Ionic and molecular plastic crystals have been studied recently as solid electrolytes or solvents, but the specific role of molecular reorientation has not been clarified. We use NMR spin-lattice relaxation times (T1 minima) to compare the time scale for magnetic fluctuations in a plastic crystal solvent to the molecular reorientation times, as established by dielectric spectroscopy. We focus on a mixture of succinonitrile and glutaronitrile, in which the rotationally disordered phase is stabilized against crystallization. Reorientation times can then be studied over 13 orders of magnitude, down to the glass transition temperature at 144 K. For each nucleus, 1H and 13C, the most probable magnetic fluctuation time is found to be slightly shorter than the reorientation time, but with practically indistinguishable temperature dependence. This facilitates investigation of the relation of solvent reorientation to ion conductivity relaxation times in ionic conducting systems in which the conductivity swamps the dielectric signature of solvent reorientation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry