Water-induced pyroelectricity from nonpolar crystals of amino acids

Silvia Piperno, Elena Mirzadeh, Eran Mishuk, David Ehre, Sidney Cohen, Miriam Eisenstein, Meir Lahav, Igor Lubomirsky

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Surface pyroelectricity: Centrosymmetric crystals of α-glycine display an anomalous quadrupole-like pyroelectric current. This observation implies the formation of water-glycine hybrid polar layers at the (010) faces of the α-glycine crystals (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6513-6516
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number25
StatePublished - 17 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • amino acids
  • nonpolar crystals
  • pyroelectricity
  • surface polarity
  • thin films


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