Water on the Move

Science  16 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5511, pp. 2106-2107
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060087

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Water has the ability to dissolve many substances, but detailed insights into the fundamental processes underlying even the dissolution of common ions can be hard to come by. In his Perspective, Klein highlights the report by Kropman and Bakker, who have measured experimentally the dynamics of solvation shells surrounding halide ions. He also discusses the report by Geissler et al., who propose a new mechanism for the autoionization of water based on an analysis of trajectories generated by first principles molecular dynamics.