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Anomalous Behavior of Linear Hydrocarbon Chains in Water-DMSO Binary Mixture at Low DMSO Concentration

Ghosh, Rikhia and Banerjee, Saikat and Chakrabarty, Suman and Bagchi, Biman (2011) Anomalous Behavior of Linear Hydrocarbon Chains in Water-DMSO Binary Mixture at Low DMSO Concentration. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115 (23). pp. 7612-7620.

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We find that at a mole fraction 0.05 of DMSO (x(DMSO) = 0.05) in aqueous solution, a linear hydrocarbon chain of intermediate length (n = 30-40) adopts the most stable collapsed conformation. In pure water, the same chain exhibits an intermittent oscillation between the collapsed and the extended coiled conformations. Even when the mole fraction of DMSO in the bulk is 0.05, the concentration of the same in the first hydration layer around the hydrocarbon of chain length 30 (n = 30) is as large as 17%. Formation of such hydrophobic environment around the hydrocarbon chain may be viewed as the reason for the collapsed conformation gaining additional stability. We find a second anomalous behavior to emerge near x(DMSO) = 0.15, due to a chain-like aggregation of the methyl groups of DMSO in water that lowers the relative concentration of the DMSO molecules in the hydration layer. We further find that as the concentration of DMSO is gradually increased, it progressively attains the extended coiled structure as the stable conformation. Although Flory-Huggins theory (for binary mixture solvent) fails to predict the anomaly at x(DMSO) = 0.05, it seems to capture the essence of the anomaly at 0.15.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
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Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 09:08
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 09:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38410

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