Shear and dielectric responses of propylene carbonate, tripropylene glycol, and a mixture of two secondary amides

Catalin Gainaru, Tina Hecksher, Niels Boye Olsen, Roland Böhmer, J. C. Dyre

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Propylene carbonate and a mixture of two secondary amides, N-ethylformamide and Nethylacetamide, are investigated by means of broadband dielectric and mechanical shear spectroscopy. The similarities between the rheological and the dielectric responses of these liquids and of the previously investigated tripropylene glycol are discussed within a simple approach that employs
an electrical circuit for describing the frequency-dependent behavior of viscous materials. The circuit is equivalent to the Gemant-DiMarzio-Bishop model, but allows for a negative capacitive element. The circuit can be used to calculate the dielectric from the mechanical response and vice versa. Using a single parameter for a given system, good agreement between model calculations and experimental data is achieved for the entire relaxation spectra, including secondary relaxations and the Debye-like dielectric peak in the secondary amides. In addition, the predictions of the shoving model are confirmed for the investigated liquids
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)064508-1 - 064508-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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