Programmable alignment media from self-assembled oligopeptide amphiphiles for the measurement of independent sets of residual dipolar couplings in organic solvents†
NMR spectroscopy in anisotropic media has emerged as a powerful technique for the structural elucidation of organic molecules. Its application requires weak alignment of analytes by means of suitable alignment media. Although a number of alignment media, that are compatible with organic solvents, have been introduced in the last 20 years, acquiring a number of independent, non-linearly related sets of anisotropic NMR data from the same organic solvent system remains a formidable challenge, which is however crucial for the alignment simulations and deriving dynamic and structural information of organic molecules unambiguously. Herein, we introduce a programmable strategy to construct several distinct peptide-based alignment media by adjusting the amino acid sequence, which allows us to measure independent sets of residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) in a highly efficient and accurate manner. This study opens a new avenue for de novo structure determination of organic compounds without requiring prior structural information.
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