(Invited) Polypeptides As Complexing Units

Monday, 29 May 2017: 09:20
Churchill A1 (Hilton New Orleans Riverside)
N. Solladie (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination - CNRS)
One of our research field concerns porphyrin-functionalized a-polypeptides to control the spatial organization of the chromophores and enable exciton migration through the pool of porphyrins to mimic the light harvesting antennae of the photosynthetic system.1

In the photosynthetic system, the solar energy is collected by pigment molecules attached to the light harvesting complexes, in which the chlorophylls are held in a parallel orientation by fairly short α-helical polypeptides. When a photon hits one of the chlorophylls, the absorbed energy spreads extremely rapidly to the others until the reaction center is reached.1 Succeeding in organizing the porphyrins in a similar way as nature does should provide information about the relation existing between the orientation of the chlorophylls and the efficiency of nature in transferring an excited state over a very long distance and with minimal loss of energy.

The right-handed 310 helical conformation adopted by our poly-L-lysine functionalized with eight porphyrins induces an overlap of the chromophores (studies realized in collaboration with Prof. T. Keiderling, University of Chicago, US), which thus present sufficient electronic coupling to promote a good exciton migration within the molecular wire.

The properties of our peptides with pendant porphyrins were studied extensively in collaboration with with Professor S. Fukuzumi (Univeristy of Osaka, Japan) and applications were found as organic photovoltaic cells,2 multiple photosynthetic reaction centers3 and for the successful purification of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.4


This work was supported by the CNRS and the French Ministry of Research.


  1. W. Kühlbrandt, Nature 1995, 374, 497-498.
  2. T. Hasobe, K. Saito, P. V. Kamat, V. Troiani, H. Qiu, N. Solladié, K. S. Kim, J. K. Park, D. Kim, F. D'Souza, S. Fukuzumi, J. Mater. Chem. 2007, 39, 4160-4170.
  3. S. Fukuzumi, K. Saito, K. Ohkubo, V. Troiani, H. Qiu, S. Gadde, F. D’Souza and N. Solladié, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 17019-17022.
  4.  Kenji Saito, Vincent Troiani, Hongjin Qiu, Nathalie Solladié, Takao Sakata, Hirotaro Mori, Mitsuo Ohama, Shunichi Fukuzumi, J. Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 1194-1199.