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Influence of Hydrogen Bonding on the Surface Diffusion of Molecular Glasses: Comparison of Three Triazines

Influence of Hydrogen Bonding on the Surface Diffusion of Molecular Glasses: Comparison of Three Triazines
M. D. Ediger, Olivier Lebel, Audrey Laventure, Lian Yu, Men Zhu, Yinshan Chen
Surface grating decay measurements have been performed on three closely related molecular glasses to study the effect of intermolecular hydrogen bonds on surface diffusion. The three molecules are derivatives of bis(3,5-dimethyl-phenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine and differ only in the functional group R at the 2-position, with R being C2H5, OCH3, and NHCH3, and referred to as “Et”, “OMe”, and “NHMe”, respectively. Of the three molecules, NHMe forms more extensive intermolecular hydrogen bonds than Et and OMe and was found to have slower surface diffusion. For Et and OMe, surface diffusion is so fast that it replaces viscous flow as the mechanism of surface grating decay as temperature is lowered. In contrast, no such transition was observed for NHMe under the same conditions, indicating significantly slower surface diffusion. This result is consistent with the previous finding that extensive intermolecular hydrogen bonds slow down surface diffusion in molecular glasses and is attributed to the persistence of hydrogen bonds even in the surface environment. This result is also consistent with the lower stability of the vapor-deposited glass of NHMe relative to those of Et and OMe and supports the view that surface mobility controls the stability of vapor-deposited glasses.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05333

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05333

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