-oxide nanostrucutred electrode. Q-dot CdS-sensitized ZnO-nr (1D network) sensitized photoelectrode has demonstrated best performances in both photoelectrical respon...

  15. Photo-induced copper-mediated polymerization of methyl acrylate in continuous flow reactors

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    Wenn, Benjamin; CONRADI, Matthias; Carreiras, Andre Demetrio; Haddleton, David M.; Junkers, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Photo-induced copper-mediated radical polymerization of methyl acrylate (MA) is carried out in DMSO at 15 °C in a tubular photo-flow reactor as well as in a glass-chip based microreactor. Polymerization reactions proceed rapidly to approximately 90% monomer conversion within 20 minutes of reactor residence time. Control of reactions is high as evidenced by ideal polymerization kinetics, low dispersities of the obtained polymers (in the range of 1.1) and linear evolution of number average mole...

  16. Graphene/CdTe heterostructure solar cell and its enhancement with photo-induced doping

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    Lin, Shisheng, E-mail: shishenglin@zju.edu.cn; Chen, Hongsheng [Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Li, Xiaoqiang; Zhang, Shengjiao; Wang, Peng; Xu, Zhijuan; Zhong, Huikai; Wu, Zhiqian [Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2015-11-09

    We report a type of solar cell based on graphene/CdTe Schottky heterostructure, which can be improved by surface engineering as graphene is atomic thin. By coating a layer of ultrathin CdSe quantum dots onto graphene/CdTe heterostructure, the power conversion efficiency is increased from 2.08% to 3.10%. Photo-induced doping is mainly accounted for this enhancement, as evidenced by field effect transport, Raman, photoluminescence, and quantum efficiency measurements. This work demonstrates a feasible way of improving the performance of graphene/semiconductor heterostructure solar cells by combining one dimensional with two dimensional materials.

  17. Evidence of two distinct mechanisms driving photoinduced matter motion in thin films containing azobenzene derivatives.

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    Fabbri, F; Garrot, D; Lahlil, K; Boilot, J P; Lassailly, Y; Peretti, J

    2011-02-17

    Photoinduced matter motion in thin films containing azobenzene derivatives grafted to a polymer backbone is investigated by means of near-field probe microscopy. We evidence the existence of two different photomechanical processes which produce mass transport. One is governed by the light intensity pattern and the other by the light polarization pattern. The intensity-driven mechanism is found to critically depend on the polymer matrix while the polarization-driven mechanism occurs with almost the same efficiency in different materials. Depending on the relationship between the polarization and intensity patterns, the two processes may either compete or cooperate giving rise to a nontrivial directional mass transport process.

  18. THE STUDY OF MECHANISMS OF PHOTOINDUCED APOPTOSIS IN THE SKIN MALIGNANT MELANOMA CELL MODEL

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    M. L. Gelfond

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of the experimental study of immune response of human skin malignant melanoma cells Mel 226 on photodynamic exposure are represented in the article. Photoinduced apoptosis of skin malignant melanoma was studied in vitro. The study showed that irradiation with the agent fotoditazin at dose of 0.5–2.5 µg/ml (6 and 10 min exposure 30 min before irradiation; irradiation parameters: wavelength of 662 nm, total light dose from 40 to 60 J/cm2 induced early apoptosis. The increase of the time of laser irradiation significantly accelerates the conversion of photosensitized tumor cells from early to late apoptosis.

  19. Direct observation of the ultrafast electron transfer process in a polymer/fullerene blend. : Section Title: Physical Properties of Synthetic High Polymers

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    Brabec, Ch J.; Zerza, G.; Sariciftci, N. S.; Cerullo, G.; Lanzani, G.; De Silvestri, S.; Hummelen, J. C.

    2001-01-01

    Optical studies on conjugated polymer-fullerene blends are performed with sub-10-fs temporal resoln. The photoinduced electron transfer process is directly monitored in the time domain, obtaining a forward electron transfer time const. of 45 fs. [on SciFinder(R)

  20. Computational Study of Magic-Size CdSe Clusters with Complementary Passivation by Carboxylic and Amine Ligands

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    Voznyy, Oleksandr

    2016-04-28

    The electronic and optical properties of tetrahedral CdSe magic clusters (average diameter.5 nm) protected by carboxyl and amine ligands, which correspond to previously reported experimental structures, are studied using density functional theory. We find extreme ligand packing densities, capping every single dangling bond of the inorganic core, strong dependence of the Z-type metal carboxylate binding on the amount of excess amine, and potential for improved photoluminescence upon replacing phenyl ligands with alkanes. The computed absorption spectra of the Cd35Se20 cluster agree well with experiments, resolving the 0.2 eV splitting of the first exciton peak due to spin-orbit coupling. We discuss the origin of the significant broadening of the optical spectra as due to phonons and structural variations in the ligand configurations and inorganic core apexes. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  1. Sulfonated reduced graphene oxide as a highly efficient catalyst for direct amidation of carboxylic acids with amines using ultrasonic irradiation.

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    Mirza-Aghayan, Maryam; Tavana, Mahdieh Molaee; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2016-03-01

    Sulfonated reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (rGO-SO3H) were prepared by grafting sulfonic acid-containing aryl radicals onto chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) under sonochemical conditions. rGO-SO3H catalyst was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). rGO-SO3H catalyst was successfully applied as a reusable solid acid catalyst for the direct amidation of carboxylic acids with amines into the corresponding amides under ultrasonic irradiation. The direct sonochemical amidation of carboxylic acid takes place under mild conditions affording in good to high yields (56-95%) the corresponding amides in short reaction times. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Excitation photon energy dependence of photo-induced phase transition in (EDO-TTF)2PF6

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    Ogihara, S.; Onda, K.; Shimizu, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Okimoto, Y.; Shao, X. F.; Nakano, Y.; Yamochi, H.; Saito, G.; Koshihara, S.

    2009-02-01

    The conducting charge transfer complex (EDO-TTF)2PF6 has two types of charge transfer bands in the low temperature insulator phase: CT1 at 0.56 eV and CT2 at 1.38 eV. We excited these bands independently with a tunable ultrashort pulse laser and studied the difference of the photo-induced phases by measuring change in reflectivity spectrum over a wide photon energy range. As a result, we found that both the photo-induced phases by CT1 and CT2 excitation are the same except for their photo-conversion efficiencies

  3. Synthesis of lithium ferrites from polymetallic carboxylates

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    STEFANIA STOLERIU

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Lithium ferrite was prepared by the thermal decomposition of three polynuclear complex compounds containing as ligands the anions of malic, tartaric and gluconic acid: (NH42[Fe2.5Li0.5(C4H4O53(OH4(H2O2]×4H2O (I, (NH46[Fe2.5Li0.5(C4H4O63(OH8]×2H2O (II and (NH42[Fe2.5Li0.5(C6H11O73(OH7] (III. The polynuclear complex precursors were characterized by chemical analysis, IR and UV–Vis spectra, magnetic measurements and thermal analysis. The obtained lithium ferrites were characterized by XRD, scanning electron microscopy, IR spectra and magnetic measurements. The single α-Li0.5Fe2.5O4 phase was obtained by thermal decomposition of the tartarate complex annealed at 700 °C for 1 h. The magnetization value ≈ 50 emu g-1 is lower than that obtained for the bulk lithium ferrite due to the nanostructural character of the ferrite. The particle size was smaller than 100 nm.

  4. Peptide Conjugates of Benzene Carboxylic Acids as Agonists and Antagonists of Amylin Aggregation.

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    Profit, Adam A; Vedad, Jayson; Desamero, Ruel Z B

    2017-02-15

    Human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), also known as amylin, is a 37 residue peptide hormone that is stored and co-secreted with insulin. hIAPP plays a pivotal role in type 2 diabetes and is the major component of amyloid deposits found in the pancreas of patients afflicted with the disease. The self-assembly of hIAPP and the formation of amyloid is linked to the death of insulin producing β-cells. Recent findings suggest that soluble hIAPP oligomers are the cytotoxic species responsible for β-cell loss whereas amyloid fibrils themselves may indeed be innocuous. Potential avenues of therapeutic intervention include the development of compounds that prevent hIAPP self-assembly as well as those that reduce or eliminate lag time and rapidly accelerate the formation of amyloid fibrils. Both of these approaches minimize temporal exposure to soluble cytotoxic hIAPP oligomers. Toward this end our laboratory has pursued an electrostatic repulsion approach to the development of potential inhibitors and modulators of hIAPP self-assembly. Peptide conjugates were constructed in which benzene carboxylic acids of varying charge were employed as electrostatic disrupting elements and appended to the N-terminal of the hIAPP22-29 (NFGAILSS) self-recognition sequence. The self-assembly kinetics of conjugates were characterized by turbidity measurements and the structure of aggregates probed by Raman and CD spectroscopy while the morphology was assessed using transmission electron microscopy. Several benzene carboxylic acid peptide conjugates failed to self-assemble and some were found to inhibit the aggregation of full-length amylin while others served to enhance the rate of amyloid formation and/or increase the yield of amyloid produced. Studies reveal that the geometric display of free carboxylates on the benzene ring of the conjugates plays an important role in the activity of conjugates. In addition, a number of free benzene carboxylic acids were found to modulate amylin self

  5. High performance flexible pH sensor based on carboxyl-functionalized and DEP aligned SWNTs

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    Liu, Lu; Shao, Jinyou, E-mail: jyshao@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Li, Xiangming; Zhao, Qiang; Nie, Bangbang; Xu, Chuan; Ding, Haitao

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • The flexible chemiresistive pH sensor based on two-terminal microsensors eliminating the need for a reference electrode, is simple in structure and can be fabricated on a variety of substrates such as PET, PI and PVC. • SWNTs as an ideal one dimensional material are carboxyl-functionalized to make the pH sensor show high sensitivity and outstanding flexibility for practical applications. • DEP technique is used to manipulate and position SWNTs into appropriate locations and desired formations to improve the metal-nanotube interface and highly rapid detection of pH value, resulting in better overall device performance. • Mechanical bendability of the pH sensor, which arises from the combination of flexible PET substrates and SWNTs, offer a significant improvement for applications that are difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional sensors on rigid substrates. - Abstract: The detection and control of the pH is very important in many biomedical and chemical reaction processes. A miniaturized flexible pH sensor that is light weight, robust, and conformable is very important in many applications, such as multifunctional lab-on-a-chip systems or wearable biomedical devices. In this work, we demonstrate a flexible chemiresistive pH sensor based on dielectrophoresis (DEP) aligned carboxyl-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Decorated carboxyl groups can react with hydrogen (H{sup +}) and hydroxide (OH{sup −}) ions, enabling the sensor to be capable of sensing the pH. DEP is used to deposit well-organized and highly aligned SWNTs in desired locations, which improves the metal-nanotube interface and highly rapid detection of the pH, resulting in better overall device performance. When pH buffer solutions are dropped onto such SWNTs, the H{sup +} and OH{sup −} ions caninteract with the carboxyl groups and affect the generation of holes and electrons in the SWNTs, leading to resistance variations in the SWNTs. The results

  6. Carboxylated-nanoncellulose as a template for the synthesis of silver nanoprism

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    Chook, Soon Wei; Yau, Shun Xiang; Chia, Chin Hua; Chin, Siew Xian; Zakaria, Sarani

    2017-11-01

    The features of templates, such as physical dimensions or functional groups, often affect the in situ growth process of nanoparticles. In this study, a rapid thermal synthesis method was adopted for the synthesis of Ag nanoprisms (AgNPRs) on cellulose nanofibrils (CNF), which were obtained via defibrillations of holocellulose. In comparison, holocellulose and pure cellulose also were used for the attempted synthesis of AgNPRs. The produced nanocomposites were examined for their optical and physical properties using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results demonstrate that the reduced of the fibres into nanosize and carboxylate functional groups present on the cellulosic template affects the formation of AgNPRs, with which CNF is able to form AgNPRs. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of the CNF-AgNPRs composite was studied and exhibited a higher enhancement, compared to the spherical AgNPs-anchored CNF. The CNF prepared from carboxylated holocellulose not only served as nanoparticles support for the SERS application, it also facilitated the formation of AgNPRs that resulted in a better enhancement SERS signal.

  7. Green synthesis of biocompatible carboxylic curdlan-capped gold nanoparticles and its interaction with protein.

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    Yan, Jing-Kun; Liu, Jin-Lin; Sun, Yu-Jia; Tang, Shuang; Mo, Zheng-Ying; Liu, Yuan-Shuai

    2015-03-06

    This study demonstrates a facile, green strategy for the preparation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) from chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) using carboxylic curdlan (Cc) as both reducing and stabilizing agent. The as-prepared AuNPs are characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that the particle size of the AuNPs changes with variations in the reaction time and concentrations of Cc and HAuCl4. The spherical AuNPs are well dispersed, exhibiting high stability even after six months storage. The carboxylic groups (COO(-)) in the Cc molecules tend to adsorb and stabilize the surface of the AuNPs. The interaction between BSA and the Cc-capped AuNPs was investigated using fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopies. The results indicated that the BSA molecules adsorb on the surface of the AuNPs, without significant change in its helical structure even after conjugation with the AuNPs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Photoinduced toxicity of PrF3 and LaF3 nanoparticles

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    Pudovkin, M. S.; Zelenikhin, P. V.; Krasheninnikova, A. O.; Korableva, S. L.; Nizamutdinov, A. S.; Alakshin, E. M.; Semashko, V. V.; Safiullin, R. A.; Kadirov, M. K.

    2016-10-01

    PrF3 and LaF3 nanoparticles were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The size distribution of these nanoparticles in the colloidal solution produced was studied by photon correlation spectroscopy. The mean diameter of the nanoparticles was 42 ± 1 nm. During the study of the toxicity of the nanoparticles, the mixture of a colloidal solution of the nanoparticles with cells to be studied was irradiated by 30-mW continuous lasers at wavelengths of 532 and 473 nm. The concentration of salmonella cells in normal saline was 106 cell/mL, while that of nanoparticles was 0.1 g/L. The cell survival percentage was 39, 34, and 20% for the irradiation times of 5, 10, and 15 min, respectively, at an optimal laser radiation power density of 0.4 W/cm at a wavelength of 532 nm. It was ascertained that LaF3 nanoparticles do not possess the property of photoinduced toxicity and the apoptosing effect. Moreover, the property of photoinduced toxicity is not shared by microparticles, in contrast to nanoparticles.

  9. Photo-inducible crosslinked nanoassemblies for pH-controlled drug release.

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    Dickerson, Matthew; Winquist, Nickolas; Bae, Younsoo

    2014-05-01

    To control drug release from block copolymer nanoassemblies by variation in the degree of photo-crosslinking and inclusion of acid sensitive linkers. Poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(aspartate-hydrazide-cinnamate) (PEG-CNM) block copolymers were prepared and conjugated with a model drug, doxorubicin (DOX), through acid sensitive hydrazone linkers. The block copolymers formed photo-inducible, self-assembled nanoassemblies (piSNAs), which were used to produce photo-inducible crosslinked nanoassemblies (piCNAs) through UV crosslinking. The nanoassemblies were characterized to determine particle size, surface charge, pH- and crosslinking-dependent DOX release, in vitro cytotoxicity, and intracellular uptake as a function of photo-crosslinking degree. Nanoassemblies with varying photo-crosslinking degrees were successfully prepared while retaining particle size and surface charge. Photo-crosslinking caused no noticeable change in DOX release from the nanoassemblies at pH 7.4, but the DOX-loaded nanoassemblies modulated drug release as a function of crosslinking at pH 6.0. The nanoassemblies showed similar cytotoxicity regardless of crosslinking degrees, presumably due to the low cellular uptake and cell nucleus drug accumulation. Photo-crosslinking is useful to control drug release from pH-sensitive block copolymer nanoassemblies as a function of crosslinking without altering the particle properties, and thus providing unique tools to investigate the pharmaceutical effects of drug release on cellular response.

  10. Photo-Induced Cycloaddition Reactions of α-Diketones and Transformations of the Photocycloadducts

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    Yan Zhang

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Photocycloaddition, along with subsequent transformation of the photocycloadducts, provides expeditious ways to construct various structures. The photo-induced reactions of α-diketones have been reported to proceed via different reaction pathways with the involvement of one or two of the carbonyl groups. Photoinduced reactions of cyclic α-diketones including N-acetylisatin, phenanthrenequinone and isoquinolinetrione with different C=C containing compounds could take place via [2 + 2], [4 + 2] or [4 + 4] photocycloaddition pathways. We have investigated the photoreactions of these cyclic α-diketones with different types of alkenes and alkynes, with a focus on the unusual cascade reactions initiated by the photocycloaddition reactions of these cyclic α-diketones and the applications of these photocycloaddition reactions along with the transformation of the photocycloadducts. In this paper, we discuss the diverse photo-cycloaddition pathways found in the photocycloaddition of o-diones leading to various photocycloadducts and the potential applications of these reactions via further transformation reactions of the adducts.

