Inter-peptide hydrogen bonding in monolayers of oligoglycine amphiphiles

Xiao Cha, Katsuhiko Ariga, Toyoki Kunitake

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

37 Citations (Scopus)


N-octadecanoyl oligoglycine (monomer to pentamer) ethyl esters were synthesized. The structures of their monolayers and LB films transferred from pure water were investigated by π-A isotherms and FT-IR reflection absorption spectroscopy (FT-IR, RAS). All the glycine residues were involved in intermolecular hydrogen bonding as indicated by shifts of the NH stretching band and other IR features. The strength of the hydrogen bonds was increased with increasing numbers of the glycine residues in a molecule. The FT-IR characteristics of these monolayers are close to those of polyglycine II, despite the fact that these oligopeptides are not long enough for conformational fixation in bulk water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Inter-peptide hydrogen bonding in monolayers of oligoglycine amphiphiles'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this