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Efficient Photocurrent Generation by Self-Assembled Monolayers Composed of 310-Helical Peptides Carrying Linearly Spaced Naphthyl Groups at the Side Chains

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posted on 13.10.2004, 00:00 authored by Kazuyuki Yanagisawa, Tomoyuki Morita, Shunsaku Kimura
Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were prepared on a gold substrate from a 310-helical peptide carrying three naphthyl groups at the side chain (SSN3B) or from the reference peptides carrying no or one naphthyl group. The 310-helical conformation of SSN3B in solution was confirmed by 1H NMR spectroscopy and geometry optimization. Cyclic voltammetry and infrared absorption−reflection spectroscopy showed vertical molecular orientation and a well-packed structure in the SSN3B SAM. Anodic photocurrent was successfully generated by the SSN3B SAM in the presence of triethanolamine, and the current intensity was found to be much larger than those by the other SAMs from peptides carrying one naphthyl group. It was therefore concluded that the linearly spaced naphthyl groups along the helical axis act as photosensitizer and electron-hopping site to promote photocurrent generation remarkably.