Ion Density-Dependent Dynamic Conductance Switching in Biomimetic Graphene Nanopores

Fanfan Chen, Nagendra Athreya, Chunxiao Zhao, Mingye Xiong, Haojing Tan, Jean Pierre Leburton, Jiandong Feng

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Gating in ion transport is at the center of many vital living-substance transmission processes, and understanding how gating works at an atomic level is essential but intricate. However, our understanding and finite experimental findings of subcontinuum ion transport in subnanometer nanopores are still limited, which is out of reach of the classical continuum nanofluidics. Moreover, the influence of ion density on subcontinuum ion transport is poorly understood. Here we report the ion density-dependent dynamic conductance switching process in biomimetic graphene nanopores and explain the phenomenon by a reversible ion absorption mechanism. Our molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that the cations near the graphene nanopore can interact with the surface charges on the nanopore, thereby realizing the switching of high- and low-conductance states. This work has deepened the understanding of gating in ion transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3602-3608
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 28 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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