Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Study led by George Washington University Professor May Help Understand Freezing Bulk Water

Study led by George Washington University professor provides better understanding of water's freezing behavior at nanoscale 

Bulk water verses the water at the surface.  Is there a difference?  And where is the boundary of this difference.  These guys show that ice nucleation at the nanoscale is smaller than that of the bulk water.  Water at the small scale can no longer be considered bulk water.

This has important research in climate.  Clouds largely contain a lot of water.  This research may answer the question of whether ice nucleation occurs within the cloud or right at the surface.  Engineering may be able to control this nucleation by tuning the surface tension if the nucleation occurs on the surface of the cloud (it reminds me of Storm controlling the weather in X-Men).