Inside Cover: NMR Study of Water Molecules Confined in Extended Nanospaces (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 7/2007)



In confined spaces water shows unique properties that are not seen on the bulk scale. In their Communication on page 1180ff., T. Kitamori and co-workers describe the local structural and dynamic properties of water confined in spaces extending from tens to several hundreds of nanometers on a glass chip. NMR data is used to propose a model for the interfacial phase consisting of loosely coupled water molecules between the surface and the bulk (see picture). The results are important for implementing micro- and nanofluidic devices on a chip.