We analyzed two preparations of native, low-spin ferric chloroperoxides as a function of temperature with the following results. (i) The spin lattice transition rate W(T) is relative slow, following a power law W=0.035 (T/K)4.98 (rad/s) for one of the samples. (ii) The quadrupole splitting is strongly temperature dependent, dropping from |δEQ| ∼ 2.94 mm/s at 100 K to ∼2 mm/s at 250 K. (iii) Starting at 190 K, the low-spin heme iron in frozen adqueous solution converts reversibly to a high-spin form, reaching ∼40% high-spin at 250 K. The two forms appear to be in thermal equilibrium, (iv) Optical data indicate that in a 70% glycerol glass, the conversion starts at lower temperature and reaches ∼50% highspin at 190 K.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry