Journal for Biophysical Chemistry

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Water at solid surfaces: A review of selected theoretical aspects and experiments on the subject

  • M. Maccarini1, 2

Received: 12 September 2006

Accepted: 12 July 2007

Published: 21 August 2007


This review summarizes select aspects of the research on solid/water interfaces. Despite the considerable amount of work, the way water molecules are organized at the interface is still a source of debate. Theoretical efforts will be presented in combination with the results of computer simulations. The current status of investigations obtained with x-rays and neutron reflectometries, and sum frequency generation spectroscopy (all sensitive to the properties of solid/liquid interfaces) will be summarized and discussed.