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Reports Summarize Astrophysics Research Study Results from Institute of Chemistry

May 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- New research on Astrophysics Research is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating from Beijing, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Water confined in nanoscale space behaves quite differently from that in the bulk. For example, in biological aquaporins and in carbon nanotubes, the traversing water molecules form a single file configuration."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Chemistry, "Water would stay in vapor state in extremely hydrophobic narrow nanopores owing to the physicochemical interactions between the water molecules and the surface of the nanopore. A spontaneous wet-dry transition has been identified in both biological and artificial nanopores. The nanopore is either fulfilled with liquid water or completely empty. Based on this mechanism, the wetting and dewetting processes inside nanopores have been further developed into highly efficient nanofluidic gates that can be switched by external stimuli, such as light irradiation, electric potential, temperature, and mechanical pressure."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This review briefly covers the recent progress in the special wettability in nanoconfined environment, water transportation through biological or artificial nanochannels, as well as the smart nanofluidic gating system controlled by the water wettability."

For more information on this research see: Water wettability in nanoconfined environment. Science China-Physics Mechanics & Astronomy, 2014;57(5):836-843. Science China-Physics Mechanics & Astronomy can be contacted at: Science Press, 16 Donghuangchenggen North St, Beijing 100717, Peoples R China.

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y.H. Zhou, Chinese Academy Sci, BNLMS, Inst Chem, Key Lab Organ Solids, Beijing 100190, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include W. Guo and L. Jiang.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Beijing, Astrophysics Research, People's Republic of China

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