Regular solution

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In chemistry, a regular solution is a solution whose entropy of mixing is equal to that of an ideal solution with the same composition, but is non-ideal due to a nonzero enthalpy of mixing.[1][2] Such a solution is formed by random mixing of components without strong specific interactions,[1][2] and its behavior diverges from that of an ideal solution only moderately.[3] Its entropy of mixing is equal to that of an ideal solution with the same composition, due to random mixing without strong specific interactions.[4][5] For two components

where is the gas constant, the total number of moles and the mole fraction of each component. Only the enthalpy of mixing is non-zero, unlike for an ideal solution, while the volume of the solution equals the sum of volumes of components.

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A regular solution can also be described by Raoult's law modified with a Margules function with only one parameter :

where the Margules function is

Notice that the Margules function for each component contains the mole fraction of the other component. It can also be shown using the Gibbs-Duhem relation that if the first Margules expression holds, then the other one must have the same shape. A regular solutions internal energy will vary during mixing or during process.


The value of can be interpreted as W/RT, where W = 2U12 - U11 - U22 represents the difference in interaction energy between like and unlike neighbors.

In contrast to the case of ideal solutions, regular solutions do possess a non-zero enthalpy of mixing, due to the W term. If the unlike interactions are more unfavorable than the like ones, we get competition between an entropy of mixing term that produces a minimum in the Gibbs free energy at x1= 0.5 and the enthalpy term that has a maximum there. At high temperatures the entropy wins and the system is fully miscible, but at lower temperatures the G curve will have two minima and a maximum in between. This results in phase separation. In general there will be a temperature where the three extremes coalesce and the system becomes fully miscible. This point is known as the upper critical solution temperature or the upper consolute temperature.

In contrast to ideal solutions, the volumes in the case of regular solutions are no longer strictly additive but must be calculated from partial molar volumes that are a function of x1.

The term was introduced in 1927 by the American physical chemist Joel Henry Hildebrand.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b P. Atkins and J. de Paula, Atkins' Physical Chemistry (8th ed. W.H. Freeman 2006) p.149
  2. ^ a b P.A. Rock, Chemical Thermodynamics. Principles and Applications (Macmillan 1969) p.263
  3. ^ Simon & McQuarrie Physical Chemistry: A molecular approach
  4. ^ P. Atkins and J. de Paula, Atkins' Physical Chemistry (8th ed. W.H. Freeman 2006) p.149
  5. ^ P.A. Rock, Chemical Thermodynamics. Principles and Applications (Macmillan 1969) p.263
  6. ^ The Term 'Regular Solution' Nature, v.168, p.868 (1951)