Pyroelectric effect and polarization instability in self-assembled diphenylalanine microtubes
authors Esin, A; Baturin, I; Nikitin, T; Vasilev, S; Salehli, F; Shur, VY; Kholkin, AL
nationality International
journal APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS
keywords PEPTIDE NANOTUBES; NANOSTRUCTURES; TEMPERATURE; NANOWIRES; ENERGY; WATER
abstract The natural ability of peptides and proteins to self-assemble into elongated fibrils is associated with several neurogenerative diseases. Diphenylalanine (FF) tubular structures that have the same structural motif as in Ab-amyloid peptide (involved in Alzheimer's disease) are shown to possess remarkable physical properties ranging from piezoelectricity to electrochemical activities. In this work, we also discover a significant pyroelectric activity and measure the temperature dependence of the pyroelectric coefficient in the temperature range of 20-100 degrees C. Pyroelectric activity decreases with temperature contrary to most ferroelectric materials and significant relaxation of pyrocurrent is observed on cooling after heating above 50 degrees C. This unusual behavior is assigned to the temperature-induced disorder of water molecules inside the nanochannels. Pyroelectric coefficient and current and voltage figures of merit are estimated and future applications of pyroelectric peptide nanostructures in biomedical applications are outlined. Published by AIP Publishing.
publisher AMER INST PHYSICS
issn Mar-51
year published 2016
volume 109
issue 14
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1063/1.4962652
web of science category Physics, Applied
subject category Physics
unique article identifier WOS:000386152800038
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