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Dynamics in supercooled polyalcohols: Primary and secondary relaxation


Paluch,  M.
MPI for Polymer Research, Max Planck Society;

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Döß, A., Paluch, M., Sillescu, H., & Hinze, G. (2002). Dynamics in supercooled polyalcohols: Primary and secondary relaxation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 117(14), 6582-6589.

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We have studied details of the molecular dynamics in a series of pure polyalcohols by means of dielectric spectroscopy and H- 2 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). From glycerol to threitol, xylitol and sorbitol a systematic change in the dynamics of the primary and secondary relaxation is found. With increasing molecular weight and fragility an increase in the width of the alpha-peak is observed. Details of the molecular reorientation process responsible for the alpha-relaxation were exploited by two-dimensional NMR experiments. It is found that in the same sequence of polyalcohols the appearance of the secondary relaxation changes gradually from a wing type scenario to a pronounced beta-peak. From NMR experiments using selectively deuterated samples the molecular origin of the secondary relaxation could be elucidated in more detail. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.