CONTRIBUTION OF RESONANCE RAMAN EXCITATION SPECTROSCOPY FOR PROBING ELECTRONICALLY EXCITED-STATES - NATURE OF A PORPHYRIN-DNA EXCIPLEX

L. Chinsky, P.Y. Turpin, A.H.R. Alobaidi, Steven Bell, R.E. Hester

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Abstract

The resonance Raman spectra of a water-soluble metalloporphyrin Cu(TMpy-P4), complexed with a synthetic nucleic acid, poly(dA-dT), were measured by using excitation wavelengths located within the B (Soret) transition of the porphyrin (417-470 nm), while its excited state was synchronously pumped with 545-nm pulsed excitation corresponding to the Q transition. In the presence of pump pulses, the aqueous solution of the Cu(TMpy-P4).poly(dA-dT) complex exhibits resonance Raman bands at 1558 and 1353 cm-1 that are not observed in the absence of pump pulses. These new features were previously assigned to electronically excited Cu(TMpy-P4), stabilized by forming an exciplex with the A-T sites of the nucleic acid. Here we present resonance Raman excitation profiles (RREP) of both the excited and ground states of the complex, and we experimentally confirm the very short lifetime of the exciplex. To our knowledge this is the first time that a RREP of a very short lived (ca. 20 ps) intermediate excited state has been obtained with a two-color experiment. We use this to help to characterize the nature of the porphyrin-AT specific complex formed in the porphyrin excited state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5754-5756
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Volume95
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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