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Anthranilamides as Bioinspired Molecular Electrets: Experimental Evidence for a Permanent Ground-State Electric Dipole Moment

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posted on 19.02.2016, 20:30 by Bing Xia, Duoduo Bao, Srigokul Upadhyayula, Guilford Jones, Valentine I. Vullev
As electrostatic equivalents of magnets, organic electrets offer unparalleled properties for impacting energy conversion and electronic applications. While biological systems have evolved to efficiently utilize protein α-helices as molecular electrets, the synthetic counterparts of these conjugates still remain largely unexplored. This paper describes a study of the electronic properties of anthranilamide oligomers, which proved to be electrets based on their intrinsic dipole moments as evident from their spectral and dielectric properties. NMR studies provided the means for estimating the direction of the intrinsic electric dipoles of these conjugates. This study sets the foundation for the development of a class of organic materials that are de novo designed from biomolecular motifs and possess unexplored electronic properties.