The Pre-Melt Phase of n-alkanes: Crystallographic Evidence for a Kinked Chain Structure
Electron diffraction measurements on epitaxially grown crystals of orthorhombic n-hexatriacontane, n-C36H76, give evidence for the chain-defect mechanism for linear chain melting. The derived structural model is also in accord with recent spectroscopic studies of odd-chain n-alkanes, and the diffraction data specifically exclude models based on helices or rigid chain rotors. Stability of a kinked chain structure, moreover, is indicated by an observed hysteresis effect that gives different pretransition temperatures for solutiongrown and annealed crystals.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
- Pub Date:
- March 1984