Evidence of ferroelectricity and phase transition in pressed diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes
authors Bdikin, I; Bystrov, V; Kopyl, S; Lopes, RPG; Delgadillo, I; Gracio, J; Mishina, E; Sigov, A; Kholkin, AL
nationality International
journal APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS
keywords PIEZOELECTRIC PROPERTIES; ION; WATER
abstract Self-assembled peptide nanotubes (PNT) are unique nanoscale objects having a great potential for a multitude of applications. Strong piezoactivity and polar properties in aromatic dipeptides were recently observed in stand-alone nanotubes using piezoresponse force microscopy and 2(nd) harmonic generation. In this work, we report macroscopic dielectric and polarization vs. field measurements on pressed PNTs before and after annealing at 150 degrees C. The results corroborate nanoscale study and present a clear evidence of ferroelectric-like behaviour and phase transition in this technologically important material. The dielectric constant of PNT pellets obeys apparent Curie-Weiss (CW) law with the CW constant C approximate to 230 degrees C and transition temperature at T approximate to 142 degrees C. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3676417]
publisher AMER INST PHYSICS
issn 0003-6951
year published 2012
volume 100
issue 4
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1063/1.3676417
web of science category Physics, Applied
subject category Physics
unique article identifier WOS:000300064500080
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