Experimental studies of Debye-like process and structural relaxation in mixtures of 2-ethyl-1-hexanol and 2-ethyl-1-hexyl bromide

M. Preu, C. Gainaru, T. Hecksher, S. Bauer, J. C. Dyre, Ranko Richert, R. Böhmer

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Abstract

Binary solutions of 2-ethyl-1-hexanol (2E1H) with 2-ethyl-1-hexyl bromide (2E1Br) are investigated by means of dielectric, shear mechanical, near-infrared, and solvation spectroscopy as well as dielectrically monitored physical aging. For moderately diluted 2E1H the slow Debye-like process, which dominates the dielectric spectra of the neat monohydroxy alcohol, separates significantly from the α-relaxation. For example, the separation in equimolar mixtures amounts to four decades in frequency. This situation of highly resolved processes allows one to demonstrate unambiguously that physical aging is governed by the α-process, but even under these ideal conditions the Debye process remains undetectable in shear mechanical experiments. Furthermore, the solvation experiments show that under constant charge conditions the microscopic polarization fluctuations take place on the time scale of the structural process. The hydrogen-bond populations monitored via near-infrared spectroscopy indicate the presence of a critical alcohol concentration, x c ≈ 0.5-0.6, thereby confirming the dielectric data. In the pure bromide a slow dielectric process of reduced intensity is present in addition to the main relaxation. This is taken as a sign of intermolecular cooperativity probably mediated via halogen bonds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number144502
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume137
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2012

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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