Evidence of ferroelectricity and phase transition in pressed diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes


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]



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Bdikin, I; Bystrov, V; Kopyl, S; Lopes, RPG; Delgadillo, I; Gracio, J; Mishina, E; Sigov, A; Kholkin, AL

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The work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of Russian Federation. V.B. is thankful to Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT) of Portugal for the financial support through his grant SFRH/BPD/22230/2005. I.B. would like to thank the Ciencia 2008 Program of FCT. Projects PTDC/CTM/73030/2006 (FCT) and

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