Adsorption and properties of aromatic amino acids on single-walled carbon nanotubes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1146-1153
Journal / PublicationNanoscale
Volume4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2012

Abstract

We investigated the adsorption of three aromatic amino acids - phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan - on the sidewalls of a number of representative single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) using density-functional tight-binding calculations, complemented by an empirical dispersion correction. The armchair (n, n) SWNTs (n = 3-12) and zigzag (n, 0) SWNTs (n = 4-12) were thoroughly examined. We found that the most stable amino acid/SWNT complexes for different SWNTs have similar local structures, and that the distance between the amino acid and SWNT is about 3 Å. Owing to the π-π and H-π stacking interactions, the benzene and indole rings are not exactly parallel to the SWNTs but instead lie at a small angle. We also investigated the diameter and chirality dependences of binding energies and found that SWNT (5, 0) has an especially large binding energy that can be used for SWNT identification or selection. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Adsorption and properties of aromatic amino acids on single-walled carbon nanotubes. / Wang, Cuihong; Li, Shuang; Zhang, Ruiqin; Lin, Zijing.

In: Nanoscale, Vol. 4, No. 4, 21.02.2012, p. 1146-1153.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review