WATER, ENERGY AND LIFE: FRESH VIEWS FROM THE WATER’S EDGE
Free (open access)
Volume 5 (2010), Issue 1
27 - 29
Recent observations have shown an unexpected feature of water adjacent to hydrophilic surfaces: the presence of wide interfacial zone that excludes solutes. The exclusion zone is charged, while the water beyond is oppositely charged, yielding a battery-like feature. The battery is powered by absorbed radiant energy. Implications of this energetic feature are discussed. It appears that the presence of this ‘exclusion zone’ may play an important role in the behavior of aqueous systems.
exclusion zone, hydrophilic surfaces, interfacial water, light, radiant energy