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Forced Rayleigh scattering is used to study the tracer diffusion of an azobenzene in binary combinations of polar solvents, including water. In the absence of water, the tracer diffusion coefficient D in the mixture lies between the diffusion coefficients within the pure solvents, on a curve that is reasonably close to the prediction of free-volume theory. If water is present, on the other hand, the diffusion coefficient displays a minimum that is less than the smaller of the two pure-solvent values. We attempt to understand the different behavior in water by concentrating on the fairly hydrophobic nature of the solute, leading to a first solvent shell that is hydrophobic on the inside and hydrophilic on the outside. We also believe that clusters of amphiphiles explain the observation that, in aqueous combinations, D is nearly constant above a certain amphiphile mole fraction.




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