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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 78, No. 6, 2009, pp.1523-1539
Published online, 12th March, 2009
DOI: 10.3987/COM-09-11674
Structure and Conformation of Photosynthetic Pigments and Related Compounds. 13. Identification of Localized Vibrational Modes in Chlorophyll A Derivatives

Mathias O. Senge*

*School of Chemistry, SFI Tetrapyrrole Laboratory, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland


A Resonance Raman investigation of chlorophyll a and meso-chlorinated and ring V hydroxylated derivatives and pheophytins reveals localized vibrational modes in the chlorophyll series. Both chlorination and hydroxylation give rise to changes in both band intensity and frequency throughout the spectrum. Chlorination affects mainly the core sensitive bands with CaCm and CaN character. Hydroxylation leads to changes in the carbonyl and ring V associated bands. Small, but real spectral differences were found between the 10-epimers.