Additivity in the optical Kerr effect spectra of binary ionic liquid mixtures: Implications for nanostructural organization

Dong Xiao, Justin Rajesh Rajian, Shengfu Li, Richard A. Bartsch, Edward L. Quitevis

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Abstract

Low-frequency spectra of binary room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) mixtures of 1-pentyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide and 1-pentyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide in the 0-250 cm-1 region were studied as a function of mole fraction at 295 K. The spectra were obtained by use of optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (OHD-RIKES). The spectra of these binary mixtures are well described by the weighted sums of the spectra for the neat RTILs. This surprising result implies that the intermolecular modes giving rise to the spectra of the neat liquids must also produce the spectra of the mixtures. Additivity of the OKE spectra can be explained by a model in which locally ordered domains are assumed to exist in the neat liquid with the structures of these locally ordered domains preserved upon mixing. Recently published molecular dynamics simulations show that RTELs are nanostructurally organized with ionic networks and nonpolar regions. If ionic networks also exist in the mixture, the additivity of the OKE spectra implies that there are "blocks" along the network of the mixture that are ordered in the same way as in the neat liquids. These "block co-networks" would have a nanostructural organization resembling that of a block copolymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16174-16178
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume110
Issue number33
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 24 2006

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