Triglycine sulfate

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Triglycine sulfate
IUPAC name
Glycine sulfate (3:1)
Other names
Glycine sulfate; TGS
3D model (Jmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.007.414
Molar mass 323.27 g·mol−1
Appearance White powder
Density 1.69 g/cm3[1]
a = 0.9417 nm, b = 1.2643 nm, c = 0.5735 nm
α = 90°, β = 110°, γ = 90°
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Triglycine sulfate (TGS) is a chemical compound with a formula (NH2CH2COOH)3·H2SO4. The empirical formula of TGS does not represent the molecular structure, which contains protonated glycine moieties and sulfate ions. TGS with protons replaced by deuterium is called deuterated TGS or DTGS; alternatively, DTGS may refer to doped TGS. TGS and DTGS crystals are pyroelectric and ferroelectric and have been used as detector elements in infrared spectroscopy.

Crystal structure and properties[edit]

Crystal structure of TGS. Hydrogen atoms are not shown.[2]

TGS crystals may be formed by evaporation of an aqueous solution of sulfuric acid, which is containing a greater than three-fold excess of glycine.[3] They belong to the polar space group P21 and therefore are pyroelectric and ferroelectric at room temperature, exhibiting spontaneous polarization along the b-axis ([010] direction). The Curie temperature of the ferroelectric transition is 49 °C for TGS and 62 °C for DTGS. The crystal structure consists of SO42−, 2(N+H3CH2COOH) (G1 and G2 in the crystal-structure diagram), and +NH3CH2COO (G3) species held together by hydrogen bonds.[4] These bonds are easily broken by the polar molecules of water that explains the hygroscopicity of TGS – its crystals are easily etched by water. Along the b-axis, the G1-SO4 and G2-G3 layers are stacked alternately. The nearest two neighboring layers with identical chemical composition are rotated 180° around the b-axis against each other.[2][5]


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  4. ^ Choudhury, Rajul Ranjan; Chitra, R. (2008). "Single crystal neutron diffraction study of triglycine sulphate revisited". Pramana. 71 (5): 911–915. Bibcode:2009Prama..71..911C. doi:10.1007/s12043-008-0199-5. 
  5. ^ Wood, E.A.; Holden, A.N. (1957). "Monoclinic glycine sulfate: crystallographic data". Acta Crystallogr. 10: 145–146. doi:10.1107/S0365110X57000481.