We present a new effective medium theory for the dielectric response of mixtures of molecules with molecular polarizability and a permanent dipole moment. This model includes the interaction of each local dipole moment with the dipolar reaction fields of neighboring dipolar molecules. This interaction leads to an enhancement of the dielectric response of the mixture and constitutes an alternative method to describe the correlated motion of dipoles in liquids compared to the models of Fröhlich and Kirkwood. The model requires as input parameters the volume fractions of the components contained in the mixture and the dielectric parameters of the pure components. The results of the model are compared with experimental data and with the results of previous effective-medium theories.

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Keywords Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, General Physics and Astronomy
Publisher AIP
Funder NWO
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1063/5.0009660
Journal J. Chem. Phys.
Bakker, H.J. (2020). Reaction-field model for the dielectric response of mixtures. J. Chem. Phys., 153(5), 054503: 1–054503: 9. doi:10.1063/5.0009660