Relaxational transitions and ergodicity breaking within the fluid state: the sugars fructose and galactose

Jiang Fan, Charles Angell

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We describe calorimetric and other studies of time-dependent proceses in some molecular liquids in which there is a higher level of complexity than normally encountered in viscous liquid studies. Best characterized is the sugar d-fructose, which melts to give a liquid which is not in an equilibrium state, and in which slow relaxation processes occur in the liquid far above Tg. These have time scales up to 10 orders of magnitude longer than the shear relaxation time, yet are shown to have an important effect on the liquid viscosity and hence on the value of Tg. Three different heat capacity anomalies are identified, and are assigned to three possible tautomerization equilibria, one of which provides a major contribution to Cp and becomes slow not far below the melting point. The effects of this slow degree of freedom on liquid behaviour are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-30
Number of pages22
JournalThermochimica Acta
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Nov 15 1995



  • Ergocity
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Relaxation
  • Transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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