Liquid-Liquid Transition in the Molecular Liquid
We found both nucleation-growth-type and spinodal-decomposition-type transformation from one liquid state to another in a “molecular liquid,” triphenyl phosphite (TPP). Binodal and spinodal temperatures of this transition at ambient pressure were determined by the characteristics of morphological evolution, domain-growth kinetics, and rheological evolution. Furthermore, a distinct thermal signature of the glass transition of a second liquid was also detected in addition to that of an ordinary liquid. These findings strongly suggest the existence of a liquid-liquid transition; more precisely, a transformation of one supercooled liquid to a glassy state of another liquid, in TPP.