High pressure investigation of α -form and CH4 -loaded β -form of hydroquinone compounds

Yongjae Lee, Jong Won Lee, Hyun Hwi Lee, Dong Ryeol Lee, Chi Chang Kao, Taro Kawamura, Yoshitaka Yamamoto, Ji Ho Yoon

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The high pressure compression behaviors of two hydroquinone compounds have been investigated using a combination of in situ synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy up to ca. 7 GPa. The structural integrity of the α -form hydroquinone clathrate is maintained throughout the pressure range, whereas the CH4 -loaded β -form hydroquinone clathrate decomposes and transforms to a new high pressure phase near 5 GPa. The bulk modulus (K) and its pressure derivative (K′) of the α -form and the CH4 -loaded β -form hydroquinones are measured to be 8.2(3) GPa and 8.4(4), and 10(1) GPa and 9(2), respectively, representing one of the most compressible classes of crystalline solids reported in the literature. The corresponding axial compression behaviors, however, show greater contrast between the two hydroquinone compounds; the elastic anisotropy of the α -form is only marginal, being K (a):K (c) =1.08:1, whereas that of the CH4 -loaded β -form is rather drastic, being K (a):K (c) =11.8:1. This is attributed to the different dimensionality of the hydrogen bonding networks between the two structures and might in turn explain the observed structural instability of the β -form, compared to the α -form.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124511
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy through Energy Technology Innovation Program of the Korean Government and the Korea Sanhak Foundation. Experiments at PAL were supported in part by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Korean Government and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). Research carried out in part at the NSLS at BNL is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Y. Lee thanks the technical assistant of Dr. Z. Hu of beamline X17C at NSLS.

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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