Molecular mobility in amorphous maltose and maltitol from phosphorescence of erythrosin B

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We have used phosphorescence from erythrosin B (tetraiodofluorescein) dispersed in amorphous thin films of maltose and maltitol at mole ratios of 0.8:104 dye:sugar to monitor the molecular mobility of these matrixes over the temperature range from -25 to over 110°C. Analysis of the emission peak frequency and bandwidth (full width at half-maximum) and time-resolved intensity decay parameters provided information about thermally activated modes of matrix mobility that enhanced the rate of dipolar relaxation around the triplet state and the rate of intersystem crossing to the ground state (k TS0)- Detectable dipolar relaxation began in the glassy state about 50°C below T g in both maltose and maltitol; the relaxation rate, however, while 3-4 orders of magnitude slower than literature values for the β relaxation determined from dielectric relaxation, had an activation energy only 2-fold smaller. Dipolar relaxation was further enhanced in the melt above T g; the dipolar relaxation rates in the melt scaled nearly exactly with rates for the a relaxation determined from dielectric relaxation. Intensity decays were well fit using a stretched exponential decay function in which the lifetime (τ) and the stretching exponent (β) were the physically significant parameters. In maltose, the magnitude of k TS0 was essentially constant in the glass and increased dramatically at the T g; in maltitol k TS0 increased moderately at T g = -50°C and more dramatically in the melt at T g = +20°C. The value of k TS0 in maltose: maltitol mixtures was significantly smaller than that seen in pure maltose and maltitol, suggesting that specific interactions decreased the mobility of the mixed sugar matrix; this phenomenon was comparable to the antiplasticization seen in mixtures of small molecule plasticizers with synthetic polymers and starch. The extent of inhomogeneous broadening and dynamic heterogeneity were essentially constant in the glass and increased dramatically in maltose and more gradually in maltitol at the glass transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16119-16126
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Aug 25 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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