  11. Corneal Cross-Linking: An Example of Photoinduced Polymerization as a Treatment Modality in Keratoconus.

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    Kubrak-Kisza, Magdalena; Kisza, Krystian Jerzy; Misiuk-Hojło, Marta

    2016-01-01

    The cornea is one of the principal refractive elements in the human eye and plays a crucial role in the process of vision. Keratoconus is the most common corneal dystrophy, found mostly among young adults. It is characterized by a reduced number of collagen cross-links in the corneal stroma, resulting in reduced biomechanical stability and an abnormal shape of the cornea. These changes lead to progressive myopia, corneal thinning, central scarring and irregular astigmatism, causing severely impaired vision. Hard contact lenses, photorefractive keratectomy or intracorneal rings are the most common treatment options for refractive error caused by keratoconus. However, these techniques do not treat the underlying cause of the corneal ectasia and therefore are not able to stop the progression of the disease. Riboflavin photoinduced polymerization of corneal collagen, also known as corneal cross-linking (CXL), has been introduced as the first therapy which, by stabilizing the structure of the cornea, prevents the progression of keratoconus. It stiffens the cornea using the photo-sensitizer riboflavin in combination with ultraviolet irradiation. This is a current review of the CXL procedure as a therapy for keratoconus, which relies on photoinduced polymerization of human tissue. We have focused on its biomechanical and physiological influences on the human cornea and have reviewed the previous and current biochemical theories behind cross-linking reactions in the cornea.

  12. Photoinduced charge-order melting dynamics in a one-dimensional interacting Holstein model

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    Hashimoto, Hiroshi; Ishihara, Sumio

    2017-07-01

    Transient quantum dynamics in an interacting fermion-phonon system are investigated with a focus on a charge order (CO) melting after a short optical-pulse irradiation and the roles of the quantum phonons in the transient dynamics. A spinless-fermion model in a one-dimensional chain coupled with local phonons is analyzed numerically. The infinite time-evolving block decimation algorithm is adopted as a reliable numerical method for one-dimensional quantum many-body systems. Numerical results for the photoinduced CO melting dynamics without phonons are well interpreted by the soliton picture for the CO domains. This interpretation is confirmed by numerical simulation of an artificial local excitation and the classical soliton model. In the case of large phonon frequencies corresponding to the antiadiabatic condition, CO melting is induced by propagations of the polaronic solitons with the renormalized soliton velocity. On the other hand, in the case of small phonon frequencies corresponding to the adiabatic condition, the first stage of the CO melting dynamics occurs due to the energy transfer from the fermionic to phononic systems, and the second stage is brought about by the soliton motions around the bottom of the soliton band. The analyses provide a standard reference for photoinduced CO melting dynamics in one-dimensional many-body quantum systems.

  13. Photo-induced reactions in the ion-molecule complex Mg+-OCNC2H5

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    Sun, Ju-Long; Liu, Haichuan; Han, Ke-Li; Yang, Shihe

    2003-06-01

    Ion-molecule complexes of magnesium cation with ethyl isocyanate were produced in a laser-ablation supersonic expansion nozzle source. Photo-induced reactions in the 1:1 complexes have been studied in the spectral range of 230-410 nm. Photodissociation mass spectrometry revealed the persistent product Mg+ from nonreactive quenching throughout the entire wavelength range. As for the reactive channels, the photoproducts, Mg+OCN and C2H5+, were produced only in the blue absorption band of the complex with low yields. The action spectrum of Mg+(OCNC2H5) consists of two pronounced peaks on the red and blue sides of the Mg+ 32P←32S atomic transition. The ground state geometry of Mg+-OCNC2H5 was fully optimized at B3LYP/6-31+G** level by using GAUSSIAN 98 package. The calculated absorption spectrum of the complex using the optimized structure of its ground state agrees well with the observed action spectrum. Photofragment branching fractions of the products are almost independent of the photolysis photon energy for the 3Px,y,z excitations. The very low branching ratio of reactive products to nonreactive fragment suggests that evaporation is the main relaxation pathway in the photo-induced reactions of Mg+(OCNC2H5).

  14. Partially Reversible Photoinduced Chemical Changes in a Mixed-Ion Perovskite Material for Solar Cells.

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    Cappel, Ute B; Svanström, Sebastian; Lanzilotto, Valeria; Johansson, Fredrik O L; Aitola, Kerttu; Philippe, Bertrand; Giangrisostomi, Erika; Ovsyannikov, Ruslan; Leitner, Torsten; Föhlisch, Alexander; Svensson, Svante; Mårtensson, Nils; Boschloo, Gerrit; Lindblad, Andreas; Rensmo, Håkan

    2017-10-11

    Metal halide perovskites have emerged as materials of high interest for solar energy-to-electricity conversion, and in particular, the use of mixed-ion structures has led to high power conversion efficiencies and improved stability. For this reason, it is important to develop means to obtain atomic level understanding of the photoinduced behavior of these materials including processes such as photoinduced phase separation and ion migration. In this paper, we implement a new methodology combining visible laser illumination of a mixed-ion perovskite ((FAPbI3)0.85(MAPbBr3)0.15) with the element specificity and chemical sensitivity of core-level photoelectron spectroscopy. By carrying out measurements at a synchrotron beamline optimized for low X-ray fluxes, we are able to avoid sample changes due to X-ray illumination and are therefore able to monitor what sample changes are induced by visible illumination only. We find that laser illumination causes partially reversible chemistry in the surface region, including enrichment of bromide at the surface, which could be related to a phase separation into bromide- and iodide-rich phases. We also observe a partially reversible formation of metallic lead in the perovskite structure. These processes occur on the time scale of minutes during illumination. The presented methodology has a large potential for understanding light-induced chemistry in photoactive materials and could specifically be extended to systematically study the impact of morphology and composition on the photostability of metal halide perovskites.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of a new photoinduced switchable β-cyclodextrin dimer

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    Florian Hamon

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports an efficient preparation of bridged bis-β-CD AZO-CDim 1 bearing azobenzene as a linker and exhibiting high solubility in water. The photoisomerization properties were studied by UV–vis and HPLC and supported by ab initio calculations. The cis/trans ratio of AZO-CDim 1 is 7:93 without irradiation and 37:63 after 120 min of irradiation at 365 nm; the reaction is reversible after irradiation at 254 nm. The photoinduced, switchable binding behavior of AZO-CDim 1 was evaluated by ITC, NMR and molecular modeling in the presence of a ditopic adamantyl guest. The results indicate that AZO-CDim 1 can form two different inclusion complexes with an adamantyl dimer depending on its photoinduced isomers. Both cavities of cis-AZO-CDim 1 are complexed simultaneously by two adamantyl units of the guest forming a 1:1 complex while trans-AZO-CDim 1 seems to lead to the formation of supramolecular polymers with an n:n stoichiometry.

  16. Low-temperature switching by photoinduced protonation in photochromic fluorescent proteins.

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    Faro, Aline Regis; Adam, Virgile; Carpentier, Philippe; Darnault, Claudine; Bourgeois, Dominique; de Rosny, Eve

    2010-02-01

    We have studied the photoswitching behaviour of a number of photochromic fluorescent proteins at cryo-temperature. Spectroscopic investigations at the ensemble level showed that EYFP, Dronpa and IrisFP all exhibit reversible photoswitching at 100 K, albeit with a low quantum yield. The photophysics of the process were studied in more details in the case of EYFP. The data suggest that photoinduced protonation of the chromophore is responsible for off-switching at cryo-temperature, and thus is possible in the absence of significant conformational freedom. This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that chromophore protonation may precede large amplitude conformational changes such as cis-trans isomerisation during off-photoswitching at room temperature. However, our data suggest that low-barrier photoinduced protonation pathways may in fact compete with room-temperature off-switching reactions in photochromic fluorescent proteins. The occurrence of reversible photoswitching at low-temperature is of interest to envisage cryo-nanoscopy experiments using genetically encoded fluorophores.

  17. Comparison of photoinduced reorientation of ortho-, meta-, and para-methyl red-doped nematic liquid crystals on rubbed polyimide.

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    Statman, David; Statman, Ariel T; Wozniak, Kaitlin; Brennan, Christopher

    2015-08-01

    We compare the photoinduced reorientation of the easy axis on rubbed polyimide surfaces for the nematic E7 doped with three isomers of methyl red; ortho, meta, and para. Using optical techniques, the angle and the pitch of the director at the polymer surface were measured before, during, and after photoexcitation of the dye. Optical absorbances were also measured before and after photoexcitation. Extrapolation lengths, hence anchoring energies, were determined with the on/off application of a magnetic field for meta- and para-methyl red-doped nematics. Because of an elastic reorientation of the easy axis in the presence of the magnetic field, we could not determine the extrapolation length of the ortho-methyl red-doped nematic. Our results confirm that photoinduced reorientation is facilitated by desorption of all dyes from the polymer surface. While there is little evidence of weak photoinduced adsorption of meta- and para-methyl red to the surface during photoexcitation, there is strong evidence of photoinduced adsorption of ortho-methyl red, which is long lasting.

  18. Mechanistic insights into the photoinduced charge carrier dynamics of BiOBr/CdS nanosheet heterojunctions for photovoltaic application.

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    Jia, Huimin; Zhang, Beibei; He, Weiwei; Xiang, Yong; Zheng, Zhi

    2017-03-02

    The rational design of high performance hetero-structure photovoltaic devices requires a full understanding of the photoinduced charge transfer mechanism and kinetics at the interface of heterojunctions. In this paper, we intelligently fabricated p-BiOBr/n-CdS heterojunctions with perfect nanosheet arrays by using a facile successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction and chemical bath deposition methods at low temperature. A BiOBr/CdS heterojunction based solar cell has been fabricated which exhibited enhanced photovoltaic responses. Assisted by the surface photovoltage (SPV), transient photovoltage (TPV) and Kelvin probe technique, the photoinduced charge transfer dynamics on the BiOBr nanosheet and p-BiOBr/n-CdS interface were systematically investigated. It was found that the BiOBr/CdS nanosheet array heterojunctions were more efficient in facilitating charge carrier separation than both bare BiOBr and CdS films. The mechanism underlying the photoinduced charge carrier transfer behaviour was unravelled by allying the energy band of BiOBr/CdS p-n junctions from both the interfacial electric field and surface electric field. In addition, the CdS loading thickness in the p-BiOBr/n-CdS heterojunction and the incident wavelength affected greatly the transfer behavior of photoinduced charges, which was of great value for design of photovoltaic devices.

  19. Photoinduced thiol-ene polymerization reaction for fast preparation of macroporous hybrid monoliths and their application in capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Liu, Zhongshan; Ou, Junjie; Lin, Hui; Liu, Zheyi; Wang, Hongwei; Dong, Jing; Zou, Hanfa

    2014-08-25

    Hybrid monoliths with a macroporous structure were prepared within a few minutes via a photoinduced thiol-ene polymerization reaction, the surfaces of which showed hydrophobic character. The monolithic column demonstrated good separation performance towards alkylbenzenes, peptides, proteins and BSA tryptic digest in cLC.

  20. Photoinduced nonlinear optical effects in Nd-doped δ-BiB{sub 3}O{sub 6} crystals

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    Majchrowski, A. [Institute of Applied Physics, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, 00-908 Warsaw (Poland); Wojciechowski, A. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17 (Poland); Kityk, I.V., E-mail: ikityk@el.pcz.czest.pl [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17 (Poland); Chrunik, M.; Jaroszewicz, L.R. [Institute of Applied Physics, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, 00-908 Warsaw (Poland); Michalski, E. [Institute of Optoelectronics, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, 00-908 Warsaw (Poland)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • New type of optically operated rare earth doped borates is proposed. • Principal role of the phonon subsystem in photoinduced electrooptics, SHG and piezooptics is shown. • The possibility to create the laser operated materials is shown for the such kind of sold state alloys. - Abstract: The studies of the second harmonic generation, Pockels effect and piezoelectricity were performed for the new synthesized δ-BiB{sub 3}O{sub 6} single crystals. The incorporation of Nd{sup 3+} ions into these crystals plays an important role for the increasing of the photoinduced nonlinear optical properties. Temperature dependences of the optical and piezoelectric features showed existence of some anomalies in the vicinity of 160 K and 220 K. This may confirm a principal role of the photopolarization and of the localized impurity states which give additional contribution into the observed effect. It is crucial that the effect is dependent on the number of the photoinducing pulses. The effect is completely reversible after switching off of the photoinducing laser beam.

  1. Probing cardiac metabolism by hyperpolarized 13C MR using an exclusively endogenous substrate mixture and photo-induced nonpersistent radicals

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    Bastiaansen, Jessica A M; Yoshihara, Hikari A I; Capozzi, Andrea

    2018-01-01

    To probe the cardiac metabolism of carbohydrates and short chain fatty acids simultaneously in vivo following the injection of a hyperpolarized 13 C-labeled substrate mixture prepared using photo-induced nonpersistent radicals. Droplets of mixed [1-13 C]pyruvic and [1-13 C]butyric acids were frozen...

  2. Photo-induced toxicity in early life stage fiddler crab (Uca longisignalis) following exposure to Deepwater Horizon oil.

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    Damare, Leigh M; Bridges, Kristin N; Alloy, Matthew M; Curran, Thomas E; Soulen, Brianne K; Forth, Heather P; Lay, Claire R; Morris, Jeffrey M; Stoeckel, James A; Roberts, Aaron P

    2018-02-20

    The 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil rig led to the release of millions of barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil in aquatic ecosystems exerts toxicity through multiple mechanisms, including photo-induced toxicity following co-exposure with UV radiation. The timing and location of the spill coincided with both fiddler crab reproduction and peak yearly UV intensities, putting early life stage fiddler crabs at risk of injury due to photo-induced toxicity. The present study assessed sensitivity of fiddler crab larvae to photo-induced toxicity during co-exposure to a range of environmentally relevant dilutions of high-energy water accommodated fractions of DWH oil, and either dark recovery period (duration: 17-h) in between. Survival was significantly decreased in treatments the presence of >10% UV and relatively low concentrations of oil. Results of the present study indicate fiddler crab larvae are sensitive to photo-induced toxicity in the presence of DWH oil. These results are of concern, as fiddler crabs play an important role as ecosystem engineers, modulating sediment biogeochemical processes via burrowing action. Furthermore, they occupy an important place in the food web in the Gulf of Mexico.

  3. Self-assembled carboxylate complexes of zinc, nickel and copper

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    Deka, Kaustavmoni; Barooah, Nilotpal; Sarma, Rupam Jyoti; Baruah, Jubaraj B.

    2007-02-01

    A metallo-organic hybrid acid namely tetra-aquo bis-4-carboxy- N-phthaloylglycinato zinc(II) dihydrate is prepared and characterised. In this complex the hydrogen bonding by free carboxylic acid group and π-π interactions between the rings in crystal lattice contributes to the formation of self-assembled structure. A monomeric nickel complex from 2-carbomethoxy benzoic acid ( L2H) and pyridine [Ni( L2)(py) 3(H 2O) 2] L2 is prepared (where py = pyridine). This complex has ionic as well as monodentate carboxylates. It forms self-assembly by C-H⋯π as well as hydrogen-bonding interactions. The 2-carbomethoxy benzoic acid ( L2H) forms dimeric copper complex [Cu 2( L2) 4(H 2O) 2]2H 2O which has an extended chain structure through hydrogen-bond interactions.

  4. Electrocarboxylation: towards sustainable and efficient synthesis of valuable carboxylic acids

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    Roman Matthessen

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The near-unlimited availability of CO2 has stimulated a growing research effort in creating value-added products from this greenhouse gas. This paper presents the trends on the most important methods used in the electrochemical synthesis of carboxylic acids from carbon dioxide. An overview is given of different substrate groups which form carboxylic acids upon CO2 fixation, including mechanistic considerations. While most work focuses on the electrocarboxylation of substrates with sacrificial anodes, this review considers the possibilities and challenges of implementing other synthetic methodologies. In view of potential industrial application, the choice of reactor setup, electrode type and reaction pathway has a large influence on the sustainability and efficiency of the process.

  5. Propensity of salicylamide and ethenzamide cocrystallization with aromatic carboxylic acids.

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    Przybyłek, Maciej; Ziółkowska, Dorota; Mroczyńska, Karina; Cysewski, Piotr

    2016-03-31

    The cocrystallization of salicylamide (2-hydroxybenzamide, SMD) and ethenzamide (2-ethoxybenzamide, EMD) with aromatic carboxylic acids was examined both experimentally and theoretically. The supramolecular synthesis taking advantage of the droplet evaporative crystallization (DEC) technique was combined with powder diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy as the analytical tools. This led to identification of eleven new cocrystals including pharmaceutically relevant coformers such as mono- and dihydroxybenzoic acids. The cocrystallization abilities of SMD and EMD with aromatic carboxylic acids were found to be unexpectedly divers despite high formal similarities of these two benzamides and ability of the R2,2(8) heterosynthon formation. The source of diversities of the cocrystallization landscapes is the difference in the stabilization of possible conformers by adopting alternative intramolecular hydrogen boding patterns. The stronger intramolecular hydrogen bonding the weaker affinity toward intermolecular complexation potential. The substituent effects on R2,2(8) heterosynthon properties are also discussed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. CARBOXYLIC ACIDS OF HERB OF THYMUS CRETACEUS KLOK. ET SCHOST

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    V. N. Bubenchikova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We have studied carboxylic acids of the herb of Thymus cretaceus Klok. et Schost which is widespread on a territory of some regions (Belgorod, Voronezh. The study was carried out using gas-liquid chromatography at Agilent Technologies 6890 chromatographer with massspectrometric detector 5973 N. Acids concentration was calculated by means of inner standard.We have established that carboxylic acids of Thymus cretaceus are represented by 34 compounds. Palmitic (1779.02 mg/kg, behenic (1084.15 mg/kg, levulinic (986.24 mg/kg and linoleic acids (678.82 mg/kg predominate among fatty acids; citric (9835.14 mg/kg, malonic (447.91 mg/kg and oxalic acids (388.32 mg/kg predominate among organic acids; andferulic acid predominate amongphenolcarbonic acids.

