AQUEOUS ION TRANSPORT

Sticky when wet

The aqueous hydronium cation diffuses about twice as fast as the aqueous hydroxide anion in liquid water, but the origin of this behaviour has been unclear. Now, state-of-the-art simulations provide an explanation for this long-standing conundrum.

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Fig. 1: Aqueous ion transport.

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Chen, J., Michaelides, A. Sticky when wet. Nature Chem 10, 376–377 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-018-0024-9

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