Thermotropic behavior of sodium cholesteryl carbonate

Rabkwan Chuealee, Timothy S. Wiedmann, Teerapol Srichana

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Sodium cholesteryl carbonate ester (SCC) was synthesized, and its phase behavior was studied. The chemical structure was assessed by solid-state infrared spectroscopy based on vibration analysis. The wave number at 1705 and 1276 cm-1 corresponds to a carbonyl carbonate and O-C-O stretching of SCC, respectively. Molecular structure of SCC was further investigated with 1H and 13 C NMR spectroscopy. The chemical shift, for the carbonyl carbonate resonance appeared at 155.5 ppm. A molecular mass of SCC was at m/z of 452. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), video-enhanced microscopy (VEM) together with polarized light microscopy, and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) were used to characterize the phase behavior as a function of temperature of SCC. Liquid crystalline phase was formed with SCC. Based on the thermal properties and x-ray diffraction, it appears that SCC forms a structure analogous to the type II monolayer structure observed with cholesterol esters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-163
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


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