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Brazilian Journal of Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 137–144 | Cite as

Low-Temperature Raman Spectra of l-Histidine Crystals

  • G. P. De Sousa
  • P. T. C. FreireEmail author
  • J. Mendes Filho
  • F. E. A. Melo
  • C. L. Lima
Condensed Matter

Abstract

We present a Raman spectroscopy investigation of the vibrational properties of l-histidine crystals at low temperatures. The temperature dependence of the spectra show discontinuities at 165 K, which we identify with modifications in the bonds associated to both the NH3 + and CO2 motifs indicative of a conformational phase transition that changes the intermolecular bonds. Additional evidence of such a phase transition is provided by differential scanning calorimetry measurements, which identified an enthalpic anomaly at ∼165 K.

Keywords

Amino acid Phase transition Low temperature 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge the financial support from the CNPq.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. De Sousa
    • 1
  • P. T. C. Freire
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Mendes Filho
    • 1
  • F. E. A. Melo
    • 1
  • C. L. Lima
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Física, Campus Ministro Petrônio PortellaUniversidade Federal do PiauíTeresinaBrazil

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