© 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.
- Water transport
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