Two-Dimensional Electronic-Vibrational Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll a and b.
- Author(s): Lewis, Nicholas HC;
- Fleming, Graham R
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00037
We present two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectra of isolated chlorophyll a and b in deuterated ethanol. We excite the Q-band electronic transitions and measure the effects on the carbonyl and C ═ C double-bond stretch region of the infrared spectrum. With the aid of density functional theory calculations, we provide assignments for the major features of the spectrum. We show how the 2DEV spectra can be used to readily distinguish different solvation states of the chlorophyll, with features corresponding to the minority pentacoordinate magnesium (Mg) species being resolved along each dimension of the 2DEV spectra from the dominant hexacoordinate Mg species. These assignments represent a crucial first step toward the application of 2DEV spectroscopy to chlorophyll-containing pigment-protein complexes.