The binding between uncharged cobalt porphyrin tweezers and L- amino acids in aqueous solutions is studied by means of UV - vis and circular dichroism spectroscopy. By varying the length of the aliphatic bridge between the two porphyrin units, the number of cobalt ions in the porphyrin cores and the pH of the solution, the chirality induction phenomenon has been investigated. The binding of the amino acid to the porphyrin seems to occur via a coordination mechanism between the metal and the nitrogen of the amino group; the steric, hydrophobic and pi-pi interactions operate to stabilize the complexes. The chirogenesis displays an opposite behaviour in the presence of aromatic guests with respect to the non- aromatic ones. Moreover, the UV - vis and the induced circular dichroism spectral changes suggest that the amino acid arrangement in the tweezers is determined by many factors, so that, unlike in organic solvent, the porphyrin tweezers in aqueous solution allow for two different arrangements of the same aromatic amino acid. The experimental findings indicate that the porphyrins tweezers reported in the paper are promising in opening perspectives toward their application as a selective molecular sensor in aqueous solutions directly.
|Titolo:||Uncharged water-soluble porphyrin tweezers as a supramolecular sensor for alpha-amino acids|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|