Adsorption of amino acids on hydrophilic surfaces

TitleAdsorption of amino acids on hydrophilic surfaces
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsP√°szti, Z, Keszthelyi, T, Hakkel, O, Guczi, L
JournalJournal of Physics-condensed Matter
Date Publishedjun

Sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG)is a powerful tool for in situ investigation of adsorption processes at biologically important solid-liquid interfaces. In this work adsorption of selected amino acids on fused silica, calcium fluoride and titanium dioxide substrates was studied by this technique. SFG spectra taken at the amino acid solution-fused SiO(2) interface revealed the lack of formation of any ordered adsorbate layer, regardless of whether acidic or other, e. g. aromatic, amino acids were used. Ex situ spectra (measured after drying the substrate) showed the formation and gradual growth of amino acid crystallites. In the case of CaF(2), growth of randomly oriented aspartic acid crystallites was observed even at the solution-substrate interface. Finally, on the TiO(2) substrate, acidic amino acids formed a stable, uniform, more or less ordered coating, which remained unchanged even after drying the sample. On the other hand, non-acidic amino acids like phenylalanine showed very little affinity towards TiO(2), emphasizing the role of the acidic side chain in the bonding to the substrate. The fact that formation of an amino acid overlayer was observed only on titanium dioxide is probably related to its biocompatibility property.