Alignment of 17O-enriched water–endofullerene H2O@C60 in a liquid crystal matrix
We present a 17O and 1H NMR study of molecular endofullerene H2O@C60 dissolved in the nematic liquid crystal N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline (MBBA). The 17O NMR peak is split into five components by the 17O residual quadrupolar coupling, each of which is split into a triplet by the 1H–17O residual dipolar coupling and scalar coupling. The splittings are analysed in terms of the partial alignment of the encapsulated water molecules. Order parameters describing the alignment are estimated. It is found that the preferential orientation of the endohedral water molecule has the molecular plane perpendicular to the liquid crystal director.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Quantum effects in small molecular systems