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Keywords:

  • adsorption;
  • amino acids;
  • biomolecules;
  • density functional theory calculations;
  • homocysteine

Abstract

We investigated the adsorption mechanism of homocysteine (HS[BOND]CH2[BOND]CH2[BOND]CH(NH2)[BOND]COOH) on the Ge(100) surface along with its electronic structures and adsorption geometries to determine the sequence of adsorption of this amino acid′s functional groups using core-level photoemission spectroscopy (CLPES) in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We found that the “SH-dissociated OH-dissociated N-dative-bonded structure” and the “SH-dissociated OH-dissociation-bonded structure” were preferred at a monolayer (ML) coverage of 0.30 (lower coverage) and 0.60 (higher coverage), respectively. The “SH-dissociated OH-dissociated N-dative-bonded structure” was the most stable structure. Moreover, we systematically confirmed the sequence of adsorption of the functional groups of the homocysteine molecule on the Ge(100) surface, which is thiol group ([BOND]SH), carboxyl group ([BOND]COOH), and amine group ([BOND]NH2).