Glassy Dynamics as Reflected in the Inter- and Intra-molecular Interactions

  • Friedrich KremerEmail author
  • Wilhelm Kossack
  • Arthur Markus Anton
Part of the Advances in Dielectrics book series (ADVDIELECT)


The inter- and intra-molecular interactions of low molecular weight and polymeric glass-forming model systems are studied by broadband dielectric (BDS) spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Analyzing the temperature dependence of specific IR absorption bands, reflecting the intra-molecular potentials of dedicated molecular moieties, enables one to unravel on an intra-molecular scale the process of glass formation and to compare it with the dielectrically determined primarily inter-molecular dynamics. Molecular systems to be studied are typical glass formers as the polyalcohols glycerol, threitol, xylitol, and sorbitol, as salol and three poly(ethylene-glycol) derivatives, namely poly(ethylene-glycol)methyl-ether-acrylate, poly(ethylene-glycol)phenyl-ether-acrylate, and poly(ethylene-glycol)-dibenzoate. Within this experimental framework, a wealth of novel information is obtained proving that the different molecular moieties of a glass former show characteristic features in the course of glassy solidification. This demonstrates the fundamental importance of intra-molecular dynamics for the dynamic glass transition, providing refined insights into the underlying interactions beyond coarse-grained models, approximating, for instance, glass-forming molecules as hard spheres.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Kremer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wilhelm Kossack
    • 1
  • Arthur Markus Anton
    • 1
  1. 1.Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter PhysicsUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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