Evolution of microscopic heterogeneity and dynamics in choline chloride-based deep eutectic solvents

Stephanie Spittle, Derrick Poe, Brian Doherty, Charles Kolodziej, Luke Heroux, Md Ashraful Haque, Henry Squire, Tyler Cosby, Yong Zhang, Carla Fraenza, Sahana Bhattacharyya, Madhusudan Tyagi, Jing Peng, Ramez A. Elgammal, Thomas Zawodzinski, Mark Tuckerman, Steve Greenbaum, Burcu Gurkan, Mark Dadmun, Edward J. MaginnJoshua Sangoro

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Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) are an emerging class of non-aqueous solvents that are potentially scalable, easy to prepare and functionalize for many applications ranging from biomass processing to energy storage technologies. Predictive understanding of the fundamental correlations between local structure and macroscopic properties is needed to exploit the large design space and tunability of DESs for specific applications. Here, we employ a range of computational and experimental techniques that span length-scales from molecular to macroscopic and timescales from picoseconds to seconds to study the evolution of structure and dynamics in model DESs, namely Glyceline and Ethaline, starting from the parent compounds. We show that systematic addition of choline chloride leads to microscopic heterogeneities that alter the primary structural relaxation in glycerol and ethylene glycol and result in new dynamic modes that are strongly correlated to the macroscopic properties of the DES formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number219
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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