• Russina, M.; Günther, G.; Grzimek, V.; Schlegel, M.; Veziri, C.; Karanikolos, G.; Yamada, T.; Mezei, F.: Nanoscale Dynamics and Transport in Highly Ordered Low-Dimensional Water. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10 (2019), p. 6339-6344


Highly ordered and highly cooperative water with properties of both solid and liquid states has been observed by means of neutron scattering in hydrophobic one-dimensional channels with van der Waals diameter of 0.78 nm. We have found that in initial stages of adsorption water molecules occupy niches close to pore walls, followed later by the filling of the central pore area. Intensified by confinement intermolecular water interactions lead to the formation of well-ordered hydrogen-bonded water chains and to the onset of cooperative vibrations. On the other hand, the same intermolecular interactions lead to two relaxation processes, the faster of which is the spontaneous position exchange between two water molecules placed at 3.2 - 4 Å from each other. Self-diffusion in an axial pore direction is the result of those spontaneous random exchanges and is substantially slower than the self-diffusion in bulk water.