Issue 89, 2021

Pressure-induced superelastic behaviour of isonicotinamide


Dynamic organic crystals have come to the fore as potential lightweight alternatives to inorganic actuators providing high weight-to-force ratios. We have observed pressure-induced superelastic behaviour in Form I of isonicotinamide. The reversible single-crystal to single-crystal transformation exhibited by the system is an important component for functioning actuators. Crucially, our observations have enabled us to propose a mechanism for the molecular movement supported by Pixel energy calculations, that may pave the way for the future design and development of functioning dynamic crystals.

Graphical abstract: Pressure-induced superelastic behaviour of isonicotinamide

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24 Aug 2021
14 Oct 2021
First published
15 Oct 2021
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Chem. Commun., 2021,57, 11827-11830

Pressure-induced superelastic behaviour of isonicotinamide

E. C. L. Jones, S. S. Bebiano, M. R. Ward, L. M. Bimbo and I. D. H. Oswald, Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 11827 DOI: 10.1039/D1CC04692F

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