Mechanism and Dynamics of Electron Injection and Charge Recombination in DNA. Dependence on Neighboring Pyrimidines

Natalie Gorczak, Taiga Fujii, Ashutosh Kumar Mishra, Arjan J. Houtepen, Ferdinand C. Grozema*, Frederick D. Lewis

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The mechanism and dynamics of photoinduced electron injection and charge recombination have been investigated for several series of DNA hairpins. The hairpins possess a stilbenediether linker, which serves as an electron donor and base pair stems that possess different pyrimidine bases adjacent to the linker. Hairpins with adjacent thymine-adenine (T-A) base pairs undergo fast electron injection and relatively slow charge recombination with rate constants that are not strongly dependent upon the following base pair. Hairpins with adjacent cytosine-guanine (C-G) base pairs undergo reversible electron injection and much faster charge recombination than those with adjacent T-A base pairs. Hairpins with 5-fluorouracil or other halogenated pyrimidines in their first and second base pair undergo fast electron injection and multiexponential charge recombination. The difference in kinetic behavior for the different series of hairpins and its implications for the formation of long-lived charge-separated states are discussed and compared to results reported previously for other electron-donor chromophores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7673-7680
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 18 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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