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

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    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
    Number of pages10
    Pages (from-to)2867-2876
    JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP)
    Journal publication date2017
    Early online date15 Dec 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

      Research areas

    • cyclic carbonates, Neutron Scattering, GREEN SOLVENTS

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