Controlling the orientation of nucleobases by dipole moment interaction with graphene/h-BN interfaces

Hakkim Vovusha, Rodrigo G. Amorim, Ralph H. Scheicher, Biplab Sanyal

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The interfaces in 2D hybrids of graphene and h-BN provide interesting possibilities of adsorbing and manipulating atomic and molecular entities. In this paper, with the aid of density functional theory, we demonstrate the adsorption characteristics of DNA nucleobases at different interfaces of 2D hybrid nanoflakes of graphene and h-BN. The interfaces provide stronger binding to the nucleobases in comparison to pure graphene and h-BN nanoflakes. It is also revealed that the individual dipole moments of the nucleobases and nanoflakes dictate the orientation of the nucleobases at the interfaces of the hybrid structures. The results of our study point towards a possible route to selectively control the orientation of individual molecules in biosensors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6527-6531
Number of pages5
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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