Vanessa Oklejas

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The many-body physics of hydrogen bond formation in alpha-helices of globular proteins was investigated using a simple physics-based model. Specifically, a context-sensitive hydrogen bond potential, which depends on residue identity and degree of solvent exposure, was used in the framework of the Associated Memory Hamiltonian codes developed previously but(More)
The vibrational Stark effect is observed in the surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectra of self-assembled monolayers functionalized with pendant nitrile groups. Stark tuning of the nitrile-stretching frequency serves as a localized probe of the electric field in the diffuse double layer of a SAM-modified electrochemical interface. Stark-tuning rates at(More)
The folding reaction of a β-barrel membrane protein, outer membrane protein A (OmpA), is probed with Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) experiments. Four mutants of OmpA were generated in which the donor fluorophore, tryptophan, and acceptor molecule, a naphthalene derivative, are placed in various locations on the protein to report the evolution of(More)
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of a metal-complexing ligand, immobilized to a silver electrode surface, exhibits significant structural changes upon application of modest potentials. A detailed spectroscopic investigation shows that the potential applied to the electrode surface governs the tautomerization equilibrium of the immobilized(More)
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroelectrochemistry is used to characterize electrochemically roughened and highly polished polycrystalline silver SERS-active substrates. Changes in the nitrile stretching vibrational mode of adsorbed thiocyanate are used as an in situ spectroscopic probe: the potential dependence of band position (Stark(More)
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