Theoretical Study of Electronic Transport through DNA Nucleotides in a Double-Functionalized Graphene Nanogap
2013 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 117, no 29, 15421-15428 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Graphene nanogaps and nanopores show potential for the purpose of electrical DNA sequencing, in particular because single-base resolution appears to be readily achievable. Here, we evaluated from first principles the advantages of a nanogap setup with functionalized graphene edges. To this end, we employed density functional theory and the non-equilibrium Green's function method to investigate the transverse conductance properties of the four nucleotides occurring in DNA when located between opposing functionalized graphene electrodes. In particular, we determined the electrical tunneling current variation as a function of the applied bias and analyzed the associated differential conductance at a voltage which appears suitable to distinguish between the four nucleotides. Intriguingly, we predict for one of the nucleotides (deoxyguanosine monophosphate) a negative differential resistance effect.
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2013. Vol. 117, no 29, 15421-15428 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208163DOI: 10.1021/jp4048743ISI: 000322503600064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208163DiVA: diva2:651185