Ulrich Fekl

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Polarization-in, polarization-out (PIPO) second harmonic generation (SHG) and third harmonic generation (THG) microscopy was used to study the crystalline organization of β-carotene molecules within individual aggregates contained in the chromoplasts of orange carrots in vivo. Multimodal PIPO SHG and PIPO THG studies of the aggregates revealed one dominant(More)
Coordinatively and electronically unsaturated species are shortlived intermediates in a large number of reactions involving late transition metal complexes.1 These species containing an “opensite” in the metal coordination sphere are notoriously difficult to characterize, owing to their inherent reactivity.2 In particular, fivecoordinate Pt(IV) alkyl(More)
Photosynthetic structures when imaged with nonlinear optical microscopy give rise to high third harmonic generation (THG) signal intensity due to the presence of chlorophylls and xanthophylls which have large second hyperpolarizabilitiy (γ) values. The γ value of trimers of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b pigment-protein complex of photosystem II(More)
The use of carotenoids as biologically friendly labels for third harmonic generation (THG) microscopy is demonstrated. Carotenoid containing liposomes are used to label cell structures via liposome cell fusion. The THG microscopy labels, called harmonophores, were characterized by measuring the third-order nonlinear susceptibility (χ((3))) of carotenoids:(More)
Measurement of the second hyperpolarizability (γ) values of compounds can provide insight into the molecular structural requirements for enhancement of third harmonic generation (THG) signal. A convenient method for measuring the γ of compounds in solutions was developed by implementing the THG ratio method which is based on measuring the THG intensity from(More)
Transition-metal dithiolene complexes have interesting structures and fascinating redox properties, making them promising candidates for a number of applications, including superconductors, photonic devices, chemical sensors, and catalysts. However, not enough is known about the molecular electronic origins of these properties. Multinuclear solid-state NMR(More)
A new class of low-barrier molecular rotors, metal trans-dihydrides, is suggested here. To test whether rapid rotation can be achieved, the known complex trans-H2Pt(P(t)Bu3)2 was experimentally studied by (2)H and (195)Pt solid-state NMR spectroscopy (powder pattern changes with temperature) and computationally modeled as a (t)Bu3P-Pt-P(t)Bu3 stator with a(More)
Proximal phosphorylation on proteins appears to have functional significance and has been associated with several diseases, including Alzheimer's and cancer. While much remains to be learned about the role of proximal phosphorylation in biological systems, no simple and/or affordable technique is available for its detection. To this end, we have previously(More)