Phase relations and vitrification in saccharide-water solutions and the trehalose anomaly

J. L. Green, C. A. Angell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

511 Scopus citations


Glass transition temperatures and phase relations for several saccharide-water systems are reported. The trehalose-water system is distinguished from the others by a significantly higher Tg at all water contents with a particularly large advantage near the stoichiometry of one water molecule per glucose ring. We relate this to the observation that desert insects, which survive dehydration and can exist in suspended animation for decades (presumably in the vitreous state), produce trehalose intracellularly during desiccation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2880-2882
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Cite this