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The importance of water across many disciplines of science and engineering cannot be overstated. The goal of the initiative MaxWater is to develop a molecular-level understanding of complex aqueous systems, with the final aim to predict and engineer the behavior and macroscopic properties in these systems. This initiative aims to substantially accelerate the research required to tackle crucial challenges in this important field, by combining techniques and expertise currently scattered across different disciplines.

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Water as metal

August 03, 2021
Under normal conditions, pure water is almost an electrical insulator. Water would only become metallic under extreme pressures, such as found in the interior of very large planets or stars. Now an international collaboration has succeeded to create a metallic state of water using a completely different approach.

The Missing Step in the Water Warmup: First Bend and then Turn

December 09, 2020
New insights into how and how quickly the energy stored in a bent water molecule is dissipated into heat


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