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The identification of the two missing conformers of gas-phase alanine: a jet-cooled Raman spectroscopy study

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The jet-cooled spontaneous Raman spectrum of an amino acid—alanine (Ala, 2-aminopropanoic acid; H2NCH(CH3)COOH)—is reported. The low-frequency vibrational spectrum (below 500 cm−1) was recorded and assigned using quantum chemical data: ab initio (MP2) and DFT (BLYP, B3LYP, and PBE0). Band polarization measurements were used to confirm the vibrational assignments. The acquired medium resolution spectra (HWHM of ∼4 cm−1) allow the different alanine conformations to be distinguished. Four alanine conformers were observed and identified: two previously reported by microwave spectroscopy studies and two that were previously unreported. A set of reasons for why these conformers eluded previous studies are discussed. Selective collisional relaxation processes in the jet (associated with low interconversion barriers between different alanine conformations) that depopulate the high-energy conformers were experimentally demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: The identification of the two missing conformers of gas-phase alanine: a jet-cooled Raman spectroscopy study

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The article was received on 16 Nov 2009, accepted on 30 Mar 2010 and first published on 12 Apr 2010


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B924029B
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 5980-5982
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    The identification of the two missing conformers of gas-phase alanine: a jet-cooled Raman spectroscopy study

    R. M. Balabin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 5980
    DOI: 10.1039/B924029B

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