  7. Dimerization of Carboxylic Acids: An Equation of State Approach

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    Tsivintzelis, Ioannis; Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Panayiotou, Costas

    2017-01-01

    The association term of the nonrandom hydrogen bonding theory, which is an equation of state model, is extended to describe the dimerization of carboxylic acids in binary mixtures with inert solvents and in systems of two different acids. Subsequently, the model is applied to describe the excess...... enthalpies and the vapor-liquid equilibrium of relevant binary mixtures containing low molecular weight organic acids. The model sheds light on the interplay of intermolecular interactions through the calculation of the various contributions to the mixing enthalpies, namely from hydrogen bonding and non......-hydrogen bonding (dipolar, induced polar or dispersive) interactions. According to model predictions, the acid molecules are so strongly associated that the addition of inert solvents to carboxylic acids with small carbon numbers at ambient temperature does not dramatically alter their degree of association...

  8. Repair of model compounds of photoinduced lesions in DNA. Electrochemical approaches; Reparation de modeles de lesions photoinduites de l'ADN. Approches electrochimiques

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    Boussicault, F

    2006-09-15

    The goal of this work is to better understand the repair mechanism of photoinduced lesions in DNA (cyclobutane dimers and pyrimidine (6-4) pyrimidone adducts) by photolyase redox enzymes, using tools and concepts of molecular electrochemistry. Thanks to the study of model compounds of cyclobutane lesions by cyclic voltametry, we have been able to mimic the key step of the enzymatic repair (dissociative electron transfer) and to monitor the repair of model compounds by Escherichia coli DNA photolyase. From these results, we have discussed the repair mechanism, especially the stepwise or concerted character of the process. Repair mechanism of (6-4) adducts is not known now, but a possible pathway implies an electron transfer coupled to the cleavage of two bonds in the closed form of the lesions (oxetanes). Voltammetric study of reduction and oxidation of model oxetanes and their repair by E. coli DNA photolyase gave some experimental evidence confirming the proposed mechanism and allowing a better understanding of it. (author)

  9. Identification of Key Residues for Enzymatic Carboxylate Reduction

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    Holly Stolterfoht

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Carboxylate reductases (CARs, E.C. 1.2.1.30 generate aldehydes from their corresponding carboxylic acid with high selectivity. Little is known about the structure of CARs and their catalytically important amino acid residues. The identification of key residues for carboxylate reduction provides a starting point to gain deeper understanding of enzymatic carboxylate reduction. A multiple sequence alignment of CARs with confirmed activity recently identified in our lab and from the literature revealed a fingerprint of conserved amino acids. We studied the function of conserved residues by multiple sequence alignments and mutational replacements of these residues. In this study, single-site alanine variants of Neurospora crassa CAR were investigated to determine the contribution of conserved residues to the function, expressability or stability of the enzyme. The effect of amino acid replacements was investigated by analyzing enzymatic activity of the variants in vivo and in vitro. Supported by molecular modeling, we interpreted that five of these residues are essential for catalytic activity, or substrate and co-substrate binding. We identified amino acid residues having significant impact on CAR activity. Replacement of His 237, Glu 433, Ser 595, Tyr 844, and Lys 848 by Ala abolish CAR activity, indicating their key role in acid reduction. These results may assist in the functional annotation of CAR coding genes in genomic databases. While some other conserved residues decreased activity or had no significant impact, four residues increased the specific activity of NcCAR variants when replaced by alanine. Finally, we showed that NcCAR wild-type and mutants efficiently reduce aliphatic acids.

  10. 2-Oxo-1,2-dihydroquinoline-4-carboxylic acid monohydrate

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    Yassir Filali Baba

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C10H7NO3·H2O, O—H...O hydrogen bonds involving the carboxyl groups, the keto groups and the lattice water molecules form stepped sheets approximately parallel to {010} which are tied together by pairwise N—H...O interactions. The asymmetric unit contains two independent quinolone derivatives and two water molecules, one of which is disordered over two positions, of equal occupancy.

  11. Fluorescently tuned nitrogen-doped carbon dots from carbon source with different content of carboxyl groups

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    Hao Wang

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots (NCDs were tuned via varying the sources with different number of carboxyl groups. Owing to the interaction between amino and carboxyl, more amino groups conjugate the surface of the NCDs by the source with more carboxyl groups. Fluorescent NCDs were tuned via varying the sources with different content of carboxyl groups. Correspondingly, the nitrogen content, fluorescence quantum yields and lifetime of NCDs increases with the content of carboxyl groups from the source. Furthermore, cytotoxicity assay and cell imaging test indicate that the resultant NCDs possess low cytotoxicity and excellent biocompatibility.

  12. Fluorescently tuned nitrogen-doped carbon dots from carbon source with different content of carboxyl groups

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Yun; Dai, Xiao; Zou, Guifu, E-mail: kqzhang@suda.edu.cn, E-mail: zouguifu@suda.edu.cn [College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Gao, Peng; Zhang, Ke-Qin, E-mail: kqzhang@suda.edu.cn, E-mail: zouguifu@suda.edu.cn; Du, Dezhuang [National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Guo, Jun [Testing and Analysis Center, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2015-08-01

    In this study, fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots (NCDs) were tuned via varying the sources with different number of carboxyl groups. Owing to the interaction between amino and carboxyl, more amino groups conjugate the surface of the NCDs by the source with more carboxyl groups. Fluorescent NCDs were tuned via varying the sources with different content of carboxyl groups. Correspondingly, the nitrogen content, fluorescence quantum yields and lifetime of NCDs increases with the content of carboxyl groups from the source. Furthermore, cytotoxicity assay and cell imaging test indicate that the resultant NCDs possess low cytotoxicity and excellent biocompatibility.

  13. Cu(II complexes with a pendant octaazamacrocycle and m-bonded aromatic carboxylates

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    DEJAN POLETI

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Three new cationic mixed-ligand Cu(II complexes with N,N’,N’’,N’’’-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (tpmc and bridging aromatic mono- or dicarboxylate ligands were prepared. Elemental analysis, conductometric and magnetic measurements, as well as electronic and IR spectroscopy were employed for their characteriization. It is proposed that the complexes [Cu2(C6H5COOtpmc](CIO43MeOH and [Cu2(Hphttpmc](CIO43H2O (H2pht = phthalic acid are binuclear with m-coordination of the carboxylate monoanions. The third complex, [Cu4ipht(tpmc2](CIO46NaClO42MeCN (H2ipht = isophthalic acid is one of the rare tetranuclear Cu(II-tpmc complexes with an aromatic dicarboxylate ion bridging two Cu2tpmc units. This was also confirmed by preliminary results of the determination of the crystal structure.

  14. Adsorption of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene on carboxylated porous polystyrene microspheres

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    Ye Zhengfang [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Meng Qingqiang, E-mail: mengqingqiang@pku.edu.cn [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Lu Shengtao [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, The Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding 071002 (China)

    2012-02-01

    Large-pore-size (150 nm) polystyrene (PSt) microspheres were carboxylated with phthalic anhydride (PA) through Friedel-Crafts acetylation to study the adsorption of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) on this material from aqueous solution. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and mercury porosimetry measurements (MPM) of the microspheres showed that the pore structure was unchanged during the reaction. High adsorption capacity (11.2 mg g{sup -1} of suction-dried adsorbent) and adsorption rate (33.9 mg g{sup -1} h{sup -1}) for TNT were observed during the study. As shown by the adsorption isotherm, the adsorption of TNT on PA-PSt can be described by the Freundlich adsorption equation, indicating heterogeneous adsorption process. On-column adsorption of TNT on PA-PSt and elution indicated that TNT can be completely removed from aqueous solution and condensed into acetone.

  15. Cellular uptake and anticancer activity of carboxylated gallium corroles.

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    Pribisko, Melanie; Palmer, Joshua; Grubbs, Robert H; Gray, Harry B; Termini, John; Lim, Punnajit

    2016-04-19

    We report derivatives of gallium(III) tris(pentafluorophenyl)corrole, 1 [Ga(tpfc)], with either sulfonic (2) or carboxylic acids (3, 4) as macrocyclic ring substituents: the aminocaproate derivative, 3 [Ga(ACtpfc)], demonstrated high cytotoxic activity against all NCI60 cell lines derived from nine tumor types and confirmed very high toxicity against melanoma cells, specifically the LOX IMVI and SK-MEL-28 cell lines. The toxicities of 1, 2, 3, and 4 [Ga(3-ctpfc)] toward prostate (DU-145), melanoma (SK-MEL-28), breast (MDA-MB-231), and ovarian (OVCAR-3) cancer cells revealed a dependence on the ring substituent: IC50values ranged from 4.8 to >200 µM; and they correlated with the rates of uptake, extent of intracellular accumulation, and lipophilicity. Carboxylated corroles 3 and 4, which exhibited about 10-fold lower IC50values (gallium corroles by all human cancer cells that followed the order: 4 > 3 > 2 > 1 (intracellular accumulation of gallium corroles was fastest in melanoma cells). We conclude that carboxylated gallium corroles are promising chemotherapeutics with the advantage that they also can be used for tumor imaging.

  16. Role of carboxylate side chains in the cation Hofmeister series.

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    Kherb, Jaibir; Flores, Sarah C; Cremer, Paul S

    2012-06-28

    Thermodynamic and surface-specific spectroscopic investigations were carried with an elastin-like polypeptide (ELP) containing 16 aspartic acid residues. The goal was to explore the role of the carboxylate moieties in hydrophobic collapse and related Hofmeister effects. Experiments were conducted with a series of monovalent and divalent metal chloride salts. Both phase transition temperature and spectroscopic data demonstrated that the divalent cations showed relatively strong association to the carboxylate sites on the biopolymer with K(d) values in the range of 1 to 10 mM. The ordering of the divalent series was: Zn(2+) > Ca(2+) > Ba(2+) > Sr(2+) > Mg(2+). Monovalent cations displayed weaker binding which ranged from 78 mM for NH(4)(+) to 345 mM for Cs(+). The order for this series was: NH(4)(+) > Li(+) > Na(+) > NMe(4)(+) > K(+) > Rb(+) ≥ Cs(+). These results are in general agreement with the notion that strongly hydrated cations bind more tightly to carboxylate groups than do weakly hydrated cations. Moreover, the data for the monovalent series was partially consistent with the law of matching water affinity, although Li(+) and NH(4)(+) did not follow the model. The series for the divalent cations did not appear to obey the law of matching water affinity at all.

  17. Adsorption behavior of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystal—polyethyleneimine composite for removal of Cr(VI) ions

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    Liu, Chao; Jin, Ru-Na; Ouyang, Xiao-kun, E-mail: xkouyang@zjou.edu.cn; Wang, Yang-Guang

    2017-06-30

    Highlights: • A carboxylated cellulose nanocrystal-polyethyleneimine composite (CCN-PEI) was prepared. • The as-prepared CCN-PEI was characterized by SEM, TEM, FT-IR, and XPS. • Results suggested that the reusable CCN-PEI could remove Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions with a high adsorption capacity. • The adsorption isotherm, thermodynamics, and kinetics of the adsorption process are also discussed. - Abstract: In this study, a composite adsorbent (CCN-PEI) composed of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (CCN) and polyethyleneimine (PEI) was prepared through an amidation reaction between the carboxyl groups of the CCN and the amine groups of the PEI. The adsorption performance of the CCN-PEI was tested by removing Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions. The physicochemical properties of the CCN and the Cr(VI) ion-loaded CCN-PEI were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. To investigate the adsorption kinetics of Cr(VI) ions onto this newly developed CCN-PEI, we performed experiments under different adsorption conditions, by varying the contact time, solution pH, initial Cr(VI) ion concentration, and adsorption temperature. The prepared CCN-PEI exhibited an encouraging uptake capacity of 358.42 mg × g{sup −1}. The adsorption process was fast: within the first 100 min, Cr(VI) ion adsorption onto the CCN-PEI was about 65%, and the adsorption equilibrium was reached within 250 min. Kinetics experiments indicated that the adsorption process could be described by a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Furthermore, our adsorption equilibrium data fit the Langmuir isotherms well. The calculated thermodynamic parameters, such as the free energy change (ΔG = −2.93 kJ × mol{sup −1}), enthalpy change (ΔH = −5.69 kJ × mol{sup −1}), and entropy change (ΔS = −9.14 kJ × mol{sup −1}), indicate that the adsorption of Cr(VI) ions onto CCN

  18. Interaction of different metal ions with carboxylic acid group: a quantitative study.

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    Bala, Tanushree; Prasad, B L V; Sastry, Murali; Kahaly, Mousumi Upadhyay; Waghmare, Umesh V

    2007-07-19

    The binding strength of the carboxylic acid group (-COOH) with different divalent metal ions displays considerable variation in arachidic acid (AA) thin films. It is considered that in AA thin films the metal ions straddle the hydrophilic regions of the stacked bilayers of AA molecules via formation of carboxylates. In this study first the uptake of different divalent cations in films of AA is estimated by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Through the amount of cation uptake, it is found that the strength of binding of different cations varies as Ca2+>Co2+>Pb2+>Cd2+. Variation in the binding strength of different ions is also manifested in experiments where AA thin films are exposed to metal ion mixtures. The higher binding strength of AA with certain metal ions when exposed individually, as well as the preference over the other metal ions when exposed to mixtures, reveal some interesting deviation from the expected behavior based on considerations of ionic radii. For example, Pb2+ is always found to bind to AA much more strongly than Cd2+ even though the latter has smaller ionic radius, indicating that other factors also play an important role in governing the binding strength trends apart from the effects of ionic radii. Then, to get a more meaningful knowledge regarding the binding capability, first-principles calculations based on density functional theory have been applied to study the interaction of different cations with the simplest carboxylic acid, acetic acid, that can result in formation of metal diacetates. Their electronic and molecular structures, cohesive energies, and stiffness of the local potential energy well at the cation (M) site are determined and attempts are made to understand the diversity in geometry and the properties of binding of different metal ions with -COOH group. We find that the calculated M-O bond energies depend sensitively on the chemistry of M atom and follow the experimentally observed trends quite accurately. The trends

  19. Adsorption behavior of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystal-polyethyleneimine composite for removal of Cr(VI) ions

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    Liu, Chao; Jin, Ru-Na; Ouyang, Xiao-kun; Wang, Yang-Guang

    2017-06-01

    In this study, a composite adsorbent (CCN-PEI) composed of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (CCN) and polyethyleneimine (PEI) was prepared through an amidation reaction between the carboxyl groups of the CCN and the amine groups of the PEI. The adsorption performance of the CCN-PEI was tested by removing Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions. The physicochemical properties of the CCN and the Cr(VI) ion-loaded CCN-PEI were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. To investigate the adsorption kinetics of Cr(VI) ions onto this newly developed CCN-PEI, we performed experiments under different adsorption conditions, by varying the contact time, solution pH, initial Cr(VI) ion concentration, and adsorption temperature. The prepared CCN-PEI exhibited an encouraging uptake capacity of 358.42 mg × g-1. The adsorption process was fast: within the first 100 min, Cr(VI) ion adsorption onto the CCN-PEI was about 65%, and the adsorption equilibrium was reached within 250 min. Kinetics experiments indicated that the adsorption process could be described by a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Furthermore, our adsorption equilibrium data fit the Langmuir isotherms well. The calculated thermodynamic parameters, such as the free energy change (ΔG = -2.93 kJ × mol-1), enthalpy change (ΔH = -5.69 kJ × mol-1), and entropy change (ΔS = -9.14 kJ × mol-1), indicate that the adsorption of Cr(VI) ions onto CCN-PEI was a spontaneous exothermic process. Regeneration tests indicated that CCN-PEI showed good durability and good efficiency for repeated Cr(VI) adsorptions. Based on the results obtained in this work, it can be concluded that CCN-PEI is a potentially effective adsorbent for removing Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions.

  20. Direct evidence that the carboxyl-terminal sequence of a bacterial chemoreceptor is an unstructured linker and enzyme tether.

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    Bartelli, Nicholas L; Hazelbauer, Gerald L

    2011-11-01

    Sensory adaptation in bacterial chemotaxis involves reversible methylation of specific glutamyl residues on chemoreceptors. The reactions are catalyzed by a dedicated methyltransferase and dedicated methylesterase. In Escherichia coli and related organisms, control of these enzymes includes an evolutionarily recent addition of interaction with a pentapeptide activator located at the carboxyl terminus of the receptor polypeptide chain. Effective enzyme activation requires not only the pentapeptide but also a segment of the receptor polypeptide chain between that sequence and the coiled-coil body of the chemoreceptor. This segment has features consistent with a role as a flexible and presumably unstructured linker and enzyme tether, but there has been no direct information about its structure. We used site-directed spin labeling and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to characterize structural features of the carboxyl-terminal 40 residues of E. coli chemoreceptor Tar. Beginning ∼ 35 residues from the carboxyl terminus and continuing to the end of the protein, spectra of spin-labeled Tar embedded in native membranes or in reconstituted proteoliposomes, exhibited mobilities characteristic of unstructured, disordered segments. Binding of methyltransferase substantially reduced mobility for positions in or near the pentapeptide but mobility for the linker sequence remained high, being only modestly reduced in a gradient of decreasing effects for 10-15 residues, a pattern consistent with the linker providing a flexible arm that would allow enzyme diffusion within defined limits. Thus, our data identify that the carboxyl-terminal linker between the receptor body and the pentapeptide is an unstructured, disordered segment that can serve as a flexible arm and enzyme tether. Copyright © 2011 The Protein Society.

  1. ELECTRON PARAMAGNETIC RESONANCE IN BIOLOGY

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    Androes, G.M.; Calvin, Melvin.

