Monolayer Ice

R. Zangi*, A. E. Mark

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Abstract

We report results from molecular dynamics simulations of water under confinement and at ambient conditions that predict a first-order freezing transition from a monolayer of liquid water to a monolayer of ice induced by increasing the distance between the confining parallel plates. Since a slab geometry is incompatible with a tetrahedral arrangement of the sp(3) hybridized oxygen of water, the freezing is coupled to a linear buckling transition. By exploiting the ordered out-of-plane displacement of the molecules in the buckled phase the distortion of the hydrogen bonds is minimized.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025502
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11-Jul-2003

Keywords

  • PHASE-TRANSITIONS
  • CONFINED WATER
  • HARD-SPHERES
  • FILMS

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