We acknowledge financial support from the Belgian government, the Belgian National Science Foundation, and the University of Leuven. M. K. is a research fellow of the European Union, T. V. is a postdoctoral researcher, and S. H. a research assistant of the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research (NFWO). C. B. acknowledges Financial support from the Flemish Institute for Advancement of the Scientific and Technological Research in Industry (IWT).
Second-order nonlinear optical properties of a chromophore-functionalized polypeptide†
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2004
Copyright © 1996 Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 8, Issue 9, pages 756–759, September 1996
How to Cite
Verbiest, T., Samyn, C., Boutton, C., Houbrechts, S., Kauranen, M. and Persoons, A. (1996), Second-order nonlinear optical properties of a chromophore-functionalized polypeptide. Adv. Mater., 8: 756–759. doi: 10.1002/adma.19960080912
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 24 MAY 1996
- Manuscript Received: 10 APR 1996
The attachment of a nonlinear optical chromophore to a polypeptide backbone yields a structure in which the chromophores are oriented non-centrosymmetrically, likely due to the supramolecular helix structure of the polypeptide. This structure exhibits enhanced nonlinear optical properties and can be easily poled in an electrostatic field. The result demonstrates the great potential of supramolecular engineering for optimizing NLO properties.