    1961-08-15

    A review of the theories of electron paramagnetic resonance in biology is presented, including a discussion of the nature of the physical observation, followed by examples of materials of biological interest. Iq discussing these examples, information is presented in terms of the nature of the starting material under observation rather than the nature of the magnetic entities observed. The examples proceed from the simpler molecules of biological interest (metabolites, vitamins, cofactors) into the more complex materials (polymers, proteins, nucleic acids) toward cellular organelles (mitochondria, chloroplasts) and, finally, to whole cells, organisms and organs. The observation of photoinduced unpaired electrons in photosynthetic material is described and the various parameters controlling it are discussed. The basic observation is interpreted in terms of a primary photophysical act of quantum conversion.

  2. Six new coordination polymers constructed by 3-carboxyl-5-oxycarboxymethylpyridinio-1-carboxylate: Crystal structures, topologies, photoluminescent and magnetic properties

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    Yuan, Hong-Yan [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang 321004 (China); Dazhou Vocational and Technical College, 448 Xujiabei Road, Sishuan 635000 (China); Han, Min-Min; Jiang, Xian-Rong; Jiang, Zhan-Guo [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang 321004 (China); Feng, Yun-Long, E-mail: sky37@zjnu.cn [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang 321004 (China)

    2013-06-01

    Six new two-dimensional (2D) coordination polymers, [ML(H₂O)₃]ₙ (M=Zn (1), Cd (2), Mn (3), Co (4)), [CdL(H₂O)]ₙ} (5), [CdL(4,4´-bipy)]ₙ·nH₂O (6), (H₂L=3-carboxyl-5-oxycarboxymethylpyridinio-1-carboxylate, 4,4´-bipy=4,4´-bipyridine), have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, IR spectra, and thermogravimetric analyses. 1, 2, 3, 4 are isostructural and feature a binodal (4,6)-connected topology with left- and right-handed helical chains with a pitch of 9.9560 Å. 5 can be topologically presented as an uninodal 6-connected network if the hydrogen bonds are also considered. 6 is a binodal (3,5)-connected 2D layer network. The photoluminescent properties of 1, 2, 5, 6 and magnetic properties of 3, 4 have been studied and discussed. - Graphical abstract: The structural differences show that the ligand, the metal center, and the reaction conditions have great influence on the structure of the final assembly. Highlights: • A new asymmetric flexible tricarboxylate ligand of 3-carboxyl-5-oxycarboxymethylpyridinio-1-carboxylate was synthesized. • Six new two-dimensional (2D) coordination polymers have been hydrothermally obtained. • 1, 2, 3, 4 are isostructural and feature a binodal (4,6)-connected topology with left- and right-handed helical chains. • The photoluminescent properties of 1, 2, 5, 6 and magnetic properties of 3, 4 have been studied.

  3. Formation and High-order Carboxylic Acids (RCOOH) in Interstellar Analogous Ices of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane(CH4)

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    Zhu, Cheng; Turner, Andrew M.; Abplanalp, Matthew J.; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2018-01-01

    This laboratory study simulated the abiotic formation of carboxylic acids (RCOOH) in interstellar analogous ices of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) at 10 K upon exposure to energetic electrons. The chemical processing of the ices and the subsequent warm-up phase were monitored online and in situ, exploiting Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry and quadrupole mass spectrometry. Characteristic absorptions of functional groups of carboxylic acids (RCOOH) were observed in the infrared spectra of the irradiated ice. Two proposed reaction mechanisms replicated the kinetic profiles of the carboxylic acids along with the decay profile of the precursors during the irradiation via hydrocarbon formation, followed by carboxylation and/or through acetic acid along with mass growth processes of the alkyl chain. Mass spectra recorded during the warm-up phase demonstrated that these acids are distributed from acetic acid (CH3COOH) up to decanoic acid (C9H19COOH). High-dose irradiation studies (91 ± 14 eV) converted low-molecular-weight acids such as acetic acid (CH3COOH) and propionic acid (C2H5COOH) to higher-molecular-weight carboxylic acids, compared to low-dose irradiation studies (18 ± 3 eV). The traces of the {{{H}}}2{{C}}= {{C}}({OH}{)}2+ (m/z = 60) fragment—a link to linear carboxylic acids—implied that higher-order acids (C n H2n+1COOH, n ≥ 5) are likely branched, which correlates with the recent analysis of the structures of the monocarboxylic acids in the Murchison meteorite.

  4. Palladium-catalyzed C-H bond carboxylation of acetanilides: an efficient usage of N,N-dimethyloxamic acid as the carboxylate source.

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    Wu, Yinuo; Jiang, Cheng; Wu, Deyan; Gu, Qiong; Luo, Zhang-Yi; Luo, Hai-Bin

    2016-01-21

    N,N-Dimethyloxamic acid can be successfully employed as a carboxylate precursor in the palladium-catalyzed direct C-H carboxylation of acetanilides. The reaction proceeds smoothly under mild conditions over a broad range of substrates with high functional group tolerance, affording substituted N-acyl anthranilic acids in moderate to high yields.

  5. Stochastic kinetics of photoinduced phase transitions in spin-crossover solids

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    Gudyma, Iurii; Maksymov, Artur; Dimian, Mihai

    2013-10-01

    We study the stochastic macroscopic kinetics of photoinduced phase transitions in spin-crossover compounds assisted by white and colored Ornstein-Uhlenbeck noise. By using a phenomenological master equation obtained in the mean-field approach, the phase diagram is constructed based on the associated Lyapunov function. The stochastic behavior is then analyzed in the Langevin framework and the corresponding Fokker-Planck equations. Both additive and multiplicative and white and colored types of noise are considered and the stationary probability densities are found along with the noise-assisted light induced hysteretic loops. By using the Kramers formalism, we also focus our attention on the escape time problem in these noise perturbed systems. A detailed study of the relative escape time dependence on various noise characteristics is performed and the main features are compared for different types of noise.

  6. Photoinduced Pedalo-Type Motion in an Azodicarboxamide-Based Molecular Switch.

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    Amirjalayer, Saeed; Martinez-Cuezva, Alberto; Berna, Jose; Woutersen, Sander; Buma, Wybren Jan

    2017-11-15

    Well-defined structural changes of molecular units that can be triggered by light are crucial for the development of photoactive functional materials. Herein, we report on a novel switch that has azodicarboxamide as its photo-triggerable element. Time-resolved UV-pump/IR probe spectroscopy in combination with quantum-chemical calculations shows that the azodicarboxamide functionality, in contrast to other azo-based chromophores, does not undergo trans-cis photoisomerization. Instead, a photoinduced pedalo-type motion occurs, which because of its volume-conserving properties enables the design of functional molecular systems with controllable motion in a confined space. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  7. Post Modification of Acetylene Functional Poly(oxindole biphenylylene) by Photoinduced CuAAC

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    Arslan, Mustafa

    2018-02-08

    A novel strategy to obtain side chain modified poly(oxindole biphenylylene) (POXI) by photoinduced copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) click reaction is described. In the first step, an alkyne-functionalized poly(oxindolebiphenylylene) (POXI-alkyne) is synthesized by superacid-catalyzed condensation of isatin with aromatic hydrocarbons. Subsequently, poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether (Me-PEG), 1-pyrenemethanol (Py-OH) and 1,3-dibromopropane (DBP) are functionalized by azide groups via simple nucleophilic substitution reaction. Visible-light-induced CuAAC reaction between POXI-alkyne and the corresponding azide functionalized click components employing dibenzoyldiethylgermane (DBDEG) as photoactivator resulted in the formation of POXI-PEG, POXI-Py and insoluble network, respectively. Successful modification of POXI was confirmed by the spectral, (1H NMR, FT-IR, Fluorescence), chromatographic (GPC) and thermal (DSC) investigations.

  8. Precise Design of Phosphorescent Molecular Butterflies with Tunable Photoinduced Structural Change and Dual Emission.

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    Zhou, Chenkun; Tian, Yu; Yuan, Zhao; Han, Mingu; Wang, Jamie; Zhu, Lei; Tameh, Maliheh Shaban; Huang, Chen; Ma, Biwu

    2015-08-10

    Photoinduced structural change (PSC) is a fundamental excited-state dynamic process in chemical and biological systems. However, precise control of PSC processes is very challenging, owing to the lack of guidelines for designing excited-state potential energy surfaces (PESs). A series of rationally designed butterfly-like phosphorescent binuclear platinum complexes that undergo controlled PSC by Pt-Pt distance shortening and exhibit tunable dual (greenish-blue and red) emission are herein reported. Based on the Bell-Evans-Polanyi principle, it is demonstrated how the energy barrier of the PSC, which can be described as a chemical-reaction-like process between the two energy minima on the first triplet excited-state PES, can be controlled by synthetic means. These results reveal a simple method to engineer the dual emission of molecular systems by manipulating PES to control PSC. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Stochastic kinetics of photoinduced phase transitions in spin-crossover solids.

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    Gudyma, Iurii; Maksymov, Artur; Dimian, Mihai

    2013-10-01

    We study the stochastic macroscopic kinetics of photoinduced phase transitions in spin-crossover compounds assisted by white and colored Ornstein-Uhlenbeck noise. By using a phenomenological master equation obtained in the mean-field approach, the phase diagram is constructed based on the associated Lyapunov function. The stochastic behavior is then analyzed in the Langevin framework and the corresponding Fokker-Planck equations. Both additive and multiplicative and white and colored types of noise are considered and the stationary probability densities are found along with the noise-assisted light induced hysteretic loops. By using the Kramers formalism, we also focus our attention on the escape time problem in these noise perturbed systems. A detailed study of the relative escape time dependence on various noise characteristics is performed and the main features are compared for different types of noise.

  10. Photo-induced strengthening of weak bonding in noble gas dimers

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    Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki; Miyazaki, Takehide [Nanosystem Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Rubio, Angel [Nano-Bio Spectroscopy group and ETSF Scientific Development Centre, Centro de Física de Materiales CSIC-UPV/EHU-MPC and DIPC, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Avenida de Tolosa 72, E-20018 San Sebastian (Spain); Zhang, Hong, E-mail: hongzhang@scu.edu.cn [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065 (China)

    2014-05-19

    We demonstrate through extensive first-principles time-dependent density functional calculations that attractive van der Waals interaction between closed-shell atoms can be enhanced by light with constant spatial intensity. We illustrate this general phenomenon for a He dimer as a prototypical case of complex van der Waals interactions and show that when excited by light with a frequency close to the 1s → 2p He-atomic transition, an attractive force larger than 7 pN is produced. This force gain is manifested as a larger acceleration of He-He contraction under an optical field. The concerted dynamical motions of the He atoms together with polarity switching of the charge-induced dipole cause the contraction of the dimer. These findings are relevant for the photo-induced control of weakly bonded molecular species, either in gas phase or in solution.

  11. Photoinduced carbene generation from diazirine modified task specific phosphonium salts to prepare robust hydrophobic coatings.

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    Ghiassian, Sara; Ismaili, Hossein; Lubbock, Brett D W; Dube, Jonathan W; Ragogna, Paul J; Workentin, Mark S

    2012-08-21

    3-Aryl-3-(trifluormethyl)diazirine functionalized highly fluorinated phosphonium salts (HFPS) were synthesized, characterized, and utilized as photoinduced carbene precursors for covalent attachment of the HFPS onto cotton/paper to impart hydrophobicity to these surfaces. Irradiation of cotton and paper, as proof of concept substrates, treated with the diazirine-HFPS leads to robust hydrophobic cotton and paper surfaces with antiwetting properties, whereas the corresponding control samples absorb water readily. The contact angles of water were determined to be 139° and 137° for cotton and paper, respectively. In contrast, water placed on the untreated or the control samples (those treated with the diazirine-HFPS but not irradiated) is simply absorbed into the surface. Additionaly, the chemically grafted hydrophobic coating showed high durability toward wash cycles and sonication in organic solvents. Because of the mode of activation to covalently tether the hydrophobic coating, it is amenable to photopatterning, which was demonstrated macroscopically.

  12. Morphology-dependent photo-induced polarization recovery in ferroelectric thin films

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    Wang, J. Y.; Liu, G.; Sando, D.; Nagarajan, V.; Seidel, J.

    2017-08-01

    We investigate photo-induced ferroelectric domain switching in a series of Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (PZT/LSMO) bilayer thin films with varying surface morphologies by piezoresponse force microscopy under light illumination. We demonstrate that reverse poled ferroelectric regions can be almost fully recovered under laser irradiation of the PZT layer and that the recovery process is dependent on the surface morphology on the nanometer scale. The recovery process is well described by the Kolmogorov-Avrami-Ishibashi model, and the evolution speed is controlled by light intensity, sample thickness, and initial write voltage. Our findings shed light on optical control of the domain structure in ferroelectric thin films with different surface morphologies.

  13. Photoinduced formation mechanism of the thymine-thymine (6-4) adduct.

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    Giussani, Angelo; Serrano-Andrés, Luis; Merchán, Manuela; Roca-Sanjuán, Daniel; Garavelli, Marco

    2013-02-21

    The photoinduced mechanism leading to the formation of the thymine-thymine (6-4) photolesion has been studied by using the CASPT2//CASSCF approach over a dinucleotide model in vacuo. Following light absorption, localization of the excitation on a single thymine leads to fast singlet-triplet crossing that populates the triplet (3)(nπ*) state of thymine. This state, displaying an elongated C(4)═O bond, triggers (6-4) dimer formation by reaction with the C(5)═C(6) double bond of the adjacent thymine, followed by a second intersystem crossing, which acts as a gate between the excited state of the reactant and the ground state of the photoproduct. The requirement of localized excitation on just one thymine, whose main decay channel (by radiationless repopulation of its ground state) is nonphotochemical, can rationalize the experimentally observed low quantum yield of formation for the thymine-thymine (6-4) adduct.

  14. A temperature induced ferrocene–ferrocenium interconversion in a ferrocene functionalized μ{sub 3}-O chromium carboxylate

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    Mereacre, Valeriu, E-mail: valeriu.mereacre@kit.edu [Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Schlageter, Martin [Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Powell, Annie K., E-mail: annie.powell@kit.edu [Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2015-05-01

    The infrared spectra and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer measurements of a ferrocenecarboxylate functionalized {Cr_3O} complex in solid state are reported. It was established that conjugation of ferrocene Cp orbitals with the π orbitals of the adjacent carboxylic group stabilizes the trapped mixed-valence state leading to an intriguing coexistence of ferrocene and ferrocenium species giving rise to a new type of compound showing valence tautomerism in the solid state. - Highlights: • A stabilized ferrocene trapped mixed-valence state is reported. • New type of compound showing valence tautomerism in solid state. • A thermally induced electron transfer and a mixed-valence state near room temperature.

  15. Influence of adduct stereochemistry and hydrogen-bonding solvents on photoinduced charge transfer in a covalent benzo[a]pyrene diol epoxide-nucleoside adduct on picosecond time scales

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    O' Connor, D. (Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)); Shafirovich, V.Y.; Geacintov, N.E. (New York Univ., NY (United States))

    1994-09-29

    Photoinduced electron transfer occurs with different rate constants upon picosecond laser pulse excitation of the stereoisomeric (+)-trans- and (-)-cis-benzo[a]pyrene diol epoxide-N[sup 2]-deoxyguanosine covalently linked adducts (BPDE-N[sup 2]-dG, bond with 10S absolute configuration) in polar solvents (N,N[prime]-dimethylformamide (DMF), and the hydrogen-bonding liquids H[sub 2]O, D[sub 2]O, formamide (FA), and N-methylformamide (NMF)). In the case of (+)-trans-BPDE-dG in DMF, photoinduced electron transfer occurs in the normal Marcus region, from dG to the pyrenyl residue singlet with a rate constant k[sub s] = (9.1 [+-] 0.9) x 10[sup 9] s[sup [minus]1], which is followed by a slower recombination (k[sub r] = (1.8 + 0.5) x 10[sup 9] s[sup [minus]1]) in the inverted Marcus region. In the cis-stereoisomeric adduct, both rate constants are enhanced by a factor of approximately 5. The presence of the hydrogen-bonding network in NMF and FA exerts opposite effects on these rate constants, decreasing k[sub s] and increasing k[sub r] by factors of 2-5. In aqueous solutions these effects are even more pronounced, and radical ions are not observed since k[sub r] [much gt] k[sub s]. A kinetic isotope effect on the delay of the pyrenyl singlets in H[sub 2]O and D[sub 2]O (k[sub s](H[sub 2]O)/k[sub s](D[sub 2]O) = 1.3-1.5) suggests that a proton-coupled electron transfer mechanism may be operative in aqueous solutions. 51 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Effect of irradiance spectra on the photoinduced toxicity of three polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Diamond, S.A.; Mount, D.R.; Burkhard, L.P.; Ankley, G.T.; Makynen, E.A.; Leonard, E.N.

