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The Secret Nature Of Hydrogen Bonds

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January 21, 1999
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American Institute Of Physics
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A US-France-Canada physics collaboration has unambiguously confirmed for the first time the controversial notion--first advanced in the 1930s by famous chemist and Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling--that the weak "hydrogen" bonds in water partially get their identity from stronger "covalent" bonds in the H2O molecule. As Pauling correctly surmised, this property is a manifestation of the fact that electrons in water obey the bizarre laws of quantum mechanics, the modern theory of matter and energy at the atomic scale.

COLLEGE PARK, MD--A US-France-Canada physics collaboration has unambiguously confirmed for the first time the controversial notion--first advanced in the 1930s by famous chemist and Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling--that the weak "hydrogen" bonds in water partially get their identity from stronger "covalent" bonds in the H2O molecule. As Pauling correctly surmised, this property is a manifestation of the fact that electrons in water obey the bizarre laws of quantum mechanics, the modern theory of matter and energy at the atomic scale. Performed by researchers at Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies in the US, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France, and the National Research Council of Canada, the experiment provides important new details on water's microscopic properties, which surprisingly remain largely unknown and difficult to measure. To be published in the January 18 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, these new details will not only allow researchers to improve predictions involving water and hydrogen bonds, but may also advance seemingly unrelated areas such as nanotechnology and superconductors.


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