Basic science of water: Challenges and current status towards a molecular picture

Sheng Meng, Lauren F. Greenlee, Yuen Ron Shen, Enge Wang

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Rapid developments in both fundamental science and modern technology that target water-related problems, including the physical nature of our planet and environment, the origin of life, energy production via water splitting, and water purification, all call for a molecular-level understanding of water. This invokes relentless efforts to further our understanding of the basic science of water. Current challenges to achieve a molecular picture of the peculiar properties and behavior of water are discussed herein, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamics of bulk and surface water, the molecular mechanisms of water wetting and splitting, application-oriented research on water decontamination and desalination, and the development of complementary techniques for probing water at the nanoscale. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3085-3110
Number of pages26
JournalNano Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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