Proton-coupled electron transfer in a series of ruthenium-linked tyrosines with internal bases: Evaluation of a tunneling model for experimental temperature-dependent kinetics

Todd F. Markle, Ming Tian Zhang, Marie Pierre Santoni, Linus O. Johannissen, Leif Hammarström

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Photoinitiated proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) kinetics has been investigated in a series of four modified tyrosines linked to a ruthenium photosensitizer in acetonitrile, with each tyrosine bearing an internal hydrogen bond to a covalently linked pyridine or benzimidazole base. After correcting for differences in driving force, it is found that the intrinsic PCET rate constant still varies by 2 orders of magnitude. The differences in rates, as well as the magnitude of the kinetic isotope effect (KIE = kH/kD), both generally correlate with DFT calculated proton donor-acceptor distances. An Arrhenius analysis of temperature dependent data shows that the difference in reactivity arises primarily from differences in activation energies. We use this kinetic data to evaluate a commonly employed theoretical model for proton tunneling which includes a harmonic distribution of proton donor-acceptor distances due to vibrational motions of the molecule. Applying this model to the experimental data yields the conclusion that donor-acceptor compression is more facile in the compounds with shorter PT distance; however, this is contrary to independent calculations for the same compounds. This discrepancy is likely because the assumption in the model of Morse-shaped proton potential energy surfaces is inappropriate for (strongly) hydrogen-bonded systems. These results question the general applicability of this model. The results also suggest that a correlation of rate vs proton tunneling distance for the series of compounds is complicated by a concomitant variation of other relevant parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9308-9321
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume120
Issue number35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2016

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Proton-coupled electron transfer in a series of ruthenium-linked tyrosines with internal bases : Evaluation of a tunneling model for experimental temperature-dependent kinetics. / Markle, Todd F.; Zhang, Ming Tian; Santoni, Marie Pierre; Johannissen, Linus O.; Hammarström, Leif.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 120, No. 35, 08.09.2016, p. 9308-9321.

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