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Understanding Primary Charge Separation in the Heliobacterial Reaction Center

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Brütting, Moritz ; Förster, Johannes ; Kümmel, Stephan:
Understanding Primary Charge Separation in the Heliobacterial Reaction Center.
In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Vol. 14 (2023) Issue 13 . - pp. 3092-3102.
ISSN 1948-7185

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Project financing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst

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The homodimeric reaction center of heliobacteria retains features of the ancestral reaction center and can thus provide insights into the evolution of photosynthesis. Primary charge separation is expected to proceed in a two-step mechanism along either of the two reaction center branches. We reveal the first charge-separation step from first-principles calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory with an optimally tuned range-separated hybrid and ab initio Born–Oppenheimer molecular dynamics: the electron is most likely localized on the electron transfer cofactor 3 (EC3, OH-chlorophyll a), and the hole on the adjacent EC2. Including substantial parts of the surrounding protein environment into the calculations shows that a distinct structural mechanism is decisive for the relative energetic positioning of the electronic excitations: specific charged amino acids in the vicinity of EC3 lower the energy of charge-transfer excitations and thus facilitate efficient charge separation. These results are discussed considering recent experimental insights.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science > Department of Physics > Chair Theoretical Physics IV
Graduate Schools > Elite Network Bavaria > Biological Physics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 07:57
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 07:57