What is it about?
We studied a rare mineral (a natural zeolite) with a peculiar structure. The mineral has straight channels in which water molecules are hosted. Using experimental and computational techniques, we tried to understand the arrangement of the water molecules inside the channels.
Why is it important?
We found a one-dimensional chain of water molecules inside the zeolite channels. We showed that it is stable and it is not directly connected to the oxygen atoms of the zeolite via hydrogen bonds.
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This page is a summary of: One-dimensional ice in bikitaite: single-crystal X-ray diffraction, infra-red spectroscopy and ab-initio molecular dynamics studies, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, August 1999, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/s1387-1811(99)00027-x.
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