Beratan Lab and Collaborators Pile Water Chains Like Legos

Limin Xiang, Arizona State University

The Beratan Lab, in collaboration with researchers Arizona State University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of California-Davis have studied how electrons flow though water molecules, a process crucial for the energy-generating machinery of living systems. The team discovered that the way that water molecules cluster on solid surfaces enables the molecules to be either strong or weak mediators of electron transfer, depending on their orientation. Read about their findings in Cell Press journal Matter, available here, and learn more about the project in a Duke Research Blog highlight available here. 

Photo credit to Limin Xiang, Arizona State University