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Non-conventional Fluorescent Biogenic and Synthetic Polymers Without Aromatic Rings

Authors Ye, Ruquan HKUST affiliated (currently or previously).
Liu, Yuanyue
Zhang, Haoke HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Su, Huifang HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Zhang, Yilin HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Xu, Liguo
Hu, Rongrong HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Kwok, Tsz Kin View this author's profile
Wong, Kam Sing View this author's profile
Lam, Wing Yip View this author's profile
Goddard, William A., III
Tang, Benzhong View this author's profile
Issue Date 2017
Source Polymer Chemistry , v. 8, (10), March 2017, p. 1722-1727
Summary Non-conventional fluorescent materials without aromatic structures have attracted much research attention in recent years. However, the working mechanism responsible for their fluorescence remains mysterious. Here we decipher the origin of fluorescence by studying the photophysical properties of a series of non-aromatic biogenic and synthetic peptides. An experimental study suggests that the turn-on fluorescence in the aggregation state/condensed phase is associated with the communication of amide groups, where hydrogen bonds are playing a critical role in bringing these functionalities into close proximity. This explanation is further justified by the study of the hierarchical influence on fluorescence and applied to biomimetic polymers in a more general content. This discovery provides a more comprehensive insight into the bioluminescence system. It may stimulate future development of new fluorescent materials, and inspire research on disease diagnostics, biomechanics measurements, etc. that are associated with protein morphology.
ISSN 1759-9954
Language English
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