Special Issue "Vibrational Probes of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018
Prof. Dr. Chong Fang
Department of Chemistry, 153 Gilbert Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Interests: femtosecond Raman; vibrational probes; structural dynamics; fluorescent proteins; photoacids; photophysics and photochemistry; excited state processes; energy relaxation; proton transfer; hydrogen bonding interactions; nonlinear optics; ultrafast spectroscopy
The past few decades have seen tremendous progress in understanding the structure–function relationships of biomolecular systems from microscopic motions to macroscopic properties. Among all the molecular characterization methods, vibrational probes stand out as a versatile and fruitful endeavor because they are highly sensitive to local environment and can be designed, modified, positioned, and controlled to reveal previously unavailable, unknown, or unattainable information about the system under investigation.
The vibrational probes used for steady-state biomolecular structural determination include functional groups and chemical compounds such as carbonyl, nitrile, azide, and cyanamide, while the time-resolved studies can use those characteristic probes to track equilibrium processes (e.g., anharmonic coupling, H-bonding interactions, spectral diffusion, chemical exchange, energy transport) and non-equilibrium processes (e.g., protein folding and unfolding, cooling, electron and proton transfer, transient absorption, fluorescence). Such a wealth of information has been obtained by active researchers across the modern disciplines of physical chemistry and chemical physics, biophysics and biochemistry, ultrafast spectroscopy and nonlinear optics, chemical biology, imaging and microscopy. Individual or pairs of isotopically labeled, engineered or non-natural probes, in conjunction with various advanced spectroscopic and microscopic techniques based on light-matter interactions, have further expanded the repertoire of vibrational toolset.
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together leading experts across disciplines and highlight recent advances utilizing vibrational probes to study biomolecular structure and dynamics. Both original research articles and reviews are welcome, and articles that report or propose new ideas and new directions to stimulate future development and applications are particularly welcome.
Prof. Dr. Chong Fang
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- structure-function relationships
- molecular spectroscopy
- imaging and microscopy
- protein engineering
- bioprobe development
- potential energy surface
- vibrational dynamics
- functional motions and interactions
- equilibrium and non-equilibrium processes