The adsorption of the cysteine amino acid (H-SCbetaH2-CalphaH-NH2-COOH) on the (111) surface of gold is studied by means of periodic density functional calculations. Results for different adsorption sites and molecular configurations show that chemisorption involving S(thiolate)-Au bonds on Au(111) is favored by starting with either cysteine or cystine gas-phase molecular precursors. In the most stable adsorption configuration, the sulfur headgroup sits at the bridge site between two surface An atoms, and the S-C-beta bond is tilted by 57degrees with respect to the surface normal, whereas the in-plane orientation of the molecular backbone plays a secondary role. The analysis of the electronic properties shows that the hybridization of the p-like S states with the d-like Au states produces both bonding and antibonding occupied orbitals, and the process is well described by a model for the interaction of localized orbitals with narrow-band dispersive electron states. The bonding orbitals well below the Fermi level contribute to the strong chemisorption of cysteine on gold. The calculated sulfur-projected density of states allows us to locate the cysteine molecular orbitals with respect to the system Fermi level, which gives a measure of the injection barrier at the molecule/electrode junction.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Titolo:||A DFT Study of Cysteine Adsorption on Au(111)|
|Autori:||R. Di Felice; A. Selloni; E. Molinari|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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