This paper presents the synthesis and characterization of pyridine-substituted artificial oligopeptides with an aminoethylglycine backbone of varying length, which are designed to act as scaffolds for the self-assembly of multimetallic structures. The identities and purities of the oligopeptides are confirmed with mass spectrometry, 1H NMR, HPLC, and pH titrations. The acid dissociation constants for the oligopeptides were determined and were found to decrease with increasing pyridine units. Titrations of the oligopeptides with Cu(II) and Pt(II) complexes containing the tridentate ligands 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine and pyridine 2,6-dicarboxylic acid were monitored using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and showed stoichiometric binding based on the number of pyridines on the peptide strand. Metal titrations performed using an analogous oligopeptide with methyl substituents (in place of the pyridine ligands) showed very weak or no binding. In the case of the oligopeptides containing bound Pt(terpyridine)2+ complexes, cyclic voltammetry reveals two sequential one-electron reductions at formal potentials that do not vary as a function of oligopeptide length. The measured diffusion coefficients were measured with chronoamperometry and were found to decrease with increasing oliopeptide length.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry