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Controlled ultrafast ππ*-πσ* dynamics in tryptophan-based peptides with tailored micro-environment

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Ultrafast charge, energy and structural dynamics in molecules are driven by the topology of the multidimensional potential energy surfaces that determines the coordinated electronic and nuclear motion. These processes are also strongly influenced by the interaction with the molecular environment, making very challenging a general understanding of these dynamics on a microscopic level. Here we use electrospray and mass spectrometry technologies to produce isolated molecular ions with a controlled micro-environment. We measure ultrafast photo-induced ππ*-πσ* dynamics in tryptophan species in the presence of a single, charged adduct. A striking increase of the timescale by more than one order of magnitude is observed when changing the added adduct atom. A model is proposed to rationalize the results, based on the localized and delocalized effects of the adduct on the electronic structure of the molecule. These results offer perspectives to control ultrafast molecular processes by designing the micro-environment on the Angström length scale.
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hal-03342205 , version 1 (13-09-2021)

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Marius Hervé, Alexie Boyer, Richard Brédy, Isabelle Compagnon, Abdul-Rahman Allouche, et al.. Controlled ultrafast ππ*-πσ* dynamics in tryptophan-based peptides with tailored micro-environment. Communications Chemistry, 2021, 4 (1), ⟨10.1038/s42004-021-00557-4⟩. ⟨hal-03342205⟩
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