NMR investigations of solid (CH3)3CCOOH (trimethylacetic acid) and (CH3)3CCOOD

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.432614
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Journal titleJournal of Chemical Physics
Pages32773282; # of pages: 6
Subjectacids; protons; relaxation times; activation energies; hydrogen bonding
Abstract(CH3)3CCOOH (trimethylacetic or pivalic acid) and (CH3)3CCOOD have been investigated in the plastic and brittle modifications by pulsed and continuous wave protonmagnetic resonance methods between 77 °K and the melting point (310 °K). For the low-temperature phase of (CH3)3CCOOD, the second moment and spin–lattice relaxation time (T 1) of the protons are in agreement with a combination of methyl group (C 3) and t-butyl group (C 3′) reorientations having activation energies (E a ) of 2.35±0.15 and 4.00±0.25 kcal/mole, respectively. In the high-temperature plastic phase above the transition at 280 °K, overall molecular tumbling with an E a of 6.0±0.6 kcal/mole governs T 1, and self-diffusion with an E a of 12±2 kcal/mole is evident from the spin–lattice relaxation time in the rotating frame (T 1ρ). Also, it is found that T 1ρ falls significantly below T 1 in the 30° just below the transition. The deviation increases to as much as an order of magnitude as the transition temperature is approached, being about threefold larger for the protonated form of the acid than for the deuterated. This behavior is consistent with the slow onset of molecular tumbling. We suggest that the faster rate in the protonated compound may be attributed to the importance of quantum mechanical tunneling in the breaking and reforming of hydrogen bonds during the tumbling process.
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NPARC number21275089
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