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The diffusion and concentration effects of formamide on a TiO2 surface in the presence of a water solvent

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The formamide-titanium oxide interaction mechanism is a research target of great importance for understanding the elementary events of the origin of life: the synthesis of nucleoside bases and formation of biological molecules needed for life. Titanium oxide (TiO2) can act as a strongly adsorbing surface or a catalytic material. In the present study, a comparative molecular dynamics analysis performed to clarify the adsorbing and diffusion properties of liquid formamide on a TiO2 surface in the presence of water molecules. The structural features of the formamide concentration effect (the accumulation of molecules) on a TiO2 surface in the presence and absence of water solvent are cleared up. Modification of the formamide diffusion abilities mediated by a water solvent is observed to correlate with the formamide-water concentration distribution on the surface.

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Dushanov, E. , Kholmurodov, K. and Yasuoka, K. (2012) The diffusion and concentration effects of formamide on a TiO2 surface in the presence of a water solvent. Natural Science, 4, 313-323. doi: 10.4236/ns.2012.45044.

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