Solid-State NMR Halle: Journal Publications 2008

D. Reichert, M. Kovermann, N.E. Hunter, D. Hughes, O. Pascui, P.S. Belton.
Slow Dynamics in Glassy Methyl α-L-Rhamnopyranoside Studied by 1D NMR Exchange Experiments.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 10, 542-549 (2008).


It is widely known that the ability of sugar glasses to preserve anhydrobiotic systems in nature is important but the process is not yet fully understood. Molecular motions in the glassy state are likely to be important in the process but until now have remained largely uncharacterized. Here we describe the use of 1D 13C NMR exchange experiments using CODEX (centreband only detection of exchange) methods to study the dynamics of the well characterised model glassy monosaccharide, methyl α-L-rhamnopyranoside. The glass was prepared by fast cooling of a melt inside an NMR rotor. Molecular motions in the range of seconds to milliseconds were observed in the glass, whereas identical experiments using the crystalline material displayed no observable motions in the time-scales covered by the experiment. At 13 to 14 K above Tg the nature of the motion in the glass changed probably due to the onset of larger scale reorientation. A bimodal distribution of jump angles combined with a broad distribution of correlation times was found to best represent the observed motions.

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