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Adsorption properties of N
2
O on
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
zigzag single-walledboron nitride nanotubes: A computational study
Mohammad T. Baei
a,
⇑
, Ali Reza Soltani
b
, Ali Varasteh Moradi
c
, E. Tazikeh Lemeski
c
a
Department of Chemistry, Azadshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Azadshahr, Golestan, Iran
b
Young Researchers Club, Gorgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Gorgan, Iran
c
Department of Chemistry, Gorgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Gorgan, Iran
a r t i c l e i n f o
Article history:
Received 17 February 2011Received in revised form 13 May 2011Accepted 13 May 2011Available online 20 May 2011
Keywords:
Boron nitride nanotubeAdsorptionBinding energyDFT
a b s t r a c t
The behavior of N
2
O adsorbed on the external surface of H-capped
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
zigzag single-walled boron nitride nanotubes was studied by means of DFT and ab initio calculations. Geometryoptimizations were carried out at the B3LYP/6-31G
and MP2/6-311+G
levels of theory using theGaussian 03 suites of programs. We present the nature of the N
2
O interaction in selected sites of thenanotubes. Thecalculationsindicatedthat pristinetheBNNTscannot beusedasanN
2
Ostoragemedium.BindingenergiescorrespondingtoadsorptionoftheN
2
Oarecalculatedtobeintherange1–6kJmol
1
.Inall pathways for the zigzag conﬁgurations of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
, the N
2
O parallel to the BNNTs arethe most stable conﬁgurations. Comparison of the calculated binding energies of obtained at theB3LYP/6-31G
and MP2/6-311+G
levels of theory indicated that the calculated bonding energies forN
2
O at the B3LYP/6-31G
method are more than that at MP2/6-311+G
method. More efﬁcient bindingenergies cannot be achieved by increasing the nanotube diameter. We also provide the effects of N
2
Oadsorption on the electronic properties of the nanotubes.
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1. Introduction
Synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by Ijima [1] caused aburst of activity by both physical and chemical properties [1–3]andapplicationsasanovelmaterial[4,5].Theelectronicpropertiesof CNTs depend on their tubular diameter and chirality. Manyinvestigations have been undertaken to investigate non-carbonbased nanotubes, which exhibit electronic properties independentof these features. Among these, boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs),which are made from the groups III and V elements neighboringC in the Periodic Table, are an interesting subject of many studies[6–8]. Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are inorganic proportionof carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and have good physical propertiesfor a broad variety of applications [9]. BNNTs are semiconductorswith almost the same band gaps of 5.5eV [10] and they are chem-ically and thermally stable [11–14]. Because of the slight positivecharge of B and slight negative charge of N, the polarity and ionic-ity of the nanotubes are increased. Therefore, BNNTs are consid-ered as more appropriate materials than CNTs for applications inspeciﬁc electronic and mechanical devices. BNNTs examined asnew materials for hydrogen storage [15]. Also, BNNTs have beenexperientially investigated for detection of hydrogen molecules[16]. Moreover, electronic conductance of a BNNT semiconductorcan be changed upon exposure to gas molecules, serving as a basisfor nanotube molecular sensors.Sensitivity of BNNTs to N
2
O has been indicated by means of quantum mechanics calculations. The determination of the struc-ture of adsorbed N
2
O on BNNTs surfaces is also important forunderstandingitsbondingandreactivityincatalysisandothersur-face phenomena. Nitrous oxide (N
2
O) has been generated as a by-product in nitric and adipic acids, and its decomposition into N
2
and O
2
is a topic of biotic interest for environmental chemistry[17–19]. Thestudy of the chemical reactionsof N
2
OonBNNTs sur-faces is of scientiﬁc importance because N
2
O has been recognizedas an environmental pollutant and a relatively strong greenhousegas [17,18,20,21], N
2
O is also a signiﬁcant contributor to thedestruction of the ozone layers in the stratosphere. At present,the N
2
O concentration in the aerosphere is rising almost 0.25%,everyyear [22]. It is verydesirabletoﬁndefﬁcient andeconomicalmethods to convert harmful N
2
O into unharmful gases such as N
2
through catalytic surface reactions, i.e., N
2
O
?
