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Role of molecular reorientation in the vitrification of molecular liquids: A Monte Carlo study of the liquid and glassy states of 2,2-dimethylbutane

Chakrabarti, Aparna and Yashonath, S and Rao, CNR (1993) Role of molecular reorientation in the vitrification of molecular liquids: A Monte Carlo study of the liquid and glassy states of 2,2-dimethylbutane. In: Journal of Molecular Liquids, 57 . pp. 177-193.

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Abstract

The liquid and the glassy phases of 2,2-dimethylbutane have been investigated by isothermal isobaric ensemble Monte Carlo simulation. Thermodynamic Properties and radial distribution functions for both the liquid and the glass have been obtained. The radial distribution functions have been classified into three types based on the accessibility of the group. It has been shown that the structure of the Iiquid and the glass can be understood in terms of the above classification of the radial distribution functions. Molecular reorientation plays an important role in the structural rearrangement accompanying glass formation. As much as 35% of the contribution to the increase in the intermolecular interaction energy on vitrification is due to the reorientation of the neighbouring pairs of molecules. The observed changes in the dimerisation energy and the bonding energy distribution function are consistent with the observed structural changes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 09:03
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2011 09:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/35736

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