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Role of Charge Ordering in the Dynamics of Cluster Formation in Associated Liquids


Liquids are archetypes of disordered systems, yet liquids of polar molecules are locally more ordered than non-polar molecules, due to the Coulomb interaction based charge ordering phenomenon. Hydrogen bonded liquids, such as water or alcohols, for example, represent a special type of polar liquids, in that they form labile clustered local structures. For water, in particular, hydrogen bonding and the related local tetrahedrality, play an important role in the various attempts to understand this liquid. However, labile structures imply dynamics, and it is not clear how it aects the understanding of this type of liquids from purely static point of view. Herein, we propose to reconsider hydrogen bonding as a charge ordering process. This concept allows to demonstrate the insuciency of the analysis of the microscopic structure based solely on static pair correlation functions, and the need for dynamical correlation functions, both in real and reciprocal space. The subsequent analysis allows to recover several aspects of our understanding of hydrogen bonded liquids, but from the charge order perspective. For water, it conrms the jump rotation picture found recently, and it allows to rationalize the contradicting pictures that arise when following the interpretations based on hydrogen bonding. For alcohols, it allows to understand the dynamical origin of the scattering pre-peak, which does not exist for water, despite the fact that both these liquids have very similar hydroxyl group chain clusters. The concept of charge ordering complemented by the analysis of dynamical correlation functions appear as a promising way to understand micro-heterogeneity in complex liquids and mixtures from kinetics point of view.
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hal-04137102 , version 1 (22-06-2023)



Bernarda Lovrinčević, Martina Požar, Ivo Jukić, Aurélien Perera. Role of Charge Ordering in the Dynamics of Cluster Formation in Associated Liquids. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2023, ⟨10.1021/acs.jpcb.3c01077⟩. ⟨hal-04137102⟩
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