Chemical reviews

What Can Be Learned from Nuclear Resonance Vibrational Spectroscopy: Vibrational Dynamics and Hemes.

PMID 28921972


Nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS; also known as nuclear inelastic scattering, NIS) is a synchrotron-based method that reveals the full spectrum of vibrational dynamics for Mössbauer nuclei. Another major advantage, in addition to its completeness (no arbitrary optical selection rules), is the unique selectivity of NRVS. The basics of this recently developed technique are first introduced with descriptions of the experimental requirements and data analysis including the details of mode assignments. We discuss the use of NRVS to probe 57Fe at the center of heme and heme protein derivatives yielding the vibrational density of states for the iron. The application to derivatives with diatomic ligands (O2, NO, CO, CN-) shows the strong capabilities of identifying mode character. The availability of the complete vibrational spectrum of iron allows the identification of modes not available by other techniques. This permits the correlation of frequency with other physical properties. A significant example is the correlation we find between the Fe-Im stretch in six-coordinate Fe(XO) hemes and the trans Fe-N(Im) bond distance, not possible previously. NRVS also provides uniquely quantitative insight into the dynamics of the iron. For example, it provides a model-independent means of characterizing the strength of iron coordination. Prediction of the temperature-dependent mean-squared displacement from NRVS measurements yields a vibrational "baseline" for Fe dynamics that can be compared with results from techniques that probe longer time scales to yield quantitative insights into additional dynamical processes.