Fragility and thermodynamics in nonpolymeric glass-forming liquids

Li Min Wang, Charles Angell, Ranko Richert

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For nonpolymeric supercooled liquids, the empirical correlation m = 56T gΔC p(T g)/ΔH m provides a reliable means of correlating dynamic and thermodynamic variables. The dynamics are characterized by the fragility or steepness index m and the glass transition temperature T g, while thermodynamics enter in terms of the heat capacity step ΔC p at T g and the melting enthalpy ΔH m. The combination of the above correlation with the 2/3 rule for the T g/T m ratio yields an expression, m = 40ΔC p(T g)/ΔS m, which was rationalized as the correlation of the thermodynamic and kinetic fragilities. Defining a thermodynamic fragility via ΔC p(T g)/ΔS m also reveals that the slopes in Kauzmann's original ΔS(T)/ΔS m versus T/T m plot reflect the fragility concept [Chem. Rev. 43, 219 (1948)], so long as T m/T g= 1.5. For the many liquids whose excess heat capacity is a hyperbolic function of temperature, we deduce that the fragility cannot exceed m = 170, unless the T g/T m = 2/3 rule breaks down.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number074505
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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