The IR bending vibrational (v2) band of the water molecules in aqueous haloethanol (XCH2CH2OH; X = Cl, Br, I) mixtures has been studied, and the haloethanols are found to give rise to red shifts of the v2 band. Since the frequency of the v2 band is reciprocally proportional to the hydrogen-bonding strength of water molecules, the results lead us to a conclusion that a breakdown of water structure occurs in the mixtures. The red shifts occur gradually in the whole range of the haloethanol concentrations, showing gradual breakdown of the water structure with an increase in the alcohol concentration. The effect of the alcohols on the red shift is found to be in the order ClCH2CH2OH < BrCH2CH2OH < ICH2CH2OH. The red shifts are discussed in comparison with the blue shifts of the v2 band previously observed for the aqueous ethanol mixtures. The conclusion is consistent with that of the 1H-NMR studies of the same mixtures in which the water structure is discussed in terms of the chemical shift of the water proton.
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