The dissociation of a crystalline complex of cyclomaltohexaose (α-cyclodextrin) and 1-methylcyclopropene has been studied in response to stepwise rising relative humidity at 50 °C using a dynamic vapor sorption instrument. The dissociation of the inclusion complex was monitored with a proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer. The increase in relative humidity generally triggered the complex dissociation. However, the dissociation was greatly retarded at 80% relative humidity, presumably owing to collapse of the crystalline structure. Abrupt dissociation was observed at 90% relative humidity which corresponded to complex dissolution. The changes in powder X-ray diffraction pattern of the inclusion complex during the storage period were also investigated.
- Relative humidity