Molecule-induced conformational change in boron nitride nanosheets with enhanced surface adsorption

Cai, Qiran, Du, Aijun, Gao, Guoping, Mateti, Srikanth, Cowie, Bruce C.C., Qian, Dong, Zhang, Shuang, Lu, Yuerui, Fu, Lan, Taniguchi, Takashi, Huang, Shaoming, Chen, Ying, Ruoff, Rodney S., & Li, Lu Hua (2016) Molecule-induced conformational change in boron nitride nanosheets with enhanced surface adsorption. Advanced Functional Materials, 26(45), pp. 8202-8210.

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Surface interaction is extremely important to both fundamental research and practical application. Physisorption can induce shape and structural distortion (i.e., conformational changes) in macromolecular and biomolecular adsorbates, but such phenomena have rarely been observed on adsorbents. Here, it is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that atomically thin boron nitride (BN) nanosheets as an adsorbent experience conformational changes upon surface adsorption of molecules, increasing adsorption energy and efficiency. The study not only provides new perspectives on the strong adsorption capability of BN nanosheets and many other two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials but also opens up possibilities for many novel applications. For example, it is demonstrated that BN nanosheets with the same surface area as bulk hexagonal BN particles are more effective in purification and sensing.

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ID Code: 98499
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: 2D nanomaterials;boron nitride nanosheets;conformational change;surface adsorption
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603160
ISSN: 1616-301X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2016 22:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 03:19

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