Inhomogeneity of viscous aqueous solutions

G. Barshtein*, A. Almagor, S. Yedgar, B. Gavish

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Brownian principles for homogeneous media fail to explain the effect of viscous cosolvents on reaction rates. We examined the possibility that solvent viscosity in the microenvironment of a probe η* (microviscosity) differs from the bulk viscosity η (macroviscosity). η* was derived from the diffusion constant D of water tracers, measured in the presence of viscous cosolvents. We found that (a) η*ηα, where 0≤α≤1, and (b) the temperature dependence of D is insensitive to the presence of these cosolvents. We propose that viscous aqueous solutions have an inhomogeneous microstructure with waterlike domains.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)555-557
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


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