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Electronic and Vibrational Properties of Allene Carotenoids

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Carotenoids are conjugated linear molecules built from the repetition of terpene units, which display a large structural diversity in nature. They may, in particular, contain several types of side or end groups, which tune their functional properties, such as absorption position and photochemistry. We report here a detailed experimental study of the absorption and vibrational properties of allene-containing carotenoids, together with an extensive modeling of these experimental data. Our calculations can satisfactorily explain the electronic properties of vaucheriaxanthin, where the allene group introduces the equivalent of one CC double bond into the conjugated CC chain. The position of the electronic absorption of fucoxanthin and butanoyloxyfucoxanthin requires long-range corrections to be found correctly on the red side of that of vaucheriaxanthin; however, these corrections tend to overestimate the effect of the conjugated and nonconjugated CO groups in these molecules. We show that the resonance Raman spectra of these carotenoids are largely perturbed by the presence of the allene group, with the two major Raman contributions split into two components. These perturbations are satisfactorily explained by modeling, through a gain in the Raman intensity of the CC antisymmetric stretching mode, induced by the presence of the allene group in the carotenoid CC chain.
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hal-03647305 , version 1 (20-04-2022)



Mindaugas Macernis, Simona Streckaite, Radek Litvin, Andrew Pascal, Manuel J. Llansola-Portoles, et al.. Electronic and Vibrational Properties of Allene Carotenoids. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2022, 126 (6), pp.813-824. ⟨10.1021/acs.jpca.1c09393⟩. ⟨hal-03647305⟩
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