Structure of Adenine on Metal Nanoparticles: pH Equilibria and Formation of Ag+ Complexes Detected by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Evanthia Papadopoulou, Steven Bell

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Abstract

The SERS spectra of adenine recorded under a broad range of pH values and concentrations using both silver and gold colloids provided evidence for the existence of several distinct species. At high concentration (0.5-10 ppm), the spectra recorded between pH 1 and 11 showed only two distinct spectra, rather than the three forms that would be expected for a compound with two pK(a) values of 4.2 and 9.8. The spectra at neutral and alkaline pH were identical and assigned to the deprotonated form of adenine on the basis of DFT calculations, isotope shifts, and comparison with the normal Raman spectra of neutral and deprotonated adenine. The spectra at acidic pH were different, consistent with adenine protonation. Neutral adenine was not detected at any pH studied. At low adenine concentration (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22644-22651
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume114
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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