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Using Raman spectroscopy to understand the origin of the phase transition observed in the crystalline sulfur based amino acid L-methionine

By José A. Lima Jr., Paulo T.C. Freire, Francisco E.A. Melo, J. Mendes Filho, Jennifer Fischer, Remco W.A. Havenith, Ria Broer and Heloisa N. Bordallo


We present the Raman spectra of L-methionine (C5H11NO2S) monocrystals obtained in the spectral region ranging from 3200 to 50 cm−1 at temperatures from 20 to 375 K. We investigated the dynamics of the different functional groups in L-methionine and related their behaviour to the structural transition previously reported at about 307 K. Additionally, on cooling, changes in the intensities of some Raman bands were associated with conformational changes of at least one of the two L-methionine conformers in the monoclinic unit cell in the interval 160–140 K. Thermal analysis and DFT calculations provide further support to the interpretation of the Raman results.

Year: 2013
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