First-principles calculations have been used to investigate the potential use of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy in single-molecule sensing. Using a real-space implementation of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), several systems involving single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and small molecules have been studied to evaluate their CD response. Large induced CD (ICD) effects, differing for each test molecule, were observed in all SWCNT–molecule complexes. As the SWCNT used in this study shows no intrinsic CD response, the ICD spectra are the result of interaction with the small molecules. This finding is general and independent of the (a)chiral nature of the adsorbed molecule. Our results indicate that it is possible to design a system that uses SWCNT for detection of molecules using the change in CD spectrum of the system induced by adsorption of the molecule onto the SWCNT surface.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry A|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jun 2018|