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Reduced coupling of water molecules near the surface of reverse micelles

Bakulin, A. A. & Pshenichnikov, M. S., 2011, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 13, 43, p. 19355-19361 7 p.

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We report on vibrational dynamics of water near the surface of AOT reverse micelles studied by narrow-band excitation, mid-IR pump-probe spectroscopy. Evidence of OH-stretch frequency splitting into the symmetric and asymmetric modes is clearly observed for the interfacial H2O molecules. The polarization memory of interfacial waters is preserved over an exceptionally extended > 10 ps timescale which is a factor of 100 longer than in bulk water. These observations point towards negligibly small intermolecular vibrational coupling between the water molecules as well as strongly reduced water rotational mobility within the interfacial water layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19355-19361
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume13
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

  • NUCLEAR-MAGNETIC-RESONANCE, VIBRATIONAL-RELAXATION, INTERFACIAL WATER, IR SPECTROSCOPY, LIQUID WATER, TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENCE, PHOSPHOLIPID MEMBRANE, ULTRAFAST DYNAMICS, NEUTRON-SCATTERING, ENERGY-TRANSFER

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