Abstract— A chlorophyll‐containing small unilamellar lipid bilayer vesicle system with a sulfonated quinone molecule (MQS) in one aqueous compartment and a sulfonated hydroquinone molecule (H2QS) in the other has been investigated, using laser flash photolysis and steady‐state irradiation, as a means of storing light energy in the form of a proton gradient across the lipid bilayer. Under optimal conditions, an efficiency of 39% based on the chlorophyll triplet state quenched has been achieved for vectorial electron transfer across the bilayer; this corresponds to a quantum yield of 23% based on absorbed photons. As a consequence of irradiation by a single laser flash, 0.2 μM of protons were taken up by quinone reduction (MQS → H2MQS) in the outer compartment. The same number of protons were released in the inner compartment by hydroquinone oxidation (H2QS → QS). Since the volume occupied by the vesicles was only 1/1000 of the total volume of the sample, the local concentration of protons in the inner compartment was 1000 times larger (i.e.≅ 200 μM), resulting in the generation of an appreciable proton gradient across the bilayer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry