Materials Systems and Dynamics IV
Molecular Interaction, recognition, and self-assembly in Water; Origin and history of water on and in the Earth
Water is the most abundant liquid on Earth and the universal solvent, in which the chemistry of the life processes has developed over billions of years. It is obvious that water is the most inexpensive and environmentally benign solvent and is essential for life. Water is often considered anomalous because it behaves quite differently compared with other liquids. This course provides overview of the structure and properties of liquid water and molecular interactions, recognition, and self-assembly in water, showing typical biological and artificial molecular systems.
Understanding the origin and history of water on the surface and in the interior of the Earth is essential to reveal how the Earth’s ocean and atmosphere formed and evolved. Isotopic compositions of water and elements dissolved in the water provide key constraints on the water’s origin and history. This course provides an overview of the field of geochemistry, particularly isotope geochemistry while focusing on water on and in the Earth.