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Observation of pyridine aggregation in aqueous solution using neutron scattering experiments and MD simulations

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  • PE Mason
  • GW Neilson
  • CE Dempsey
  • DL Price
  • M-L Saboungi
  • JW Brady
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5412 - 5419
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume114 (16)
DatePublished - Apr 2010


Neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution (NDIS) experiments have been used to examine the structuring of aqueous solutions of pyridine. A new method is described for extracting the structure factors relating to intermolecular correlations from neutron scattering experiments on liquid solutions of complex molecular species. This approach performs experiments at different concentrations and exploits the intramolecular coordination number concentration invariance (ICNCI) to separate the internal and intermolecular contributions to the total intensities. The ability of this method to deconvolute molecular and intermolecular correlations is tested and demonstrated using simulated neutron scattering results predicted from molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous solutions of the polyatomic solute pyridine in which the inter- and intramolecular terms are known. The method is then implemented using neutron scattering measurements on solutions of pyridine. The results confirm that pyridine shows a significant propensity to aggregate in solution and demonstrate the prospects for the future application of the ICNCI approach to the study of large polyatomic solutes using next-generation neutron sources and detectors.



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