Paul M. Donaldson

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We demonstrate how quasi-phase-cycling achieved by sub-cycle delay modulation can be used to replace optical chopping in a box-CARS 2D IR experiment in order to enhance the signal size, and, at the same time, completely eliminate any scattering contamination. Two optical devices are described that can be used for this purpose, a wobbling Brewster window and(More)
We show that it is possible to both directly measure and directly calculate Fermi resonance couplings in benzene. The measurement method used was a particular form of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D-IR) known as doubly vibrationally enhanced four wave mixing. By using different pulse orderings, vibrational cross peaks could be measured either(More)
We design and characterize spherical gold nanoparticles, which are covalently linked to and completely covered by 3(10)-helical peptides. These helices provide a scaffold to place (13)C=O isotope labels at defined distances from the gold surface, which we employ as local thermometers. Probing these reporter groups with transient infrared spectroscopy, we(More)
We employ a particular form of two-dimensional infrared four-wave mixing (2DIR FWM) as a vibrational spectroscopic tool to quantify the amino acid content of a number of peptides. Vibrational features corresponding to ring modes of the aromatic groups of phenylalanine (Phe) and tyrosine (Tyr), as well as a methylene mode that is used as an internal(More)
In the last 10 years, several forms of two-dimensional infrared (2DIR) spectroscopy have been developed, such as IR pump-probe spectroscopy and photon-echo techniques. In this Account, we describe a doubly vibrationally enhanced four-wave mixing method, in which a third-order nonlinear signal is generated from the interaction of two independently tunable IR(More)
Surface analysis: two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D-IR) was used to probe amide and carboxylate functional groups in the vicinity of gold nanoparticles and their aggregates. The data presented shows that the unique ability of 2D-IR spectroscopy to characterize broadening mechanisms and cross peaks offers new insights into gold nanoparticle capping(More)
Electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy, a variant of 2DIR, is shown to be a useful tool to differentiate a set of 10 proteins based on their amino acid content. Two-dimensional vibrational signatures of amino acid side chains are identified and the corresponding signal strengths used to quantify their levels by using a methyl(More)
A series of photoswitchable, alpha-helical peptides were studied using two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D-IR). Single-isotope labeling with (13)C(18)O at various positions in the sequence was employed to spectrally isolate particular backbone positions. We show that a single (13)C(18)O label can give rise to two bands along the diagonal of the 2D-IR(More)
Synchrotron radiation (SR) IR microspectroscopy has enabled determination of the thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular orientation of CO2 adsorbed in single microcrystals of a functionalized metal-organic framework (MOF) under conditions relevant to carbon capture from flue gases. Single crystals of the small-pore MOF, Sc2 (BDC-NH2 )3 , (BDC-NH2(More)