Pressure is extremely efficient to tune intermolecular interactions, allowing the study of the mechanisms regulating, at the molecular level, the structure and dynamics of condensed phases. Among the simplest molecules, water represents in many respects a mystery despite its primary role in ruling most of the biological, physical, and chemical processes occurring in nature. Here we report a careful characterization of the dynamic regime change associated with low-density and high-density forms of liquid water by measuring the line shape of the OD stretching mode of HOD in liquid water along different isotherms as a function of pressure. Remarkably, the high-pressure studies have been here extended down to 240 K, well inside the supercooled regime. Supported by molecular dynamics simulations, a correlation among amorphous and crystalline solids and the two different liquid water forms is attempted to provide a unified picture of the metastable and thermodynamic regimes of water.
Connecting the Water Phase Diagram to the Metastable Domain: High-Pressure Studies in the Supercooled Regime / Fanetti, Samuele; Pagliai, Marco; Citroni, Margherita; Lapini, Andrea; Scandolo, Sandro; Righini, Roberto; Bini, Roberto. - In: THE JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS. - ISSN 1948-7185. - 5:21(2014), pp. 3804-9-3809. [10.1021/jz501971h]
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