    2000-05-01

    Photoinduced toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is dependent on the concentration of compounds present and the dose of light received. Of the light present, only those wavelengths absorbed by the compound have the potential to initiate the photochemical events underlying phototoxicity. This suggests that variation in light spectra present in natural waters, arising from variation in dissolved organic carbon composition, is an important determinant of phototoxicity risk in specific, PAH-contaminated waterbodies. To quantify the effect of environmentally realistic variation in light spectra on toxicity, brine shrimp (Artemia salina) assays were conducted under various light spectra and with three PAHs (pyrene, fluoranthene, and anthracene) of known phototoxicity potential. In these spectral assays, the total ultraviolet light present was equivalent; only the spectral characteristics varied. Based on the absorbance spectra of these PAHs, it was predicted that toxicity, quantified using immobilization as the endpoint, would vary significantly among light spectra in pyrene assays, but not in anthracene assays, and that variation in toxicity in fluoranthene assays would be intermediate. The results supported these assumptions. In the pyrene exposures, the glass filter time to 50% population immobilization (IT50) (39.5 min) was 117% longer than the KCr filter IT50 (18.2 min). In the fluoranthene exposures, the glass filter IT50 (49.5 min) was 27% longer than the KCr filter IT50 (39.1 min). In the anthracene exposures, the glass filter IT50 (62.2 min) was not statistically different from the KCr filter IT50 (63.8 min). Comparison of these results with the results of assays conducted under neutral-density filters (that change intensity but not spectral distribution) demonstrate that multiplying spectral intensity by wavelength-specific absorbance accurately predicts relative photoinduced toxicity among the experimental treatments. These results indicate

  17. Photo-induced changes in optical parameters of silicate glasses multiphoton laser radiation absorption

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    Efimov, Oleg M.; Glebov, Leonid B.; Matveev, Yurii A.; Mekryukov, Andrei M.

    1995-07-01

    In this paper are the results of investigations of the mechanisms of photo-induced changes of alkali-silicate (crown) and lead-silicate (flint) glasses optical parameters upon the exposure to intense laser radiation, and the basic regularities of these processes are reported. These investigations were performed in Research Center 'S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute' during the last 15 years. The kinetics of stable and unstable CC formation and decay, the effect of widely spread impurity ions on these processes, the characteristics of fundamental and impure luminescence, the kinetics of refractive index change under conditions of multi-photon glass matrix excitation, and other properties are considered. On the basis of analysis of received regularities it was shown that the nonlinear coloration of alkali-silicate glasses (the fundamental absorption edge is nearly 6 eV) takes place only as a result of two-photon absorption. Important efforts were aimed at the detection of three or more photon matrix ionization of these glasses, but they failed. However it was established that in the lead silicate glasses, the long-wave carriers mobility boundary is placed considerably higher than the fundamental absorption edge of material matrix. This results in that the linear color centers formation in the lead silicate glasses is not observed. The coloration of these glasses arises only from the two- or three-photon matrix ionization, and the excitation occurs through virtual states that are placed in the fundamental absorption region. In the report the available mechanisms of photo-induced changes of glasses optical parameters, and some applied aspects of this problem are discussed.

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and study of photoinduced optical anisotropy in polyimides containing side azobenzene units.

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    Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa; Siwy, Mariola; Kawalec, Michal; Sobolewska, Anna; Chamera, Agata; Miniewicz, Andrzej

    2009-07-30

    In this paper, novel processable aromatic polymers with imide rings and attached as side-chain azobenzene units are presented. Polymers differ in the chemical structures of chromophores and polymer backbones. Azopolymers were obtained by a two-step synthetic approach. This includes the preparation of a precursor poly(esterimide) and poly(etherimide) with pendant phenolic hydroxyl groups, followed by the covalent bonding of NLO chromophores onto the polyimide backbone by the Mitsunobu reaction. The degree of functionalization of polymers was estimated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Polymers were characterized and evaluated by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, X-ray, UV-vis, DSC, and TGA methods. The synthesized polymers exhibited glass transition temperatures in the range of 167-228 degrees C, thermal stability with decomposition temperatures in the range of 275-446 degrees C, and excellent solubilities in common organic solvents. The light-induced optical anisotropy was studied in obtained azopolymers with the help of a holographic grating recording technique. Two polarization geometries were applied for the grating inscription s-s and p-p. The influence of the polarization geometry on the diffraction efficiency dynamics and on the depth of the surface modulation was not observed, which is different from results reported in the literature. Surface relief gratings, which appeared after the light exposure, were observed by atomic force microscopy. Additionally, the optical anisotropy in poly(esterimide)s was investigated by photoinduced birefringence measurements. For the first time, in polyimide with covalently bonded azobenzene derivatives, the high photoinduced birefringence (Delta n = 0.01) was measured.

  19. Photoinduced charge separation in an aqueous phase using nanoporous TiO{sub 2} film and a quasi-solid made of natural products

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    Kaneko, Masao; Nomura, Tomoyo; Sasaki, Chie [Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, 2-1-1 Bunkyo, Mito (Japan)

    2003-05-07

    Solar cells comprised of nanoparticulate TiO{sub 2} porous film photosensitized with an adsorbing dye have been utilized as photoinduced charge separation systems in aqueous media with the view to forming future artificial photosynthetic systems able to create fuels from solar energy and water. The photoinduced charge separation of the sensitized TiO{sub 2} cell in a quasi-solid, made from agarose or {kappa}-carrageenan, was investigated. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  20. Ultrafast photoinduced charge separation in naphthalene diimide based multichromophoric systems in liquid solutions and in a lipid membrane.

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    Banerji, Natalie; Fürstenberg, Alexandre; Bhosale, Sheshanath; Sisson, Adam L; Sakai, Naomi; Matile, Stefan; Vauthey, Eric

    2008-07-31

    The photophysical properties of multichromophoric systems consisting of eight red or blue naphthalene diimides (NDIs) covalently attached to a p-octiphenyl scaffold, as well as a blue bichromophoric system with a biphenyl scaffold, have been investigated in detail using femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. The blue octachromophoric systems have been recently shown to self-assemble as supramolecular tetramers in lipid bilayer membranes and to enable generation of a transmembrane proton gradient upon photoexcitation ( Bhosale, S. ; Sisson, A. L. ; Talukdar, P. ; Fürstenberg, A. ; Banerji, N. ; Vauthey, E. ; Bollot, G. ; Mareda, J. ; Röger, C. ; Würthner, F. ; Sakai, N. ; Matile, S. Science 2006, 313, 84 ). A strong reduction of the fluorescence quantum yield was observed when going from the single NDI units to the multichromophoric systems in methanol, the effect being even stronger in a vesicular lipid membrane. Fluorescence up-conversion measurements reveal ultrafast self-quenching in the multichromophoric systems, whereas the formation of the NDI radical anion, evidenced by transient absorption measurements, points to the occurrence of photoinduced charge separation. The location of the positive charge could not be established unambiguously from the transient absorption measurements, but energetic considerations indicate that charge separation should occur between two NDI units in the blue systems, whereas both an NDI unit and the p-octiphenyl scaffold could act as electron donor in the red system. The lifetime of the charge-separated state was found to increase from 22 to 45 ps by going from the bi- to the octachromophoric blue systems in methanol, while a 400 ps decay component was observed in the lipid membrane. This lifetime lengthening is explained in terms of charge migration that is most efficient when the octachromophoric systems are assembled as supramolecular tetramers in the lipid membrane. Furthermore, the average charge-separated state lifetime

  1. (2S,4R-4-Fluoropyrrolidinium-2-carboxylate

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    David B. Hobart Jr

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The crystal structure of the title compound, C5H8FNO2, at 100 K, displays intermolecular N—H...O hydrogen bonding between the ammonium and carboxylate groups as a result of its zwitterionic nature in the solid state. The five-membered ring adopts an envelope conformation with the C atom at the 3-position as the flap. The compound is of interest with respect to the synthesis and structural properties of synthetic collagens. The absolute structure was determined by comparison with the commercially available material.

  2. Large-scale cathodic carboxylation of copper surfaces

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    Simonet, Jacques

    2017-01-01

    International audience; Large scale carboxylation of copper can easily be achieved by redn. of CO2 solubilised in aprotic polar solvents in the presence of tetramethylammonium salts (TMeA+ X-). Carbon dioxide could be inserted into the metal matrix (presumably in the form of the carbon dioxide anion radical) at high surface concns. (up to 10- 7 mol cm- 2), most probably organized in multi-layers. With significant amts. of electricity (> 0.1 × 10- 2 C cm- 2), this cathodic procedure leads to a...

  3. Determination of Carboxylic Acids and Water-soluble Inorganic Ions ...

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    The results showed that mean mass concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 were 13 ± 3.5 μg m–3 and 16 ± 2.3 μg m–3, respectively. Mean concentrations of the total carboxylates were 23.7±6.5 ngm–3 in PM2.5 and 36.4 ± 12 ngm–3 in PM10 whereas total water-soluble inorganic ions were 448±88 ngm–3 and 646± 214 ...

  4. Separation and determination of some carboxylic acids by capillary electrophoresis

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    Sladkov, V.; Fourest, B

    2006-07-01

    Separation and determination of some organic acids, mono-carboxylic (formic and acetic), dicarboxylic (oxalic and tartaric), tricarboxylic (citric) acids and aromatic acids (phtalic, benzoic, mellitic and trimellitic), by capillary electrophoresis are reviewed. The method development parameters, such as separation and injection mode, are discussed. Special attention is paid to the comparison of different detection types (spectroscopic and electrochemical). The optimisation of the carrier electrolyte composition (choice of carrier electrolyte, effect of pH, ionic strength, electro-osmotic flow modifier) is treated. Different additives (alkali-earth and transition metal ions, cyclodextrins and alcohol), which are often used for improving organic acid separation, are also considered. (authors)

  5. (2S,4R-4-Ammonio-5-oxopyrrolidine-2-carboxylate

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    Krzysztof Kaczmarek

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available In the crystal structure of the title compound, C5H8N2O3, the molecules exist in the zwitterionic form. The pyrrolidine ring adopts an envelope conformation with the unsubstituted endocyclic C atom situated at the flap. The other four endocyclic atoms are coplanar with the exocyclic carbonyl O atom, with an r.m.s. deviation from the mean plane of 0.06 Å. The carboxylate substituent is located axially, while the ammonium group occupies an equatorial position. In the crystal structure, the molecules are linked through N—H...O hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional network.

  6. Luminescent triarylboron-functionalized zinc carboxylate metal-organic framework.

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    Blight, Barry A; Guillet-Nicolas, Rémy; Kleitz, Freddy; Wang, Rui-Yao; Wang, Suning

    2013-02-18

    A luminescent triarylboron ligand functionalized with three carboxylic groups has been synthesized and fully characterized. Its use in boron-containing metal-organic frameworks (B-MOFs) has been demonstrated by the synthesis and isolation of a Zn(II)B-MOF compound (B-MOF-1). The crystals of B-MOF-1 belong to the cubic space group F432 with 8-fold interpenetrated networks and ∼21% void space. B-MOF-1 exhibits blue fluorescence and is capable of modest gas sorption of N(2), argon, and CO(2).

  7. A DFT study on photoinduced surface catalytic coupling reactions on nanostructured silver: selective formation of azobenzene derivatives from para-substituted nitrobenzene and aniline.

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    Zhao, Liu-Bin; Huang, Yi-Fan; Liu, Xiu-Min; Anema, Jason R; Wu, De-Yin; Ren, Bin; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2012-10-05

    We propose that aromatic nitro and amine compounds undergo photochemical reductive and oxidative coupling, respectively, to specifically produce azobenzene derivatives which exhibit characteristic Raman signals related to the azo group. A photoinduced charge transfer model is presented to explain the transformations observed in para-substituted ArNO(2) and ArNH(2) on nanostructured silver due to the surface plasmon resonance effect. Theoretical calculations show that the initial reaction takes place through excitation of an electron from the filled level of silver to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of an adsorbed ArNO(2) molecule, and from the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of an adsorbed ArNH(2) molecule to the unoccupied level of silver, during irradiation with visible light. The para-substituted ArNO(2)(-)˙ and ArNH(2)(+)˙ surface species react further to produce the azobenzene derivatives. Our results may provide a new strategy for the syntheses of aromatic azo dyes from aromatic nitro and amine compounds based on the use of nanostructured silver as a catalyst.

  8. Pump-probe STM light emission spectroscopy for detection of photo-induced semiconductor-metal phase transition of VO2

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    Sakai, Joe; Katano, Satoshi; Kuwahara, Masashi; Uehara, Yoichi

    2017-10-01

    We attempted to observe pump-probe scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)-light emission (LE) from a VO2 thin film grown on a rutile TiO2(0 0 1) substrate, with an Ag tip fixed over a semiconducting domain. Laser pulses from a Ti:sapphire laser (wavelength 920 nm pulse width less than 1.5 ps) irradiated the tip-sample gap as pump and probe light sources. With a photon energy of 2.7 eV, suggesting phase transition from semiconducting monoclinic (M) to metallic rutile (R) phases in relation to the electronic band structure, faint LE was observed roughly 30 ps after the irradiation of the pump pulse, followed by retention for roughly 20 ps. The incident energy fluence of the pump pulse at the gap was five orders of magnitude lower than the threshold value for reported photo-induced M-R phase transition. The mechanism that makes it possible to reduce the threshold fluence is discussed.

  9. The behavior of photoinduced charge delocalization in bilayer manganite LaCa 2Mn 2O 7

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    Dai, J. M.; Yuan, G. Y.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2006-01-01

    The properties of electrical and magnetic transport in bilayer perovskite manganite LaCa 2Mn 2O 7, were investigated by the measurements of resistivity and magnetization. A distinct increasing in resistivity at low temperatures, which is in good agreement with an obvious decreasing in magnetization at the corresponding temperature region was observed. It was suggested that the sample undergoes a transition from ferromagnetic metallic to charge localization state caused by the antiferromagnetic charge ordering (CO). The behavior of photoinduced charge delocalization was observed under irradiation of He-Ne laser (632.8 nm) at the low temperatures. It can be explained in terms of the effect of photoinduced charge transfer from O-2p to Mn 4+-3d e g orbital state resulting in the partial melting of CO state.

  10. Photoinduced Carboborative Ring Contraction Enables Regio- and Stereoselective Synthesis of Multiply Substituted Five-Membered Carbocycles and Heterocycles.

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    Jin, Shengfei; Nguyen, Vu T; Dang, Hang T; Nguyen, Dat P; Arman, Hadi D; Larionov, Oleg V

    2017-08-23

    We report herein a photoinduced carboborative ring contraction of monounsaturated six-membered carbocycles and heterocycles. The reaction produces substituted five-membered ring systems stereoselectively and on preparative scales. The products feature multiple stereocenters, including contiguous quaternary carbons. We show that the reaction can serve as a synthetic platform for ring system alteration of natural products. The reaction can also be used in natural product synthesis. A concise total synthesis of artalbic acid has been enabled by a sequence of photoinduced carboborative ring contraction, Rauhut-Currier reaction, and nitrilase-catalyzed hydrolysis. The synthetic utility of the reaction has been further demonstrated by converting the intermediate organoboranes to alcohols, amines, and alkenes.

  11. Dissipative structure in the photo-induced phase under steady light irradiation in the spin crossover complex.

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    Nishihara, Taishi; Bousseksou, Azzdine; Tanaka, Koichiro

    2013-12-16

    We report the spatial and temporal dynamics of the photo-induced phase in the iron (II) spin crossover complex Fe(ptz)(6)(BF(4))(2) studied by image measurement under steady light irradiation and transient absorption measurement. The dynamic factors are derived from the spatial and temporal fluctuation of the image in the steady state under light irradiation between 65 and 100 K. The dynamic factors clearly indicate that the fluctuation has a resonant frequency that strongly depends on the temperature, and is proportional to the relaxation rate of the photo-induced phase. This oscillation of the speckle pattern under steady light irradiation is ascribed to the nonlinear interaction between the spin state and the lattice volume at the surface.

  12. Combined QM/MM Investigation on the Light-Driven Electron-Induced Repair of the (6-4) Thymine Dimer Catalyzed by DNA Photolyase

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    Faraji, Shirin; Groenhof, Gerrit; Dreuw, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    The (6-4) photolyases are blue-light-activated enzymes that selectively bind to DNA and initiate splitting of mutagenic thymine (6-4) thymine photoproducts (T(6-4)T-PP) via photoinduced electron transfer from flavin adenine dinucleotide anion (FADH(-)) to the lesion triggering repair. In the present

  13. Polydopamine as a biomimetic electron gate for artificial photosynthesis.

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    Kim, Jae Hong; Lee, Minah; Park, Chan Beum

    2014-06-16

    We report on the capability of polydopamine (PDA), a mimic of mussel adhesion proteins, as an electron gate as well as a versatile adhesive for mimicking natural photosynthesis. This work demonstrates that PDA accelerates the rate of photoinduced electron transfer from light-harvesting molecules through two-electron and two-proton redox-coupling mechanism. The introduction of PDA as a charge separator significantly increased the efficiency of photochemical water oxidation. Furthermore, simple incorporation of PDA ad-layer on the surface of conducting materials, such as carbon nanotubes, facilitated fast charge separation and oxygen evolution through the synergistic effect of PDA-mediated proton-coupled electron transfer and the high conductivity of the substrate. Our work shows that PDA is an excellent electron acceptor as well as a versatile adhesive; thus, PDA constitutes a new electron gate for harvesting photoinduced electrons and designing artificial photosynthetic systems. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Integrated process for preparing a carboxylic acid from an alkane

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    Benderly, Abraham [Elkins Park, PA; Chadda, Nitin [Radnor, PA; Sevon, Douglass [Fairless Hills, PA

    2011-12-20

    The present invention relates to an integrated process for producing unsaturated carboxylic acids from the corresponding C.sub.2-C.sub.4 alkane. The process begins with performance of thermally integrated dehydrogenation reactions which convert a C.sub.2-C.sub.4 alkane to its corresponding C.sub.2-C.sub.4 alkene, and which involve exothermically converting a portion of an alkane to its corresponding alkene by oxidative dehydrogenation in an exothermic reaction zone, in the presence of oxygen and a suitable catalyst, and then feeding the products of the exothermic reaction zone to an endothermic reaction zone wherein at least a portion of the remaining unconverted alkane is endothermically dehydrogenated to form an additional quantity of the same corresponding alkene, in the presence of carbon dioxide and an other suitable catalyst. The alkene products of the thermally integrated dehydrogenation reactions are then provided to a catalytic vapor phase partial oxidation process for conversion of the alkene to the corresponding unsaturated carboxylic acid or nitrile. Unreacted alkene and carbon dioxide are recovered from the oxidation product stream and recycled back to the thermally integrated dehydrogenation reactions.

