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Interaction of Nucleobases and Aromatic Amino Acids with Graphene Oxide and Graphene Flakes

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posted on 2015-12-16, 23:48 authored by Hakkim Vovusha, Suparna Sanyal, Biplab Sanyal
In this work, we have studied interactions of nucleobases and aromatic amino acids with graphene (G) and graphene oxide (GO) flakes by ab initio density functional theory (DFT). It is evident from the results that GO complexes are stabilized by hydrogen bonding interactions whereas G complexes are stabilized by π–π interactions, leading to enhanced binding energies for GO complexes compared to G complexes. Moreover, time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations for the optical properties reveal that the GO nanoflakes and GO–nucleobase composite absorb visible light in the range of 400–700 nm, which may be useful for light-emitting devices. The insights obtained from our study will be useful to understand the role of GO flakes as carriers in targeted drug delivery and biosensors.