Despite the many successful syntheses and applications of dopamine-functionalized TiO 2 nanohybrids, there has not yet been an atomistic understanding of the interaction of this 1,2-dihydroxybenzene derivative ligand with the titanium dioxide surfaces. In this work, on the basis of a wide set of dispersion-corrected hybrid density functional theory (DFT) calculations and density functional tight binding (DFTB) molecular dynamics simulations, we present a detailed study of the adsorption modes, patterns of growth, and configurations of dopamine on the anatase (101) TiO 2 surface, with reference to the archetype of 1,2-dihydroxybenzene ligands, i.e., catechol. At low coverage, the isolated dopamine molecule prefers to bend toward the surface, coordinating the NH 2 group to a Ti 5c ion. At high coverage, the packed molecules succeed in bending toward the surface only in some monolayer configurations. When they do, we observe a proton transfer from the surface to the ethyl-amino group, forming terminal NH 3+ species, which highly interact with the O atoms of a neighboring dopamine molecule. This strong Coulombic interaction largely stabilizes the self-assembled monolayer. On the basis of these results, we predict that improving the probability of dopamine molecules being free to bend toward the surface through thermodynamic versus kinetic growth conditions will lead to a monolayer of fully protonated dopamine molecules.
Ronchi, C., Selli, D., Pipornpong, W., & Di Valentin, C. (2019). Proton Transfers at a Dopamine-Functionalized TiO 2 Interface. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 123(13), 7682-7695.
|Citazione:||Ronchi, C., Selli, D., Pipornpong, W., & Di Valentin, C. (2019). Proton Transfers at a Dopamine-Functionalized TiO 2 Interface. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 123(13), 7682-7695.|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||No|
|Titolo:||Proton Transfers at a Dopamine-Functionalized TiO 2 Interface|
|Autori:||Ronchi, C; Selli, D; Pipornpong, W; Di Valentin, C|
DI VALENTIN, CRISTIANA (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04921|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|