Conformational and phase transformations of chlorocyclohexane at high pressures by Raman spectroscopy.


Pressure induced conformational and phase transformations of chlorocyclohexane (CCH) were investigated in a diamond anvil cell by Raman spectroscopy at room temperature. Pure CCH was compressed up to 20 GPa and then decompressed to ambient pressure. The conformational equilibrium was shifted by pressure from equatorial to axial conformers in the fluid phase below 0.7 GPa, consistent with previous observations. Upon further compression, several solid-to-solid phase transitions were identified by the observation of markedly different Raman patterns as well as different pressure dependences of characteristic Raman modes. The possible structures of these phases were analyzed in correlation with previously observed solid phases at low temperatures. Finally, CCH exhibits pressure hysteresis and partial reversibility upon decompression which result in the formation of the phases with different Raman patterns from those obtained upon compression. The difference can be interpreted as conformational contribution as well as the intrinsic plasticity of CCH crystals.

DOI: 10.1063/1.2829408

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@article{Dong2008ConformationalAP, title={Conformational and phase transformations of chlorocyclohexane at high pressures by Raman spectroscopy.}, author={Zhaohui Dong and Nicholas G Beilby and Yining Huang and Yang Sup Song}, journal={The Journal of chemical physics}, year={2008}, volume={128 7}, pages={074501} }