The Properties of Water and their Role in Colloidal and Biological Systems


  • Carel van Oss, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

This book treats the different current as well as unusual and hitherto often unstudied physico-chemical and surface-thermodynamic properties of water that govern all polar interactions occurring in it. These properties include the hyper-hydrophobicity of the water-air interface, the cluster formation of water molecules in the liquid state and the concomitant variability of the ratio of the electron-accepticity to electron-donicity of liquid water as a function of temperature, T. The increase of that ratio with T is the cause of the increase in hydration repulsion (“hydration pressure”) between polar surfaces upon heating, when they are immersed in water. The book also treats the surface properties of apolar and polar molecules, polymers, particles and cells, as well as their mutual interaction energies, when immersed in water, under the influence of the three prevailing non-covalent forces, i.e., Lewis acid-base (AB), Lifshitz-van der Waals (LW) and electrical double layer (EL) interactions. The polar AB interactions, be they attractive or repulsive, typically represent up to 90% of the total interaction energies occurring in water. Thus the addition of AB energies to the LW + EL energies of the classical DLVO theory of energy vs. distance analysis makes this powerful tool (the Extended DLVO theory) applicable to the quantitative study of the stability of particle suspensions in water. The influence of AB forces on the interfacial tension between water and other condensed-phase materials is stressed and serves, inter alia, to explain, measure and calculate the driving force of the hydrophobic attraction between such materials (the “hydrophobic effect”), when immersed in water. These phenomena, which are typical for liquid water, influence all polar interactions that take place in it. All of these are treated from the viewpoint of the properties of liquid water itself, including the properties of advancing freezing fronts and the surface properties of ice at 0o C.
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Colloid scientists; chemical and biomedical engineers; physical chemists; biochemists; biophysicists; biologists; pharmacologistas; phartmaceutical scientists; microbiologists and graduate students in these disciplines


Book information

  • Published: October 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374303-9

Table of Contents

1. General and Historical IntroductionSECTION A. NON-COVALENT ENERGIES OF INTERACTION – EQUATIONS AND COMBINING RULES2. The Apolar and Polar Properties of Liquid Water and other Condensed-phase Materials3. The Extended DLVO TheorySECTION B: SURFACE THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF WATER WITH RESPECT TO CONDENSED-PHASE MATERIALS IMMERSED IN IT4. Determination of Interfacial Tensions Between Water and other Condensed-phase Materials5. The Interfacial Tension/Free Energy of Interaction Between Water and Identical Condensed-phase Entities, I, Immersed in Water, w6. The Interfacial Tension/Free Energy of Interaction between Water and Two Different Condensed-phase Entities, I, Immersed in Water, w 7. Aqueous Solubility and Insolubility8. Stability Versus Flocculation of Aqueous Particle SuspensionsSECTION C: PHYSICAL AND PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF WATER9. Cluster Formation in Liquid Water10. Hydration Energies of Atoms and Small Molecules in Relation to Clathrate Formation11. The Water-air Interface12. Influence of the pH and the Ionic Strength of Water on Contact Angles Measured with Drops of Aqueous Solutions on Electrically Charged, Amphoteric and Uncharged Surfaces13. Macroscopic and Microscopic Aspects of Repulsion Versus Attraction in Adsorption and Adhesion in Water14. Specific Interactions in WaterBibliography