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Dichroic Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Characterizationof the β‑Sheet Orientation in Spider Silk Films on Silicon Substrates

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Hofmaier, Mirjam ; Urban, Birgit ; Lentz, Sarah ; Borkner, Christian B. ; Scheibel, Thomas ; Fery, Andreas ; Müller, Martin:
Dichroic Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Characterizationof the β‑Sheet Orientation in Spider Silk Films on Silicon Substrates.
In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. (12 January 2020) .
ISSN 1520-5207
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c09395

Abstract in another language

Orientation analysis of the β-sheet structure within films of the established recombinant spider silk protein eADF4(C16) was performed using a concept based on dichroic transmission– and attenuated total reflection–Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, lineshape analysis, assignment of amide I components to specific vibration modes, and transition dipole moment directions of β-sheet structures. Based on the experimental dichroic ratio R, the order parameter S of β-sheet structures was calculated with respect to uniaxial orientation. Films of eADF4(C16) were deposited on untexturized (Si) and unidirectionally scratched silicon substrates (Si-sc) and post-treated with MeOH vapor. Freshly cast thin and thick eADF4(C16) films out of hexafluoroisopropanol featured β-sheet contents of ≈6%, which increased to >30% after MeOH post-treatment in dependence of time. Pseudo-first order folding kinetics were obtained, suggesting a transition from an unfolded to a folded state. In MeOH post-treated thin films with diameters in the nanometer range, a significant orientation of β-sheets was obtained regardless of the texturization of the silicon substrate (Si, Si-sc). This was rationalized by dichroic ratios of the amide I component at 1696 cm–1 assigned to the (0, π) mode of antiparallel β-sheet structures, whose transition dipole moment M is located in parallel to both β-sheet plane and chain direction. The calculated high molecular order parameter S ≈ 0.40 suggested vertically (out-of-plane) oriented antiparallel β-sheet stacks with tilt angles of γ ≈ 39° to the surface normal. Microscale (thick) films, in contrast, revealed low order parameters S ≈ 0. Scanning force microscopy on thin eADF4 films at silicon substrates showed dewetted polymer film structures rather at the micro-scale. These findings give new insights in the role of the β-sheet crystallite orientation for the mechanical properties of spider silk materials.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials > Chair Biomaterials - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Advanced Materials
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Molecular Biosciences
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Food and Health Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center for Material Science and Engineering - BayMAT
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 11:13
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/62673