  15. Reductive Carboxylation of Propionate to Butyrate in Methanogenic Ecosystems

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    Tholozan, J. L.; Samain, E.; Grivet, J. P.; Moletta, R.; Dubourguier, H. C.; Albagnac, G.

    1988-01-01

    During the batch degradation of sodium propionate by the anaerobic sludge from an industrial digestor, we observed a significant amount of butyrate formation. Varying the initial propionate concentrations did not alter the ratio of maximal butyrate accumulation to initial propionate concentration within a large range. By measuring the decrease in the radioactivity of [1-14C]butyrate during propionate degradation, we estimated that about 20% of the propionate was converted to butyrate. Labeled butyrate was formed from [1-14C]propionate with the same specific radioactivity, suggesting a possible direct pathway from propionate to butyrate. We confirmed this hypothesis by nuclear magnetic resonance studies with [13C]propionate. The results showed that [1-13C]-, [2-13C]-, and [3-13C]propionate were converted to [2-13C]-, [3-13C]-, and [4-13C]butyrate, respectively, demonstrating the direct carboxylation on the carboxyl group of propionate without randomization of the other two carbons. In addition, we observed an exchange reaction between C-2 and C-3 of the propionate, indicating that acetogensis may proceed through a randomizing pathway. The physiological significance and importance of various metabolic pathways involved in propionate degradation are discussed, and an unusual pathway of butyrate synthesis is proposed. PMID:16347557

  16. Nonwoven Carboxylated Agarose-Based Fiber Meshes with Antimicrobial Properties.

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    Forget, Aurelien; Arya, Neha; Randriantsilefisoa, Rotsiniaina; Miessmer, Florian; Buck, Marion; Ahmadi, Vincent; Jonas, Daniel; Blencowe, Anton; Shastri, V Prasad

    2016-12-12

    Hydrogel forming polysaccharides, such as the seaweed derived agarose, are well suited for wound dressing applications as they have excellent cell and soft tissue compatibility. For wound dressings, fibrous structure is desirable as the high surface area can favor adsorption of wound exudate and promote drug delivery. Although electrospinning offers a straightforward means to produce nonwoven fibrous polymeric structures, processing agarose and its derivatives into fibers through electrospinning is challenging as it has limited solubility in solvents other than water. In this study we describe the processing of carboxylated agarose (CA) fibers with antibacterial properties by electrospinning from a solution of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([Bmim] + Cl - ) possessing antimicrobial properties. The extent of carboxylation was found to impact fiber diameter, mesh elastic modulus, fiber swelling, and the loading and release of IL. IL-bearing CA fibers inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, bacteria commonly found in wound exudate. In sum, nonwoven CA fibers processed from IL are promising as biomaterials for wound dressing applications.

  17. Reinforcing carbon fixation: CO2 reduction replacing and supporting carboxylation.

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    Cotton, Charles Ar; Edlich-Muth, Christian; Bar-Even, Arren

    2017-08-10

    Carbon dioxide enters the biosphere via one of two mechanisms: carboxylation, in which CO2 is attached to an existing metabolite, or reduction, in which CO2 is converted to formate or carbon monoxide before further assimilation. Here, we focus on the latter mechanism which usually receives less attention. To better understand the possible advantages of the 'reduction-first' approach, we compare the two general strategies according to the kinetics of the CO2-capturing enzymes, and the resource consumption of the subsequent pathways. We show that the best CO2 reducing enzymes can compete with the best carboxylases. We further demonstrate that pathways that fix CO2 by first reducing it to formate could have an advantage over the majority of their carboxylation-only counterparts in terms of ATP-efficiency and hence biomass yield. We discuss and elaborate on the challenges of implementing 'reduction-first' pathways, including the thermodynamic barrier of CO2 reduction. We believe that pathways based on CO2 reduction are a valuable addition to nature's arsenal for capturing inorganic carbon and could provide promising metabolic solutions that have been previously overlooked. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  18. Multi-phonon dynamics of the ultra-fast photoinduced transition of (EDO-TTF)2SbF6

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    Lorenc, Maciej; Moisan, Nicolas; Servol, Marina; Cailleau, Hervé; Koshihara, Shin-ya; Maesato, Mitsuhiko; Shao, Xiangfeng; Nakano, Yoshiaki; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi; Collet, Eric

    2009-02-01

    We report here the first observation of the photoinduced insulating-to-metal phase transition in the (EDO-TTF)2SbF6 salt, which occurs on the picosecond time-scale. The time-resolved optical experiments performed with 80 fs time-resolution demonstrate that the dynamical process involves several low-frequency phonons, as the crystalline structure is destabilized upon laser excitation.

  19. Engineering interfacial photo-induced charge transfer based on nanobamboo array architecture for efficient solar-to-chemical energy conversion.

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    Wang, Xiaotian; Liow, Chihao; Bisht, Ankit; Liu, Xinfeng; Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Xiaodong; Li, Shuzhou

    2015-04-01

    Engineering interfacial photo-induced charge transfer for highly synergistic photocatalysis is successfully realized based on nanobamboo array architecture. Programmable assemblies of various components and heterogeneous interfaces, and, in turn, engineering of the energy band structure along the charge transport pathways, play a critical role in generating excellent synergistic effects of multiple components for promoting photocatalytic efficiency. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Understanding potential exposure sources of perfluorinated carboxylic acids in the workplace

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    Kaiser, Mary A; Dawson, Barbara J; Barton, Catherine A; Botelho, Miguel A

    2010-01-01

    This paper integrates perspectives from analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, and industrial hygiene to better understand how workers may be exposed to perfluorinated carboxylic acids when...

  1. Photoinduced entropy of InGaN/GaN p-i-n double-heterostructure nanowires

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    Alfaraj, Nasir

    2017-04-17

    The photoinduced entropy of InGaN/GaN p-i-n nanowires was investigated using temperature-dependent (6–290 K) photoluminescence. We also analyzed the photocarrier dynamics in the InGaN active regions using time-resolved photoluminescence. An increasing trend in the amount of generated photoinduced entropy of the system above 250 K was observed, while we observed an oscillatory trend in the generated entropy of the system below 250 K that stabilizes between 200 and 250 K. Strong exciton localization in indium-rich clusters, carrier trapping by surface defect states, and thermodynamic entropy effects were examined and related to the photocarrier dynamics. We conjecture that the amount of generated photoinduced entropy of the system increases as more non-radiative channels become activated and more shallowly localized carriers settle into deeply localized states; thereby, additional degrees of uncertainty related to the energy of states involved in thermionic transitions are attained.

  2. Photo-induced isomerization of three nitrotoluene isomers: A matrix-isolation infrared spectroscopic and quantum-chemical study

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    Zhang Chaoyang [Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Laboratory of Material Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Materials, China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), P.O. Box 919-327, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Chen Mohua; Wang Guanjun [Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Wang Xiaolin [China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), P.O. Box 919-1, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Zhou Mingfei, E-mail: mfzhou@fudan.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2012-01-02

    Graphical abstract: The photo-induced isomerization reactions of ortho-, meta- and para-nitrotoluene molecules were investigated by matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy. Besides the previously reported hydrogen atom transfer isomer of ortho-nitrotoluene, the nitrite isomers as well as the dissociation product tolyloxy radicals were formed upon UV excitation of the three nitrotoluene molecules. Infrared spectra and vibrational frequency assignments are reported. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photo-induced isomerization reactions of three nitrotoluene isomers are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nitrite isomers as well as the dissociation product tolyloxy radicals are formed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Infrared spectra and vibrational frequency assignments are reported. - Abstract: The photo-induced isomerization reactions of ortho-, meta- and para-nitrotoluene molecules were investigated by matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. Under UV irradiation of ortho-nitrotoluene in solid argon, the hydrogen atom transfer isomer was formed, as reported previously. It was found that the hydrogen atom transfer isomer is unstable and rearranged to its nitro isomer upon annealing. In addition, the nitrite isomer as well as its dissociation product tolyloxy radical was also formed. Only the nitrite isomers and the tolyloxy radicals were formed upon UV excitation of the meta- and para-nitrotoluene molecules. Infrared spectra and vibrational frequency assignments of the newly observed nitrite isomers and tolyloxy radicals are reported, which are supported by quantum chemical calculations.

  3. 2-Pyridinyl Thermolabile Groups as General Protectants for Hydroxyl, Phosphate, and Carboxyl Functions.

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    Brzezinska, Jolanta; Witkowska, Agnieszka; Kaczyński, Tomasz P; Krygier, Dominika; Ratajczak, Tomasz; Chmielewski, Marcin K

    2017-03-02

    Application of 2-pyridinyl thermolabile protecting groups (2-PyTPGs) for protection of hydroxyl, phosphate, and carboxyl functions is presented in this unit. Their characteristic feature is a unique removal process following the intramolecular cyclization mechanism and induced only by temperature rise. Deprotection rate of 2-PyTPGs is dependent on certain parameters, such as solvent (aqueous or non-aqueous medium), pH values, and electron distribution in a pyridine ring. The presented approach pertains not only to protecting groups but also to an advanced system of controlling certain properties of 2-pyridinyl derivatives. We improved the "chemical switch" method, allowing us to regulate the protecting group stability by inversing the electron distribution in 2-PyTPG. Together with pH values manipulation, this allows us to regulate the protecting group stability. Moreover, phosphite cyclization to oxazaphospholidine provides a very stable but easily reversible tool for phosphate protection/modifications. For all TPGs we confirmed their utility in a system of protecting groups. This concept can contribute to designing the general protecting group that could be useful in bioorganic chemistry. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  4. Six new coordination polymers constructed by 3-carboxyl-5-oxycarboxymethylpyridinio-1-carboxylate: Crystal structures, topologies, photoluminescent and magnetic properties

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    Yuan, Hong-Yan; Han, Min-Min; Jiang, Xian-Rong; Jiang, Zhan-Guo; Feng, Yun-Long

    2013-06-01

    Six new two-dimensional (2D) coordination polymers, [ML(H2O)3]n (M=Zn (1), Cd (2), Mn (3), Co (4)), [CdL(H2O)]n (5), [CdL(4,4'-bipy)]n·nH2O (6), (H2L=3-carboxyl-5-oxycarboxymethylpyridinio-1-carboxylate, 4,4'-bipy=4,4'-bipyridine), have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, IR spectra, and thermogravimetric analyses. 1, 2, 3, 4 are isostructural and feature a binodal (4,6)-connected topology with left- and right-handed helical chains with a pitch of 9.9560 Å. 5 can be topologically presented as an uninodal 6-connected network if the hydrogen bonds are also considered. 6 is a binodal (3,5)-connected 2D layer network. The photoluminescent properties of 1, 2, 5, 6 and magnetic properties of 3, 4 have been studied and discussed.

  5. The Conversion of 1-(Malonylamino)cyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid to 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid in Plant Tissues.

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    Jiao, X Z; Philosoph-Hadas, S; Su, L Y; Yang, S F

    1986-06-01

    Since 1-(malonylamino)cyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (MACC), the major conjugate of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) in plant tissues, is a poor ethylene producer, it is generally thought that MACC is a biologically inactive end product of ACC. In the present study we have shown that the capability of watercress (Nasturtium officinale R. Br) stem sections and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) leaf discs to convert exogenously applied MACC to ACC increased with increasing MACC concentrations (0.2-5 millimolar) and duration (4-48 hours) of the treatment. The MACC-induced ethylene production was inhibited by CoCl(2) but not by aminoethoxyvinylglycin, suggesting that the ACC formed is derived from the MACC applied, and not from the methionine pathway. This was further confirmed by the observation that radioactive MACC released radioactive ACC and ethylene. A cell-free extract, which catalyzes the conversion of MACC to ACC, was prepared from watercress stems which were preincubated with 1 millimolar MACC for 24 hours. Neither fresh tissues nor aged tissues incubated without external MACC exhibited enzymic activity, confirming the view that the enzyme is induced by MACC. The enzyme had a K(m) of 0.45 millimolar for MACC and showed maximal activity at pH 8.0 in the presence of 1 millimolar MnSO(4). The present study indicates that high MACC levels in the plant tissue can induce to some extent the capability to convert MACC to ACC.

  6. The Conversion of 1-(Malonylamino)cyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid to 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid in Plant Tissues 1

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    Jiao, Xin-Zhi; Philosoph-Hadas, Sonia; Su, Ling-Yuan; Yang, Shang Fa

    1986-01-01

    Since 1-(malonylamino)cyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (MACC), the major conjugate of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) in plant tissues, is a poor ethylene producer, it is generally thought that MACC is a biologically inactive end product of ACC. In the present study we have shown that the capability of watercress (Nasturtium officinale R. Br) stem sections and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) leaf discs to convert exogenously applied MACC to ACC increased with increasing MACC concentrations (0.2-5 millimolar) and duration (4-48 hours) of the treatment. The MACC-induced ethylene production was inhibited by CoCl2 but not by aminoethoxyvinylglycin, suggesting that the ACC formed is derived from the MACC applied, and not from the methionine pathway. This was further confirmed by the observation that radioactive MACC released radioactive ACC and ethylene. A cell-free extract, which catalyzes the conversion of MACC to ACC, was prepared from watercress stems which were preincubated with 1 millimolar MACC for 24 hours. Neither fresh tissues nor aged tissues incubated without external MACC exhibited enzymic activity, confirming the view that the enzyme is induced by MACC. The enzyme had a Km of 0.45 millimolar for MACC and showed maximal activity at pH 8.0 in the presence of 1 millimolar MnSO4. The present study indicates that high MACC levels in the plant tissue can induce to some extent the capability to convert MACC to ACC. PMID:16664869

  7. Carboxylate ligands drastically enhance the rates of oxo exchange and hydrogen peroxide disproportionation by oxo manganese compounds of potential biological significance.

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    Dubois, Lionel; Pécaut, Jacques; Charlot, Marie-France; Baffert, Carole; Collomb, Marie-Noëlle; Deronzier, Alain; Latour, Jean-Marc

    2008-01-01

    To mimic the carboxylate-rich active site of the manganese catalases more closely we introduced carboxylate groups into dimanganese complexes in place of nitrogen ligands. The series of dimanganese(III,IV) complexes of tripodal ligands [Mn(2)(L)(2)(O)(2)](3+/+/-/3-) was extended from those of tpa (1) and H(bpg) (2) to those of H(2)(pda) (3) and H(3)(nta) (4) (tpa=tris-picolylamine, H(bpg)=bis-picolylglycylamine, H(2)(pda)=picolyldiglycylamine, H(3)(nta)=nitrilotriacetic acid). While 3 [Mn(2)(pda)(2)(O)(2)][Na(H(2)O)(3)] could be synthesized at -20 degrees C and characterized in the solid state, 4 [Mn(2)(nta)(2)(O)(2)](3-) could be obtained and studied only in solution at -60 degrees C. A new synthetic procedure for the dimanganese(III,III) complexes was devised, using stoichiometric reduction of the dimanganese(III,IV) precursor by the benzil radical with EPR monitoring. This enabled the preparation of the parent dimanganese(III,III) complex 5 [Mn(2)(tpa)(2)(O)(2)](ClO(4))(2), which was structurally characterized. The UV/visible, IR, EPR, magnetic, and electrochemical properties of complexes 1-3 and 5 were analyzed to assess the electronic changes brought about by the carboxylate replacement of pyridine ligands. The kinetics of the oxo ligand exchanges with labeled water was examined in acetonitrile solution. A dramatic effect of the number of carboxylates was evidenced. Interestingly, the influence of the second carboxylate substitution differs from that of the first one probably because this substitution occurs on an out-of-plane coordination while the former occurs in the plane of the [Mn(2)O(2)] core. Indeed, on going from 1 to 3 the exchange rate was increased by a factor of 50. Addition of triethylamine caused a rate increase for 1, but not for 3. The abilities of 1-3 to disproportionate H(2)O(2) were assessed volumetrically. The disproportionation exhibited a sensitivity corresponding to the carboxylate substitution. These observations strongly suggest that

  8. tert-Butyl 3-[2,2-bis-(ethoxy-carbon-yl)vin-yl]-2-bromo-methyl-1H-indole-1-carboxyl-ate.

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    Thenmozhi, M; Kavitha, T; Dhayalan, V; Mohanakrishnan, A K; Ponnuswamy, M N

    2009-10-17

    In the title compound, C(22)H(26)BrNO(6), the indole ring system is planar [maximum deviation 0.029 (2) Å]. The tert-butyl bound carboxyl-ate group forms a dihedral angle of 17.54 (8)° with the indole ring system. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked into centrosymmetric R(2) (2)(10) dimers by paired C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds.

  9. rac-4-Carbamoylpiperidinium cis-2-carboxycyclohexane-1-carboxylate

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    Graham Smith

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In the title racemic salt, C6H13N2O+·C8H11O4−, formed from the reaction of cis-cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride with isonipecotamide, the cations are linked into duplex chain substructures through both centrosymmetric cyclic head-to-head `amide motif' hydrogen-bonding associations [graph set R22(8] and `side-by-side' R22(14 associations. The anions are incorporated into the chains through cyclic R43(10 interactions involving amide and piperidinium N—H...Ocarboxyl hydrogen bonds which, together with inter-anion carboxylic acid O—H...Ocarboxyl hydrogen bonds, give a two-dimensional layered structure extending along (011.

