Session B26: Focus Session: Computational Nanoscience II: Mechanics, Dynamics, and Assembly

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Monday, March 16, 2009
Room: 328

Sponsoring Units: DMP DCOMP
Chair: Dennis Rapaport,, Bar-Ilan University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2009.MAR.B26.3

Abstract: B26.00003 : Calculation of the free energy of binding of DNA bases on a single-wall carbon nanotube

12:03 PM–12:15 PM

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  Robert Johnson
    (University of Pennsylvania)

  A.T. Charlie Johnson
    (University of Pennsylvania)

  Michael Klein
    (University of Pennsylvania)

Biological molecules can be combined with inorganic nanostructures to form multifunctional hybrid materials with unique properties that will drives advances in nanoelectronics, environmental safety, medicine and homeland security. One such material of contemporary interest is the DNA-carbon nanotube hybrid (DNA-CN), which consists of a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCN) coated with a self-assembled monolayer of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA). Computation and experiment indicate that DNA-CN self-assembles with DNA bases binding to SWCN sidewall. However, the nature, strength and solvation effects of base-SWCN binding have not been studied in detail. To address these issues and expand our understanding of DNA-CN, we have computed the binding free energy of individual DNA bases with SWCN using alchemical free energy methods. Such calculations provide detailed information about the importance of electrostatic, van der Waals and hydrophobic interactions in base-SWCN binding.

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