Optical properties and charge distribution in rod- shape DNA- silver cluster emitters

MI Taccone and M Berdakin and GA Pino and CG Sanchez, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 20, 22510-22516 (2018).

DOI: 10.1039/c8cp03895c

While the atomic structure of DNA_Ag-n clusters remains unknown many efforts have been made to understand the photophysical properties of this type of systems. It is known that partial oxidation of the silver cluster is necessary for generation of fluorescent emitters. In this sense, the rod-shape model proposed by Gwinn and coworkers (D. Schultz, K. Gardner, S. S. R. Oemrawsingh, N. Markeevic, K. Olsson, M. Debord, D. Bouwmeester, and E. Gwinn, Adv. Mater., 2013, 25, 2797-2803), based on the idea that a neutral rod is generated with Ag+ acting as a glue in between the neutral rod and the DNA bases, is a good approximation in order to explain experimental results. With the aim to shed light towards the understanding of these systems, we explore the electronic dynamics and charge distribution in zigzag rod-shape DNA_Ag-n clusters, using the Ag-0/Ag+ stoichiometry found experimentally.

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