Hydration of Chlorophyll a

  • K. Rangsriwatananon
  • H. Kleeberg
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The sorption isothermes and infrared spectra (4000–1000 cm-1) of Chlorophyll a (chl a) are compared.

Between 90 and 10 % relative humidity r.h. 1–2 H2O/chl a is present during desorption. The H2O spectra indicate the presence of two spectroscopically different H2O molecules containing free OH groups and H- bonds of intermediate strength. At low H2O contents (below 1 H2O chl a) H2O interactions are very different and strong H-bonds are formed. This H2O is desorbed only at elevated temperatures (80–100°C). During the subsequent H2O adsorption process water molecules form 2 moderately strong H-bonds with chl a. The changes in H2O interaction are reflected by the spectra of chl a in the C=O streching region as well.

The results are interpreted with respect to a cooperative influence of the magnesium-ion of chl a on the hydration.


Acid Ethyl Ester Intermediate Strength Acetic Acid Ethyl Photochemical Energy Conversion Cooperativity Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Rangsriwatananon
    • 1
  • H. Kleeberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Physikalische ChemieUniversität MarburgMarburgGermany

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