NMR studies were carried out for Rochelle salt embedded in molecular sieves. 23Na magic angle spinning (MAS) and multiple quantum (MQ) MAS NMR spectra revealed a complex structure of the confined crystalline material. The major part of particles within nanopores had a structure similar to that of bulk Rochelle salt. The 23Na spin-lattice relaxation times at various temperatures associated with this modification were also similar to those for bulk Rochelle salt and showed broad minima that corresponded to the ferroelectric and re-entrant phase transitions under nanoconfinement at temperatures just below the relevant transitions in bulk. This result suggests that the bulk-like modification within pores is ferroelectric in between. Fast spin relaxation in the rest of the confined material reflected high molecular mobility.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Science(all)