Chlorophyll f

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Chlorophyll f
Chlorophyll f.svg
Molar mass 907.4725 g/mol
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Chlorophyll f is a type form of chlorophyll that absorbs further in the red (infrared light) than other chlorophylls.[2][3] It was reported from stromatolites from Western Australia's Shark Bay.[4]

The finding was made by scientists at the University of Sydney led by Professor Min Chen, and is the first discovery of a new form of chlorophyll in 60 years.[4] However, the function of chlorophyll f in photosynthetic reactions is uncertain and the ecological distribution of chlorophyll f remains unknown.

Based on NMR data, optical and mass spectra and density functional theory (DFT) simulation, it is confirmed to have a structure of C55H70O6N4Mg or [2-formyl]-chlorophyll a.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Willows, Robert D.; Li, Yaqiong; Scheer, Hugo; Chen, Min (15 March 2013). "Structure of chlorophyll f". Organic Letters. doi:10.1021/ol400327j. 
  2. ^ a b Chen, M. .; Schliep, M. .; Willows, R. D.; Cai, Z. -L.; Neilan, B. A.; Scheer, H. . (2010). "A Red-Shifted Chlorophyll". Science. 329 (5997): 1318–1319. Bibcode:2010Sci...329.1318C. PMID 20724585. doi:10.1126/science.1191127. 
  3. ^ Ferris Jabr (August 19, 2010). "A New Form of Chlorophyll?". Scientific American. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Australian scientists discover first new chlorophyll in 60 years". University of Sydney. 20 August 2010.