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Bio-inspired engineering of a zinc oxide/amino acid composite: synchrotron microstructure study

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Abstract

The presence of intracrystalline molecules has been shown to strongly influence crystallite size while at the same time producing strains in both synthetic and biogenic crystals. These molecules, when introduced into the ZnO lattice, alter the band-gap energy of the semiconductor. We carried out a high-resolution X-ray microstructure study utilizing synchrotron radiation of bio-inspired ZnO/amino acid composites. Analysis of the adherence profile of the amino acids to the ZnO host is important for achieving better control of the band-gap value of ZnO as a semiconductor.

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The article was received on 05 Nov 2013, accepted on 06 Feb 2014 and first published on 06 Feb 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3CE42520G
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2014,16, 3268-3273
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    Bio-inspired engineering of a zinc oxide/amino acid composite: synchrotron microstructure study

    A. Brif, L. Bloch and B. Pokroy, CrystEngComm, 2014, 16, 3268
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CE42520G

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