Rotational and translational mobility of a highly plastic salt: Dimethylpyrrolidinium thiocyanate

J. Adebahr, M. Grimsley, N. M. Rocher, D. R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth

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Thermal analysis, impedance spectroscopy, NMR and Raman spectroscopy have been used to investigate the plastic crystal dimethylpyrrolidinium thiocyanate in order to gain further insight into the properties of organic ionic plastic crystals. This compound has a solid-solid phase transition at 82 °C, and melts at 122 °C. A step increase in conductivity of about one order of magnitude is observed at the phase transition, followed by a decrease in activation energy for conduction. A large entropy gain occurs at the II → I transition, and 1H NMR linewidth measurements together with second moment calculations showed that the dimethylpyrrolidinium cation goes from a static state, to full isotropic tumbling. Raman measurements confirm that the cation as well as the anion exhibit increased rotational mobility when entering phase I.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1798-1803
Number of pages6
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number35-36
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2008


  • NMR
  • Phase transition
  • Plastic crystal
  • Pyrrolidinium
  • Raman
  • Rotational motions
  • Thiocyanate

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