Polymorphism and piezoelectricity of glycine nanocrystals grown inside alumina nano-pores

Hanna Bishara*, Shlomo Berger

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Glycine nano-crystals were grown inside alumina nano-pores due to a precip-itation process from over-saturated aqueous liquid solutions. The a-glycine polymorph crystals were formed at a higher over-saturation concentration than that of the b-glycine polymorph crystals. The results indicate that the type of the glycine polymorph formed inside the alumina pores is kinetically controlled. A model is suggested to explain the competition between formations of the two polymorphs inside nano-pores. The b-glycine polymorph crystals are distin-guished from the a-glycine polymorph crystals not only by XRD measurements but mainly by piezoelectric measurements, where only the non-centro-sym-metric b-glycine polymorph crystals show a piezoelectric current response to applied mechanical pressures as low as 1 Pa in the environmental pressure of 1 atm (10–3% pressure change).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4619-4625
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


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