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CMWS Seminar | Water confined in nanopores: What do we know about it and what is it good for?

by Patrick Huber (Hamburg University of Technology and DESY)




Water confined in pores a few nanometers across plays a dominant role in many natural and technological processes ranging from clay swelling, frost heave, and catalysis via colloidal stability and protein folding to transport across artificial nanostructures and bio-membranes. In nanoporous media the geometrical confinement and pore wall-fluid interactions as well as complex pore morphologies may significantly alter water’s physico-chemical equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties, causing, for example, the molecular structuring of the fluid, huge negative Laplace pressures in the liquid and changed shear viscosities.

CMWS webpage: Abstract and access (see pdf-file)