PETRU NIGA, JONAS HEDBERG AND MARK RUTLAND, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Drottning Kristinasvag 51, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden; JEREMY FREY, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom.
Aqueous solutions of benzo-15-crown-5 (B15C5) and nitro- benzo-15-crown-5 (NB15C5) have been studied using the surface sensitive technique vibrational sum freqvency spectroscopy in order to obtain molecular information and also structure and orientation of functional groups. The concentration range of 2-10 mM of the respective solutions has been studied in the CH/OH and the C-O/C=O regions, and in order to clarify peak assignments in CH/OH region, experiments with deuterated water will be performed. The vibrational spectra shows that as the concentration increases more ordered structure is obtained at the interface and the same effect is obtained if salt was added to solution. Surface tension measurements of these solutions were performed in order to elucidate the time behavior of molecules exhibited at interfaces. The combination of results from the CH/OH and the C-O/C=O regions allows a throughout characterization of the behavior of the benzo-15-crown-5 (B15C5) and nitro- benzo-15-crown-5 (NB15C5) at the interface to be obtained.