03. Molecular kinetics of solid and liquid CHCl3

Nirvana Caballero, Mariano Zuriaga, Marcelo Carignano, and Pablo Serra


We present a detailed analysis of the molecular kinetics of CHCl3 in a range of temperatures covering the solid and liquid phases. Using nuclear quadrupolar resonance we determine the relaxation times for the molecular rotations in solid at pre-melting conditions. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to characterize the rotational dynamics in the solid and liquid phases and to study the local structure of the liquid in terms of the molecular relative orientations. We find that in the pre-melting regime the molecules rotate about the C–H bond, but the rotations are isotropic in the liquid, even at supercooled conditions.