A neutral zwitterionic molecular solid

Abdelkrim El-Ghayoury, Cécile Mézère, Sergey Simonov, Leokadiya Zorina, Manuel Cobián, Enric Canadell, Carme Rovira, Bálint Náfrádi, Balázs Sipos, Lászlò Forrò, Patrick Batail

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    We report on the acid ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvaleneamidoglycine (EDT-TTF-CO-NH-CH2-CO2H; 1; EDT-TTF= ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene) and the 1:1 adduct [(EDT-TTF) .+-CO-NH-CH2-(CO2)-][(EDT-TTF)-CO- NH-CH2-(CO2H)]•CH3OH (2), a new type of hydrogen-bonded, 1:1 acid/zwitterion hybrid embrace of redox peptidics into a two-dimensional architecture, an example of a system deliberately fashioned so that oxidation of π-conjugated cores toward the radical-cation form would interfere with the activity of the appended ionizable residues in the presence of a templating base during crystal growth. First-principles calculations demonstrate that, notwithstanding preconceived ideas, a metallic state is more stable than the hole-localized alternatives for a neat 1:1 neutral acid/zwitterion hybrid. The inhomogeneous Coulomb field associated with proton-shared, interstacks O-H•••O hydrogen bonds between the ionizable residues distributed on both sides of the two-dimensional π-conjugated framework leads, however, to a weak hole localization responsible for the activated but high conductivity of 1 S cm-1. This situation is reminiscent of the role of the environment on electron transfer in tetraheme cytochrome c, in which the protonation state of a heme propionate becomes paramount, or ion-gated transport phenomena in biology. These observations open rather intriguing opportunities for the construction of electronic systems at the interface of chemistry and biology. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14051-14059
    JournalChemistry - A European Journal
    Issue number47
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2010


    • electron transport
    • electronic structure
    • peptides
    • template synthesis
    • zwitterions


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