This presentation considers the effects that DNA-templating has on the optical properties of a 16-atom silver cluster. To accomplish this, hybrid quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical simulations of a Ag16-DNA complex have been carried out and compared with pure time-dependent density functional theory calculations of two Ag16 clusters in vacuum. The presented results show that the templating DNA polymers both red-shift the one-photon absorption of the silver cluster and increase its intensity. This occurs through a change in cluster shape prompted by the structural constraints of the DNA ligands combined with silver-DNA interactions. The overall charge of the cluster also contributes to the observed optical response, as oxidation of the cluster results in a simultaneous blue-shift of the one-photon absorption and a decrease in intensity. Additionally, the changes in shape and environment also lead to a blue-shift and enhancement of the two-photon absorption.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry