Water in action: from fundamental properties to renewable energy storage and beyond
No doubt, water is the most important yet poorly understood liquid. In this talk, I will present the latest knowledge on the atomic-molecular mechanics in water and ice based on broadband spectroscopic data from direct current to terahertz.
I will discuss the details of sub-picosecond dynamics in water.
I will show why the concept of a hydrogen-bonded network, which has been used to explain water properties over decades, can hardly address state-of-the-art experimental data. A particular reference will be given to the electrodynamic properties of aqueous interfaces relevant to biology, nanofluidics, and electrochemical power systems.
The perspective of environmentally-friendly energy storage will be discussed along with the peculiarities of the surface electrification of water in various chemical, geometrical, and thermodynamic conditions.