The dielectric response of interfacial water - From the ordered structures to the single hydrated shell

Yuri Feldman*, Alexander Puzenko, Paul Ben Ishai, Anna Gutina Greenbaum

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Water is the universal solvent in nature. Does this imply, however, that its interaction with its environment is also a universal feature? While this question maybe too fundamental to be answered by one method only, we present evidence that the broadening of the dielectric spectra of water presents universal features of dipolar interactions with different types of matrixes. If in aqueous solutions the starting point of water's state can be considered as bulk, with only partial interactions with the solute, then the state of water adsorbed in heterogeneous materials is determined by various hydration centers of the inhomogeneous material (the matrix) and it is significantly different from the bulk. In both cases, the dielectric spectrum of water is symmetrical and can be described by the Cole-Cole (CC) function. The phenomenological model that describes a physical mechanism of the dipole-matrix interaction in complex systems underlying the CC behavior has been applied to water adsorbed in porous glasses. It was then extended to analyses of the dynamic and structural behavior of water in nonionic and ionic aqueous solutions. The same model is then used to analyze the CC relaxation processes observed in clays, aqueous solutions of nucleotides, and amino acids.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1923-1932
Number of pages10
JournalColloid and Polymer Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Aqueous solutions
  • Clays
  • Cole-Cole function
  • Dielectric spectroscopy
  • Dipole-matrix interaction


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