N
2
+O(s) (O(s) de-notesanOatomadsorbedonthesurface). Thereisincreasedinter-est in using BNNTs instead of noble metal in the environmentalcatalysis ﬁelds.The reactions of N
2
O with alkaline earth oxides [23–29], TiO
2
[30], molecular zeolite [31–37], metals [38], and isolated Cu
+
[39,40] have been largely studied in many ﬁelds. However, to our
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knowledge, no experiments and theoretical investigation havebeen reported on the adsorption of N
2
O on BNNT surfaces. Theunderstanding of the physisorption of N
2
O on BNNTs surfaces isimportant for N
2
O storage. In this study, we report the results of computational calculations on the physisorption of N
2
O on
(6,0),(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
zigzag single-walled BNNT surfaces with fourmolecular orientations, N- and O-down and parallel models at ﬁvedistinct sites.
2. Computational methods
In the present work, adsorption behaviors of the N
2
O on the sin-gle-walled BNNTs were studied by using the representative modelsof
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
zigzag single walled BNNTs with fourmolecular orientations, N- and O-down and parallel models inwhich the ends of the nanotubes are saturated by hydrogen atoms.The hydrogenated
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
zigzag single-walled BNNTs
Fig. 1.
(a) and (b) adsorption conﬁgurations of N
2
O on BNNTs: O-down (left) and N-down (right), (c) and (d) adsorption conﬁgurations of N
2
O in parallel models.
Table 1
Binding energy value (kJ mol
1
), equilibrium distance (rd, Å), and band gap (eV) of N
2
O on zigzag of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
BNNTs at the B3LYP/6-31G
method.
Model Band gap (eV) R (Å) Binding energy (BE) SiteN B Z Center Parallel
(6,0)
4.89 N
A
B1 = 1.449N
A
B2 = 1.458N-down BE
2.01
2.61
2.37
2.20
5.9rd 4.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5O-down BE
2.74
2.58
2.75
2.85
6.02rd 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
(7,0)
5.35 N
A
B1 = 1.450N
A
B2 = 1.454N-down BE
1.04
1.50
1.15
1.09
2.98rd 4.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5O-down BE
1.82
1.56
1.59
1.79
3.01rd 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
(8,0)
5.69 N
A
B1 = 1.449N
A
B2 = 1.452N-down BE
0.01
0.88
0.65
0.21
1.34rd 4.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5O-down BE
0.95
0.96
1.01
0.89
1.58rd 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
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have 60 (B
24
N
24
H
12
), 70 (B
28
N
28
H
14
), and 80 (B
32
N
32
H
16
) atoms. Inthe ﬁrst step, the structures were allowed to relax by all atomicgeometrical optimization at the B3LYP/6-31G
and MP2/6-311 + G
methods.The use of localized basis sets reliability reduces the amount of computational work required when using with large vacuum re-gions in the unit cell. However, ﬁniteness of the localized basis setsguidance to basis set superposition errors (BSSE) that described byTournusetal.instudyofbenzeneoncarbonnanotubes[41].Forpassof this problem, BSSE has been estimated for the calculated struc-turesbyB3LYPandMP2methods.Usingthesemethods,thebindingenergy (BE) of an N
2
O on the BNNTs wall was calculated as follows:
BE
¼
E
BNNT
N
2
O
ð
E
BNNT
þ
E
N
2
O
Þþ
d
BSSE
ð
1
Þ
Table 2
Binding energy value (kJ mol
1
), equilibrium distance (rd, Å), and band gap (eV) of N
2
O on zigzag of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
BNNTs at the MP2/6-311 + G
method.
