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Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Proton spin-lattice relaxation times have been measured at 16, 31, and 59 MHz in 4-methyl-2,6-ditertiarybutyl phenol between 80 K and its melting point, 340 K. The variation of T1 with temperature shows too distinct minima. The lower-temperature minimum has been analyzed in terms of relaxation by reorientation of four of the six t-butyl methyl groups with an average apparent activation energy of about 2.4 kcal mole−1 (104 meV molecule−1). The higher-temperature minimum has been analyzed in terms of relaxation by reorientation of the t-butyl groups about their C3 axes with four of the six t-butyl methyl groups reorienting very rapidly, and the remaining two reorienting with correlation time similar to that of the t-butyl group. The activation energy for the higher-temperature minimum is 5.76 kcal mole−1 (250 meV molecule−1). Steric potential calculations are used to add weight to these assignments, and a number of peculiarities displayed by the lower-temperature minimum are discussed.
Beckmann, Peter A., C. I. Ratcliffe, and B. A. Dunell. 1978. "Proton spin-lattice relaxation and methyl group rotation." Journal of Magnetic Resonance 32.3: 391-402.