Intermolecular structure and hydrogen-bonding in liquid 1,2-propylene carbonate and 1,2-glycerol carbonate determined from neutron scattering

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Abstract

Neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution has been used to investigate the liquid structures of propylene carbonate and glycerol carbonate. C-H···O=C hydrogen-bonding motifs dominate the local structure of propylene carbonate, giving rise to the formation of head-to-tail correlated chains of molecules. In contrast, glycerol carbonate exhibits a more disordered structure with no overall dominant interactions in which the pendant hydroxyl function disrupts structure-making correlations present in propylene carbonate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2867-2876
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP)
Volume19
Early online date15 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • cyclic carbonates
  • Neutron Scattering
  • GREEN SOLVENTS

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