Physics and Astronomy
Mechanical properties of nanoconfined water layers are still poorly understood and continue to create controversy, despite their importance for biology and nanotechnology. We report on dynamic nanomechanical measurements of water films compressed to a few single molecular layers. We show that the mechanical properties of nanoconfined water layers change significantly with their dynamic state. In particular, we observed a sharp transition from viscous to elastic response even at extremely slow compression rates, indicating that mechanical relaxation times increase dramatically once water is compressed to less than 3–4 molecular layers.
Physical Review Letters
The American Physical Society
Grant or Award Name
National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR-0804283
Scholarly Commons Citation
Hoffmann, P. M., Khan, S. H., Matei, G., & Patil, S. (2010). Dynamic Solidification in Nanoconfined Water Films. Physical Review Letters, (). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.106101