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John Wiley and Sons Ltd, May 2013, Pages: 400
Water is a curious molecule with extraordinary properties, which vary depending on temperature and pressure. Life depends on these anomalous characteristics, such as the unusually large heat capacity, high melting and boiling points, high thermal conductivity and surface tension, and shrinking on melting. Water is thus of great interest to biologists, chemists, physicists, as well as cosmologists. Despite its simple structure and its obvious importance, it is still poorly understood and many of its aspects, either as a pure substance or as a solvent, are controversial. For more than a century, the combined significance and peculiarity of water inspired scientists to construct conceptual models, which in themselves reproduce the behavior observed. The exploration of structural and binding properties of small water complexes provides a key to understanding bulk water in its liquid and solid phases and to comprehending solvation phenomena. Covering the scope of current water research from the physical chemistry viewpoint, this long–awaited book focuses on the structure, dynamics and properties of water and solutions. The authors are teamed to treat each topic from both the experimental and theoretical perspective, resulting in a quantitative understanding of water's anomalies. Recent experimental approaches, computer simulations and theories provide new insights into the origins of these features as well as explanations on a molecular scale. Hot topics covered include hydrogen bonding, proton transfer reactions, water thermodynamics, structures and dynamics in all phases.
Hydrogen bonding in water Proton Transfer Reactions in water Gas phase, water clusters Supercritical water Structure of water Structure of ice Dynamics in bulk water and supercooled water Dynamics in ice phases Amorphous ice Gas hydrates Thermodynamics of water Electrolyte solutions and mixtures Water at Interfaces Structure and Dynamics of water in confinement Water in Biology Hydrophobic Hydration Models and Theories