Light-activated molecular conductivity in the photoreactions of vitamin D3. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this theoretical-experimental approach, we show using ab initio calculations behavior consistent with the activation of 7-dehydrocholesterol, provitamin D(3), as an initial reactant toward ultraviolet-activated reactions of vitamin D(3). We find using molecular orbital theory that a conformation between the provitamin and the vitamin shows higher conductance than those of the reactant and product. We also find experimental evidence of this electrical character by directly measuring current-voltage characteristics on irradiated and nonirradiated samples of the provitamin. The activation of the provitamin D(3) is characterized with an increase in current during the irradiation.

published proceedings

  • J Phys Chem A

author list (cited authors)

  • Rangel, N. L., Williams, K. S., & Seminario, J. M.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Rangel, Norma L||Williams, Kristen S||Seminario, Jorge M

publication date

  • June 2009