Interaction of biological matter with nanomaterials: a first-principles approach

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DNA-coated carbon nanotubes represent a hybrid system which unites the biological regime and the nanomaterials world. They possess features which make them attractive for a broad range of applications, e.g., as an efficient method to separate carbon nanotubes (CNTs) according to their electronic properties1–3, as highly specific nanosensors, or as an in vivo optical detector for ions. It has also been experimentally demonstrated that ssDNA can be inserted into a CNT5, further enhancing the potential applications of this nano-bio system. Our specific interest is to assess the subtle differences in the adsorption strength of these nucleobases on graphene, which in turn will allow us to draw conclusions for the interaction of DNA and RNA with CNTs as well.

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Publisher's version of record: http://juser.fz-juelich.de/record/135931/files/NIC222945.pdf

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From Computational Biophysics To Systems Biology Symposium