Exploration of the conformational and reactive dynamics of glycine and diglycine on TiO 2: Computational investigations in the gas phase and in solution

Susanna Monti, Adri Van Duin, Sung Yup Kim, Vincenzo Barone

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

64 Scopus citations


The adsorption of glycine (Gly) on TiO 2 in the gas phase and the behavior of a set of preadsorbed diglycine (Gly-Gly) molecules in solution are studied by using classical nonreactive and reactive (ReaxFF) simulations. The initial dynamic phase of Gly adsorption is rendered through the nonreactive evaporation of a droplet followed by reactive dynamics of the deposited peptide layer. Gly adsorbs strongly on the surface in a wide variety of orientations which are dominated by a carboxyl bidentate coordination to two titanium ions. The binding mode involves mainly anionic species, which are formed after transferring a proton to the surface. Gly zwitterions are present in the second layer. In the time scale explored, water activity does not perturb substantially the orientation of preadsorbed Gly-Gly molecules which remain strongly bound to the substrate through their carboxyl groups. The results of this investigation are in satisfactory agreement with previous theoretical studies and available experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5141-5150
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

Cite this