Robert C Dunbar

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Infrared multiple-photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy has given infrared spectra of complexes of di- and tripeptides (AlaAla, AlaAlaAla, AlaPhe, PheAla) with singly and doubly charged metal ions (K(+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+), and Ba(2+)). The switch between charge-solvated (CS) and salt-bridged zwitterion (SB) conformations is displayed through highly(More)
Structures and binding thermochemistry are investigated for protonated PhePhe and for complexes of PhePhe with the alkaline-earth ions Ba(2+) and Ca(2+), the alkali-metal ions Li(+), Na(+), K(+), and Cs(+), and the transition-metal ion Ag(+). The two neighboring aromatic side chains open the possibility of a novel encapsulation motif of the metal ion in a(More)
Infrared multiple-photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy is employed to obtain detailed binding information on singly charged silver and alkali metal-ion/tryptophan complexes in the gas phase. For these complexes the presence of the salt bridge (i.e. zwitterionic) tautomer can be virtually excluded, except for perhaps a few percent in the case of Li+. Two(More)
Infrared multiple-photon dissociation (IR-MPD) spectroscopy has been applied to singly-charged complexes involving the transition metals Ag(+) and Zn(2+) with the aromatic amino acid phenylalanine. These studies are complemented by DFT calculations. For [Phe+Ag](+) the calculations favor a tridentate charge solvation N/O/ring structure. The experimental(More)
Infrared spectra were recorded for a series of gas-phase Cr+ complexes using infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) in a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometer. The functionalized aromatic ligands (acetophenone, anisole, aniline, and dimethyl aniline) offer a choice of either aromatic ring-pi or n-donor-base binding sites.(More)
The gas-phase complexes M(+)(acet)(2), where M is Fe, Co, or Ni and acet is acetophenone, were studied spectroscopically by infrared multiple-photon dissociation (IRMPD) supported by density functional (DFT) computations. The FELIX free electron laser was used to give tunable radiation from approximately 500 to 2200 cm(-1). The spectra were interpreted to(More)
Gas-phase complexes of five metal ions with the dipeptide HisGly have been characterized by DFT computations and by infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy (IRMPD) using the free electron laser FELIX. Fine agreement is found in all five cases between the predicted IR spectral features of the lowest energy structures and the observed IRMPD spectra(More)
Ion-neutral complexes of pentaalalanine with several singly- and doubly charged metal ions are examined using conformation analysis by infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) computations. The infrared spectroscopy in the 1500-1800 cm(-1) region is found to be conformationally informative; in(More)