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Title: Nanoscale Ferroelectricity in Crystalline γ-Glycine

Abstract

Ferroelectrics are multifunctional materials that reversibly change their polari-zation under an electric fi eld. Recently, the search for new ferroelectrics has focused on organic and bio-organic materials, where polarization switching is used to record/retrieve information in the form of ferroelectric domains. This progress has opened a new avenue for data storage, molecular recognition, and new self-assembly routes. Crystalline glycine is the simplest amino acid and is widely used by living organisms to build proteins. Here, it is reported for the fi rst time that γ- glycine, which has been known to be piezoelectric since 1954, is also a ferroelectric , as evidenced by local electromechanical measurements and by the existence of as-grown and switchable ferroelectric domains in microcrystals grown from the solution. The experimental results are rationalized by molecular simulations that establish that the polarization vector in γ- glycine can be switched on the nanoscale level, opening a pathway to novel classes of bioelectronic logic and memory devices.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1564806
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Advanced Functional Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 1616-301X
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Chemistry; Science & Technology - Other Topics; Materials Science; Physics

Citation Formats

Heredia, Alejandro, Meunier, Vincent, Bdikin, Igor K., Gracio, José, Balke, Nina, Jesse, Stephen, Tselev, Alexander, Agarwal, Pratul K., Sumpter, Bobby G., Kalinin, Sergei V., and Kholkin, Andrei L. Nanoscale Ferroelectricity in Crystalline γ-Glycine. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1002/adfm.201103011.
Heredia, Alejandro, Meunier, Vincent, Bdikin, Igor K., Gracio, José, Balke, Nina, Jesse, Stephen, Tselev, Alexander, Agarwal, Pratul K., Sumpter, Bobby G., Kalinin, Sergei V., & Kholkin, Andrei L. Nanoscale Ferroelectricity in Crystalline γ-Glycine. United States. doi:10.1002/adfm.201103011.
Heredia, Alejandro, Meunier, Vincent, Bdikin, Igor K., Gracio, José, Balke, Nina, Jesse, Stephen, Tselev, Alexander, Agarwal, Pratul K., Sumpter, Bobby G., Kalinin, Sergei V., and Kholkin, Andrei L. Wed . "Nanoscale Ferroelectricity in Crystalline γ-Glycine". United States. doi:10.1002/adfm.201103011.
@article{osti_1564806,
title = {Nanoscale Ferroelectricity in Crystalline γ-Glycine},
author = {Heredia, Alejandro and Meunier, Vincent and Bdikin, Igor K. and Gracio, José and Balke, Nina and Jesse, Stephen and Tselev, Alexander and Agarwal, Pratul K. and Sumpter, Bobby G. and Kalinin, Sergei V. and Kholkin, Andrei L.},
abstractNote = {Ferroelectrics are multifunctional materials that reversibly change their polari-zation under an electric fi eld. Recently, the search for new ferroelectrics has focused on organic and bio-organic materials, where polarization switching is used to record/retrieve information in the form of ferroelectric domains. This progress has opened a new avenue for data storage, molecular recognition, and new self-assembly routes. Crystalline glycine is the simplest amino acid and is widely used by living organisms to build proteins. Here, it is reported for the fi rst time that γ- glycine, which has been known to be piezoelectric since 1954, is also a ferroelectric , as evidenced by local electromechanical measurements and by the existence of as-grown and switchable ferroelectric domains in microcrystals grown from the solution. The experimental results are rationalized by molecular simulations that establish that the polarization vector in γ- glycine can be switched on the nanoscale level, opening a pathway to novel classes of bioelectronic logic and memory devices.},
doi = {10.1002/adfm.201103011},
journal = {Advanced Functional Materials},
issn = {1616-301X},
number = 14,
volume = 22,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {4}
}

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