Distinct Dynamic Behaviors of Water Molecules in Hydrated Pores
datasetposted on 2006-08-09, 00:00 authored by Martín Febles, Natalia Pérez-Hernández, Cirilo Pérez, Matías L. Rodríguez, Concepción Foces-Foces, María Victoria Roux, Ezequiel Q. Morales, Gerd Buntkowsky, Hans-Heinrich Limbach, Julio D. Martín
Water molecules confined inside narrow pores are of great importance in understanding the structure, stability, and function of water channels. Here we report that besides the H-bonding water that structures the pore, the permanent presence of a significant, fast-moving fraction of incompletely H-bonded water molecules inside the pore should control the free entry and exit of water. This is achieved by means of complementary DSC and solid-state NMR studies. We also present compelling evidence from X-ray diffraction data that the cluster formed by six water molecules in the most stable cage-like structure is sufficiently hydrophobic to be stably adsorbed in a nonpolar environment.