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Ab-Initio Adsorption Study of Chitosan on Functionalized Graphene: Critical Role of Van Der Waals Interactions

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We investigate the adsorption process of an organic biomolecule (chitosan) on epoxy-functionalized graphene using Ab-Initio density functional methods incorporating van-der-waals (vdW) interactions. The role of London dispersion force on the cohesive energy and conformal preference of the molecule is quantitatively elucidated. Functionalizing graphene with epoxy leads to weak hydrogen-bond interactions with chitosan. Binding energy values increase by over an order of magnitude after including vdW corrections, implying that dispersive interactions dominate the physisorption process. Conformal study show binding upto 30 kcal/mol when the molecule is oriented with the hydroxyl group approaching the functionalized graphene. Our study advances the promise of functionalized graphene for a variety of applications.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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