Investigation of Acrylic Acid at High Pressure Using Neutron Diffraction

Blair F. Johnston, William G. Marshall, Simon Parsons, Andrew J. Urquhart, Iain D. H. Oswald

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This article details the exploration of perdeuterated acrylic acid at high pressure using neutron diffraction. The structural changes that occur in acrylic acid-d4 are followed via diffraction and rationalized using the Pixel method. Acrylic acid undergoes a reconstructive phase transition to a new phase at ∼0.8 GPa and remains molecular to 7.2 GPa before polymerizing on decompression to ambient pressure. The resulting product is analyzed via Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry and found to possess a different molecular structure compared with polymers produced via traditional routes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4044-4051
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B (Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysical Chemistry)
Issue number14
Early online date20 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2014


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