Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Water behavior breakthrough opens a crucial door in chemistry

A must read .

Water has always puzzled me especially its chemical properties, different molecular structures, not only how it adopts itself to different shapes and forms , how it manifests  itself  in different states of matter etc but more importantly how immensely useful it is to the whole of life on earth.
Here is an excellent new addition to our  knowledge about water

Friday, July 12, 2013

water splitting,

process by which plants convert energy from the sun's rays into chemical 'fuel' has inspired a new way of generating clean, cheap, renewable hydrogen power which could solve looming problems with the UK's energy infrastructure.

Hydrogen is a significant source of energy which can be burned to produce power with no negative impact on the environment, unlike power produced by burning fossil fuels. Hydrogen gas can be easily produced by splitting water into its constituent elements – hydrogen and oxygen. Plants' powers of photosynthesis allow them to harness the energy of the sun to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen at separate times and at separate physical locations in the plant's structure. By applying direct current to water via a positive and a negatively-charged electrode in a process known as electrolysis, scientists have long been able to break the bonds between hydrogen and oxygen, releasing them as gas. Industrial processes to produce pure hydrogen from water require expensive equipment and rigorous oversight to ensure that the gases do not mix. Accidental mixing of the gases can lead to accelerated decay of materials involved in the process or even dangerously explosive mixtures. In a new paper in the journal Nature Chemistry published today (Monday 14 April), Professor Lee Cronin and Dr Mark Symes of the University of Glasgow outline how they have managed to replicate for the first time plants' ability to decouple the production of hydrogen and oxygen from water using what they call an electron-coupled proton buffer (ECPB). Dr Symes: "What we have developed is a system for producing hydrogen on an industrial scale much more cheaply and safely than is currently possible. Currently much of the industrial production of hydrogen relies on reformation of fossil fuels, but if the electricity is provided via solar, wind or wave sources we can create an almost totally clean source of power. "The ECPB is made from commercially-available phosphomolyb-dic acid. The properties of this material allow us to collect and store the protons and electrons which are generated when we oxidise water, to give oxygen as the only gaseous product. We can then use those stored protons and electrons to produce only hydrogen at a time of our choosing, allowing us to produce pure hydrogen gas on demand with none of the difficulties of the current electrolytic process where the two are unavoidably produced at the same time.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Inexpensive molecular molybdenum-oxo catalyst for generating hydrogen from water without the use of any other materials

Scientists are evaluating the molecular aspect of H2 O as there is some confusion prevailing on the molecular structure of water. Mere H2 O may not have the unique features that no other molecules have. Since about 99% of water is lying in ocean it may help the man kind in many ways particularly in the energy sector in coming decades. Scientists are trying to use sea water as a Jet fuel by utilizing its CO2 and H .Very recently a group of Scientists at University of California, Berkeley have identified an inexpensive molecular molybdenum-oxo catalyst for generating hydrogen from water without the use of any other materials. Some scientists believe that the reflectance of sun light from the sea surface might be due to presence of some other molecules that are lingering on H2 O ( besides density of sea water).Still some suspects the bonds that links H and O may have many potential effects on the system where water is there.
The group discussion may create awareness in the society which will pave the ways for intensification of research on the molecular aspect of water

Friday, February 15, 2013

freezing water at different temperatures

A charge for freezing water at different temperatures
Experiments use positive and negative electric forces to tweak ice formation
Web edition : Friday, February 5th, 2010
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A watched pot never boils, but an electrically charged pot sometimes freezes.

A study in the Feb. 5 Science reports that water can freeze at different temperatures depending on whether the surface it rests on is positively or negatively charged. Under certain conditions, water can even freeze as it heats up.

“We are very, very surprised by this result,” says study coauthor Igor Lubomirsky of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. “It means that by controlling surface charge, either positive or negative, you can either suppress ice formation or enhance ice formation.”

Water usually begins freezing by forming an ice crystal around a particle of dust or some other impurity. Without that starting point, water can stay liquid well below its freezing point, down to about -42º Celsius. This supercooled water is useful in nature and in the lab, from frogs and fish surviving long winters to cryogenic preservation of blood and tissues. 

Scientists have suspected for decades that electric fields could be used to trigger freezing in supercooled water. A molecule of water has a slight positive charge on one end and a negative charge on the other, so electric fields could snap water molecules into a rigid formation by aligning them according to charge.  

But previous experiments to understand whether electric fields can influence freezing were complicated by the materials used. The best materials for holding electric charge are metals, but as anyone who has tried to open a car door after a snowstorm knows, ice forms easily on metals even without a charge.

“If you try to do it with metal, you don’t know what is from the electric field and what is from the metal itself,” Lubomirsky says. “We wanted to know whether it is the charge that does it, or something special in metal.”

Instead of metal, Lubomirsky and his colleagues used a pyroelectric material, which can form a short-lived electric field when heated or cooled. The researchers used four pyroelectric crystals, each of which was placed inside a copper cylinder. The bottom surfaces of two crystals were coated with chromium to conduct an electric charge, and the other two were coated with an aluminum oxide to keep the surface uncharged.

The researchers placed the experimental setup in a humid room and turned down the thermostat until water droplets formed on each crystal, then cooled the room further until the water froze.

With no charge on the surface, the water froze at -12.5º C, on average. But on the positively charged surface, water froze at a relatively balmy -7º. And on a negatively charged surface, ice formed, on average, at a chilly -18º.

“It’s really dramatic, the strong effect of the charge,” says physicist Gene Stanley of Boston University. He also says that the simplicity of the experiment means that “it’s the kind of thing that is almost surely correct.” 

Lubomirsky and colleagues also managed to freeze water by heating it. Water droplets stayed liquid at -11º for up to 10 minutes on a negatively charged surface. But after the negative charge dissipated, heating the room to -8º was enough to induce a positive charge in the pyroelectric crystal and freeze the water.

“That’s a very intriguing behavior,” comments atmospheric physicist Will Cantrell of Michigan Technological University in Houghton. “In this case, on this particular substance, if you warm it up, you can get it to freeze.”

Coauthor Meir Lahav, also of the Weizmann Institute, says water’s response to charge probably depends on how the water molecules line up against the surface they’re freezing to, though more work is needed to figure out exactly what is happening.

“The water molecules should be aligned differently, so I anticipated that this difference should affect the freezing temperature of ice,” Lahav says. “But I didn’t expect such a large difference. I’m very much delighted to see that.”

Although he has no specific plans to harness the effect for applications such as cryogenic freezing or cloud seeding, Lahav says his team has already filed a patent.

Ice nucleation, “is a very fundamental problem,” he says. “The moment you understand better — have a new understanding of a new effect — the applications always come afterwards.” 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New search engine for hydrologist

new search engine for hydrologist, agriculturist, hydro power and
water resource practitioner.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


For Water


Hydrogen and oxygen molecules

Alone do not form

Part of water, we must

Probe the whole

Ylem[1], you never can tell


Elements of


Yet to be


Actually will


Greatly and


Everything on

Earth. So,

Together let us all

Inquire into this

Nonchalantly till the

Goal is

Successfully reached.

ylem (ˈaɪləm) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]


the original matter from which the basic elements are said tohave been formed following the explosion postulated in the bigbang theory of cosmology

[Middle English, from Old French ilem, from Latin hӯlē stuff,matter, from Greek hulē wood, matter]

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Sunday, January 16, 2011