Ultrasonic relaxation and fast chemical kinetics of some carbohydrate aqueous solutions

Ralph Behrends, Mary K. Cowman, Frieder Eggers, Edward M. Eyring, Udo Kaatze, Jason Majewski, Sergio Petrucci, Kurt H. Richmann, Michael Riech

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Molecular relaxation properties of the monosaccharides (a) D-glucose, (b) methyl β-D-glucopyranoside, (c) methyl α-D-mannopyranoside, (d) D-xylose, (e) D-arabinose, (f) methyl β-D-xylopyranoside, (g) methyl β-D-arabinopyranoside, (h) methyl α-L-(6-deoxy)mannopyranoside, and (i) 1,6-anhydro-β-D-glucopyranoside, all in aqueous solution, have been studied using broad band ultrasonic spectrometry in the frequency range 0.2-2000 MHz. Ultrasonic excess absorption with relaxation characteristics near 80 MHz was found for glucose and the methyl glucosides of D-glucose and D-mannose, but no relaxation process was detected for the other monosaccharides in the same frequency range. From structural aspects it is deduced that the most likely process causing the observed relaxation is the rotation of the exocyclic -CH2OH group, placing rotational isomerization on the nanosecond time scale. Relaxation parameters for D-glucose and methyl β-D-glucopyranoside solutions were further investigated as a function of concentration and temperature, in order to confirm the assignment of the relaxation process, and to determine some of its thermodynamic and kinetic parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2182-2186
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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