Direct observation of the `lubricant of life' using ultrafast spectroscopies

Neil Hunt, David Turton, Lisa Kattner, Richard P. Shanks, Klaas Wynne

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For the first time we have observed the changes in the terahertz Raman spectrum of a peptide that accompany a secondary-structure transition. Comparison with a phenol model system suggests an origin in hydrogen bonding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUltrafast Phenomena XV
EditorsP Corkum, D Jonas, RJD Miller, AM Weiner
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event15th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena - Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20064 Aug 2006

Publication series

NameSpringer series in chemical physics
ISSN (Print)0172-6218


Conference15th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena
CountryUnited States
CityPacific Grove


  • lubricant of life
  • observation
  • ultrafast spectroscopy

Cite this

Hunt, N., Turton, D., Kattner, L., Shanks, R. P., & Wynne, K. (2007). Direct observation of the `lubricant of life' using ultrafast spectroscopies. In P. Corkum, D. Jonas, RJD. Miller, & AM. Weiner (Eds.), Ultrafast Phenomena XV (pp. 504-506). (Springer series in chemical physics ; Vol. 88)..