Fast transport of water molecules across carbon nanotubes induced by static electric fields

We show that water permeation properties are dependent on the field strength due mainly to thermal fluctuations of water molecules

Qi-Lin Zhang; Rong-Yao Yang

2015

Scholarcy highlights

  • The static electric field is able to remarkably affect the water intermolecular structures in nanometer scale
  • The transport properties of water are closely dependent on water structures inside the nanochannel
  • The phenomenon is attributed to the realignment of the polar water molecules along the static electric fields direction
  • Water permeation across a single-walled carbon nanotube has been studied in the presence of static electric fields with different directions under hydrostatic pressures
  • We show that water permeation properties are dependent on the field strength due mainly to thermal fluctuations of water molecules

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