Communication: Nonadditive dielectric susceptibility spectra of associating liquids
Bierwirth, S.P. and Münzner, P. and Knapp, T.A. and Gainaru, C. and Böhmer, R.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS
Volume: 146 Pages:
Highly unusual linear-response spectra involving contributions from hydrogen-bonded supramolecular processes and from structural relaxations are found in 4-methyl-3-heptanol mixed with 2-ethyl-1-hexylbromide. Although the mean time scales of the underlying relaxations are separated by more than 3 decades, the overall spectra cannot be decomposed into a sum of these processes. This finding challenges the ubiquitous practice of disentangling susceptibility spectra of Debye liquids by adding suitable subspectra. The spectral shape of the studied viscous mixtures is excellently described using the Williams ansatz, here a necessary approach and not as previously considered merely an alternative to additive analyses. © 2017 Author(s).