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Spectroscopy: An International Journal
Volume 27 (2012), Article ID 279650, 8 pages

Specific Far Infrared Spectroscopic Properties of Phospholipids

1Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Vibrationnelle et Electrochemie des Biomolécules, Institut de Chimie, Université de Strasbourg, UMR 7177, 1 rue Blaise Pascal, 67000 Strasbourg Cedex, France
2Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie, Universität Göttingen, Roberto Koch Strasse 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany

Copyright © 2012 Ruth Hielscher and Petra Hellwig. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We describe the specific spectral signature of different phospholipids and sphingolipids in the far infrared. Three specific spectral domains have been found: the head group contributions (600 and 480 cm−1); the modes of the torsion motion of the hydrocarbon chains and of the skeleton vibration (460 to 180 cm−1); and the hydrogen-bonding continuum (below 300 cm−1). Marker bands for individual phospholipids are distinguished.