TITLE

Studies of spin relaxation and molecular dynamics in liquid crystals by two-dimensional Fourier transform electron spin resonance. I. Cholestane in butoxy benzylidene-octylaniline and dynamic cage effects

AUTHOR(S)
Sastry, V. S. S.; Polimeno, Antonino; Crepeau, Richard H.; Freed, Jack H.
PUB. DATE
October 1996
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;10/8/1996, Vol. 105 Issue 14, p5753
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Two-dimensional Fourier transform (2D-FT) electron spin resonance (ESR) studies on the rigid rodlike cholestane (CSL) spin-label in the liquid crystal solvent 4O,8 (butoxy benzylidene octylaniline) are reported. These experiments were performed over a wide temperature range: 96 °C to 25 °C covering the isotropic (I), nematic (N), smectic A (SA), smectic B (SB), and crystal (C) phases. It is shown that 2D-FT-ESR, especially in the form of 2D-ELDOR (two-dimensional electron–electron double resonance) provides greatly enhanced sensitivity to rotational dynamics than previous cw-ESR studies on this and related systems. This sensitivity is enhanced by obtaining a series of 2D-ELDOR spectra as a function of mixing time, Tm, yielding essentially a three-dimensional experiment. Advantage is taken of this sensitivity to study the applicability of the model of a slowly relaxing local structure (SRLS). In this model, a dynamic cage of solvent molecules, which relaxes on a slower time scale than the CSL solute, provides a local orienting potential in addition to that of the macroscopic aligning potential in the liquid crystalline phase. The theory of Polimeno and Freed for SRLS in the ESR slow motional regime is extended by utilizing the theory of Lee et al. to include 2D-FT-ESR experiments, and it serves as the basis for the analysis of the 2D-ELDOR experiments. It is shown that the SRLS model leads to significantly improved non-linear least squares fits to experiment over those obtained with the standard model of Brownian reorientation in a macroscopic aligning potential. This is most evident for the SA phase, and the use of the SRLS model also removes the necessity of fitting with the unreasonably large CSL rotational asymmetries in the smectic phases that are required in both the cw-ESR and 2D-ELDOR fits with the standard model. The cage potential is found to vary from about kBT in the isotropic phase to greater than 2kBT in the N and SA phases, with...
ACCESSION #
7625073

 

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