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Armchair Boron Nitride nanotubes-heterocyclic
molecules interactions: A computational

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Ab-initio calculations using density functional
theory (DFT) are used to investigate the non-covalent
interactions between single wall armchair boron nitride
nanotubes (BNNTs) with open ends and several heterocyclic
molecules: thiophene (T; C4H4S), benzothiophene (BT;
C8H6S) and dibenzothiophene (DBT; C12H8S). In the
armchair model the nanotubes exhibit (n, n) chirality; here
we consider n = 5. The exchange-correlation energies are
treated according to the Hamprecht-Cohen-Tozer-Handy
functional in the generalized gradient approximation
(HCTH-GGA). A base function with double polarization is
used. The geometry optimization of (5,5) BNNT-X; X = T, BT
and DBT has been carried out using the minimum energy
criterion in 5 different configurations of the molecules
adsorbed on the nanotube. Our computer simulations have
found that the preferential adsorption site of the molecule
on the nanotube surface is the parallel configuration for
BT and DBT, and at one nanotube end for the T fragment,
with all cases having physical interactions. The polarity
exhibits an increase which favors the possible dispersion,
provided the electrons are polarized. The nanostructure
functionalization increases the chemical reactivity which
in turn enhances interactions between the molecule and
the nanotube. The BNNT-dibenzothiophene work function
reduction as compared with the pristine case yields the
improvement of the field emission properties.

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  • Autonomous
    University of Puebla, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Ciudad
    Universitaria, San Manuel, Puebla, Código Postal 72570, México
  • Autonomous University of Puebla,
    Institute of Physics ‘Luis Rivera Terrazas’, Apartado Postal J-48,
    Puebla 72570, México
  • Materials Advanced Research Center,
    S.C., Alianza Norte 202, Nueva Carretera Aeropuerto Km 10,
    Apodaca, NL., C.P. 66600, México
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