Electromanipulating water flow in nanochannels

J. Kou, J. Yao, H. Lu, B. Zhang, A. Li, Z. Sun, J. Zhang, Y. Fang, F. Wu, Jintu Fan

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© 2015 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.In sharp contrast to the prevailing view that a stationary charge outside a nanochannel impedes water permeation across the nanochannel, molecular dynamics simulations show that a vibrational charge outside the nanochannel can promote water flux. In the vibrational charge system, a decrease in the distance between the charge and the nanochannel leads to an increase in the water net flux, which is contrary to that of the fixed-charge system. The increase in net water flux is the result of the vibrational charge-induced disruption of hydrogen bonds when the net water flux is strongly affected by the vibrational frequency of the charge. In particular, the net flux is reaches a maximum when the vibrational frequency matches the inherent frequency of hydrogen bond inside the nanochannel. This electromanipulating transport phenomenon provides an important new mechanism of water transport confined in nanochannels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2351-2355
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Electromanipulation
  • Nanochannels
  • Water transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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