Adsorption of amino acids on hydrophilic surfaces

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Sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) is a powerful tool for in situ investigation of adsorption processes at biologically important solid-liquid interfaces. In this work adsorption of selected amino acids on fused silica, calcium fluoride and titanium dioxide substrates was studied by this technique. SFG spectra taken at the amino acid solution-fused SiO 2 interface revealed the lack of formation of any ordered adsorbate layer, regardless of whether acidic or other, e.g. aromatic, amino acids were used. Ex situ spectra (measured after drying the substrate) showed the formation and gradual growth of amino acid crystallites. In the case of CaF2, growth of randomly oriented aspartic acid crystallites was observed even at the solution-substrate interface. Finally, on the TiO2 substrate, acidic amino acids formed a stable, uniform, more or less ordered coating, which remained unchanged even after drying the sample. On the other hand, non-acidic amino acids like phenylalanine showed very little affinity towards TiO 2, emphasizing the role of the acidic side chain in the bonding to the substrate. The fact that formation of an amino acid overlayer was observed only on titanium dioxide is probably related to its biocompatibility property.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224014
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Volume20
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 4 2008

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Amino acids
Amino Acids
Adsorption
adsorption
Substrates
Crystallites
Drying
Calcium Fluoride
titanium oxides
Acidic Amino Acids
Titanium dioxide
drying
crystallites
Vibrational spectroscopy
Aromatic Amino Acids
Adsorbates
Fused silica
Phenylalanine
Biocompatibility

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Adsorption of amino acids on hydrophilic surfaces. / Pászti, Z.; Keszthelyi, T.; Hakkel, O.; Guczi, L.

In: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, Vol. 20, No. 22, 224014, 04.06.2008.

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