Pressure-induced superelastic behaviour of isonicotinamide

Eleanor Jones, Suse S. Bebiano, Martin R. Ward, Luis M. Bimbo, Iain D.H. Oswald

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11827-11830
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number89
Early online date15 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2021


  • isonicotinamide
  • hIgh-pressure
  • diffraction
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • superelasticity


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