The fibril formation process of a synthetic peptidolipid compound in a Langmuir monolayer at the air-water interface has been analyzed by surface pressure and surface dipole moment-area isotherms, followed by infrared spectral analysis of related Langmuir-Blodgett films. Thus far, the analysis of randomly oriented molecular assemblies has been a difficult matter, especially for spectroscopic measurements. In the present study, the Langmuir film isotherms were discussed in detail, and they have readily been correlated to the infrared spectra. For the spectral analysis, infrared multiple-angle incidence resolution spectroscopy (MAIRS) was employed, which was compared to the results by conventional techniques. Since the peptide assemblies greatly responded to a metal surface, the reflection-absorption technique was not useful for our analysis. Instead, MAIRS was found to be powerful to reveal the anisotropic structure of the Langmuir films, and a disordered molecular architecture has been revealed via the molecular orientation analysis. As a result, the fibril-like aggregation formation process during the monolayer compression, which was suggested by previous topographical study, has been found to be due to the stiff domain formation in the Langmuir films.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry