Spectroscopic and Thermal Analyses of Ortho-Benzylphenol Crystalline Polymorphism


  • J. Baran Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, PAS
  • N. A. Davydova Institute of Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine
  • M. Drozd Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, PAS
  • E. A. Ponezha Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine
  • V. Ya. Reznichenko Institute of Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine




infrared spectroscopy, conformers, ortho-benzylphenol


In situ, we present the experimental spectroscopic proof of the existence of polymorphism in ortho-benzylphenol. Infrared spectroscopy was used for the first time to investigate the structural changes during the crystallization of a metastable phase, which is transformed, in the course of time, into a stable one. The results show that, in the stable and metastable phases, different conformers of ortho-benzylphenol molecule predominate, which differ in the orientation of the aromatic rings relative to the connecting methylene bridge. Namely, it is shown that the transformation of the metastable phase into a stable one is accompanied by the rotation of the OH-substituted aromatic ring relative to the connecting methylene bridge from 59.9∘ to 180.0∘ in the molecule of ortho-benzylphenol. The DSC experiment has shown that the process of nucleation of a metastable phase preferentially develops below ∼1.1 Tg (243 K), the crystallization occurs at ∼272 K, and the melting happens at 290.2 K. The difference in the temperature regions of nucleation and crystallization explains a good glass-forming status of ortho-benzylphenol.


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How to Cite

Baran, J., Davydova, N. A., Drozd, M., Ponezha, E. A., & Reznichenko, V. Y. (2018). Spectroscopic and Thermal Analyses of Ortho-Benzylphenol Crystalline Polymorphism. Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 63(2), 95. https://doi.org/10.15407/ujpe63.2.95



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