Structure and dynamics of aqueous 2-propanol: A THz-TDS, NMR and neutron diffraction study

James McGregor*, Ruoyu Li, J. Axel Zeitler, Carmine D'Agostino, James H P Collins, Mick D. Mantle, Haresh Manyar, John D. Holbrey, Marta Falkowska, Tristan Youngs, Christopher Hardacre, E. Hugh Stitt, Lynn F. Gladden

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Aqueous liquid mixtures, in particular, those involving amphiphilic species, play an important role in many physical, chemical and biological processes. Of particular interest are alcohol/water mixtures; however, the structural dynamics of such systems are still not fully understood. Herein, a combination of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and NMR relaxation time analysis has been applied to investigate 2-propanol/water mixtures across the entire composition range; while neutron diffraction studies have been carried out at two specific concentrations. Excellent agreement is seen between the techniques with a maximum in both the relative absorption coefficient and the activation energy to molecular motion occurring at ∼90 mol% H2O. Furthermore, this is the same value at which well-established excess thermodynamic functions exhibit a maximum/minimum. Additionally, both neutron diffraction and THz-TDS have been used to provide estimates of the size of the hydration shell around 2-propanol in solution. Both methods determine that between 4 and 5 H2O molecules per 2-propanol are found in the 2-propanol/water clusters at 90 mol% H2O. Based on the acquired data, a description of the structure of 2-propanol/water across the composition range is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30481-30491
Number of pages11
Journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number45
Early online date23 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 07 Dec 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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