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Characterisation of the structure, deuterium quadrupolar tensors, and orientational order of acenaphthene, a rigid, prochiral molecule, from the NMR spectra of samples dissolved in nematic and chiral nematic liquid crystalline solvents

Characterisation of the structure, deuterium quadrupolar tensors, and orientational order of acenaphthene, a rigid, prochiral molecule, from the NMR spectra of samples dissolved in nematic and chiral nematic liquid crystalline solvents
Characterisation of the structure, deuterium quadrupolar tensors, and orientational order of acenaphthene, a rigid, prochiral molecule, from the NMR spectra of samples dissolved in nematic and chiral nematic liquid crystalline solvents
Molecules like acenaphthene which have a point group symmetry of C-2v behave as though their symmetry is C-2 when dissolved in chiral nematic liquid crystalline solvents. To quantify this effect a sample of perdeuterated acenaphthene dissolved in the chiral nematic solvent formed by dissolving poly-(gamma -benzyl-L-glutamate), PBLG, in CHCl3 has been studied by deuterium NMR spectroscopy. The quadrupolar splittings obtained were used to determine the orientational order parameters of acenaphthene-d(10) when dissolved in PBLG/CHCl3. To do this it was necessary to also record and analyse the proton and deuterium spectra given by a sample containing both acenaphthene and acenaphthene-d(10) in a non-chiral liquid crystalline solvent. The proton spectrum is very complex, and was analysed only after first recording and analysing the simpler H-1-{H-2} spectrum given by a sample of acenaphthene-d(6). This procedure finally yielded a set of dipolar couplings for the fully protonated molecule, which after correction for vibrational motion, were used to determine both the relative positions of the protons and the orientational order of the molecules. This information was then used to derive the quadrupolar coupling constants from the measured quadrupolar splittings. The lowering of the symmetry of the orientational distribution function is quantified by the angle alpha by which the principal axes of the molecular orientational order matrix of acenaphthene dissolved in PBLG/CHCl3 are rotated out of the plane defined by the aromatic ring. The values of alpha are in the range 1.5 +/- 0.1 degrees to 1.7 +/- 0.1 degrees for the temperature range 295-330 K.
1463-9076
4918-4925
Merlet, D.
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Emsley, J.W.
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Jokisaari, J.
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Kaski, J.
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Merlet, D.
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Emsley, J.W.
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Jokisaari, J.
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Kaski, J.
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Merlet, D., Emsley, J.W., Jokisaari, J. and Kaski, J. (2001) Characterisation of the structure, deuterium quadrupolar tensors, and orientational order of acenaphthene, a rigid, prochiral molecule, from the NMR spectra of samples dissolved in nematic and chiral nematic liquid crystalline solvents. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 3 (22), 4918-4925. (doi:10.1039/b106069b).

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Molecules like acenaphthene which have a point group symmetry of C-2v behave as though their symmetry is C-2 when dissolved in chiral nematic liquid crystalline solvents. To quantify this effect a sample of perdeuterated acenaphthene dissolved in the chiral nematic solvent formed by dissolving poly-(gamma -benzyl-L-glutamate), PBLG, in CHCl3 has been studied by deuterium NMR spectroscopy. The quadrupolar splittings obtained were used to determine the orientational order parameters of acenaphthene-d(10) when dissolved in PBLG/CHCl3. To do this it was necessary to also record and analyse the proton and deuterium spectra given by a sample containing both acenaphthene and acenaphthene-d(10) in a non-chiral liquid crystalline solvent. The proton spectrum is very complex, and was analysed only after first recording and analysing the simpler H-1-{H-2} spectrum given by a sample of acenaphthene-d(6). This procedure finally yielded a set of dipolar couplings for the fully protonated molecule, which after correction for vibrational motion, were used to determine both the relative positions of the protons and the orientational order of the molecules. This information was then used to derive the quadrupolar coupling constants from the measured quadrupolar splittings. The lowering of the symmetry of the orientational distribution function is quantified by the angle alpha by which the principal axes of the molecular orientational order matrix of acenaphthene dissolved in PBLG/CHCl3 are rotated out of the plane defined by the aromatic ring. The values of alpha are in the range 1.5 +/- 0.1 degrees to 1.7 +/- 0.1 degrees for the temperature range 295-330 K.

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Published date: 2001

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/19574
ISSN: 1463-9076
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