Igor K Bdikin

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We show anomalously strong shear piezoelectric activity in self-assembled diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes (PNTs), indicating electric polarization directed along the tube axis. Comparison with well-known piezoelectric LiNbO(3) and lateral signal calibration yields sufficiently high effective piezoelectric coefficient values of at least 60 pm/V (shear(More)
Mussel-inspired synthetic poly(dopamine) thin films from dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) and lysine, structurally similar to natural melanin, have drawn extensive interest as a versatile surface functionalization and coating material for use in a broad range of applications. In order to gain a better understanding of its complex and heterogeneous polymeric(More)
We report hot filament thermal CVD (HFTCVD) as a new hybrid of hot filament and thermal CVD and demonstrate its feasibility by producing high quality large area strictly monolayer graphene films on Cu substrates. Gradient in gas composition and flow rate that arises due to smart placement of the substrate inside the Ta filament wound alumina tube(More)
Ferroelectric nanodomains were created in BaTiO(3) thin films by applying a voltage to a sharp conducting tip of a scanning force microscope (SFM). The films were epitaxially grown on SrRuO(3)-covered (001)-oriented SrTiO(3) substrates by a high-pressure sputtering. They appeared to be single-crystalline with the (001) crystallographic orientation relative(More)
Single or few-layer graphene (FLG) sheets offer extraordinary electronic, thermal and mechanical properties and are expected to find a variety of applications. Fully exploiting the properties of graphene will require a method for the production of high-quality graphene sheets (almost pristine graphene) in large quantities. In this regard, we report a(More)
Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were grown on uncoated and zinc-coated Corning glass substrates by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the as-deposited films are polycrystalline having preferential orientation along the [0002] and [[Formula: see text]] directions. Transmittance spectroscopy verified that the as-deposited(More)
Nano-graphene oxide (nano-GO) is a new class of carbon based materials being proposed for biomedical applications due to its small size, intrinsic optical properties, large specific surface area, and easy to functionalize. To fully exploit nano-GO properties, a reproducible method for its production is of utmost importance. Herein we report, the study of(More)
In this work, computational molecular modeling and exploration was applied to study the nature of the negative piezoelectric effect in the ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), and the results confirmed by actual nanoscale measurements. First principle calculations were employed, using various quantum-chemical methods (QM), including(More)
Perovskite-type manganites, such as Pr1-xCaxMnO3, La1-xCaxMnO3 and La1-xSrxMnO3 solid solutions, are set forth as a case study of ferroelectricity formation mechanisms associated with the appearance of site- and bond-centered orbital ordering which breaks structural inversion symmetry. Even though the observation of macroscopic ferroelectricity may be(More)