Nov 21, 2007

Transformation from chemisorption to physisorption with tube diameter and gas concentration: computational studies on NH3 adsorption in BN nanotubes

The Journal of Chemical Physics
Yafei LiJijun Zhao


Using first-principles computations, we studied NH3 adsorption on a series of zigzag (n,0) single-walled BN nanotubes (BNNTs) and the effect of gas coverage. Tube diameter and NH3 coverage play important roles on the tube-NH3 interaction. Chemisorption of a single NH3 molecule on top of B site is energetically preferable for all the tubes studied, but the adsorption energy decreases sharply with increasing tube diameter, and then gradually approaches the value for NH3 physisorption on BN graphene layer. On the sidewall of (10,0) BNNT, NH3 molecules prefer to pair arrangement on top of B and N atoms opposite in the same hexagon. At low coverages, NH3 molecules are partly chemically bound to BNNTs. With the increase of NH3 coverage, hydrogen bonds form between the adsorbed NH3 molecules or between the NH3 molecules and N atoms in BNNTs. When the coverage reaches 25%, the chemisorption of NH3 transforms to physisorption completely. NH3 adsorption does not modify the overall band structures of BNNTs, irrespective of NH3 coverage, but the band gap is narrowed due to the NH3-tube coupling and tube deformation.

  • References19
  • Citations11


  • References19
  • Citations11


Mentioned in this Paper

Bulimia Nervosa

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Coronavirus Protein Structures

Deciphering and comparing the proteins of different coronaviruses forms a basis for understanding SARS-CoV-2 evolution and virus-receptor interactions. This feed follows studies analyzing the structures of coronavirus proteins, thereby revealing potential drug target sites.

DDX3X Syndrome

DDX3X syndrome is caused by a spontaneous mutation at conception that primarily affects girls due to its location on the X-chromosome. DDX3X syndrome has been linked to intellectual disabilities, seizures, autism, low muscle tone, brain abnormalities, and slower physical developments. Here is the latest research.

ALS: Stress Granules

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by cytoplasmic protein aggregates within motor neurons. TDP-43 is an ALS-linked protein that is known to regulate splicing and storage of specific mRNAs into stress granules, which have been implicated in formation of ALS protein aggregates. Here is the latest research.

Fusion Oncoproteins in Childhood Cancers

This feed explores the function of fusion oncoproteins in specific childhood cancers, including those from racial/ethnic minority and underserved groups, and to provide preclinical assessment of potential therapeutics and how fusion oncoproteins influence gene expression to perturb normal cellular programs to block lineage differentiation and development

Applications of Molecular Barcoding

The concept of molecular barcoding is that each original DNA or RNA molecule is attached to a unique sequence barcode. Sequence reads having different barcodes represent different original molecules, while sequence reads having the same barcode are results of PCR duplication from one original molecule. Discover the latest research on molecular barcoding here.

Regulation of Vocal-Motor Plasticity

Dopaminergic projections to the basal ganglia and nucleus accumbens shape the learning and plasticity of motivated behaviors across species including the regulation of vocal-motor plasticity and performance in songbirds. Discover the latest research on the regulation of vocal-motor plasticity here.

Mitotic-exit networks with cytokinesis

Cytokinesis is the highly regulated process that physically separates daughter and mother cells in late mitosis. The mitotic-exit network (MEN), the signalling pathway that drives mitotic exit, directly regulates cytokinesis. Discover the latest research on mitotic-exit networks with cytokinesis here.

DNA Replication Origin

DNA replication is initiated as specific gene sequences, called origins, that function to start DNA replication. Pre-replication complexes are assembled at these origins during the G1 phase of the cell cycle. These sequences allow for targeted activation or deactivation of replication. Discover the latest research on DNA replication origins here.