Model Band gap (eV) R (Å) Binding energy (BE) SiteN B Z Center Parallel
(6,0)
4.85 N
A
B1 = 1.430N
A
B2 = 1.448N-down BE 0.10
0.38 0.00 0.00
1.32rd 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.0O-down BE
0.98
0.92
0.94
0.86
1.34rd 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0
(7,0)
5.25 N
A
B1 = 1.431N
A
B2 = 1.444N-down BE
0.09
0.32 0.03
0.08
0.65rd 4.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5O-down BE
1.26
1.01
0.77
0.79
0.87rd 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5
(8,0)
5.55 N
A
B1 = 1.429N
A
B2 = 1.445N-down BE
0.25
0.71
0.63
0.19
0.81rd 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5O-down BE
1.33
1.45
1.47
0.84
0.92rd 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5
Fig. 2.
Binding energy curves of N
2
O (O-down and N-down) adsorption at B, N, Z, center, and parallel sites on zigzag of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
BNNTs at the B3LYP/6–31G
method.32
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where E
BNNT
N
2
O
was obtained from the scan of the potential energyof the BNNTs-molecular nitrous oxide structure, E
BNNT
is the energyof the optimized BNNT structure, E
N
2
O
is the energy of an optimizedN
2
O, and
d
BSSE
is the BSSE correction. All the calculations werecarried out by using the Gaussian 03 suite of programs [42].
3. Results and discussion
An N
2
O molecule can approach the nanotube walls from outside(out), which is the most common case, and from the inside (in).Zigzag conﬁgurations of
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
SWBNNTs have twodifferent B
A
N bonds (N
A
B
1
and N
A
B
2
) (see Fig. 1a and b; Tables
1 and 2). For the adsorption of the N
2
O (N-down and O-down)and parallel models: N
@
N
@
O parallel (Fig. 1c) and O
@
N
@
N parallel(Fig. 1d) on the BNNTs, we considered ﬁve possible sites (i.e., the Csite (center site) above the hexagon, the N, B sites above the nitro-gen and boron atoms, the Z site above the zigzag and axial B
A
Nbond, and parallel sites) as described in Fig. 1. The notation N downand O down denotes an N
2
O perpendicular to the surface via N andO.We limited our analysis to the interaction of N
2
O with the nano-tubes’ outer walls. Considering each site and conﬁguration, weended up with 16 different approaches of N
2
O to the BNNTs walls.For each of these cases we investigated the BNNT-N
2
O potentialenergy surface (PES) at the B3LYP/6-31G
and MP2/6-311 + G
methods. We have also compared the B3LYP/6-31G
results withthe results of MP2/6-311 + G
study in interaction of the N
2
O withthe nanotubes. The binding energies of the N
2
O (N-down and O-down) and parallel models at the ﬁve sites on the zigzag conﬁgu-rations of
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
SWBNNTs at the B3LYP/6-31G
and MP2/6-311 + G
methods are plotted in Figs. 2 and 3, andthe binding energy with the equilibrium distance in each case issummarized in Tables 1 and 2.In all pathways for the zigzag of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
BNNTs, thepotential is not attractive; presenting a maximum of
6 kJ mol
1
,which does not characterizes a chemisorption process. The bindingenergies obtained from these calculations are slightly dependenton orientations and locations of the N
2
O. The calculated BE(binding energy) of the BNNTs indicated that N
2
O cannot beabsorbed on the sites; the BEs for the different sites have verysmall differences in total energy (
<
2 kJ mol
1
); and the calculatedBE for N
2
O in O-down is more than that in N-down, unlike of N
2
O adsorption on CNTs that BE in N-down is more than that inO-down [43]. In all pathways for the zigzag of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
, the N
2
O parallel to the BNNTs are the most stable conﬁgura-tions. The current calculation shows that the adsorption energiesfor N
@
N
@
O parallel site (Fig. 1c) in zigzag of
(6,0), (7,0)
, and
(8,0)
Fig. 3.
Binding energy curves of N
2
O (O-down and N-down) adsorption at B, N, Z, center, and parallel sites on zigzag of
(6,0)
,
(7,0)
, and
(8,0)
BNNTs at the MP2/6–311 + G
method.
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