Amino Acids

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 333–343 | Cite as

Photoactive amino acid derivatives with long alkyl chains

  • E. Markava
  • G. Matisova
  • L. Gerca
  • I. Muzikante
  • M. Rutkis


Azobenzene amphiphiles containingβ-alanine, L-lysine orβ-homolysine moieties were synthesized and characterised. Stable monomolecular layers at the air/water interface and LB multilayers has been obtained from some of them. One sample of azobenzenes synthesized has been shown to undergo a reversible trans/cis photoisomerization upon light irradiation in both solution and LB multilayer.


Amino acids β-Alanine L-Lysine β Homolysine Azobenzene Photoisomerization Monomolecular layer Multilayer 



N,N′-dicyclohexyl carbodiimide


N-hydroxy succinimide






ethyl acetate






high performance liquid chromatography


thin layer chromatography




isopropyl alcohol


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Markava
    • 1
  • G. Matisova
    • 1
  • L. Gerca
    • 2
  • I. Muzikante
    • 2
  • M. Rutkis
    • 2
  1. 1.Latvian Institute of Organic SynthesisRigaLatvia
  2. 2.Institute of Physical EnergeticsLatvian Academy of SciencesRigaLatvia

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