What is it about?
In certain porous minerals called zeolites, water forms very peculiar structures which are very different from liquid water and normal ice. For example, perfectly ordered chains of molecules that run along the porous channels. We wanted to see why this structure, which cannot exist in normal conditions, is instead very stable inside the pores of the zeolite.
Why is it important?
This work explains why lithium cation can stabilize very well a chain of water molecules, while sodium can not.
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This page is a summary of: On the collective properties of water molecules in one-dimensional zeolitic channels, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, January 2001, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/b102231h.
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