Gas-Phase Infrared Spectroscopy of Neutral Peptides: Insights from the Far-IR and THz Domain

Sjors Bakels, Marie Pierre Gaigeot*, Anouk M. Rijs

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Gas-phase, double resonance IR spectroscopy has proven to be an excellent approach to obtain structural information on peptides ranging from single amino acids to large peptides and peptide clusters. In this review, we discuss the state-of-the-art of infrared action spectroscopy of peptides in the far-IR and THz regime. An introduction to the field of far-IR spectroscopy is given, thereby highlighting the opportunities that are provided for gas-phase research on neutral peptides. Current experimental methods, including spectroscopic schemes, have been reviewed. Structural information from the experimental far-IR spectra can be obtained with the help of suitable theoretical approaches such as dynamical DFT techniques and the recently developed Graph Theory. The aim of this review is to underline how the synergy between far-IR spectroscopy and theory can provide an unprecedented picture of the structure of neutral biomolecules in the gas phase. The far-IR signatures of the discussed studies are summarized in a far-IR map, in order to gain insight into the origin of the far-IR localized and delocalized motions present in peptides and where they can be found in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3233-3260
Number of pages28
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


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