Abstract

Infrared spectra were collected on mixtures of ethylene glycol (EG) and polyethylene glycol 600 (PEG600) as a function of weight fraction from pure EG to pure PEG600. In this paper, it will be shown that while the OH vibrational contribution drastically reduces its center frequency from 3450 cm−1 to 3300 cm−1 in the weight fraction range 0–25%, the displacement of the mixture spectral features of the mixtures from ideal behavior, i.e., in the absence of interaction, shows the presence of a non-ideal mixing process. Furthermore, wavelet cross-correlation analysis of the registered pairs of spectra and of the intramolecular O–H stretching contributions reveals how the addition of a small amount of pure EG to PEG600 dramatically influences the structural properties of the polymeric matrix, owing to an increase the intermolecular connectivity. In particular, the wavelet cross-correlation parameters, evaluated between each pair of the registered data as a function of weight fraction, in a linear–logarithmic plot, reveals an inflection point for a weight fraction of about 25% of EG, which confirms that, within the three-dimensional networks of hydrogen-bonded EG-PEG600 molecules, a key role is played by EG in determining an increase in the hydrogen-bond network density.

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