Liquids composed of small-molecule monohydroxy alcohols are demonstrated to display rheological behavior typical for oligomeric chains. This observation was made possible by rheological experiments in which more than seven decades in frequency and more than five decades on the mechanical modulus scale are covered. The singly hydrogen-bonded monohydroxy alcohols were chosen because they display significant, but surprisingly poorly understood effects of intermolecular association. Based on the present shear study, one can apply theoretical concepts of polymer science to understand the anomalous physical behavior of a wide range of hydrogen-bonded liquids.
Hecksher, T., Jakobsen, B., Dyre, J. C., Figuli, R., Gainaru, C., Wilhelm, M., & Böhmer, R. (2014). Shear-Modulus Investigations of Monohydroxy Alcohols: Evidence for a Short-Chain-Polymer Rheological Response. Physical Review Letters, 112(098301), . https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.098301