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Wang B.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Usharani D.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Usharani D.,Indian Central Food Technological Research Institute | Li C.,CAS Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter | And 2 more authors.
Journal of the American Chemical Society | Year: 2014

DNA-base lesions cause cancer and propagate into the genome. We use in-protein QM/MM calculations to study the repair of etheno-bridged adenine (εA) by the iron(IV)-oxo species of AlkB enzymes. Recent experimental investigations, using mass-spectrometry and in crystallo isolation, suggested that εA was repaired by formation of an epoxide (εA-ep) that further transforms to a glycol (εA-gl), ending finally in adenine and glyoxal. Theory reproduces the experimentally observed barrier for the rate-determining step and its pH dependence. However, as we show, the mass-spectrometrically identified species are side-byproducts unassociated with the repair mechanism. The repair is mediated by a zwitterionic species, of the same molecular mass as the epoxide, which transforms to an intermediate that matches the in crystallo trapped species in structure and mass, but is NOT the assumed εA-gl iron-glycol complex. Verifiable/falsifiable predictions, regarding the key protein residues, follow. The paper underscores the indispensable role of theory by providing atomistic descriptions of this vital mechanism, and guiding further experimental investigations. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

Li X.D.,Xiamen University | Yu S.,Xiamen University | Wu S.Q.,Xiamen University | Wen Y.H.,Xiamen University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C | Year: 2013

Hybrid systems consisting of graphene and various two-dimensional materials would provide more opportunities for achieving desired electronic and optoelectronic properties. Here, we focus on a superlattice composed of graphene and monolayer MoS2. The geometric and electronic structures of the superlattice have been studied by using density functional theory. The possible stacking models, which are classified into four types, are considered. Our results revealed that all the models of graphene/MoS2 superlattices exhibit metallic electronic properties. Small band gaps are opened up at the K-point of the Brillouin zone for all the four structural models. Furthermore, a small amount of charge transfer from the graphene layer to the intermediate region of C-S layers is found. The band structure and the charge transfer together with the buckling distortion of the graphene layer in the superlattice indicate that the interaction between the stacking sheets in the superlattice is more than just the van der Waals interaction. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Ma X.,CAS Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter | Hu S.-M.,CAS Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter | Tan C.-H.,CAS Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter | Zhang Y.-F.,Fuzhou University | And 4 more authors.
Inorganic Chemistry | Year: 2013

Cis- and trans-isomeric heterotrinuclear-metallic complexes and their two-electron-oxidation products, cis-/trans-[Cp(dppe)Fe(μ-CN)Ru(bpy) 2(μ-CN)Fe(dppe)Cp][PF6]2 (cis-/trans-1[PF6]2) and cis-/trans-[Cp(dppe)Fe(μ-CN) Ru(bpy)2(μ-CN)Fe(dppe)Cp][PF6]4 (cis-/trans-1[PF6]4), have been synthesized and structurally characterized. To the best of our knowledge, the complexes are the first example of a cis-/trans-isomer with multistates. Although separated by the diamagnetic cyanido-metal bridge, the two distant paramagnetic metal centers in both the oxidized complexes exhibit quite strong magnetic couplings. As a unique example, cis-1[PF6]4 is antiferromagnetic, and trans-1[PF6]4 is ferromagnetic. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations suggest that the spin-delocalization mechanism should be responsible for the magnetic interactions between the two distant paramagnetic Fe(III) centers across the diamagnetic cyanido-metal in both cis- and trans-14+. Most importantly, the DFT calculations revealed that the type (antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic) and strength (J) of the magnetic interactions in such compounds can be controlled by the variation (cis or trans) of the diamagnetic central metal configurations. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Sun D.,Fuzhou University | Liu W.,Fuzhou University | Fu Y.,Fuzhou University | Fu Y.,Zhejiang Normal University | And 6 more authors.
Chemistry - A European Journal | Year: 2014

M-doped NH2-MIL-125(Ti) (M=Pt and Au) were prepared by using the wetness impregnation method followed by a treatment with H2 flow. The resultant samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) analyses, N2-sorption BET surface area, and UV/Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic reaction carried out in saturated CO2 with triethanolamine (TEOA) as sacrificial agent under visible-light irradiations showed that the noble metal-doping on NH 2-MIL-125(Ti) promoted the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Unlike that over pure NH2-MIL-125(Ti), in which only formate was produced, both hydrogen and formate were formed over Pt- and Au-loaded NH 2-MIL-125(Ti). However, Pt and Au have different effects on the photocatalytic performance for formate production. Compared with pure NH 2-MIL-125(Ti), Pt/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) showed an enhanced activity for photocatalytic formate formation, whereas Au has a negative effect on this reaction. To elucidate the origin of the different photocatalytic performance, electron spin resonance (ESR) analyses and density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out over M/NH2-MIL-125(Ti).The photocatalytic mechanisms over M/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) (M=Pt and Au) were proposed. For the first time, the hydrogen spillover from the noble metal Pt to the framework of NH2-MIL-125(Ti) and its promoting effect on the photocatalytic CO2 reduction is revealed. The elucidation of the mechanism on the photocatalysis over M/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) can provide some guidance in the development of new photocatalysts based on MOF materials. This study also demonstrates the potential of using noble metal-doped MOFs in photocatalytic reactions involving hydrogen as a reactant, like hydrogenation reactions. Noble performance: The loading of noble metals can promote the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution over NH2-MIL-125(Ti), but Pt and Au have different effects on its photocatalytic formate production (see figure). © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Zhou Y.,Fuzhou University | Zhang Y.,Fuzhou University | Zhang Y.,Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry | Lin M.,Fuzhou University | And 5 more authors.
Nature Communications | Year: 2015

Two-dimensional-layered heterojunctions have attracted extensive interest recently due to their exciting behaviours in electronic/optoelectronic devices as well as solar energy conversion systems. However, layered heterojunction materials, especially those made by stacking different monolayers together by strong chemical bonds rather than by weak van der Waal interactions, are still challenging to fabricate. Here the monolayer Bi2WO6 with a sandwich substructure of [BiO]+-[WO4]2-[BiO]+ is reported. This material may be characterized as a layered heterojunction with different monolayer oxides held together by chemical bonds. Coordinatively unsaturated Bi atoms are present as active sites on the surface. On irradiation, holes are generated directly on the active surface layer and electrons in the middle layer, which leads to the outstanding performances of the monolayer material in solar energy conversion. Our work provides a general bottom-up route for designing and preparing novel monolayer materials with ultrafast charge separation and active surface. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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