  10. Improved preparation of halopropyl bridged carboxylic ortho esters

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Bridged ortho esters of 3-halopropyl carboxylic acids were prepared by esterification of 3-methyl-3-hydroxymethyloxetane with 3-bromopropionyl chloride and pyridine in dry THF, followed by rearrangement with boron trifluoroetherate, to afford 1-(2-bromoethyl-4-methyl-2,6,7-trioxabicyclo[2,2,2]-octane. The 1-(2-iodoethyl-4-methyl-2,6,7-trioxabicyclo[2,2,2]-octane analogue could not be prepared directly by halogen exchange of 1-(2-bromoethyl-4-methyl-2,6,7-trioxabicyclo[2,2,2]-octane but could be prepared by halogen exchange of the (3-methyloxetan-3-ylmethyl 3-bromopropanoate with a mixture of sodium iodide and anhydrous sodium sulfate in acetone, followed by rearrangement with boron trifluoroetherate.

  11. Plasmon-enhanced electron injection in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ramakrishna, S.; Pelton, Matthew; Gray, Stephen K.; Seideman, Tamar

    2015-10-01

    Recent experiments have shown that the efficiency of photoinduced electron transfer from sensitizers (molecules or quantum dots) to semiconductors can be enhanced by coupling the sensitizers to plasmon resonances in metal nanoparticles. Here, we use a model Hamiltonian approach to show theoretically that there is an optimal coupling be- tween the sensitizer and plasmons that maximizes the electron-transfer efficiency. This optimum results from the competition between electron transfer, plasmon relaxation and plasmon decoherence. For coupling values that exceed the optimal value, the dy- namics of electron transfer from the sensitizer to the semiconductor can be significantly modified due to the sensitizer-plasmon coupling.

  12. Ultrafast structural and electronic dynamics of the metallic phase in a layered manganite

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The transition between different states in manganites can be driven by various external stimuli. Controlling these transitions with light opens the possibility to investigate the microscopic path through which they evolve. We performed femtosecond (fs transmission electron microscopy on a bi-layered manganite to study its response to ultrafast photoexcitation. We show that a photoinduced temperature jump launches a pressure wave that provokes coherent oscillations of the lattice parameters, detected via ultrafast electron diffraction. Their impact on the electronic structure are monitored via ultrafast electron energy loss spectroscopy, revealing the dynamics of the different orbitals in response to specific structural distortions.

  13. Linearly and circularly polarized laser photoinduced molecular order in azo dye doped polymer films

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    Saad, Bendaoud

    2017-03-01

    Photo-induced behavior of Azo Disperse one (AZD1) doped Poly(Methyl MethAcrylate) (PMMA) using both linear and circular polarized light is studied. The anisotropy is not erased by the circular polarization light. The circular polarization light combined with relatively long lifetime of the cis state in azo dye doped polymers activate all transverse directions of the angular hole burning through the spot in the film inducing anisotropy. Under circular polarized light, there is no orientation perpendicularly to the helex described by the rotating electric field vector, trans molecules reorients in the propagation direction of the pump beam. The polarization state of the probe beam after propagation through the pumped spot depends strongly on the angle of incidence of both pump and probe beams on the input face. In the case where circular polarized pump and probe beams are under the same angle of incidence, the probe beam "sees" anisotropic film as if it is isotropic. Results of this work shows the possibility to reorient azobenzene-type molecules in two orthogonal directions using alternately linearly and circularly polarized beams.

  14. Raising the barrier for photoinduced DNA charge injection with a cyclohexyl artificial base pair.

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    Singh, Arunoday P N; Harris, Michelle A; Young, Ryan M; Miller, Stephen A; Wasielewski, Michael R; Lewis, Frederick D

    2015-01-01

    The effects of an artificial cyclohexyl base pair on the quantum yields of fluorescence and dynamics of charge separation and charge recombination have been investigated for several synthetic DNA hairpins. The hairpins possess stilbenedicarboxamide, perylenediimide, or naphthalenediimide linkers and base-paired stems. In the absence of the artificial base pair hole injection into both adenine and guanine purine bases is exergonic and irreversible, except in the case of stilbene with adenine for which it is slightly endergonic and reversible. Insertion of the artificial base pair renders hole injection endergonic or isoergonic except in the case of the powerful naphthalene acceptor for which it remains exergonic. Both hole injection and charge recombination are slower for the naphthalene acceptor in the presence of the artificial base pair than in its absence. The effect of an artificial base pair on charge separation and charge recombination in hairpins possessing stilbene and naphthalene acceptor linkers and a stilbenediether donor capping group has also been investigated. In the case of the stilbene acceptor-stilbene donor capped hairpins photoinduced charge separation across six base pairs is efficient in the absence of the artificial base pair but does not occur in its presence. In the case of the naphthalene acceptor-stilbene donor capped hairpins the artificial base pair slows but does not stop charge separation and charge recombination, leading to the formation of long-lived charge separated states.

  15. Linearly and circularly polarized laser photoinduced molecular order in azo dye doped polymer films

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    Saad Bendaoud

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Photo-induced behavior of Azo Disperse one (AZD1 doped Poly(Methyl MethAcrylate (PMMA using both linear and circular polarized light is studied. The anisotropy is not erased by the circular polarization light. The circular polarization light combined with relatively long lifetime of the cis state in azo dye doped polymers activate all transverse directions of the angular hole burning through the spot in the film inducing anisotropy. Under circular polarized light, there is no orientation perpendicularly to the helex described by the rotating electric field vector, trans molecules reorients in the propagation direction of the pump beam. The polarization state of the probe beam after propagation through the pumped spot depends strongly on the angle of incidence of both pump and probe beams on the input face. In the case where circular polarized pump and probe beams are under the same angle of incidence, the probe beam “sees” anisotropic film as if it is isotropic. Results of this work shows the possibility to reorient azobenzene-type molecules in two orthogonal directions using alternately linearly and circularly polarized beams.

  16. Characterization of the Pore Filling of Solid State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells with Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Near steady-state photoinduced absorption (PIA and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy are used to characterize the pore filling of spiro-MeOTAD (2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine9,9′-spirobifluorene into the nanoparticulate TiO2 electrode of a solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell (ssDSC. The volumetric ratio of filled to unfilled pore volumes, as well as the optical signature of interacting chemical species, that is, the hole-transfer yield (HTY, are investigated. PIA spectroscopy is used to measure the HTY, relative to the amount of spiro-MeOTAD present, without needing to determine the extinction coefficients of the dye and spiro-MeOTAD cation species. The Beer-Lambert law is used to relate the relative PIA signal to the penetration length of the hole-conductor in the TiO2 film. For the sample thickness range of 1.4–5 μm investigated here, the optimum characteristic penetration length is determined to be 3.1+0.46 μm, which is compared to 1.4 μm for the 200 mg mL−1 concentration of spiro-MeOTAD conventionally used. Therefore, doubling the effective penetration of spiro-MeOTAD is necessary to functionalize all the dye molecules in a ssDSC.

  17. Photo-Induced Antitumor Effect of 3,6-Bis(1-methyl-4-vinylpyridinium Carbazole Diiodide

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    Ya-Shuan Chou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We have applied a fluorescent molecule 3,6-bis(1-methyl-4-vinylpyridinium carbazole diiodide (BMVC for tumor targeting and treatment. In this study, we investigated the photo-induced antitumor effect of BMVC. In vitro cell line studies showed that BMVC significantly killed TC-1 tumor cells at light dose greater than 40 J/cm2. The fluorescence of BMVC in the tumor peaked at 3 hours and then gradually decreased to reach the control level after 24 hours. In vivo tumor treatment studies showed BMVC plus light irradiation (iPDT significantly inhibited the tumor growth. At day 24 after tumor implantation, tumor volume was measured to be 225±79 mm3, 2542±181 mm3, 1533±766 mm3, and 1317±108 mm3 in the iPDT, control, light-only, and BMVC-only groups, respectively. Immunohistochemistry studies showed the microvascular density was significantly lower in the iPDT group. Taken together, our results demonstrated that BMVC may be a potent tumor-specific photosensitizer (PS for PDT.

  18. Ultrafast nano-imagining of the photoinduced phase transition dynamics in VO2

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    Doenges, Sven A.; Khatib, Omar; O'Callahan, Brian T.; Atkin, Joanna M.; Park, Jae Hyung; Cobden, David H.; Raschke, Markus B.

    Many quantum phase transitions in correlated matter exhibit spatial inhomogeneities with expected yet unexplored effects on the associated ultrafast dynamics. Here we demonstrate the combination of ultrafast non-degenerate pump-probe spectroscopy with scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) for ultrafast nano-imaging. In a femtosecond near-field non-degenerate near-IR (NIR) pump and mid-IR (MIR) probe experiment, we study the photoinduced insulator-to-metal (IMT) transition in nominally homogeneous VO2 micro-crystals using far-from equilibrium excitation. We observe spatial heterogeneity on 50-100 nm length scales in the fluence dependent IMT dynamics, ranging from sub-100 fs to 1 ps. With pump fluences as high as nominally 10 mJ/cm2 we can reach distinct excitation and saturation regimes. These results suggest a large sensitivity of the IMT with respect to local variations in strain, doping, or defects difficult to discern microscopically.

  19. Formation mechanism of photo-induced nested wrinkles on siloxane-photomonomer hybrid film

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    Suzuki, Kazumasa [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); International Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (iLMNT), Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Laboratorio di Scienz (Italy); Tokudome, Yasuaki, E-mail: masa@photomater.com; Takahashi, Masahide, E-mail: masa@photomater.com [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); International Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (iLMNT), Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

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    Nested wrinkle structures, hierarchical surface wrinkles of different periodicities of sub-μm and tens-μm, have been fabricated on a siloxane-photomonomer hybrid film via a photo-induced surface polymerization of acrylamide. The formation mechanism of the nested wrinkle structures is examined based on a time-dependent structure observation and chemical composition analyses. In-situ observation of the evolving surface structure showed that sub-μm scale wrinkles first formed, subsequently the tens-μm scale ones did. In-situ FT-IR analysis indicated that the nested wrinkles formation took place along with the development of siloxane network of under layer. A cross sectional observation of the film revealed that the film was composed of three layers. FT-IR spectra of the film revealed that the surface and interior layers were polyacrylamide rich layer and siloxane-polymer rich layer, respectively. The intermediate layer formed as a diffusion layer by migration of acrylamide from interior to the surface. These three layers have different chemical compositions and therefore different mechanical characteristics, which allows the wrinkle formation. Shrinkage of siloxane-polymer interior layers, as a result of polycondensation of siloxane network, induced mechanical instabilities at interlayers, to form the nested wrinkle structures.

  20. Multistate photo-induced relaxation and photoisomerization ability of fumaramide threads: a computational and experimental study.

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    Altoè, Piero; Haraszkiewicz, Natalia; Gatti, Francesco G; Wiering, Piet G; Frochot, Céline; Brouwer, Albert M; Balkowski, Grzegorz; Shaw, Daniel; Woutersen, Sander; Buma, Wybren Jan; Zerbetto, Francesco; Orlandi, Giorgio; Leigh, David A; Garavelli, Marco

    2009-01-14

    Fumaric and maleic amides are the photoactive units of an important and widely investigated class of photocontrollable rotaxanes as they trigger ring shuttling via a cis-trans photoisomerization. Here, ultrafast decay and photoinduced isomerization in isolated fumaramide and solvated nitrogen-substituted fumaramides (that are employed as threads in those rotaxanes) have been investigated by means of CASPT2//CASSCF computational and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques, respectively. A complex multistate network of competitive deactivation channels, involving both internal conversion and intersystem crossing (ISC) processes, has been detected and characterized that accounts for the picosecond decay and photochemical/photophysical properties observed in the singlet as well as triplet (photosensitized) photochemistry of fumaramides threads. Interestingly, singlet photochemistry appears to follow a non-Kasha rule model, where nonequilibrium dynamical factors control the outcome of the photochemical process: accessible high energy portions of extended crossing seams turn out to drive the deactivation process and ground-state recovery. Concurrently, extended singlet/triplet degenerate regions of twisted molecular structures with significant spin-orbit-coupling values account for ultrafast (picosecond time scale) ISC processes that lead to higher photoisomerization efficiencies. This model discloses the principles behind the intrinsic photochemical reactivity of fumaramide and its control.

  1. Assessing Photoinduced Toxicity of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in an Urbanized Estuary

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    M. Vo

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Increases in contaminants associated with urban sprawl are a particular concern in the rapidly developing coastal areas of the southeastern United States. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs are contaminants associated with vehicle emissions and runoff from impervious surfaces. Increased vehicular traffic and more impervious surfaces lead to an increased loading of PAHs into coastal estuarine systems. The phototoxic effect of PAH-contaminated sediments on a sediment-dwelling meiobenthic copepod, Amphiascus tenuiremis, was estimated in Murrells Inlet, a small, high-salinity estuary with moderate urbanization located in Georgetown and Horry Counties, South Carolina, USA. Field-determined solar ultraviolet radiation (UV and UV extinction coefficients were incorporated into laboratory toxicity experiments, and a model was developed to predict areas of specific hazard to A. tenuiremis in the estuary. The model incorporated laboratory toxicity data, UV extinction coefficients, and historical sediment chemistry and bathymetric data within a spatial model of sedimentary areas of the estuary. The model predicted that approximately 8-16% of the total creek habitat suitable for meiobenthic copepods is at risk to photoinduced PAH toxicity. This area is in the northern, more developed part of Murrells Inlet.

  2. Temporal changes in carboxylate content of ryegrass with stepwise change in nutrition

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    Dijkshoorn, W.; Lathwell, D.J.; Wit, de C.T.

    1968-01-01

    A detailed scheme of carboxylate formation and retention by plant tissues as a result of ion uptake and utilization is given. By means of discontinuities in the supply with nutrient ions, carboxylate retention by the tissues of perennial ryegrass was followed as a function of growth. It was found

  3. Development of technology for fabrication of lithium CPS on basis of CNT-reinforced carboxylic fabric

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    Tazhibayeva, Irina, E-mail: tazhibayeva@ntsc.kz [Institute of Atomic Energy, National Nuclear Center of RK, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan); Baklanov, Viktor; Ponkratov, Yuriy [Institute of Atomic Energy, National Nuclear Center of RK, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan); Abdullin, Khabibulla [Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Physics of Kazakh National University, Almaty (Kazakhstan); Kulsartov, Timur; Gordienko, Yuriy; Zaurbekova, Zhanna [Institute of Atomic Energy, National Nuclear Center of RK, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan); Lyublinski, Igor [JSC «Red Star», Moscow (Russian Federation); NRNU «MEPhI», Moscow (Russian Federation); Vertkov, Alexey [JSC «Red Star», Moscow (Russian Federation); Skakov, Mazhyn [Institute of Atomic Energy, National Nuclear Center of RK, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan)

    2017-04-15

    Highlights: • Preliminary study of carboxylic fabric wettability with liquid lithium is presented. • Preliminary studies of carboxylic fabric wettability with liquid lithium consist in carrying out of experiments at temperatures 673,773 and 873 К in vacuum during long time. • A scheme of experimental device for manufacturing of lithium CPS and matrix filling procedure with liquid lithium are presented. • The concept of lithium limiter with CPS on basis of CNT-reinforced carboxylic fabric is proposed. - Abstract: The paper describes the analysis of liquid lithium interaction with materials based on carbon, the manufacture technology of capillary-porous system (CPS) matrix on basis of CNT-reinforced carboxylic fabric. Preliminary study of carboxylic fabric wettability with liquid lithium is presented. The development of technology includes: microstructural studies of carboxylic fabric before its CNT-reinforcing; validation of CNT-reinforcing technology; mode validation of CVD-method for CNT synthesize; study of synthesized carbon structures. Preliminary studies of carboxylic fabric wettability with liquid lithium consist in carrying out of experiments at temperatures 673, 773 and 873 К in vacuum during long time. The scheme of experimental device for manufacturing of lithium CPS and matrix filling procedure with liquid lithium are presented. The concept of lithium limiter with CPS on basis of CNT-reinforced carboxylic fabric is proposed.

  4. Vitamin K-dependent carboxylation of matrix gla protein influences the risk of calciphylaxis

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    Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is a potent inhibitor of vascular calcification. The ability of MGP to inhibit calcification requires the activity of a vitamin K-dependent enzyme, which mediates MGP carboxylation. We investigated how MGP carboxylation influences the risk of calciphylaxis in adult patients ...

  5. Carboxyl-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes negatively affect bacterial growth and denitrification activity

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    Zheng, Xiong; Su, Yinglong; Chen, Yinguang; Wan, Rui; Li, Mu; Wei, Yuanyuan; Huang, Haining

    2014-07-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) have been used in a wide range of fields, and the surface modification via carboxyl functionalization can further improve their physicochemical properties. However, whether carboxyl-modified SWNT poses potential risks to microbial denitrification after its release into the environment remains unknown. Here we present the possible effects of carboxyl-modified SWNT on the growth and denitrification activity of Paracoccus denitrificans (a model denitrifying bacterium). It was found that carboxyl-modified SWNT were present both outside and inside the bacteria, and thus induced bacterial growth inhibition at the concentrations of 10 and 50 mg/L. After 24 h of exposure, the final nitrate concentration in the presence of 50 mg/L carboxyl-modified SWNT was 21-fold higher than that in its absence, indicating that nitrate reduction was substantially suppressed by carboxyl-modified SWNT. The transcriptional profiling revealed that carboxyl-modified SWNT led to the transcriptional activation of the genes encoding ribonucleotide reductase in response to DNA damage and also decreased the gene expressions involved in glucose metabolism and energy production, which was an important reason for bacterial growth inhibition. Moreover, carboxyl-modified SWNT caused the significant down-regulation and lower activity of nitrate reductase, which was consistent with the decreased efficiency of nitrate reduction.

