The structure of liquids containing molecules with non-regular tetrahedral shape: methylene-iodide and dichloro-dibromo-methane
measured by the PSD
Over the past decade, detailed investigations of liquids containing symmetric molecules have been conducted in our department. Following XCl4-type molecules which possess perfect tetrahedral symmetry, we continued our studies of liquids containing molecules with slightly distorted tetrahedral symmetry. In the present experiments, (deuterated) methylene-iodide (CD2I2) and a non-hydrogenous methane derivative, dichloro-dibromo-methane (CCl2Br2) have been considered. Exploiting the neutron diffraction data, we wished to characterize correlations between molecular orientations in the liquids.
Neutron diffraction experiments at room temperature have been carried out, applying a wavelength of 1.069 Å. Raw intensities were corrected for background and detector efficiency, after which treatment, Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) calculations were conducted which were able to refine normalization and background corrections to the data. Figure 1 shows experimental and RMC simulated total scattering structure factors of both liquid CD2I2 and CCl2Br2. (It is worthwhile noting that the latter material transformed into a-as yet, unnoticed-gel-like disordered phase by the end of the measurement, at a temperature of about 291 K.)
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