Electronic Properties of Acetaminophen Adsorbed on 2D Clusters: A First Principles Density Functional Study

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The interaction of acetaminophen (N-acetyl-para-aminophenol), a prominent analgesic and antipyretic, with 2D clusters was investigated using density functional theory with inclusion of van der Waals dispersion correction. The implicit solvation model with three different solvents; water, ethanol and carbon tetrachloride were utilized to observe the trends in binding energy as a function of solvent polarity. The calculated results demonstrate that interactions are not solely dependent on solvent polarity, but inherent properties of the 2D clusters drive the nature of the interaction; i. e. physisorbed states were favored for graphene, boron nitride (BN), and phosphorene, whereas a chemisorbed state is preferred for silicene. Analysis of the frontier orbitals and density of states (DOS) show that the acetaminophen functionalization induces mid-gap energy states in BN. Chemisorbed acetaminophen on silicene induces a 2p core level shift in silicon. The calculated results provide atomistic insights on the nature of interactions of acetaminophen with the new class of 2D materials beyond graphene for potential sensing applications.

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© 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1002/slct.201601593

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