  6. 40 CFR 721.4663 - Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts.

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    2010-07-01

    ... metal salts. 721.4663 Section 721.4663 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.4663 Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts. (a) Chemical... fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts (PMNs P-95-979/980/981) are subject to reporting under this...

  7. Electronic Processes at Organic−Organic Interfaces: Insight from Modeling and Implications for Opto-electronic Devices †

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    2011-02-08

    We report on the recent progress achieved in modeling the electronic processes that take place at interfaces between π-conjugated materials in organic opto-electronic devices. First, we provide a critical overview of the current computational techniques used to assess the morphology of organic: organic heterojunctions; we highlight the compromises that are necessary to handle large systems and multiple time scales while preserving the atomistic details required for subsequent computations of the electronic and optical properties. We then review some recent theoretical advances in describing the ground-state electronic structure at heterojunctions between donor and acceptor materials and highlight the role played by charge-transfer and long-range polarization effects. Finally, we discuss the modeling of the excited-state electronic structure at organic:organic interfaces, which is a key aspect in the understanding of the dynamics of photoinduced electron-transfer processes. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  8. Lewis acid-promoted stereoselective Diels-Alder cycloaddition of captivated olefins acetylvinyl carboxylates and NMR structural study of their cyclopentadiene adducts

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    Garica de Alba, O.; Chanona, J.; Delgado, F.; Zepeda, G.; Labarrior, F.; Bates, R.W.; Bott, S.; Juaristi, E.; Tamariz, J. [Departament of organic chemistry, Escuela nacional de Ciencias Biologicas, IPN, Mexico (Mexico)

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    A study of Lewis acid-promoted Diels-Alder cycloaddition of the captivated olefins 1-acetylvinyl 1 carboxylates 1 with cyclopentadiene is described. Catalyst, temperature and solvent were the assessed variables, the exo/endo ratio being more significantly modified by the first one. ZnI{sub 2} and TiCl{sub 4} showed the most remarkable effect with olefin 1a. giving very high and opposite stereoselectivity, since exo isomer 3 and endo 4 were the major adducts respectively. the steric effect of the carboxylate substituent of 1 could participate in controlling the stereoselectivity. Structural characterization of the adducts was made by NMR and X-ray analysis. Electronic and anisotropic effects are probably involved in unusual proton chemical shifts of the norbornene structure of the adducts. (Author) 28 refs.

  9. Functionalization of Carboxylated Multi-Wall Nanotubes with Derivatives of N1-(11H-Indeno[1,2-b]quinoxalin-11-ylidenebenzene-1,4-diamine

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    Javad Azizian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Quinoxaline derivatives are compounds with pharmaceutical applications. In this study, derivatives of N1-(11H-indeno[1,2-b]quinoxalin-11-ylidenebenzene-1,4-diamine were synthesized and attached to carboxylated multi-wall nanotubes (MWNT–COOH. Functionalized carbon nanotubes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM to study the shape of structures, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, fast Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, and elemental analysis.

  10. CdSe Quantum Dots Functionalized with Chiral, Thiol-Free Carboxylic Acids: Unraveling Structural Requirements for Ligand-Induced Chirality.

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    Varga, Krisztina; Tannir, Shambhavi; Haynie, Benjamin E; Leonard, Brian M; Dzyuba, Sergei V; Kubelka, Jan; Balaz, Milan

    2017-10-24

    Functionalization of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) with chiral cysteine derivatives by phase-transfer ligand exchange proved to be a simple yet powerful method for the synthesis of chiral, optically active QDs regardless of their size and chemical composition. Here, we present induction of chirality in CdSe by thiol-free chiral carboxylic acid capping ligands (l- and d-malic and tartaric acids). Our circular dichroism (CD) and infrared experimental data showed how the presence of a chiral carboxylic acid capping ligand on the surface of CdSe QDs was necessary but not sufficient for the induction of optical activity in QDs. A chiral bis-carboxylic acid capping ligand needed to have three oxygen-donor groups during the phase-transfer ligand exchange to successfully induce chirality in CdSe. Intrinsic chirality of CdSe nanocrystals was not observed as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy and reverse phase-transfer ligand exchange with achiral 1-dodecanethiol. Density functional theory geometry optimizations and CD spectra simulations suggest an explanation for these observations. The tridentate binding via three oxygen-donor groups had an energetic preference for one of the two possible binding orientations on the QD (111) surface, leading to the CD signal. By contrast, bidentate binding was nearly equienergetic, leading to cancellation of approximately oppositely signed corresponding CD signals. The resulting induced CD of CdSe functionalized with chiral carboxylic acid capping ligands was the result of hybridization of the (achiral) QD and (chiral) ligand electronic states controlled by the ligand's absolute configuration and the ligand's geometrical arrangement on the QD surface.

  11. Efficient charge separation in Li(+) @C60 supramolecular complexes with electron donors.

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    Kawashima, Yuki; Ohkubo, Kei; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion-encapsulated fullerene (Li(+) @C60 ) exhibits greatly enhanced reactivity in photoinduced electron-transfer reduction with electron donors compared with pristine C60 . The enhanced reactivity of Li(+) @C60 results from the more positive one-electron reduction potential of Li(+) @C60 (+0.14 V versus a standard calomel electrode (SCE)) than that of C60 (-0.43 V versus SCE), whereas the reorganization energy of electron transfer of Li(+) @C60 (1.01 eV) becomes larger than that of C60 (0.73 eV) because of the change in electrostatic interactions of encapsulated Li(+) upon electron transfer. Li(+) @C60 can form strong supramolecular complexes with various anionic electron donors through electrostatic interactions. Li(+) @C60 can also form strong supramolecular π complexes with various electron donors, such as cyclic porphyrin dimers, corannulene, and crown ether fused monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalenes. Photoinduced electron transfer from electron donors to Li(+) @C60 afforded long-lived charge-separated states of supramolecular complexes between electron donors and Li(+) @C60 . A photoelectrochemical solar cell composed of supramolecular nanoclusters of Li(+) @C60 and zinc sulfonated meso-tetraphenylporphyrin exhibits significant enhancement in the photoelectrochemical performance than that of the reference system containing only a single component. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Metatranscriptome of an Anaerobic Benzene-Degrading, Nitrate-Reducing Enrichment Culture Reveals Involvement of Carboxylation in Benzene Ring Activation

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    Luo, Fei; Gitiafroz, Roya; Devine, Cheryl E.; Gong, Yunchen; Hug, Laura A.; Raskin, Lutgarde

    2014-01-01

    The enzymes involved in the initial steps of anaerobic benzene catabolism are not known. To try to elucidate this critical step, a metatranscriptomic analysis was conducted to compare the genes transcribed during the metabolism of benzene and benzoate by an anaerobic benzene-degrading, nitrate-reducing enrichment culture. RNA was extracted from the mixed culture and sequenced without prior mRNA enrichment, allowing simultaneous examination of the active community composition and the differential gene expression between the two treatments. Ribosomal and mRNA sequences attributed to a member of the family Peptococcaceae from the order Clostridiales were essentially only detected in the benzene-amended culture samples, implicating this group in the initial catabolism of benzene. Genes similar to each of two subunits of a proposed benzene-carboxylating enzyme were transcribed when the culture was amended with benzene. Anaerobic benzoate degradation genes from strict anaerobes were transcribed only when the culture was amended with benzene. Genes for other benzoate catabolic enzymes and for nitrate respiration were transcribed in both samples, with those attributed to an Azoarcus species being most abundant. These findings indicate that the mineralization of benzene starts with its activation by a strict anaerobe belonging to the Peptococcaceae, involving a carboxylation step to form benzoate. These data confirm the previously hypothesized syntrophic association between a benzene-degrading Peptococcaceae strain and a benzoate-degrading denitrifying Azoarcus strain for the complete catabolism of benzene with nitrate as the terminal electron acceptor. PMID:24795366

  13. Biomedical applications of SPION@APTES@PEG-folic acid@carboxylated quercetin nanodrug on various cancer cells

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    Akal, Z. Ü.; Alpsoy, L.; Baykal, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this study, carboxylated quercetin (CQ) was conjugated to superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) which were modified by (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APTES), Folic acid (FA) and carboxylated Polyethylene glycol (PEG); (SPION@APTES@FA-PEG@CQ), nanodrug has been synthesized via polyol and accompanying by various chemical synthesis routes. The characterization of the final product was done via X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), Transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Its cytotoxic and apoptotic activities on over expressed folic acid receptor (FR +) (MCF-7, HeLa) and none expressed folic acid receptor (FR-) (A549) cancer cell lines were determined by using MTT assay, Real-Time Cell Analysis, TUNEL assay, Annexin assay and RT-PCR analysis for Caspase3/7 respectively. SPION@APTES@FA-PEG@CQ nanodrug showed higher cytotoxicity against HeLa and MCF-7 cell lines as compared with A549 cell line. Moreover, SPION@APTES@FA-PEG@CQ nanodrug also caused higher apoptotic and necrotic effects in 100 μg/mL HeLa and MCF-7 cells than A549 cells. The findings showed that SPION@APTES@FA-PEG@CQ nanodrug has cytotoxic, apoptotic and necrotic effects on HeLa and MCF-7 which are FR over expressed cell lines and can be potentially used for the delivery of quercetin to cervical and breast cancer cells.

  14. Copolymers Based on Indole-6-Carboxylic Acid and 3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene as Platinum Catalyst Support for Methanol Oxidation

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    Tzi-Yi Wu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Indole-6-carboxylic acid (ICA and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT are copolymerized electrochemically on a stainless steel (SS electrode to obtain poly(indole-6-carboxylic acid-co-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophenes (P(ICA-co-EDOTs. The morphology of P(ICA-co-EDOTs is checked using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and the SEM images reveal that these films are composed of highly porous fibers when the feed molar ratio of ICA/EDOT is greater than 3/2. Platinum particles can be electrochemically deposited into the P(ICA-co-EDOTs and PICA films to obtain P(ICA-co-EDOTs-Pt and PICA-Pt composite electrodes, respectively. These composite electrodes are further characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, SEM, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD, and cyclic voltammetry (CV. The SEM result indicates that Pt particles disperse more uniformly into the highly porous P(ICA3-co-EDOT2 fibers (feed molar ratio of ICA/EDOT = 3/2. The P(ICA3-co-EDOT2-Pt nanocomposite electrode exhibited excellent catalytic activity for the electrooxidation of methanol in these electrodes, which reveals that P(ICA3-co-EDOT2-Pt nanocomposite electrodes are more promising for application in an electrocatalyst as a support material.

  15. Osteogenic activity and antibacterial effect of zinc oxide/carboxylated graphene oxide nanocomposites: Preparation and in vitro evaluation.

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    Chen, Junyu; Zhang, Xin; Cai, He; Chen, Zhiqiang; Wang, Tong; Jia, Lingling; Wang, Jian; Wan, Qianbing; Pei, Xibo

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study was to prepare nanocomposites of carboxylated graphene oxide (GO-COOH) sheets decorated with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) and investigate their advantages in the field of bone tissue engineering. First, ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites were synthesized by facile reactions, including the carboxylation of graphene oxide (GO) and the nucleation of ZnO on GO-COOH sheets. The synthesized ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites were then characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectra, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The biocompatibility, osteogenic activity and antibacterial effect of ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites were further investigated. In the nanocomposites, ZnO nanoparticles with a size of approximately 12nm were uniformly decorated on GO-COOH sheets. Compared with GO-COOH and the control group, ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites significantly enhanced ALP activity, osteocalcin production and extracellular matrix mineralization as well as up-regulated osteogenic-related genes (ALP, OCN, and Runx2) in MG63 osteoblast-like cells. Moreover, ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites had an antibacterial effect against Streptococcus mutans. These results indicated that ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites exhibited both osteogenic activity and antibacterial effect and had great potential for designing new biomaterials in the field of bone tissue engineering. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Effect of carboxylic acid of periodic mesoporous organosilicas on the fructose-to-5-hydroxymethylfurfural conversion in dimethylsulfoxide systems

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    Saikat Dutta

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This manuscript presents the preparation and catalytic application of highly ordered benzene bridged periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs functionalized with carboxylic acid (–COOH group at varied density. The COOH-functionalized PMOs were synthesized by one-step condensation of 1,4-bis (triethoxysilyl benzene and carboxylic group containing organosilane carboxyethylsilanetriol sodium salt using Brij-76 as the template. The obtained materials were characterized by a mean of methods including powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, scanning- and transmission electron microscopy, and 13C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. The potentials of the obtained PMO materials with ordered mesopores were examined as solid catalysts for the chemical conversion of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF in an organic solvent. The results showed that COOH-functionalized PMO with 10% COOH loading exhibited best results for the fructose to HMF conversion and selectivity. The high surface area, the adequate density acid functional group, and the strength of the PMO materials contributing to a promising catalytic ability were observed.

  17. Effect of carboxylic acid of periodic mesoporous organosilicas on the fructose-to-5-hydroxymethylfurfural conversion in dimethylsulfoxide systems

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    Dutta, Saikat; Wu, Kevin C.-W., E-mail: hmkao@cc.ncu.edu.tw, E-mail: kevinwu@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Kao, Hsien-Ming, E-mail: hmkao@cc.ncu.edu.tw, E-mail: kevinwu@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Chung-Li 32054, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-01

    This manuscript presents the preparation and catalytic application of highly ordered benzene bridged periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs) functionalized with carboxylic acid (–COOH) group at varied density. The COOH-functionalized PMOs were synthesized by one-step condensation of 1,4-bis (triethoxysilyl) benzene and carboxylic group containing organosilane carboxyethylsilanetriol sodium salt using Brij-76 as the template. The obtained materials were characterized by a mean of methods including powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, scanning- and transmission electron microscopy, and {sup 13}C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. The potentials of the obtained PMO materials with ordered mesopores were examined as solid catalysts for the chemical conversion of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in an organic solvent. The results showed that COOH-functionalized PMO with 10% COOH loading exhibited best results for the fructose to HMF conversion and selectivity. The high surface area, the adequate density acid functional group, and the strength of the PMO materials contributing to a promising catalytic ability were observed.

  18. Electron and ligand transfer reactions between cyclometallated platinum(II) compounds and thallium(III) carboxylates

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    Koten, G. van; Ploeg, A.F.M.J. van der; Vrieze, K.

    1982-01-01

    Reaction of trans-[(2-Me{2}NCH{2}C{6}H{4}{2}Pt}I{}I{] with Tl}I{}I{}I{(O{2}CR){3} (R = Me, i-Pr) gave direct elimination of Tl}I{(O{2}CR) and formation of the oxidative addition product [(2-Me{2}NCH{2}C{6}H{4}){2}Pt}I{}V{ (O{2}CR){2}], in two isomeric forms. A structure with the carbon ligands in

  19. Response of methane production via propionate oxidation to carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes in paddy soil enrichments

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    Jianchao Zhang

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-COOH have become a growing concern in terms of their fate and toxicity in aqueous environments. Methane (CH4 is a major product of organic matter degradation in waterlogged environments. In this study, we determined the effect of MWCNTs-COOH on the production of CH4 from propionate oxidation in paddy soil enrichments. The results showed that the methanogenesis from propionate degradation was accelerated in the presence of MWCNTs-COOH. In addition, the rates of CH4 production and propionate degradation increased with increasing concentrations of MWCNTs-COOH. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM observations showed that the cells were intact and maintained their structure in the presence of MWCNTs-COOH. In addition, SEM and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH images revealed that the cells were in direct contact with the MWCNTs and formed cell-MWCNTs aggregates that contained both bacteria and archaea. On the other hand, nontoxic magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4 had similar effects on the CH4 production and cell integrity as the MWCNTs-COOH. Compared with no nanomaterial addition, the relative abundances of Geobacter and Methanosarcina species increased in the presence of MWCNTs-COOH. This study suggests that MWCNTs-COOH exerted positive rather than cytotoxic effects on the syntrophic oxidation of propionate in paddy soil enrichments and affected the bacterial and archaeal community structure at the test concentrations. These findings provide novel insight into the consequences of nanomaterial release into anoxic natural environments.

  20. Biosynthesis of Bacterial Cellulose/Carboxylic Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Enzymatic Biofuel Cell Application

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    Pengfei Lv

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Novel nanocomposites comprised of bacterial cellulose (BC with carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (c-MWCNTs incorporated into the BC matrix were prepared through a simple method of biosynthesis. The biocathode and bioanode for the enzyme biological fuel cell (EBFC were prepared using BC/c-MWCNTs composite injected by laccase (Lac and glucose oxidase (GOD with the aid of glutaraldehyde (GA crosslinking. Biosynthesis of BC/c-MWCNTs composite was characterized by digital photos, scanning electron microscope (SEM, and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR. The experimental results indicated the successful incorporation of c-MWCNTs into the BC. The electrochemical and biofuel performance were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV. The power density and current density of EBFCs were recorded at 32.98 µW/cm3 and 0.29 mA/cm3, respectively. Additionally, the EBFCs also showed acceptable stability. Preliminary tests on double cells indicated that renewable BC have great potential in the application field of EBFCs.