Research Group: Control of the special properties of water in nanopores
Water is of central importance in geology, biology and in many technological processes. It is often present in a spatially limited form (for example in a protein), and the physical and chemical properties often deviate greatly from those we are familiar with (such as a freezing point of 0 °C).
Within the framework of the project presented here, this spatial restriction is now to be specifically simulated with the aid of various nanoporous materials and its effects on the behaviour of water or salt solutions systematically investigated. Using high-performance radiation sources (also in cooperation with the planned Centre for Molecular Water Research (CMWS)), it will also be possible to study the dynamics of the so-called hydrogen bonds, which are the core of all water properties, on various time scales, from very short (femtoseconds) to long (hours).
A flyer summarizing the main points of the project can be downloaded here (PDF).
The research group was successfully applied for within the framework of the State Research Funding Hamburg 2020. Further information on the competition and the successful project applications can be found on the corresponding website of the Hamburg Authority for Science, Research and Equal Opportunities.