In this paper, we suggest a new methodological approach to get in a very simple way a crude (but meaningful) conformational analysis of flexible molecules in fluid condensed phases (a very interesting matter where inter- and intra-molecular interactions are deeply involved). The test case we have chosen is the never-studied-before temperature dependence of inter-ring angle of biphenyl in a nernatic solution. Undemanding H-2 NMR experiments were carried out on perdeuterated biphenyl dissolved in the mesophase at different temperatures, to obtain deuterium quadrupolar splittings. Since the experimental data alone are not sufficient to allow the determination of the inter-ring angle for each temperature, they were supplemented with simulated orientational information: this 'hybrid' set of data was enough to obtain the searched conformational distribution versus T. The results, showing a very slight tendency of the inter-ring angle to increase with the temperature, tend themselves to immediate interesting speculations and encourages the accomplishment of more sophisticated and expensive experiments to investigate more in detail the phenomenology. In our opinion the suggested methodology, appealing for its easiness, could be useful, for example, for coarse grained conformational investigations of large flexible systems (as, e.g. biomolecules) in liquid media.
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|Titolo:||The Combined Use of Deuterium NMR and Computer Simulations for Conformational Investigation of Flexible Molecules in Nematic Solutions|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|